Engineering Technician

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers | Pittsburgh, PA

Posted Date 11/06/2019
Description About the Position: This position will support engineers with computer aided design and drafting (CADD) for projects and will conduct reviews of submitted CADD work for accuracy, quality standards, and all design policies.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 Civilian Employees of the Organization
  • Current Department of Army Civilian Employees
  • Current Permanent Department of Defense (DOD) Civilian Employee (non-Army)
  • Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) Interchange Agreement
  • Disabled Veteran w/ a Service-Connected Disability, More than 10%, Less than 30%
  • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan
  • Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act
  • Military Spouses, under Executive Order (E.O.) 13473
  • Non-Department of Defense (DoD) Transfer
  • People with Disabilities, Schedule A
  • Priority Placement Program, DoD Military Spouse Preference (MSP) Eligible
  • Reinstatement
  • Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) of 1998
  • Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA)


In order to qualify, you must meet the education and specialized 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.

GS-05:Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes: creating drawings; developing civil and/or structural, topographical features of locks, dams, or other similar infrastructure; knowledge and training in utilizing software such as MicroStation, AutoCAD, Civil 3D, or Revit, to create models, site plans, cross sections, elevations and details. This definition of specialized eperience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-04).
OR
Education: Four year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree (a) with major study in an appropriate field of engineering, construction, or industrial technology; OR (b) that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as engineering, engineering or industrial technology, construction, physics, drafting, surveying, physical science, or mathematics.
OR
Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education and experience 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 your semester hours of education beyond two years (total semester hours minus 60) by 60. Add the two percentages.

GS-06:Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes: executing drawings; developing civil and/or structural, topographical features of locks, dams, or other similar infrastructure; Proficient knowledge and experience in utilizing software such as MicroStation, AutoCAD, Civil 3D, or Revit, to create models, site plans, cross sections, elevations and details. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-05).

GS-07:Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes: executing and reviewing drawings; developing civil and/or structural, topographical features of locks, dams, or other similar infrastructure; Proficient knowledge and experience in utilizing software such as MicroStation, AutoCAD, Civil 3D, or Revit, to create models, site plans, cross sections, elevations and details. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-06).

GS-08:Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes: executing and reviewing drawings; developing civil and/or structural, topographical features of locks, dams, or other similar infrastructure; experience utilizing software such as MicroStation, AutoCAD, Civil 3D, or Revit, to create models, site plans, cross sections, elevations and details. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-07).

GS-09:Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes: executing and reviewing complex and unusual drawings; developing civil and/or structural, topographical features of locks, dams, or other similar infrastructure; expert experience in utilizing software such as MicroStation, AutoCAD, Civil 3D, or Revit, to create models, site plans, cross sections, elevations and details. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-09).


Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, at the GS-06 through the GS-09 grade levels, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone--no substitution of education for experience is permitted.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas:
  • Applies Technology to Tasks
  • Oral Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Technical Competence


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-05: 52 weeks at the GS-04.
GS-06: 52 weeks at the GS-05.
GS-07: 52 weeks at the GS-06.
GS-08: 52 weeks at the GS-07.
GS-09: 52 weeks at the GS-08.

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