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Mechanical Engineer

Public Buildings Service San Francisco, CA
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Mechanical Engineer

##### General Services Administration

Public Buildings Service


- ##### Open & closing dates

08/27/2019 to 09/06/2019

- ##### Service


- ##### Pay scale & grade

GS 13

- ##### Salary

$107,630 to $139,916 per year

- ##### Appointment type


- ##### Work schedule



FEW vacancies in the following location:


San Francisco, CA

##### Relocation expenses reimbursed


##### Telework eligible

Yes as determined by agency policy

- Duties

### Summary

As a Mechanical Engineer, you will provide professional engineering,
technical and programmatic support services, assisting the Energy
Program Manager and team to meet the goals and objectives
established within the PBS Energy Program for the Region.

**Location of Position: **Public Buildings Service, Design and
Construction Division, San Francisco, CA.

We are currently filling one vacancy, but additional vacancies may
be filled as needed.

Learn more about this agency

### Responsibilities

**Subject matter expert/consultant/authoritative advisor:**

- Serves as a senior engineer responsible for the engineering
programs for PBS, with overall responsibility for the technical
and business management of designated design, construction,
renovation or alteration project processes, ensuring engineering
excellence in projects within an assigned Region; as well as
managing select projects and studies. Projects monitored and
managed typically encompass the latest, most complex, highly
visible activities of the Region and/or those with the highest
dollar value.
- Provides oversight and expert technical consultation services,
conducts or assists with commissioning and engineering review in
support of GSA's national Design and Construction Programs and
initiatives and implements standards, policies, regulations,
statutes or Executive Orders applicable to the GSA Design and
Construction programs.
- Provides oversight and expert technical consultation services,
conducts engineering review in support of GSA's national Design
and Construction Programs and initiatives and implements
standards, policies, regulations, statutes or Executive Orders
applicable to the GSA Design and Construction programs.
- Serves as a recognized technical authority to all GSA regional
architects, engineers and building managers as well as contract
A/E firms and construction teams regarding the repair,
alteration, maintenance and security issues on all significant,
complex or highly visible projects.
- Independently or as a "team leader", conducts briefings,
discussions, and negotiations with high level agency
representatives, GSA management, and project teams, contract A/E
firms, construction firms and external stakeholders to resolve
controversies, promote innovative design and construction
approaches, and develop consensus on projects with state of the
art engineering issues or other sensitive professional matters.
- Prepares and conducts periodic technical training and seminars
at the Regional and National Level relating to GSA's engineering
programs, the latest GSA technical standards, and innovative
processes and techniques pertaining to the engineering field.
- Is an expert in applicable code compliance and application of
same to design documents.
- Maximizes energy savings via drawing review.

Technical Expert for Procurement and/or Project Support Duties:

- Incorporates relevant features into design solutions; confers
with contacts regarding project requirements, building
limitation and space usage to determine the most economical
- Coordinates with other assigned personnel to assure that all
technical areas are covered, that proper design consideration is
given and that total project objectives and schedules are met.
- Prepares detailed cost or A/E fee estimates and pertinent
correspondence, plans, reports and Architect/Engineer (A/E)
contract criterial necessary for project completion.
- Prepares statement of professional scope of work and negotiates
contract specifications and design changes with organizational
elements of the agency and contractors.
- Participates in review of bids, contractors' proposals, contract
specifications and designs, as well as in contract negotiations
and technical business discussions with contractors.
- Monitors and assess effectiveness of contractors in meeting
contractual requirements.

