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Europe District is hiring a GS- 11 Interdisciplinary Engineer

Published March 18, 2020

USACE Europe District is now accepting applications for a GS- 11 Interdisciplinary Engineer Position. Please see information below on how to apply.

Position title: This is an Interdisciplinary Engineer/Architect position in the Construction Branch, Kaiserslautern Resident Office, and may be filled with any of the following job series:

  • Architect, GS-0808-11
  • General Engineer, GS-0801-11
  • Environmental Engineer, GS-0819-11
  • Civil Engineer, GS-0810-11
  • Mechanical Engineer, GS-0830-11
  • Electrical Engineer, GS-0850-11

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.

Location: Kaiserslautern, Germany

Relocation Expenses:  Not authorized

Salary: Ranges from $62,564 to $79,124 per year

Appointment Type:  Permanent

Conditions of Employment:

-Must be able to obtain and maintain a valid driver's license.

-May be required to obtain COR (Contract Officer Representative) certification within 6 months.

-This position requires you to submit and Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE450) annually

- Must obtain DAWIA certification in Facility Engineering or DAWIA Certification in Contracting Level I within 24 months of assignment.

-This position requires up to 5% TDY business travel.


  • Serves as a Project Engineer at a construction site responsible for execution construction activities for a wide range of military projects.
  • Keep apprised of existing and proposed construction projects and coordinates assigned project(s) with design engineers and other district personnel incident to reviewing drawings, design memoranda, reports, etc.
  • Review plans and specifications for bid-ability and constructability in order to become familiar with design and construction requirements, regulatory restrictions, and cost considerations.
  • Ensures contractor compliance with contract schedules, plans, specifications, and submittals. Determines necessity for changes or remedial action.
  • Inspect construction work in progress to coordinate the solution of construction problems.

Basic Qualifications for Engineer (0810,0801,0819 0830, 0850):

A. Degree: Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree (or higher 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.


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 registration, by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, or 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 A above. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program.

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 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.

Basic Qualifications for Architect (0808):

A. Degree: Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in architecture or in a 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.


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 provided the completed course work in architectural engineering provided knowledge, skills, and abilities substantially equivalent to those provided in the courses specified in statement A above, or (2) Experience: 1 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 any college courses, 5 years of such experience is required. This experience must have demonstrated that you have acquired a thorough knowledge of the fundamental principles and theories of professional architecture.

Specialized Experience (GS-11): One year of specialized experience which includes:  1) performing construction administration; 2) providing contract management in the execution of construction activities for a wide range of construction projects, and 3) providing recommendations or solutions to modify standard practices, equipment, devices, or processes.

This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the second lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-09).
Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position, such as: Architecture and Engineering.
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) beyond the second year (total graduate semester hours minus 36) by 18.

Add the two percentages.

How to Apply:  Submit resume and transcript(s) to the POC below no later than 24 March 2020

POC:  David.R.Nichols