Job opening: Civil Engineer (Materials)
Salary: $103 507 - 122 137 per year
Published at: Feb 12 2024
Employment Type: Full-time
Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on their expertise as a Civil Engineer (Materials). Make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment.
Duty Location: Lakewood, Colorado
No two days are alike! Materials and Corrosion Lab staff find themselves engaged in a variety of activities including engineering design, field work, and laboratory research. Each employee is given the opportunity to develop their skills through training and professional engagement and is encouraged to bring their unique expertise to enhance the group's capabilities. Are you a motivated engineer but not an expert in corrosion or geosynthetic materials? Apply and we will get you the formal training and on-the-job mentoring that you need to be successful!
The full performance duties of this position are:
-Performs civil engineering materials assignments associated with technical planning activities, data collection, data analysis, analysis of site location and/or conditions, or analysis of instrumentation data in the areas of corrosion, protective coatings, cathodic protection, geosynthetic materials.
-Provides engineering recommendations based on engineering analysis for conventional or routine assignments or for portions of more complex engineering projects, and/or hazardous materials.
-Work primarily involves the application of the principles of corrosion mitigation on civil engineering structures, such as concrete dams, powerplants, pumping plants, canals, pipelines, and other buildings and associated hydraulic structures. May involve participating in scientific and applied engineering research, including field and laboratory investigations, in support of Reclamation's mission.
-Participates in civil engineering facility inspections which include conducting corrosion and protective coatings condition assessments, identifying corrosion mitigation system deficiencies relative to design criteria and applicable standards, documenting results, calculating preliminary estimates for repairs, identifying future maintenance or repair needs for the asset, and project management planning.
-Completes civil engineering materials and corrosion engineering designs for protective coatings and/or cathodic protection systems to include: 1) participating in engineering studies or evaluations as the corrosion mitigation team member; 2) preparing, reviewing, or checking routine engineering designs for corrosion mitigation systems and/or materials selection for civil infrastructure; or 3) drafting design criteria and standard operating procedures.
-May perform approximately fifty percent of workload in geosynthetic materials. This includes close collaboration with geotechnical, mechanical, and water conveyance engineering design groups for the design, specification, construction support, inspection, and research of geosynthetic materials for applications such as canal and reservoir linings, especially related to the topic of drought mitigation. Other work includes construction support for PVC and Hydrophilic waterstops, HDPE pipe, concrete joint sealants, and sponge rubber filler materials.
-Drafts written technical documentation such as technical memorandums, inspection reports, peer-reviewed research publications, quantity estimate worksheets, specifications, design drawings, and construction submittal responses.
-Makes oral presentations of technical work to internal team members and Reclamation clients and collaborators.
To qualify for the Civil Engineer GS-0810-11, you must meet BOTH the Basic Qualification Requirement and the Additional Requirements. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience. A copy of your unofficial transcripts must be provided with your application.
BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENT
A. Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by 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.
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, and 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 the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A.
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 bachelor's 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. (The above examples of related curricula are not all inclusive.)
In addition to meeting the basic education requirement, you must also meet one of the following for the GS-0810-11 grade level. Specialized experience is obtained after the requirements noted under 'Basic Qualifications Requirements' are met.
A. Specialized Experience: One full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility of the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). Examples of specialized experience includes project management, project scheduling and budgeting, or proposal/funding request writing, and client communication in a related field such as materials science and engineering, chemical, mechanical, metallurgical, or electrical engineering.
B. Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position, such as: engineering, engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, geology or other related field of study.
C. Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of high level education (noted in B) and specialized experience (noted in A) may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. To compute the percentage of the requirements, divide your total months of experience by 12. Then divide the total number of completed graduate semester hours (or equivalent) beyond the second year (total graduate semester hours minus 36) by 18. Add the two percentages.
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.
You must meet all Eligibility and Qualification requirements, including any selective placement factors if applicable, by 02/26/2024.
This vacancy announcement allows substituting education for experience at the GS-11 grade level. You must submit a copy of college transcript(s) (unofficial copy is acceptable) to support claimed education if substituting education for experience. Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred. A typed list of courses, grades, semester/quarter hours, GPA, etc. will not be accepted. Non-submission may result in being rated not-qualified for the position.
This position has a mandatory education requirement. You must submit a copy of college transcript(s) (unofficial copy is acceptable) to support claimed education if substituting education for experience. Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred. Non-submission will result in being rated not-qualified for the position.
You will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify educational qualifications, if selected. An official transcript must be sent directly from the University's Registrar's office and must be provided from the institution awarding the degree. Academic transcripts certified by notary publics are NOT official. Official transcripts must be submitted prior to reporting to work as a condition of employment. Failure to submit official transcripts may be grounds for dismissal or rescission of the job offer.
Only education from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education is acceptable to meet education requirements or to substitute for experience, if applicable. For additional info, refer to the Office of Personnel Management
and U.S. Department of Education
To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs. For additional info, refer to the U.S. Network for Education Information
- Address Technical Service Center
Bureau of Reclamation
Denver Federal Center
P.O. BOX 25007
Denver, CO 80225-0007
- Name: Jennifer Smith
- Email: [email protected]