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Veterans Affairs, National Cemetery Administration General Engineer in Indianapolis, Indiana


This position is located at the National Cemetery Administration (NCA) Midwest District (MWD) Office in Indianapolis, IN.


The incumbent works with Project Engineers, Resident Engineers, National Cemetery Administration Central Office Project Managers, Cemetery Directors and MWD office staff. The assigned Engineer will also provide needed professional engineering expertise in additional areas. This includes, for example, special studies, cost-comparisons, landscape plans, and other NRM /M&R programs projects. In accomplishing the above, the incumbent must be constantly alert to various local, county, state, and Federal, building, safety, fire and environmental codes throughout the MWD. Beyond the engineer duties associated directly with MWD construction projects, the duties of the incumbent are also to provide guidance and support to appropriate program officials in the Department of Veterans Affairs Central Office (VACO) and all of the National Cemetery Administration for national cemetery design and construction. Serves as a General Project Engineer who is responsible for the engineering analysis, development, design and the preparation of complete plans and specifications for new engineering projects within the MWD. In this capacity he/she is responsible for assisting the Supervisory General Engineer in the oversight of all MWD construction projects. He/she is independently responsible and held accountable for determining necessary action in the development and completion of design projects, coordination of project staff that may include non-VA architects, engineers, and technicians. The incumbent must possess extensive knowledge of general engineering and how to appropriately apply that knowledge to special problems encountered in national cemeteries with specific knowledge of geographic concerns relevant to the MWD. Performs drafting duties utilizing standard drafting and CADD techniques. Serves as a computer aided design and drafting system (CADD) operator. Proficiency in CADD is required. Preplan work to optimize computers capabilities, making maximum use of duplication, mirroring, recall and modifications of existing data, or any other available computer system techniques. Converts computer data to plot mode and plots final drawing(s) on appropriate medium (paper, drafting, film, etc ). Additionally, incumbent will work with NCA's Central Office advancing GIS/GPS initiative in the Midwest District. Work Schedule: Required to work Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. May include occasional weekends. Due to the mission of the National Cemetery, the cemetery cannot be closed for more than 2 consecutive days at any given time. Additionally, when a Federal holiday falls on a Monday or Friday, staff may be required to work on that holiday or a Saturday. All staff is required to work Memorial Day and Veteran's Day each year. Staff will be required to work overtime, weekends and holidays when necessary to meet the needs of the cemetery. Occasionally staff may be called back to the facility to perform emergency overtime work. Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not Available

Telework: Not Available

Virtual: This is Not a virtual position. Position Description Title/PD#: General Engineer/137060

Physical Requirements: Work is generally performed in an office environment. However, inspections and other field work require frequent walking, standing, bending, climbing ladders, driving, etc.

Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level. Relocation Expenses: Authorized

The Department of Veterans Affairs offers Permanent Change of Station (PCS) relocation services. Permanent Change of Station is the relocation of a household due to government convenience in connection with a transfer between duty stations or facilities. For more information go to


Conditions of Employment


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement. This position has the following Selective Placement Factor. You must be proficient with AutoCAD. This proficiency must be reflected by a least one year of experience using AutoCAD and must be documented on your resume. You may qualify based on your education AND experience, as described below: Basic Requirements: Applicants must meet the following basic requirements: A. Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by 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. OR, 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: Professional registration or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT)1, 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)2 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. 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 the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A. 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 bachelor's 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. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.) Note: An applicant who meets the basic requirements as specified in A or B above, except as noted under B.1., may qualify for positions in any branch of engineering unless selective factors indicate otherwise. In addition to the basic requirements listed above, applicants must also meet specialized experience for the GS 12 and GS 13. - Specialized Experience GS 12 and GS 13: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. To qualify at the GS-12 level, applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in Federal Service. To qualify at the GS-13 level, applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in Federal Service. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: experience on land development projects and related cemetery planning, design, and construction concepts; reviewing preliminary engineering reports and related design documents (drawings and specifications); experience negotiating with Architects and Engineers in the preparation of design documents; and developing and revising agency engineering standards; experience with the contracting process to include writing specifications for projects, performing quality assurance reviews; experience with engineering practices involving construction, planning, cost factoring, energy applications and standard trade practices; ability to assess and advise on public sites, ecology, and the environment. Specialized Experience GS 11 and Educational Substitute: To qualify at the GS-11 level, applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level in Federal Service. Examples of specialized experience are the same for the GS 12 and GS 13 levels. OR, Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or LL.M., if related. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. OR, Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have a combination of specialized experience and education beyond the 36 semester hours of graduate education earned. 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; religions; 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.


Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: 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.

Additional Information

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors if applicable, and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website which can be found at Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.