Contracting Officer's Representative Duties:

- Represents GSA and the Contracting Officer on Architect/Engineer
Construction Management, and Construction Contracts as the
Contracting Officers' Representative (COR).
- Exercises full delegated authority for the Contracting Officer,
reviewing and inspecting the work as it proceeds in compliance
with contract requirements.
- Monitors and reviews design and construction progress, offers
advice on reallocation of funds, schedules and work required to
complete assigned projects.
- Resolves problems or conflicts impending progress, and assures
contractors and agency staff work effectively towards timely
completion of projects.
- Reviews and analyzes highly controversial and /or complex change
orders and contractors claims to insure they are resolved.
- Provides expertise and final acceptance inspections and
completes all administrative actions required to close out
assigned projects.
- Presents the agency's position on matters such as phasing,
funding and result impact on D&C projects.
- Serves on A/E and Construction selection panels promoting D&C
excellence initiatives; attends meetings with A/E and
contractors to establish and oversee project schedules, agency
policies and procedures, and technical criteria for subsequent
inclusion in A/E design documents and contracts.
- Prepares and administers IDIQ contract(s) for consulting
engineering services and provides initial guidance and continued
coordination for various engineering services from planning
through post occupancy.

### Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.

##### Supervisory status


##### Promotion Potential


- #### Job family (Series)

0830 Mechanical Engineering

#### Similar jobs

- Engineers, Mechanical
- Mechanical Engineers

- Requirements

### Conditions of Employment

- US Citizenship or National (Residents of American Samoa and
Swains Island)
- Meet all eligibility criteria within 30 days of the closing date
- Meet time-in-grade within 30 days of the closing date, if
- Register with Selective Service, if you are a male born after
- Apply online (See How to Apply section.)

If selected, you must meet the following conditions:

- Receive authorization from OPM on any job offer you receive,
**if you are or were (within the last 5 years) a Schedule A,
Schedule C, or non-career SES political appointee**
- Serve a one year probationary period, if required.
- Undergo and pass a background investigation (Tier 2
investigation level).
- Have your identity and work status eligibility verified if you
are not a GSA employee. We will use the Department of Homeland
Security's e-Verify system for this. Any discrepancies must be
resolved as a condition of continued employment.
- Complete a financial disclosure report to verify that no
conflict, or an appearance of conflict, exists between your
financial interest and this position.

### Qualifications


For each job on your resume, provide:

- the exact dates you held each job (from month/year to
- number of hours per week you worked (if part time).

If you have volunteered your service through a National Service
program (e.g., Peace Corps, Americorps), we encourage you to apply
and include this experience on your resume.

For a brief video on creating a Federal resume, click here.

The GS-13 salary range starts at $107,630 per year. If you are a
new federal employee, your starting salary will likely be set at the
Step 1 of the grade for which you are selected.

To qualify, you must meet the following requirements:

**BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR ENGINEERS: **A Degree in professional
engineering OR a combination of college-level education, training,
and/or technical experience. For specifics on qualifying education
and/or experience - use the following link: Basic Requirements for
Engineer Positions.

In addition to the Basic Requirements stated above, candidates must
possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12
level in the federal service. Specialized experience defined as
experience as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) and technical consultant
in applying professional mechanical engineering principles,
concepts, and practices with the full range of mechanical systems
including all primary HVAC components, distribution systems,
controls, and plumbing. This must include experience with
commissioning of high risk and cost mechanical systems, inspections,
and troubleshooting difficult or unusual designs and existing
conditions;application of applicable industry policies and
standards, energy saving requirements, and the International
Business Code, as well as experience with cross-discipline elements
such as electrical, fire protection systems, and advanced metering

### Education

Note: 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,

### Additional information

Bargaining Unit status: AFGE

Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement as needed;
through other means; or not at all.

Relocation-related expenses are not approved and will be your

On a case-by-case basis, the following incentives may be approved:

- Recruitment incentive if you are new to the federal government
- Relocation incentive if you are a current federal employee
- Credit toward vacation leave if you are new to the federal

This vacancy is also being announced under OPM's Delegated Examining
procedures as Vacancy Announcement Number 1909232LRDE. Please review
that announcement to see if you are eligible for Overview Duties
Qualifications & Evaluations Benefits & Other Info How to Apply
consideration. You must apply separately for each announcement in
order to be considered under both procedures.

