NAO-DHA-Civil Engineer-9905-20-000

Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Published Feb. 18, 2020
Expiration date: 2/26/2020

Opening and Closing Dates: 13 February 2020 - 26 February 2020 (11:59pm EST)
Position Title: Civil Engineer
Series/Grade: GS-0810-11
Full Performance Level: GS-12.  Promotion to the GS 12 levels can occur without further competition once all training, regulatory, and performance requirements are met.
Duty Location: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District, Norfolk, VA
Salary Range:­   GS-11  pay range  $64,318 – $83,612 
Work Schedule: Full-time
Appointment Type: Permanent
Relocation: Relocation (PCS) expenses are not authorized
Travel Requirement: 15% Temporary Duty Travel required
Who May Apply: U.S Citizens, nationals, or those who owe allegiance to the United States.
Eligibility Requirements: Any individual who meets the following qualification requirements may apply for this position under DHA.  You must meet the basic/ Individual Occupational Requirements Qualifications Requirements: In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. This education and/or experience must be described and reflected in your resume and transcripts.

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, religious, spiritual, community, student, and social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. 

Basic Education Requirement for Civil Engineer for All Grades Below:   Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited school of Engineering.

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.

For the GS-11:

Specialize Experience:  One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the federal service which includes work that involves experience performing analysis and interpretation of surveying and engineering data collected using real time kinematic systems, lidar systems, and multi-beam sonar systems in support of the District’s Civil Works mission to include navigation and construction.

Responsibilities/Duties: Utilize surveying procedures, to perform a variety of complex technical assignments, engineering analyses and management, which is primarily associated with the execution of the district’s Civil Works Program which includes several Locks, a Dam and over 70 navigation projects.

Coordinates, plans, and manages work requirements of other District elements, outside users and partners/stakeholders, regulatory agencies, Government and private research and engineering offices, architect-engineer contractors, and others as required to provide engineering support engaged in the planning, design, construction, and operation of major Civil Works Water Resource Projects.

Plans, designs, prepares specific scopes of work and cost estimates and manages the acquisition of engineering, coastal and estuarine, ocean, environmental, topographic, geodetic and hydrographic survey data. Reviews data for technical accuracies and schedules to meet mission needs.

Serves as a technical expert in the acquisition and utilization of surveying equipment such as single beam, multi-beam, global positing systems, total stations, real time kinematics systems, lidar systems, and photogrammetric systems. Utilizes knowledge of engineering and surveying principles and procedures to select the systems and procedures that produce data that will be used for engineering and design of civil work and military projects such as federal navigation channels and structures.

Attends conferences and technical workshops to keep abreast of current engineering and surveying standards and procedures. Makes recommendations for system changes, procedures changes, and/or new acquisitions. Works with engineering and surveying manufacturer experts to coordinate major design and programming modifications to systems hardware and software, to maintain various data acquisition missions which include channel surveys, environmental and scientific data locations, and location of subsurface characteristics.

Conditions of Employment:

  1. Must meet suitability for Federal employment
  2. Will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship
  3. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration
  4. Personnel security investigation required
  5. Will be required to serve a 2 year probationary period upon new appointment
  6. This is a Career Program (CP) 18 position
  7. Reasonable accommodation is available to qualified employees with disabilities
  8. Comply with safety regulations, occupational and safety and health standard and other safety directive and orders
  9. Incumbent must be enrolled in the Hearing Conversation Program and undergo pre-employment, annual pre-termination audiogram.

    Must maintain a valid state driver’s license prior to being hired

  10.  Relocation or extended temporary duty may be required within the state of Virginia
  11. This position may requires travel up to 15% of the time
  12.  This position requires a background investigation
  13. This position is telework eligible

How to Apply: Please provide your current resume (citing graduation date and degree) and official transcripts via email to Please submit all information in PDF or Word format. Please ensure your email has the following subject line: Civil Engineer NAO-DHA-9905-20-000. Application packages will be accepted through 11:59pm EST on DD MONTH 2019.

Application packages that are received after the closing date, do not contain resume and transcripts, or are submitted in unreadable formats, will not be considered.