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Europe District now accepting applications for a Recent Graduate GS-7 Interdisciplinary Engineer

Position is a full performance level GS-11

Published March 17, 2020

USACE Europe District is now accepting applications for a Recent Graduate GS-7 (full performance level GS-11) Interdisciplinary Engineer Position. Please see information below on how to apply.

Position title: This is an Interdisciplinary Engineer/Architect position in the Missile Defense Project Integration Division and may be filled with any of the following job series:

•    General Engineer, GS-0801-7
•    Architecture, GS-0808-7
•    Civil Engineer, GS-0810-7
•    Environmental Engineer, GS-0819-7
•    Mechanical Engineer, GS-0830-7
•    Electrical Engineer, GS-0850-7

In addition to the specialized experience requirements, applicants must submit proof that they meet the educational requirements for at least one of the series described in the announcement.  Applicants will be appointed to the job series/position title for which they meet all education and experience requirements. 

This position is developmental in nature, leading to the target grade of GS-11. Upon meeting regulatory and performance requirements incumbent may be promoted non-competitively to the target level of GS-11 when eligible, and at management's discretion, through the intervening grade(s) of GS 7/9/11.  Incumbent will be selected at the GS-7 level and will perform duties under closer-than-usual supervision until the full performance GS-11 level is reached. 

Location: Wiesbaden, Germany

Relocation Expenses:  Authorized

Salary: Ranges from $48,488 to $59,675 per year

Appointment Type:  Permanent

Conditions of Employment:
- Must possess a valid driver's license.
- Obtain Contract Officer Representative (COR) certification within 6 months.
- Obtain DAWIA certification in Facility Engineering Level I within 24 months of assignment. 
- TDY up to 85% depending on the specific assignment.
-This position requires you to submit a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE450) upon entry and annually thereafter.  
-Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
- This is a drug testing designated position and is subject to pre-employment screening and random testing thereafter.

Duties:
•    Serves in an entry, intermediate or advanced trainee level capacity in Career Program 18. Performs duties characteristic of the specific occupational series at the GS-7 level for accomplishing a variety of developmental duties in support of the overall work of the organization.

•    Assignments are selected to broaden skills and provide practical experience for progressively more complex assignments.

•    Performs assigned portions of professional or technical projects involving such duties as: tests material, equipment, or systems for compliance with specifications or for evaluation in terms of operational use; reviews technical aspects of applications, designs, or proposed plans for compliance with laws, regulations, standards, specifications, or other requirements.

•    Performs administrative duties such as: gathers and reviews a variety of narrative and/or statistical data to prepare reports; conducts analyses of data to support conclusions or recommendations for action.

•    The specific duties assigned to this position will vary, depending upon the occupation in which the incumbent was hired, as well as the developmental needs of the individual employee. Further information concerning these duties will be recorded in the following documents: the employees Individual Development Plan, and the specific performance objectives outlined in the Defense Performance Management and Appraisal Program (DPMAP) evaluation report or other performance objectives document.

•    Perform other duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications for Engineer (0801, 0810, 0819, 0830, 0850):
A. Degree: Engineering. 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 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 following: 
1. Professional registration or licensure -- 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 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. Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination or any other written test required for professional engineers. For more information about EI and EIT registration requirements, please visit the National Society of Professional Engineers website at: http://www.nspe.org.  The FE examination is not administered by the U. S. Office of Personnel Management. For more information, please visit: http://www.nspe.org/Licensure/HowtoGetLicensed/index.html.  Registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. 
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. 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.)

Basic Qualifications for Architect (0808):
A. Degree: architecture; or related field that included 60 semester hours of course work in architecture or related disciplines of which at least (1) 30 semester hours were in architectural design, and (2) 6 semester hours were in each of the following: structural technology, properties of materials and methods of construction, and environmental control systems.

OR

B. Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the arts and sciences underlying professional architecture, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the architectural principles, methods, and techniques and their applications to the design and construction or improvement of buildings. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by at least one of the following:
1. Related Curriculum: Degree in architectural engineering may be accepted as satisfying in full the basic requirements, provided the completed course work in architectural engineering provided knowledge, skills, and abilities substantially equivalent to those provided in the courses specified in paragraph A. The curriculum for a degree in either architecture or architectural engineering covers function, esthetics, site, structure, economics, mechanical-electrical, and other engineering problems related to the design and construction of buildings primarily (but not exclusively) intended to house human activities. The courses required for a degree in architecture generally place emphasis upon planning, esthetics, and materials and methods of construction, while the courses for an architectural engineering degree place equal or greater weight on the technical engineering aspects such as structural systems, mechanical systems, and the properties of materials. Because of this difference in emphasis, persons with degrees in architecture may have a preference for work assignments that offer greater opportunities for them to express their artistic and creative abilities. As a result, they may be more concerned with planning and design aspects of architecture, and persons with degrees in architectural engineering may be more engaged in aspects emphasizing technical engineering considerations.
2. Experience: An applicant lacking a degree in architecture must have had l year of experience in an architect's office or in architectural work for each year short of graduation from a program of study in architecture. In the absence of college courses, 5 years of such experience is required. This experience must have demonstrated that the applicant has acquired a thorough knowledge of the fundamental principles and theories of professional architecture.

To qualify for GS-7 for both Engineer (0801, 0810, 0819, 0830, 0850) and Architect (0808): In addition to the basic education requirements above, applicants must meet the following minimum qualifications:

Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes: 1) utilizing basic engineering/architecture techniques and methods; 2) completing limited engineering/architectural designs and projects; 3) carrying out basic computations and calculations; and 4) analyzing, interpreting, and conveying findings. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the second lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-05).

OR

Education: One full 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: engineering or architecture.

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 Education above. Superior Academic Achievement is based on: 
 (1) Class Standing - Applicants 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.) - Applicants 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 - Applicants may be considered eligible based on membership in one of the approved national scholastic honor societies listed by the Association of College Honor Societies (https://www.achsnatl.org/).

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 the total number of completed graduate semester hours (or equivalent) by 18. Add the two percentages.

Alternate Requirements for an Architect (0808) at GS-7:
1.    Successful completion of a 5-year program of study of at least 160 semester hours leading to a Bachelor of Architecture or higher degree in an accredited college or university is qualifying for GS-7.
2.    Applicants with an architecture degree who have appropriate experience as a technician equivalent to grade GS-5 or higher may have such experience credited for grade GS-7 only on a month-for-month basis up to a maximum of 12 months.

How to Apply:  Submit resume and transcript(s) to the POC below no later than 03 April 2020

POC:  Émile Pitre (Emile.Pitre@usace.army.mil)