### How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the
qualifications above.

You will be scored on the questions you answer during the
application process, which will measure your possession of the
following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities. Your
responses to these questions must be supported by your resume or
your score may be lowered.*** ***

- Mastery of advanced professional principles in mechanical
engineering required to serve as a technical expert on key
design and construction initiatives and policies for the
organization and/or project manager for designated major
building projects.
- Ability to advise on state of the art building systems and
rapidly changing industry or technological initiatives for
design and construction considerations, and to resolve complex
or unprecedented problems.
- Knowledge of integrated building design and review, with
sufficient cross-discipline experience to insure mechanical,
electrical, architectural, and controls systems work together
cohesively, including extensive experience: designing,
reviewing, and implementing building automation systems (BAS);
controlling complex HVAC systems, advanced lighting controls and
advanced metering systems.
- Advanced knowledge in BAS control methods and strategies, with
extensive experience in building-wide direct digital control
systems integration with large meta-systems through the use of
designated state of the art controls systems architecture.
- Experience in writing, analyzing, and implementing complex
sequences of operation for independent systems and equipment
including chillers, cooling towers, air handlers, boilers, and
- Ability to investigate, advise, and resolve unusual and
controversial problems related to the interface and integration
requirement for a broad range of existing and new building
mechanical control systems and equipment.
- Ability to evaluate and advise senior leaders on the feasibility
of new technology and state-of-the-are equipment for
incorporation in to existing building mechanical systems and
- Ability to conceive, coordinate, direct, and oversee critical
operational and integration systems engineering efforts to
establish, maintain, and improve building mechanical systems and
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
to effectively present technical engineering data to varied
target audiences.
- Knowledge of and skill in applying concepts and procedures
associated with project management, financial management and/or
procurement vehicles.
- Knowledge of Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) duties
and limitations as defined by the Federal Acquisition

If you are eligible under GSA's Career Transition Assistance
Plan (CTAP), you must receive a score of 85 or higher to receive

**To preview questions please click here.**

### Background checks and security clearance

##### Security clearance


##### Drug test required


- Required Documents

ALL required documents must be submitted before the closing date.
Review the following list to determine what you need to submit.

**Note:** If required to submit an **SF-50** (Notice of Personnel
Action), an equivalent agency Notice of Personnel Action form is
acceptable. Such document(s) must show all of the following:
effective date, position, title, series, grade, and rate of basic
pay, tenure group 1 (career) or 2 (career-conditional), position
occupied group, and name of agency. If you are a **GSA employee**
(except in the OIG), you are not required to submit an SF-50.

**If you are a 30% or more disabled veteran, VEOA or VRA applicant
or qualified spouse, widow/widower, or parent:**

**(a)** Copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From
Active Duty, DD-214 that shows the dates of your active duty
service. If selected, a DD-214 showing your type of discharge
(member 4 copy) will be required prior to appointment.

**(b)** If you are a disabled veteran, or are applying under
VRA or VEOA as a spouse, widow/widower, or parent of a veteran,
submit both of the following in addition to the DD-214:

1. completed SF-15 form; and
2. proof of your entitlement (refer to SF-15 for complete list).

**If you are active duty military**- Certification on a letterhead
from your military branch that includes your rank, character of
service (must be under honorable conditions) & military service
dates including discharge/release date (must be no later than 120
days after the date the certification is submitted).

**If you are a current Federal employee or Reinstatement Eligible:**
Submit your latest SF-50.

**If you are eligible under an Interchange Agreement:** Submit your
latest SF-50.

**If you are a former Peace Corp or VISTA volunteer: Submit your
Description of Service.**

**If you are a current or former Land Management Agency Employee -
Submit a and b:**

(a) one or more SF-50s, including your most recent one that
shows you were on a competitive time-limited appointment(s) with a
Land Management Agency and served on the appointment for a period(s)
totaling more than 24 months without a break of 2 or more years.

(b) Copy of your agency's annual performance appraisal(s) or
written reference(s) from a supervisor at the agency verifying
satisfactory performance during your appointment(s).

**If you have a disability:** Submit proof of eligibility. For
information on eligibility and required documentation, refer to
USAJOBS's People With Disabilities page.

**If you are applying under another special appointment authority:**
Submit proof of your eligibility under the appropriate appointment
authority. See USAJOBS's Resource Center for more information.

