Engineering Technician (civil)

Department Of Agriculture Rapid River, MI
* Duties

Help Duties Summary

Who May Apply: US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.

There are three (3) positions located in the Easter Region (Region 9). One (1) position is located on the Mark Twain National Forest on the Ava Ranger District in Ava, MO. One (1) position is located on the Hiawatha National Forest on the Rapid River/Manistique Ranger Districts in Rapid River, MI. One (1) position is located on the Ottawa National Forest in Watersmeet, MI.

These positions are located on a Forest Service unit and provide technical engineering work on complete conventional projects of limited scope, or a portion of a larger and more diverse project.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Darren Morris for Ava, MO location at 573-342-7452 or darrenwmorris@fs.fed.us; Tomas Borth for Rapid River, MI location at 218-244-3481 or tborth@fs.fed.us; or Michael Bigelow for the Watersmeet, MI location at 908-358-4057 or mbigelow@fs.fed.us.

Positions may be filled as career ladders or could be filled at the full performance level dependent upon the individual unit's needs. Example: The selecting official may select at any grade to include the full performance level of the position. However, not all positions will be filled at the highest grade level.

Pay rates vary depending on location. Pay rates displayed above are for the Rest of the U.S. (RUS). See the OPM website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/ for additional information on pay rates for specific locations.

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Responsibilities

Duties listed are at the full performance level.

* Using engineering project survey notes, data and specifications, makes designs and layouts of roads, trails, bridges, drainage structures, and other systems of moderate complexity.

* Makes and/or recommends revised or alternate designs to eliminate or reduce engineering problem areas without undue sacrifice of standards, economy, or esthetics.

* Checks requirements, such as proper form, size, weight, structure, performance, and other pertinent technical data.

* Performs computations and makes layouts, as required.

* Ascertains that all information needed for a project is provided in accordance with appropriate design and drafting standards.

* Develops and recommends modification of design details to facilitate the project.

* Performs final detailed review of drawings and exercises judgment in selecting best of all possible design layouts. .

* Conducts a wide range of non-standard surveys and data collection activities to provide data for civil engineering project designs.

* Makes field surveys and collects field data required for engineering plans for design and construction on Forest administrative sites.

* Makes recommendations for solutions to routine construction project problems that can be resolved by calculations typical to civil engineering projects. Engages in factual, technical information exchanges with coworkers who are performing related work.

* Prepares engineering data reports and recommends priorities, which are used in the formulation of cost estimates and bills of materials.

* Administers construction and maintenance contracts to insure compliance with the terms and conditions of the contract. Projects are of moderate complexity and can usually be completed in a year or less.

* Monitors and controls a major segment of projects, such as roads, bridges, parking facilities, trails, drainage structures, erosion control features, retaining walls, buildings, towers, equipment shops and yards, small dams and reservoirs, and recreation sites.

* Assures compliance by the contractor with the provisions, plans, and specifications of the contract, accepting or rejecting quality and acceptability of equipment used, manner of performance and rate of work progress, interpretation of plans and specifications, and acceptable fulfillment of the technical phases of the contract.

* Oversees the development of project plans and specifications prior to contract advertisement to ensure compliance with environmental requirements.

* Makes minor changes requiring contract amendments and modifications involving adjustments in the contract price or time, and recommends final acceptance of the completed project.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel will be dependent on selected position

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

09

Who May Apply This job is open to… US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

* Job family (Series)

0802 Engineering Technical

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* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* You must be a US Citizen or US National

* Males born after 12/31/59 must be Selective Service registered or exempt

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Ava, MO

* TOS: Basic only (Selectee will be responsible for tax obligations related to payments for moving expenses - 2017 Tax Cuts and Job Act, Public Law 115-97. Questions should be directed to the Travel Help Desk, 877-372-7248, Option 1, or email asc_tos@fs.fed.us.)

* Telework: Ad-hoc

* Bargaining Unit: No

* Full Performance Level of the Position: GS-09

* Grades to be filled at: GS-07, GS-08, GS-09

* Travel: Occasional travel for trainings and/or meetings.

Rapid River, MI

* TOS: No

* Telework: No

* Bargaining Unit: Yes

* Full Performance Level of the Position: GS-09

* Grades to be filled at: GS-07, GS-08, GS-09

* Travel: Occasional travel for trainings and/or meetings.

Watersmeet, MI

* TOS: No

* Telework: Ad-hoc

* Bargaining Unit: Yes

* Full Performance Level of the Position: GS-09

* Grades to be filled at: GS-09

* Travel: Occasional travel for trainings and/or meetings.

Qualifications

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement (or date of referral if an Open Continuous announcement) as defined below. For more information on the qualifications for this position, go to: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/group-stds/gs-admin.asp

For the GS-7 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-6); OR one full year (18 semester/27 quarter hours) of successfully completed graduate level coursework that is directly related to the work of the position (such as:engineering, engineering or industrial technology, construction, physics, drafting, surveying, physical science, or mathematics.); OR combinations of graduate level education that is directly related to the position and specialized experience. The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. Examples of specialized experience are: Completed work assignments such as serving as instrument operator on high-order geodetic surveys or on varied, non-geodetic surveys such as location, right-of-way, and property surveys; supported senior engineer on simple construction or similar surveys that are of third or fourth order of accuracy and of limited scope and complexity; collected, computed, and made basic analysis of engineering data and prepared routine reports.

For the GS-8 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experence equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-7); OR two full years (36 semester/54 quarter hours) of successfully completed graduate level education or master's degree if the coursework is directly related to the work of the position (such as: engineering, engineering or industrial technology, construction, physics, drafting, surveying, physical science, or mathematics. ); OR combinations of graduate level education that is directly related to the position (in excess of 18 semester/27 quarter hours) and specialized experience. The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. Examples of specialized experience are: Participated in the development, definition, and documentation of engineering design requirements under senior engineer; supervised crews in setting construction stakes for clearing, grading and drainage structures; acted as inspector on timber sale and/or public work road construction contracts doing routine, established inspection duties for compliance with plan specifications; and/or maintained a daily log of the project, recording facts concerning work activity, work force, equipment in use, etc.

For the GS-9 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experence equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-8); OR two full years (36 semester/54 quarter hours) of successfully completed graduate level education or master's degree if the coursework is directly related to the work of the position (such as: engineering, engineering or industrial technology, construction, physics, drafting, surveying, physical science, or mathematics.); OR ombinations of graduate level education that is directly related to the position (in excess of 18 semester/27 quarter hours) and specialized experience. The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. Examples of specialized experience are: Using engineering project survey notes, data and specifications, made designs and layouts of roads, trails, bridges, drainage structures, and other systems of limited scope and complexity; maintained records and monitored project construction of roads, trails, bridges, drainage structures, and other systems of limited scope; conducted a range of standard surveys and data collection activities to provide data for civil engineering project designs; and/or conducted inspections of construction projects.

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). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Education

See Qualification Section for educational requirements.