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General Engineer- TCF Intern

18 days ago: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

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General Engineer- TCF Intern
##### Department of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
##### Iowa City VA Health Care System
- ##### Open & closing dates
05/13/2019 to 05/27/2019
- ##### Service
- ##### Pay scale & grade
GS 5 - 7
- ##### Salary
$38,152 to $58,172 per year
- ##### Appointment type
- ##### Work schedule
1 vacancy in the following location:
Iowa City, IA
##### Relocation expenses reimbursed
##### Telework eligible
- Duties
### Summary
The Technical Career Field (TCF) is a national workforce development
program within VHA that was designed to replenish technical staff in
critically identified positions.
Learn more about this agency
### Responsibilities
The TCF career fields represent those technical fields where
VA-specific knowledge and experience is desirable for success in the
field. Individuals selected follow a formal training plan for two
years during which they are trained, coached, and supervised by a
preceptor. Preceptors are selected annually, through an extensive
application process, for their technical expertise, their commitment
to training and the suitability of their facility as a training
location. \*Selectees will be required to sign Mobility, Training,
and Continued Service Agreements.
This is a developmental position leading to a GS-11, performing
assignments intended to broaden skills and provide practical
experience leading to progressively more complex assignments
performed under progressively less supervision. The selectee may be
promoted to the full performance level without further competition
when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are
met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion
to the full performance level.
The incumbent will be in a developmental status that is largely self
directed and will complete tasks given to allow practical
application of theory and principles of professional engineering.
Using basic engineering principles, the incumbent shall provide
professional engineering services for the medical center.
Assignments require judgment in adapting practices and techniques to
specific situations usually through a series of related processes.
The incumbent must use resourcefulness and initiative in
independently planning the details for the accomplishment of
assignments. The incumbent will develop during the final months of
training a personal plan for continued learning that is to be
approved by the preceptor.
Work schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Telework: Not Available
Position Description Title/PD\#: General Engineer- TCF Intern /
General Engineer 50356A/ General Engineer 50355A
### Travel Required
Not required
##### Supervisory status
##### Promotion Potential
- #### Job family (Series)
0801 General Engineering
#### Similar jobs
- Engineers, All Other
- Engineers, Mechanical
- Mechanical Engineers
- Requirements
### Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to a background/security investigation
- Training-Service Agreement and Mobility Agreement required
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online
onboarding process
### Qualifications
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements
by the closing date of this announcement, 05/27/2019.
Time-In-Grade Requirement : Applicants who are current Federal
employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks
must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of
this announcement. For a GS-7 position you must have served 52 weeks
at the GS-5 The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have
been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your
time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application
materials. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former
Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current
employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998
(VEOA) appointment.
Basic Requirements:
Applicants must meet the following basic education requirements of
the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Standards
- Successful completion of a professional engineering degree .
To be acceptable, the program must:
- (1) lead to a bachelor's degree (or higher) in a school of
engineering with at least one program accredited by the
Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET);
- (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. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge,
skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the
position. OR
- 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 more information about EI and EIT
registration requirements, please visit the National Society
of Professional Engineers website at:
http://www.nspe.orgOREvidence 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 The FE
examination is not administered by the U. S. Office of
Personnel Management. For more information, please visit: OR
- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of
courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering
sciences and in engineering that included the courses
specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A
(above). The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting
the requirements of an engineering program as described in
paragraph A (above) OR
- 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 one 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
Grade Requirement:
GS-5: None beyond the basic requirements
GS-07: For this position, your resume must also demonstrate at
least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the
GS-05 grade level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in
the private or public sector. Specialized experience must
demonstrate the following: performing routine engineering tasks to
assist higher level employees. OR
Successfully completed one full academic year of graduate
level education in a field which demonstrates the knowledge,
skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position, such
as General Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, etc. (Note: You must
attach a copy of your transcripts.) OR
Superior Academic Achievement. In order to be creditable under
this provision, Superior Academic Achievement must have been gained
in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position to be filled,
such as that identified in B above. Superior Academic Achievement is
based on: - (1) Class Standing - You must be in the upper third of
the graduating class in the college, university, or major
subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of
Business Administration, based on completed courses; OR - (2)
Grade-Point Average (G.P.A.) - You must have a grade-point average
of either (a) 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as
recorded on your official transcript, or as computed based on 4
years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during
the final 2 years of the curriculum; or (b) 3.5 or higher out of a
possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required
courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the
major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.;
OR - (3) Honor Society Membership - You may be considered eligible
based on membership in one of the approved national scholastic honor
societies listed by the Association of College Honor Societies
Have the specialized experience as described in A, but less than
one year; and I have some graduate level education as described in
B, but less than the required one year. I have computed the
percentage of the requirements that I meet, and the total is at
least 100% (To compute the percentage, divide your total months of
qualifying experience by 12. Then, divide your semester hours of
graduate education by 18. Add the two percentages. The total
percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.). (Note: You
must attach a copy of your transcripts.)
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
- Engineering and Technology
- General Engineering
- Technical Competence
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; religions; 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.
