Civil Engineer


Vacancy ID: 626206   Announcement Number: MG2012-R5-12-045-626206-WLW   USAJOBS Control Number: 312493100

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

Please see the definitions below of the education or combination of education and experience that meet the basic requirements for a Civil Engineer, GS-0810.

• DEGREE. PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) 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; 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

• 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 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:

o 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. 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.

o Written test - Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineering-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. Applicants who have passed the EIT examination and have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college or university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at the GS-05. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions that involve highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic requirements in the paragraph regarding Degree: professional engineering. Because of the diversity in kind and qualify of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least 1 year of additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT examination.

o 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 the paragraph regarding Degree: professional engineering.

o 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, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions.

1. Based on the descriptions above, which of the following describes your education or combination of education and experience as it relates to the basic requirements for a civil Engineer, GS-0810, position (supporting documentation should be attached with your application package)?

A. Professional engineering degree
B. Professional registration
C. Written test
D. Specified academic courses
E. Related curriculum
F. I do not have the education and/or experience described in any of the above statements.

PLEASE BE SURE TO DESCRIBE YOUR EXPERIENCE IN YOUR RESUME THAT SUPPORTS YOUR RESPONSES TO THE QUESTIONS BELOW. It is important that your submitted application package clearly shows that you possess the experience and skill levels that you claim in this questionnaire. Each of your responses must be clearly supported by your education, training, and/or specific work experience you describe in your resume for this position. If not, your rating score will be adjusted or your application will be determined not qualified. The information you provide will be verified.

2. Do you have at least one (1) year of specialized experience at the GS-9 level or equivalent assisting senior civil engineers in applying advanced concepts, principles, and practices in the engineering field sufficient to 1. Provide cost estimates and analysis of damaged infrastructures to public facilities 2. Provide professional advisory services to include code compliance and standards.

A. Yes, I have the experience as described above.
B. Some of my experience in civil engineering is described above, but I do not have all of the experience as described above.
C. I have successfully completed 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or I have a Ph.D. in civil engineering or equivalent doctoral degree related to civil engineering, which may be substituted for the specialized experience requirement.
D. I have a combination of higher graduate level education related to civil engineering and some experience assisting senior civil engineers in applying advanced concepts, principles, and practices in the engineering field sufficient to provide cost estimates and analysis of damaged infrastructures to public facilities and to provide professional advisory services to include code compliance and standards.
E. My experience or education in civil engineering is not described above.

3. Do you have at least one (1) year of specialized experience at the GS-11 or equivalent in applying advanced concepts, principles, and practices in the engineering field sufficient to 1. Provide cost estimates and analysis of damaged infrastructures to public facilities 2. Provide professional advisory services to include code compliance and standards.

A. Yes, I have the experience as described above.
B. Some of my experience in civil engineering is described above, but I do not have all of the experience as described above.
C. I have successfully completed 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or I have a Ph.D. in civil engineering or equivalent doctoral degree related to civil engineering, which may be substituted for the specialized experience requirement.
D. I have a combination of higher graduate level education related to civil engineering and some experience assisting senior civil engineers in applying advanced concepts, principles, and practices in the engineering field sufficient to provide cost estimates and analysis of damaged infrastructures to public facilities and to provide professional advisory services to include code compliance and standards.
E. My experience or education in civil engineering is not described above.

For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Please select only one letter for each item. Be sure to describe the experience that supports your responses to the task statements below in your resume. It is important that your application package submitted, including a resume or application form, clearly shows how you possess the experience and skills levels you claim in this questionnaire. Each of your responses must be clearly supported by your education, training, and/or specific work experience you describe in your resume submitted for this position. If not, your score will be lowered or you will be found not qualified. The information you provide will be verified. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for rating you ineligible, not hiring you, or firing you after you begin work.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education in hydrology or hydraulics, but I have never performed it in the job.
C- I have had education in hydrology or hydraulics and experience performing non-computer calculations.
D- I have experience working with any computer models relating to surface water hydrology and open channel hydraulics.
E- I am considered an expert working with BEC-RAS or HEC-HMS or backwater models on National Flood Insurance Programs (NFIP) studies.

4. Served on technical committees requiring knowledge of local and regional water resource planning, hydraulics, hydrology, and related natural hazards.

5. Has used computer applications in accomplishing hydrology studies and hydraulic engineering problems.

6. Has conducted hydraulic studies required in the investigation and evaluation of flood hazard analyses.

For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Please select only one letter for each item.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education in floodplain management but I have never performed it in the job.
C- I have demonstrated understanding of floodplain management or hazard mitigation programs.
D- I have performed the task of identifying mapping standards and recommending modification to reflect current policy and legal requirements. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E- I am considered an expert in floodplain management and hazard mitigation techniques as a program manager.

7. Perform studies to develop and recommend modification on flood risks and hazard mitigation programs.

8. Provide advice on the potential benefits/uses of technology to improve the efficiency of operations.

9. Analyze and monitors highly technical work performed by private engineering consultants and other Federal agencies.

10. Maintain knowledge of computer programs and procedures available for accomplishing hydrology studies and hydraulic engineering problems.

For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Please select only one letter for each item.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education or training in written and/or oral communications, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have given briefings and created written and technical materials. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D- I have given briefings and created written and technical materials as a regular part of my work. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E- I am considered an expert in writing, preparing, and presenting briefings to senior management and creating extensive written and technical materials in support of contingency programs and emergency operations. I have supervised others in the performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.

11. Oversee the development of policies and procedures.

12. Collect and disseminate information about the water resource planning and related natural hazards.

13. Participate in oral discussions in order to provide recommendations to senior management.

For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Please select only one letter for each item.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education in civil engineering but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have basic knowledge of building codes and code compliance. My work with this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D- I have demonstrated experience dealing with local building codes for all type of structures. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E- I am considered an expert in dealing with local building codes for one to four unit buildings. I have supervised others in the performance of this task or I am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.

14. Reviews, evaluates and monitors technical work performed by private engineering consultants concentrated upon structural and hydraulic engineering study elements.

15. Reviews proposed complex contracts between FEMA and public and private contractors. Reviews proposed contract amendments by contractors to assure justification for such amendments.

16. Maintains knowledge of computer programs and procedures available for accomplishing hydrology studies and hydraulic engineering problems.