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Engineering Technician

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Department Of Health And Human Services
Excepted Service Examining Plan Candidates (ESEP); Merit Promotion Plan Candidates (MPP); Veteran's Preference Candidates; Multiple Appointment Types Full Time The Indian Health Service (IHS) is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). The IHS goal is to raise Indian health status to the highest possible level. IHS provides leadership and direction to programs and activities designed to improve health outcomes to over 1.9 million AI/AN through a system of IHS, Tribal, and Urban operated facilities and programs.
The IHS is required by law to give absolute preference to qualified applicants who meet the Secretary of the Interior's definition of Indian for appointment to vacancies within the IHS in accordance with established IHS policy as outlined in the Indian Health Manual Part 7, Chapter 3. The IHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
This position is located in the Office of Environmental Health, Division of Sanitation Facilities Construction, Minnesota District Office, with a duty station located of Bemidji, MN.
Applicants who do not fall under any of the categories above may apply under "Delegated Examining" by following the application instructions found on the Delegating Examining Announcement # IHS-R1-BJ-1219686-DE.
This Job Opportunity Announcement (JOA)____is being re-advertised to solicit additional applications. Applicants who applied previously need not reapply unless submitting updated and/or missing information.__
The selected applicant will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation, which will include a fingerprint check. If applicable-Selective Service registration (Males born after 12/31/59) U.S. Citizenship is required Valid Driver's License
The incumbent is assigned engineering technician duties in the Division of Sanitation Facilities Construction. The incumbent is responsible to a District Engineer, Division of Sanitation Facilities Construction for performance of duties assigned. Depending on locations, the immediate supervisor is a Sr. Field Engineer or a Supervisory Engineering Technician.
Inspects work of construction contractors to include individual septic systems, well drilling, pump installations, water mains, sewer mains, water and sewer service lines, sewage lagoons or treatment systems, pumping stations, and water storage reservoirs and treatment buildings.
Assists Office of Environmental Health staff to obtain NEPA clearance; completion of site evaluations and soil testing/POWTS designs; development of bidding documents and cost estimates; review of bids and management of project finances including quantity tracking; contract management including the completion of construction reports and the review and approval of submittals and payments; and completion of closeout requirements including the development of homeowner packets, water quality reviews, provision of O&M; training, completion of record drawings and drafting of final reports.
Conducts soil testing including the designation of test locations, drawing of sketches of test hole locations, logging of soils and depths encountered either in pits or borings, logging the data to calculate percolation rates, and determining the recommended locations and size of the disposal field based on the data and other investigations.
The nature of this position requires the incumbent to operate a government-owned, leased, or rented motor vehicle in the conduct of official duties; therefore, a valid state driver's license that allows the individual to unconditionally operate a government-owned, leased, or rented vehicle is a condition of employment. Work may require overnight travel and may proceed under inclement weather conditions.
Basic Requirements:
Specialized Experience (for positions at GS-4 or equivalent and above): Examples of qualifying specialized experience include technical work in: drafting, surveying construction estimating, physical science, mathematics, aerospace, architecture, chemicals, electrical or mechanical systems, mining, petroleum, or nuclear systems.
Experience in a trade or craft may be credited as specialized experience when the work provided intensive knowledge of engineering principles, techniques, methods, and precedents. Examples are trade positions with substantial developmental, test, or design responsibilities such as:
Planner and estimator who analyzed designs for production purposes.
Instrument maker or model maker who performed design or development work on devices fabricated.
Specialized Experience:
GS-04: Six months of general experience and six months of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-03 grade level.
GS-05: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-04 grade level.
GS-06: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 grade level.
GS-07: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-06 grade level.
OR
Education and Training: For positions at GS-4 (or equivalent): Successful completion of 2 years of post secondary study that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of courses such as those shown above for GS-3 (or equivalent). At least 3 of the 12 semester hours must have been in drafting if the position has been designated by a drafting area of specialization.
For positions at GS-5 (or equivalent): Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree (a) with major study in an appropriate field of engineering, construction, or industrial technology; or (b) that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as those shown above for GS-3 (or equivalent). At least 6 of the 24 semester hours must have been in drafting if the position has been designated by a drafting area of specialization.
Specialized Experience Defined:
GS-4: Basic experience in drafting, surveying, and the construction inspection process. Knowledge of computer systems and programs such as word processors, database systems, and spreadsheet software. Knowledge of and practical usage of GPS systems to determine location and to verify location in relation to blueprints. Exposure to engineering drafting systems and their usage.
GS-5: Basic understanding and demonstrated usage of computer aided drafting software (AutoCAD Civil3D or higher) and personal computer software (Microsoft Office). Requires minimal operating experience with GPS survey equipment, electronic total station equipment, electronic data collectors and surveying software. Experience working with construction plans and specifications.
GS-6: Substantial knowledge of and demonstrated independent work experience in the area of drafting. Requires competence with computer aided drafting software (AutoCAD Civil3D) and personal computer software (Microsoft Office). Requires minimal operating experience with GPS survey equipment, electronic total station equipment, electronic data collectors and surveying software. Experience working with construction plans and specifications. Requires minimal construction inspection experience.
GS-7: Substantial knowledge of and demonstrated independent work experience in the areas of drafting and surveying. Requires competence with computer aided drafting software (AutoCAD Civil3D) and personal computer software (Microsoft Office). Requires skill and demonstrated experience with GPS survey equipment, electronic total station equipment, electronic data collectors and surveying software. Requires experience in reading and interpreting construction plans and specifications. Requires experience in construction inspection with a particular focus on water and sewer facilities.
