Supervisory Architect or Engineer

Department of Defense Pittsburgh, PA
* Duties

Help Duties Summary

This is a DEPLOYABLE position and it is expected that incumbents will complete two TAD (Transatlantic Division) deployments in a five year period in support of LRD. Incumbents of deployable positions must be mobile and are subject to assignment anywhere in the world in support of military contingency operations or other national and/or overseas crises. When not deployed, duties performed are in support of the division/district with which assigned.

Relocation incentive may be authorized.

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* Serve as a Supervisory Resident Architect or Engineer responsible for performing and directing the full range of field and office engineering activities associated with construction operations.

* Supervise the contract administration function for Civil Works construction projects.

* Ensure the timely and satisfactory accomplishment of multiple contracts including numerous modifications or original contracts involving immediate decision and instructions to contractors.

* Plan and assign work to subordinates, determining work schedules, priorities, and advises on administrative matters.

* Review Quality Control (QC) Plans, Accident prevention plans and Environmental Protection Plans; and reviews shop drawings submittals for Civil, Architectural and Structural features of projects for compliance with contract documents.

* Oversee the preparation of construction progress reports and takes action with contractors as required to maintain contract schedule.

* Inspect contractors' operations for conformance with plans and specifications plus oversees pre-final and final inspections.

* Maintain liaison with and participates in discussions with Agency and contractor representatives on safety, project regulations, coordination of utility outages, progress of the work, and needs of the user with respect to work under construction.

Travel Required

75% or less - Temporary Duty (TDY) travel may be 50 percent or more for both short and/or long in duration to both CONUS (US) and OCONUS (Overseas) locations with travel on military transportation. These trips may last up to 6 months or longer in duration and may be in remote and dangerous locations with living conditions extremely austere.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


* Job family (Series)

0801 General Engineering

0808 Architecture

0810 Civil Engineering

0830 Mechanical Engineering

0850 Electrical Engineering

* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* Supervisory probationary period may be required.

* Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.

* Pre-employment physical examination is required.

* Required to participate in preparedness training exercises.

* TDY may require living in tents or temporary buildings, general lack of privacy, lack of recreational activities during off duty hours, eating pre-packages rations or in military dining facilities which may limit accommodation of special diets.

* Showers may be communal or in makeshift facilities, limited opportunities to phone home and delayed mail deliveries.

* Must obtain/maintain a SECRET security clearance.

* Annual Financial disclosure statement is required.

* Acquisition Position Requires DAWIA CON Level I at time of application and Level II within 12 months of entry to the position

* Professional Registration/Licensure is required for this position within six (6) months of entry on duty.

* Must obtain/maintain a passport.

* This position is identified as Emergency Essential (EE). In the event of a crisis, EE positions require the incumbent to perform their duties and responsibilities until relieved by proper authority.

* Incumbent must successfully complete all deployment requirements in order to remain in this position as a permanent GS-13.


Incumbents of deployable positions must be mobile and are subject to assignment anywhere in the world in support of military contingency operations or other national and/or overseas crises. When not deployed, duties performed are in support of the division/district with which assigned. Required to participate in preparedness training exercises. Typical benefits for DEPLOYABLE positions include:

* Temporary Duty (TDY): Receive locality pay from your current duty station

* Post Differential: 35% of base pay (Post Differential is determined by the Department of State and subject to change without notice)

* Danger Pay: 35% of basic pay (Danger pay is determined by the Department of State and subject to change without notice)

* Sunday Premium: 25% of basic pay for 8 hours per week

* Overtime: 24 hours of scheduled overtime per week plus holiday pay

* Scheduled R&R trips: One 21-day trip for 9 month TDY and two 21-day trips for one year TDY

Who May Apply: Only applicants who meet one of the employment authority categories below are eligible to apply for this job. You will be asked to identify which category or categories you meet, and to provide documents which prove you meet the category or categories you selected. See Proof of Eligibility for an extensive list of document requirements for all employment authorities.

* 30 Percent or More Disabled Veterans

* Current Department of Army Civilian Employees

* Current Permanent Department of Defense (DOD) Civilian Employee (non-Army)

* Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan

* Non-Department of Defense (DoD) Transfer

* Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Interchange Agreement Eligible

* Priority Placement Program (PPP), Program S (Military Spouse) registrant

* Reinstatement

* Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) of 1998

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and experience requirements described below. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

In addition to meeting the basic education requirement, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below:

Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal Service which includes: Contract administration, engineering and construction standards, practices, criteria and policies; administering contracts for construction projects which includes reviewing contractor designs and/or submittals for engineering soundness and recommending contract modifications; and/or inspecting civil works or military construction sites for adherence to project design, scope, and schedule and quality assurance.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas:

* Building and Construction

* Contracting/Procurement

* Leadership

* Project Management

Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent (GS-12).


Basic Requirement for Architect, GS-808:

A. Degree: Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in architecture or in a related field that included 60 semester hours of course work in architecture or related disciplines of which at least (1) 30 semester hours were in architectural design, and (2) 6 semester hours were in each of the following: structural technology, properties of materials and methods of construction, and environmental control systems.


B. Combination of Education and Experience: College-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the arts and sciences underlying professional architecture, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the architectural principles, methods, and techniques and their applications to the design and construction or improvement of buildings. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by at least one of the following: (1) Related Curriculum - Degree in architectural engineering provided the completed course work in architectural engineering provided knowledge, skills, and abilities substantially equivalent to those provided in the courses specified in statement A above, or (2) Experience: 1 year of experience in an architect's office or in architectural work for each year short of graduation from a program of study in architecture. In the absence of any college courses, 5 years of such experience is required. This experience must have demonstrated that you have acquired a thorough knowledge of the fundamental principles and theories of professional architecture.

Basic Requirement for Engineer, GS-801[General], 810 [Civil], 830 [Mechanical] or 850 [Electrical]:

A. Degree: Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET); OR (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.OR

B. Combination of Education and Experience: College-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

1. Professional registration or licensure - Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT), or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.

2. Written Test - Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination, or any other written test required for professional registration, by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.

3. Specified academic courses - Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in A above. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program.

4. Related curriculum - Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: