Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Engineering Technician in Jefferson Barracks, Missouri
Summary The Engineering Technician is assigned to the Design and Construction Section of the Facilities Engineering Service at the VA St. Louis Health Care System and is under the direct supervision of the Design and Construction Section Supervisor. The incumbent manages the engineer drawings library, digitizes new prints and updates prints as a result of construction/renovation projects and non-recurring maintenance activities. Responsibilities Major duties include, but are not limited to: Participates in the management and planning of construction projects from inception through the punch list and activation. Maintains all facility master floor plans by utilizing Building Information Modeling (BIM) techniques (primarily Revit, AutoCAD, and other spreadsheet programs) drafting and editing techniques. Prepares, develops and reviews all engineering CADD (Computer Aided Design Drawings) drawings, plans, sketches, specifications, equipment schedules and other references applicable, or pertaining to, each project to assure the final design drafting product is acceptable for contract award. Develops design plans, equipment schedules, drawing sections, construction details, floor plan views, site plans and other common drawings for each project to show detail, complexity, size and unique features necessary for construction. Compiles data from a variety of sources and field verifies in order to accurately digitize changes to the existing floor plans. Converts data holdings by digitizing/scanning existing drawings, aerial photographs and maps using global positioning systems (GPS) to create new features. Develops architectural, mechanical heating, air conditioning ventilation, plumbing layouts and details, electrical power and lighting, structural and civil work. Utilizes established layering schemes or creates new layers as appropriate, that are consistent with existing and American Institute of Architects (AIA) standards, prints and plots scaled versions of drawings using large scale plotter/printers. Prepares plans, specifications and estimates for various projects specific to facility drawings, surveys and space planning which include multi-disciplinary architectural, fire and safety, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, telecommunication, analog and digital electronics and hazardous material abatement design. Serves as a Contracting Officer Representative (COR) on projects and inspects competitively bid construction and maintenance and repair projects to ensure compliance with drawings and specifications. Performs field investigations to gain first-hand knowledge of the Medical Center layout and to gather architectural and engineering data necessary to document conditions for design, construction and engineering records. Maintains the Facility Space File computer database. Work Schedule: 8:00am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday Compressed/Flexible: Not Available Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description Number: 657-9440-0 Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Duty Station: John Cochran Division; however, the duty station may be changed to one of multiple locations in the VA Health Care System based on the needs of the facility. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 05/06/2021. 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-11 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-10. 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 as described below: Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-10 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Drafting, architecture, civil, surveying, structural, electrical systems, and mechanical systems. Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of using BIM Technology (Revit) and CADD software (AutoCAD) to manage and update as-built drawing databases, both digital and hard copy, of building and site drawings is paramount. Proficiency of using computers, software, and wide format printers to produce hard copies of drawings. Quality Ranking Factor: Experience with architectural building and civil site layout design. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Communications and MediaDesignProject ManagementTechnical 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 involves regular, walking, climbing, bending and crawling in or around the Medical Center and construction sites. Work Environment: Work is sometimes performed in constructions areas with associated hazards which include, dusty and dirty areas, in the air and surfaces, loud noise levels, vibrations and extreme temperature and humidity. All other work is performed in a temperate office setting. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/. Education There is no educational substitution at this grade level. A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. Additional Information VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process. Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator. The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified: applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the required competencies of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/. Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document. 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