Note : *A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of
work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of
time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to
receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature
of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number
of hours a week spent in such employment.*
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit
the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at
### Education
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are
basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of
Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or
institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can
verify your education here: If you
are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you
must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript
in order to receive credit for that education. For further
information, visit:
Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary, although
some physical effort may be required, e.g., walking, standing,
carrying light items such as manuals or briefcases, or driving or
traveling by motor vehicle.
### Additional information
Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave :
Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per
pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served
as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal
employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or
active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be
used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such
credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date
and is not guaranteed.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible
displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection
priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To
be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of
the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your
most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty
location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or
more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility
is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at
Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not
obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The
position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade,
transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one
or any combination of these methods to fill the position.
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have
faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional
Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with
disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5
CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with
disabilities \[i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical
disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities\], and/or Disabled
veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or
more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply
under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members : Please visit the VA
for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking
employment at VA, career development services for our existing
Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military
service members.
For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility
requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other
Candidate Definitions document.
If you are unable to apply online view the following link for
information regarding an Alternate Application.
### How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the
qualifications above.
Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are
referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional
job related information, which may include, but not limited to;
responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a
work sample, and/or contact for an interview.Your resume and/or
supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all
instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating
or consideration for employment.
### Background checks and security clearance
##### Security clearance
##### Drug test required
- Required Documents
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application
Package which includes:
- Resume
- Transcript
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if
applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this
position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included
other documents required for your application, such as a copy of
your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's
(current/former Federal employees). documentation to support
Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for
displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for
additional information.
- Cover Letter
- DD-214
- OF-306
- Other
- Other Veterans Document
- Resume
- SF-15
- SF-50
- Transcript
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible
Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or
for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must
provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and
character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are
currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or
discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to
your active duty service which reflects the dates of service,
character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of
impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others
eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of
eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10
Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form.
Documentation is required to award preference. For more
information on Veterans' Preference, please visit
#### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution
recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be
credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the
attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting
institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this
vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may
affect the overall rating.
- Benefits
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a
comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your
family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to
make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal
Review our benefits
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold
and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent.
Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific
benefits offered.
- How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this
position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the
documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The
complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on
05/27/2019 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire
1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USA JOBS account or
log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select
your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and
complete the occupational questionnaire.
2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.
NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and
appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS
account,, select the
Application Status link and then select the more information link
for this position. The Application page will display the status of
your application, the documentation received and processed, and any
correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your
uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan
process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA
JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy
announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents
from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
NOTE : Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a
condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of
Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). HCP are individuals
who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations where
patients receive care or who come into contact with VA patients as
part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to,
VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers
(CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary
units, Vet centers and VA-leased facilities. HCP include all VA
licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, paid and
unpaid, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee
basis employees, VA contractors, students, researchers, volunteers,
and trainees who work at these facilities. HCP that are unable to
receive or otherwise decline a flu shot will be expected to wear a
face mask throughout the influenza season.
### Agency contact information
### Catherine Stepper
##### Phone
(319) 338-0581 X7747
##### Email
##### Address
Iowa City VA Health Care System
601 Highway 6 West
Iowa City, IA 52246
Learn more about this agency
### Next steps
Once your online application is submitted you will receive a
confirmation notification by email. After we receive application
packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy
announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure
qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review
is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will
be notified of their status by email. Referred applicants will be
notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office
for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final
notification once a selection decision has been made.
You may check the status of your application at any time by logging
into your USA Jobs account and clicking on Applications. Information
regarding your application status can be found in the USAJobs Help
- Fair & Transparent
The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent.
Please read the following guidance.
### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on
the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and
gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual
orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age,
membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental
status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
- Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job
### Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants
with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable
accommodation for any part of the application process should follow
the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part
of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the
hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable
accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work
environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an
individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties
or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide
reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an
equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform
the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive
equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and
office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the
application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are
considered on a case-by-case basis.
Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations
or how to contact an agency.
#### Legal and regulatory guidance
- Financial suitability
- Social security number request
- Privacy Act
- Signature and false statements
- Selective Service
- New employee probationary period
This job originated on For the full announcement and to
apply, visit Only resumes
submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed
at will be considered.
General Engineer- TCF Intern============================##### Department of Veterans AffairsVeterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration##### Iowa City VA Health Care SystemOverview--------- ##### Open & closing dates05/13/2019 to 05/27/2019- ##### ServiceCompetitive- ##### Pay scale & gradeGS 5 - 7- ##### Salary$38,152 to $58,172 per year- ##### Appointment typePermanent- ##### Work scheduleFull-TimeLocation--------1 vacancy in the following location:-Iowa City, IA##### Relocation expenses reimbursedNo##### Telework eligibleNo- Duties------### SummaryThe Technical Career Field (TCF) is a national workforce developmentprogram within VHA that was designed to replenish technical staff incritically identified positions.Learn more about this agency### ResponsibilitiesThe TCF career fields represent those technical fields whereVA-specific knowledge and experience is desirable for...