Federal Highway Administration Civil Engineer (Highway) - DIRECT HIRE in Phoenix, Arizona
Summary Provides engineering stewardship and oversight at various junctures of project and program delivery of Federal aid infrastructure projects within the state(s). This entails working on a broad range of engineering activities in the State associated with the design, construction and maintenance of highways and highway-related facilities. Participates in the development of overall Division Office policy procedures and in the revision or establishment of national policy on behalf of the Division. Responsibilities As a Civil Engineer (Highway), you will: Serve as a key technical advisor in meetings, telephone contacts, public hearings, field reviews, and visits with State DOT officials and other Federal, State, and local agencies regarding assigned program areas and in assisting in the implementation of leadership initiatives. Communicate and apply Federal laws, regulations, and FHWA policies applicable to Federal aid projects within the State DOT project development process. Monitor highway and other infrastructure improvements to determine if they are constructed to a desired quality and whether Federal aid construction funds are being expended in a manner consistent with applicable Federal laws and regulations. Participate in assessments State programs for effectiveness and compliance. Provide to partners recommendations for performance and operational improvements and guidance on corrective actions. Provide review of projects in accordance with the Division’s risk-based stewardship and oversight plan. This may include review of plans, specifications and estimates (PS&E) for appropriate application of design standards and criteria, conformance with policy and regulations, eligibility for Federal participation, traffic safety features, reasonableness of estimated unit prices, fulfillment of requirements from the transportation planning and NEPA process, and proper standard and special specifications and contract provisions. Participate in and contribute to Division program management activity including development of stewardship and oversight plans, conducting risk assessments, development of strategic operations and business plans, promotion of the implementation of a performance-based planning and programming process to partner agencies, and identification and tracking of performance measures and the associated reporting process. The ideal candidate is a mid-career engineer with experience leading design and construction program stewardship and oversight activities, specifically conducting process reviews, design and construction reviews, and approvals of standards specifications and drawings; advises on problems and deficiencies, prepares reports and analysis, coordinates corrective actions, reviews and evaluates practices, and shares innovative practices, procedures and technologies. Requirements Conditions of Employment You must be a U.S. citizen & eligible for consideration. Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date Applicable documents are required for the Mandatory Education requirements. Direct Hire Authority will be used to fill this position CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service. BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: You will be required to complete a background/security investigation and meet preliminary requirements prior to onboarding. PROBATIONARY PERIOD: Applicants may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed). GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: This position involves travel. A government contractor-issued travel card will be issued and must be retained for official business only. Qualifications To meet the basic qualifications for this position, you must (1) meet the Mandatory Education Requirement for the series, (2) provide a copy of your transcripts or other applicable documentation for verification,AND (3) meet the specialized experience requirements for each grade. Please review the following information before proceeding with the application process: (1) All applicants must meet the education requirements under A or B, listed in the "Education Requirements' section, to qualify for applying to an engineering position: (2) Upload the appropriate document(s) to your application for verification purposes. (Refer to 'Required Documents' section for additional guidance) Foreign educationmust be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, seethe Department of Education website. Students enrolled in a qualifying degree program can apply if the anticipated graduation date is within six months of the closing date of this announcement. If selected, the final transcript must be received before your start date. Other applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. (3) Specialized Experience: To determine which grade(s) you may be eligible for, review the following grade specific details. You will be asked a few questions as part of your application but make sure to verify how you meet this experience in your resume or you may be deemed ineligible. For theGS-11: OnExperience,you must have at least one year of specialized experience, equal or equivalent to the GS-09 grade level,which included: Experience in planning, design, or construction of highway or transportation project features (such as roads, bridges, or appurtenant structures) in accordance with engineering design and construction standards, principles and methods. Or onEducation,you must have 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. You can also have acombinationof graduate education and experience. This must be fully supported by your resume and transcripts, provided with your application. For theGS-12: OnExperience,you must have at least one year of specialized experience, equal or equivalent to the GS-11 grade level,which included: Experience in planning, design, or construction of highway or transportation project features (such as roads, bridges, or appurtenant structures) in accordance with engineering design and construction standards, principles and methods; AND Experience in consultation with others, developing alternatives and helping to resolve engineering issues or conflicts that arise with processes or outcomes. You cannot substitute education for specialized experience at this grade level, you must have experience. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs):Your qualifications will also be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas: Broad professional knowledge of highway engineering concepts, requirements, laws, principles and practices in multiple specialty areas to provide stewardship and oversight and resolve technical issues/problems in engineering design, construction, maintenance, safety, operations and other functional areas as assigned. Comprehensive knowledge of Federal, State, and local laws, regulations and processes and the FHWA program policies and standards, and other national guidance related to the Federal aid highway program, project development process, and the development, review and approval of PS&E to administer the Federal aid program for assigned areas. This includes criteria related to Federal funding and project eligibility; development processes of NEPA; planning and programming of projects; value engineering; plans development, specification writing and cost estimating; bid documents; context sensitivity; contract administration; construction inspection; and special and discretionary programs. Knowledge of requirements related to other disciplines, such as structures, pavements, materials, safety, traffic operations, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), environment, transportation planning, and right-of-way sufficient to ensure State compliance with requirements and coordinate with appropriate staff as needed. Knowledge of the legislation, regulations, and FHWA policies and procedures related to the Research, Development, and Technology (RD&T) program sufficient to interpret relevant regulations, policies and procedures; address issues with customers; coordinate with FHWA experts; and promote and assist in implementation of research results. Skill in resolving unique technical problems/issues and in assessing highway needs and translating these needs into engineering plans, program operations, and designs to provide technical assistance to State partners. For all types of consideration,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, 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. Education A. Successful completion of a degree in engineering that: (1) has at least one program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET); or (2) that included differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced that first year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials; (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials; 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 or training: college level education, training and/or technical experience that has 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: Professional registration or licensure - current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), engineer in Training (EIT), or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE). 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, and Puerto Rico. Specified academic courses - Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences which included the courses as specified in Paragraph A above. 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 had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. There should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering type experience. This must be clearly described in your resume. For additional information, please refer to the OPM qualifications standard for GS-800: All Professional Engineering Positions qualifications at:https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/files/all-professional-engineering-positions-0800.pdf. Additional Information This vacancy may be used by any DOT agency to fill similar positions within 90 days.