**If you are**ICTAP/CTAP **eligible** - **submit a, b, and c**:
**(a)** proof of eligibility including agency notice; **(b)** SF-50,
and **(c)** most recent performance appraisal.

**College transcripts:** If you are using some or all of your
college education to meet qualification requirements for this
position, you must submit a photocopy of your college transcript(s).
If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to
appointment. For education completed outside the United States, also
submit a valid foreign credential evaluation that substantiates
possession of the required education.

#### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution
recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be
credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the
attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting
institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this
vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may
affect the overall rating.

- Benefits

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a
comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your
family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to
make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal

You will have access to many benefits including:

- Health insurance (choose from a wide range of plans)
- Life insurance coverage with several options
- Sick leave and vacation time, including 10 paid holidays per
- Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401(k) plan)
- Flexible work schedules
- Transit and child care subsidies
- Flexible spending accounts
- Long-term care insurance
- Training and development

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold
and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent.
Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific
benefits offered.

- How to Apply

Submit a complete online application including any required
documents prior to 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date of the
announcement. You can modify or complete your application any time
before the deadline. Simply return to USAJOBS, select the vacancy,
and update your application. For more detailed instructions on how
to apply, click here: Apply for a GSA Job.

To begin, click the ***Apply Online*** button on the vacancy

- Sign in or register on USAJobs and select a resume and documents
to include in your application.
- Once you have clicked ***Apply for this position now***, you
will be taken to the GSA site to complete the application
- Click the ***Apply To This Vacancy*** and complete all steps in
the application process until the Confirmation indicates your
application is complete. **If you click *Return to USAJobs* or
get timed out prior to receiving confirmation, your application
will not be submitted and cannot be considered for this job.**
- **Note: **Review the *REQUIRED DOCUMENTS* section of this
announcement to determine which apply to you and must be
submitted online. You may choose one or more of the following
options to submit your document(s): **Upload** (from your
computer); **USAJOBS** (click the "USAJOBS" link to complete the
transfer process) or **FAX** (read the "Fax instructions"
provided prior to printing the Fax Cover Sheet and faxing your

**Need Assistance in Applying?** Contact the HR representative
listed on the announcement prior to the application deadline. We are
available to assist you Monday-Friday during normal business hours.
You must receive HR approval before deviating from these
instructions. **Be sure to APPLY EARLY as most assessments must be
completed fully and submitted before the announcement closing.**

### Agency contact information

### Lorree Rhodes

##### Phone


##### Fax


##### Email

##### Address

GSA, Public Buildings Service
General Services Administration
Human Resources Division
819 Taylor Street
Fort Worth, District of Columbia 76102
United States

Learn more about this agency

### Next steps

After the closing date/deadline:

1. **ELIGIBILITY/QUALIFICATIONS:** Your application will be
reviewed for all requirements.
2. **REFERRAL TO MANAGEMENT:** If you meet all the requirements,
you may be referred to management for review and a possible
3. **SELECTION/TENTATIVE JOB OFFER:** If you are selected, you will
receive a tentative offer and start the suitability and/or
security background investigation process.
4. **FINAL JOB OFFER:**Once our security office determines you can
come on board, you will be given a final offer, which is
typically 40 days after the announcement closes.
5. **FINAL COMMUNICATION:** Once the position is filled, we will
notify you of your status. You may also check your status by
logging into USAJOBS. Go to My USAJOBS and then to

**Thank you for your interest in working for U.S. General Services

- Fair & Transparent

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Please read the following guidance.

### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on
the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and
gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual
orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age,
membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental
status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

- Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job

### Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants
with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable
accommodation for any part of the application process should follow
the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part
of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the
hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable
accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work
environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an
individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties
or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide
reasonable accommodations when:

- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an
equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform
the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive
equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and
office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the
application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are
considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations
or how to contact an agency.

#### Legal and regulatory guidance

- Financial suitability
- Social security number request
- Privacy Act
- Signature and false statements
- Selective Service
- New employee probationary period

This job originated on For the full announcement and to
apply, visit Only resumes
submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed
at will be considered.

Public Buildings Service


San Francisco, CA