General Engineer ( Direct Hire )

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration | Coatesville, PA

Posted Date 12/03/2019
Description This position is located in the Facilities Engineering Service at the Coatesville VAMC. In this position, the incumbent will serve as a Project Engineer and is responsible for the construction management of all assigned station level, non-recurring maintenance, minor and major construction projects, processing of change orders/ supplemental agreements, requests for information, monthly construction progress reports, progress payments, cost estimates and other reports assigned by the Supervisor.
Acts as the Contracting Officer Technical Representative (COTR) for the development, design, planning, estimating, inspection and management of all construction projects from their inception through design. Development of detailed project designs affecting all aspects of the Medical Center. Interacts with all involved services of projects to produce plans, specifications contact letters, project estimates, applications, CEA templates, activation and impact requests, construction change requests, activation of completed construction and completion item requests.
Prepares the scope of work and develops government cost estimates for the A/E contracts and construction required to perform station level projects, NRM projects and minor construction projects.
Prepares detailed contract specifications and plan layouts for interior and exterior building and utility system projects which may include: electrical, mechanical, architectural, civil, plumbing, heating, ventilating and air conditioning project applications. Assures construction is done in accordance with applicable requirements and standards such as; VA standards, National Fire Protection Association codes, Occupations Safety and Health Admin. (OSHA), and The Joint Commission. Implements the Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) system within the Projects Section in the documentation of all project work.
Construction Administration/Project Management work review, approve contract deliverables including. Design submission packages (drawings, specifications, calculations, reports, analysis, renderings), material data, equipment data, system data, shop drawings and as-built drawings submitted by VA contractors. Prepare and approve construction project related documents, final payments, time extensions, change orders, submittal review, certified payrolls, justifications (including independent cost estimates for change orders) and medical center requirements. Prepare correspondence to contractors, manufacturers and suppliers after award.
Make technical determinations related to necessity of work.
Make recommendations to contracting whether to initiate a change in contract requirements (change order/ modification).Develop drawings, specifications, cost estimates and justification documents.
Review contractor costs, proposed work and make recommendations to the contracting. Serve as the project manager on selected projects throughout the project's life.
Utilize project management tools to deliver project budgets and schedules. Monitor contractor performance, terms, and conditions.
Ensure work performed is in compliance with all contract requirements.
Act within the authority granted by contracting officer to identify deficient work, notify the contractor and oversee contractor's required corrections to past, present, and future work.
Review and maintain a working knowledge of technical and contract requirements for each project.
Identify and communicate all deficiencies to the contractor as well as oversee and track contractor resolution.
Coordinate and participate in all daily, weekly, special, partial, pre-final and final inspections.
Prepare inspection reports, signs off completed projects, prepare final closeout paperwork and custody receipt.
Coordinate training on new equipment for identified medical staff. Review, approve and distribute operation manuals to staff.
Verify contractor submitted as-built drawings meet current VA computer assisted drafting standards.
Perform technical research and coordination for utility outages, operational modifications and closures.
Assess and determine medical center impacts and conduct necessary contingency planning departments impacted.
Serve as COR and technical expert on multiple contracts, engineering planning, engineering analysis and reporting, A/E design, construction, maintenance and operations.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:00AM-4:30PM (Other options to be determined by supervisor)
Position Description/PD#: General Engineer ( Direct Hire )/PD00291-A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: You may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy.
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 12/18/2019.

Specialized experience includes: Complete monthly updates to VA required project reporting systems, Veteran Support service Center and Project Tracking Reports. Ensure timely acceptance/rejection of invoices for assigned contracts, ensure prompt payment and non-accrual of interest. Complete contractor periodic and final performance reports in accordance with VA requirements. Research, prepare data and calculations for original design and construction packages. Research and edit specifications from sources such as Federal and VA guides, manufacturer specifications and industry standards. Research and extract data from sources including engineering handbooks, guides, master specifications, manufacturer literature, VA design guides & bulletins, code, accreditation requirements, life safety and fire code. Prepare new or adapt existing specifications for project materials, equipment, installation, and performance. Prepare original plans and specifications not covered by published guides or accepted resources. Prepare initial and final design layouts, construction packages, cost estimates, construction materials and methods covering a broad range of engineering systems. Review and select from a variety of acceptable methods, techniques and solutions. Develop specialized engineering and construction in a healthcare environment, including handicapped accessibility, specialized utility, specialized electronics, telecommunications and health care fire safety. Manage, develop and complete designs within budget, time, scope and operational requirements. Manage, develop and participate in the designs of extremely specialized medical programs and equipment. Coordinate, manage and oversee the preparation of plans, cost estimates, specifications, calculations and drawings for building service equipment additions & replacements, station level and site specific projects, NRM, minor improvement and completion of Major construction projects. Coordinate, manage, prepares, document and review contractor submissions. Makes formal and written recommendation of award to contracting. Reviewing Architect/Engineering firm's technical ability and make formal written recommendations to management. Review proposal documentation for compliance, completeness, realism, and feasibility. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

GS-11 grade level: One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the federal service) experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) and other characteristics to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled, in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

Basic Requirement: A bachelor's degree in professional Engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must be1.) Be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum.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. (Transcripts Required)


Possess a combination of education and experience: College-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a though knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional 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: Professional registration -- Current registration as a professional engineer 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.

Written Test: Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners.

Specified academic courses -- 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. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A.

Related curriculum: Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a 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. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Preferred Experience: Minimum experience of 1 year in the Construction Field.

Physical Demands: The incumbent must work throughout all areas of VAPHS. Regularly conducts onsite inspections of work sites which may require going in out-of-the-way areas such as interstitial areas, pipe chases, roofs, attics, etc. which may require kneeling, bending, stooping, crawling, climbing and lifting equipment weighing over 50 lbs. Project demands periodically require work at other than normal administrative hours.

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

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