Indian Preference applicants will be rated in accordance with the Indian Health Service Excepted Service Qualification (Preston) Standards. Time-In-Grade requirements, if applicable, will not apply to Excepted Service Examining Plan applicants
Time-In-Grade Requirements: Merit Promotion (status) candidates must have completed one year of service at the next lower grade level. Time-In-Grade provisions do not apply under the Excepted Service Examining Plan (ESEP).
You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Monday, January 12, 2015
You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume ( _your resume must state specific duties that relate to this position_ ) and your responses to the assessment questions will be evaluated against the duties you provided in your resume, along with your submitted documentation to determine your ability to demonstrate the following:
Technical Competence
Attention to Detail
Manages and Organizes Information
Written Communication
You will receive a numeric rating based on your responses to the Assessment questions. If after reviewing your resume and responses to the assessment questions, a determination is made that you have overstated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration.
The following links below provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities. If you are a Veteran, qualified CTAP and ICTAP eligible, or an individual with a disability, please refer to the following links below for additional guidance:
Veterans , i.e. (VEOA, VRA, and 30% or more disabled)
Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP )
Interagency Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)
Schedule A Appointments for the Disabled
Click here to view vacancy questions: View Assessment Questions. All documents above _MUST_ be received by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date of, Monday, January 12, 2015 , to be considered.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package. See required documents below.
1. Click 'Apply Online' to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.
2. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire and upload required documents.
3. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application.
4. Applications must be received by the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.
5. Check application status by logging into your USAJOBS account, clicking Application Status, then More Information for this position. Return to an incomplete application by clicking Apply Online in the vacancy announcement and re-selecting your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account.
To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following 1218650. Fax your documents to .
You are highly encouraged to submit your application package and complete your assessment questionnaire on-line. If you cannot complete your application package online:
1. Click to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire
3. You are limited to selecting 10 locations.
4. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to . Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
PLEASE NOTE: When completing the 1203-FX, be sure to select only one response for each question. Selecting more than one response for a question may result in your application package being rated ineligible. In Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire, you may notice that the numbering restarts with number one. When entering your responses on the 1203-FX form please continue to enter your responses on the next available number within this section. The numbers on the 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire once it restarts with number one.
Submission of a resume' or a 1203FX form alone IS NOT a complete application. This position requires the completion of additional forms and/or supplemental materials as described under Required Documents section.
The IHS provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office (Nathan Anderson , and/or Nathan. .) The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.
For additional questions please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) found here:
_Required Documentation for Eligibility and Preference_ :
_Resume_: You are highly encouraged to use USAJOBS Resume Builder.__
_Indian Preference Applicants:_ - _If claiming Indian preference for the first time, or if you have no previous documentation of preference, applicants must provide a completed copy of the Form BIA-4432 (expiration date 11/30/2014), "Verification of Indian Preference for Employment in the BIA and IHS Only." Indian preference will not be given unless a properly signed and dated form is submitted with your application, including any verification by an authorized Tribal Representative or BIA Official of tribal enrollment records. For detailed instructions, see form BIA-4432. You must also complete the family history chart if necessary. _Current IHS employees with a BIA form on file in their Official Personnel Folder are required to submit a copy of that form with their application.__ Refer to BIA-4432 link:
_Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA)_ or other Veterans preference (VRA and 30%or more disabled) - include a copy of your DD-214, if you're claiming Vet preference. For more information please see link at:
_Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)_ - If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP, follow the instructions below: .
_Current or former Federal employee_: Include your most recent SF50.
Childcare Addendum form must be included for this position and is available for downloading at:
_Transcripts:_ Transcripts must be included at time of initial application if you are using education to qualify for this position. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable but official transcripts will be required before entrance on duty.
Your application package _MUST_ be complete by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) onMonday, January 12, 2015, the closing of this announcement.
Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Applicant _MUST_ verify the completeness and successful submission of their applications by logging into the USAJobs Application Manager to check the "Status". Your qualifications for the job will be reviewed against other applicants to determine, if you will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps have been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.
You will no longer need to call the HR Office to determine your application status. USAJOBS has added an alert setting to their system to provide status updates for applicants. You can elect to activate the status updates from your USAJOBS profile at any point during the application process.
If all required documentation is not submitted with your application you will lose consideration. It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information and documents entered, uploaded, or faxed is received, legible and accurate. HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant.
Indian Health Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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This position meets the criteria specified in pillar number one of the five pillars of the PHS Commissioned Corps. PHS Commissioned Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps MUST apply online under the merit promotion announcement indicated above in order to receive consideration. For more information on PHS Commissioned Corps, visit the website at: /
Additional selection(s) of candidates may be possible within 90 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement.
_CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:_
A one/two-year probationary/trial period may be required upon selection/placement.
The incumbent may be required to travel and must possess a valid driver's license.
Security Clearance: (NACI) If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a fingerprint check. Fingerprint results must be cleared prior to hire. You will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit fingerprints. After you begin your employment, your continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation as determined by the sensitivity level of your position. The investigation must find that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position. If you are found not suitable, you will be terminated after you begin work. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or subject to possible criminal charges.
Selectee will be required to be immunized against Measles and Rubella and provide documentation prior to or at the time of their start date. Special consideration may be allowed to individuals who are allergic to a component of the vaccine or are currently pregnant.
Selectee must have documented immunity to Rubella and Measles.
Males over the age of 18, and born after December 31, 1959, are required to be registered with the Selective Service System (or have an exemption) in order to be eligible for employment with the Federal Government.
Selectee(s) are required to have a viable bank account at a financial institution for electronic direct deposit of salary payment.
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