Supervisory General Engineer (VISN 4 Capital Assets Manager)

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration | Altoona, PA

Posted Date 12/03/2019
Description The incumbent serves as the Capital Asset Manager (CAM) for the VISN which currently includes 9 Medical Centers and over 45 outpatient clinics. The primary purpose of the position includes managing all capital assets and capital asset portfolio performance, oversight of occupational safety, healthcare engineering, industrial hygiene, environmental compliance, and strategic planning.

Duties: The incumbent is responsible for the development of overall goals and objectives for assigned staff functions, programs, and ongoing projects. The incumbent directs development and oversight for the VISN's Capital Asset Engineer, Energy Management, Green Environmental Management System (GEMS), Environment of Care, and Strategic Planning Programs and provision of expertise and insights. The incumbent allocates work to the following subordinates 25% or more of the time based on priorities, consideration of the difficulty of work and capabilities to the Deputy Capital Assets Manager, Environmental Protection Specialist, General Engineer, Safety & Occupational Health, Engineer and Program Analyst (Capital Asset Manager)
Work Schedule: Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Compressed/Flexible: Not available
Telework: Adhoc
Virtual: This is NOT a virtual position.
Position Description/PD#: Supervisory General Engineer (VISN 4 Capital Assets Manager)/PD01237-0
PCS or Relocation Incentives: Authorized to Highly Qualified Candidates
Financial Disclosure Report: Not requiredTo qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 12/12/2019.

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-14 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-13. 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. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade.

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.

You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:

Basic Education Requirement: A. Degree: Engineering. (801 series) 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 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 You must have following:
  1. 1. Professional registration or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT)1, 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. 2. Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)2 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. 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. 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.)(DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED) (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)
Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-13 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Supervision, program management, construction project management, & engineering design; management experience in all areas involving operations and maintenance of boiler and chiller plants, emergency generator plant, and potable water plant as well as the Heating, medical gas and electrical distribution and waste water collection systems; in-house services for calibration, repair and safety of all associate instrumentation and controls and assurance of meeting guidelines set by the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) regarding overall maintenance and safety of operations systems and equipment of a large medical or commercial facility; experience providing engineering and management direction to comply with legislative and accrediting requirements, which include: OSHA, EPA, FDA, NFPA, and state authorities having specific jurisdiction concerning protection and quality of life and environment, as well as accrediting bodies (e.g., JCAHO, CAP).

You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
  • 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.

Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary, although some physical effort may be required, e.g. walking, standing, carrying light items such as manuals, testing equipment, data gathering devices or briefcases, or driving or traveling by motor vehicle covering the maximum area permissible by joint travel regulations and organizational policy in a day.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at

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