As a Mechanical Engineer, will provide highly professional technical expertise in the design and coordination of complex and sophisticated projects involving the construction, renovation and repair of facilities occupied by the Federal Government.

This position is located in the Office of Facilities and Management at 1800 F Street, NW, Washington, DC. Federal Government.

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Major duties include:

  • Provides expert professional technical assistance and support to the organization in the mechanical engineering field.
  • Provides needed assistance in administration of such programs as historic preservation, Centers of Expertise, environmental initiatives, etc. Helps to develop planning criteria and standards for such programs in areas relating to his/her specialty.
  • Makes recommendations with regard to contract disputes and any resultant final decisions, which can only be made by the Contracting Officer.
  • Assists in developing quality control standards for design projects to include architectural barrier studies, material and systems selections, etc.
  • Represent Agency as a witness when appropriate at the Board of Contract Appeals.

Travel Required

Occasional travel – Occasional travel may be required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Meet all eligibility requirements within 30 days of the closing date.
  • Direct Deposit of salary check to financial organization required.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must have registered with the Selective Service
  • Meet time-in-grade within 30 days of the closing date, if applicable
  • US Citizenship or National (Residents of American Samoa and Swains Island)

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 political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch.
  • Serve a one year probationary period, if required.
  • Undergo and pass a background investigation (Tier 4 investigation level). Security Clearance has to be granted before entry date.
  • 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.


For each job on your resume, provide:

  • the exact dates you held each job (from month/year to month/year)
  • 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 $102,663 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.

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 listed above, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 in the Federal service. Specialized experience is applying professional mechanical engineering principles, concepts, and practices in the design of construction or alteration projects involving large and complex buildings or major building systems; and the coordination of the activities of architects, engineers, tenants and construction contractors on such projects. Such experience must also include having independently managed projects (balance scope/quality, schedule and budget) requiring the services of multiple disciplines from project initiation phase through project closeout.

Quality Ranking Factors (QRFs): QRFs are knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) that could be expected to significantly enhance performance in a position, but are not essential for satisfactory performance. Applicants who possess such KSA's may be ranked above those who do not, but no one may be rated ineligible solely for failure to possess such KSA's. The Quality Ranking Factor for this position is the possessing a Professional Engineer (PE) License.


Applicants must meet one of the following criteria in order to meet the basic educational requirements for this position:

A) Professional engineering degree in a school with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum.

B) Professional engineering degree including differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first year physics and chemistry) in 5 of the following areas: statics, dynamics; strength of materials; fluid mechanics, hydraulics; thermodynamics; electrical fields and circuits; nature and properties of material (relating to particle and aggregate structure to properties); and any other comparable area of engineering science or physics such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.

C) College level education, training and or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional 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. Evidenced by current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.

D) College level education, training and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional 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. Evidenced by successfully passing the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination.

E) College level education, training and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional 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. Evidenced by successfully passing the written test administered by the Boards of Engineering examiners in the various States, District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.

F) College level education, training and/or technical experience evidenced by successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, and in engineering that included the courses specified in Option A above. Courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum.

G) College level education, training and/or technical experience evidenced by successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field (e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology), AND at least one year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.


To qualify, you must meet the basic educational/experience requirements and demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as experience in planning and executing engineering projects in office buildings. Experience must reflect managing and coordinating tasks and assignments involving mechanical, electrical and pneumatic equipment and systems; evaluating and monitoring building management operations and mechanical maintenance programs; and, identifying and recommending solutions to correct equipment and system malfunctions in building automation systems and energy management systems.

NOTE: Qualifications are based on length and level of experience. Therefore, in addition to describing duties performed, applicants must provide the exact dates of each period of employment (from month/year to month/year) and the number of hours per week if part time. Qualification determinations cannot be made when resumes do not include the required information, so failure to provide this information may result in disqualification. For a brief video on How to Create a Federal Resume, click here .

In addition, you must be a registered professional engineer in the United States or its territories. A COPY OF YOUR PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION MUST BE INCLUDED IN YOUR APPLICATION.

Education Requirements:
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, visit: https: www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

Additional information

Bargaining Unit status: NFFE

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 responsibility.

We are also accepting applications from all U.S. Citizens and Nationals under Vacancy Announcement # 20PBSC644DBDE. You must apply separately to each announcement to be considered for both.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

You will be evaluated 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.

  • Knowledge of mechanical engineering systems such as heating, air conditioning, ventilation, plumbing and related control systems and facilities in office buildings, industrial buildings, heating plants, and related structures.
  • Knowledge of architectural, structural and electrical systems especially as they interface with mechanical systems.
  • Ability to review contract plans and specifications for conformation to standard engineering practices in order to monitor contractors work to ensure conformance.
  • Knowledge of higher mathematics, physics, engineering theory and construction technique, particularly as these relate to mechanical systems. Must be able to discuss problems and proposals with design engineers, site engineers and building contractors so as to achieve optimum technical solutions.
  • Skill in oral and written communications to present recommendations to higher management, to obtain acceptance of technically desirable solutions which may at first not appear favorable to other parties, and to articulate technically complex concepts clearly.

Additional assessments may be used, and, if so, you will be provided with further instructions.

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

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
High Risk (HR)

Trust determination process

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:
  • 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.
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • 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 eligiblesubmit a, b, and c: (a) proof of eligibility including agency notice; (b) SF-50, and (c) most recent performance appraisal.
  • Current or Former Political Appointees: Submit SF-50.
  • 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.

This position has a positive education requirement and transcripts MUST be submitted or you will NOT be considered.

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.

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