Civil Engineer (Structural)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Sacramento, CA 94278

Posted 2 weeks ago

Job Description


About the Position: Serves as a Civil Engineer (Structural), who performs planning and design work, with responsibility for preliminary and final designs in structural steel reinforced masonry and reinforced concrete for large and highly complex projects.


For the GS-11:

Develop detailed design studies and performs structural designs work and material estimates for major civil works projects.

Prepare design memoranda and design criteria documents, contract plans and technical specifications, and inspection reports for civil works projects.

Perform site investigation of existing projects to assess structural condition, i.e., joint deflection, cracking, indications of stress, or displacement of structure.

Provide technical support to construction field personnel to assist in resolving problems and completing projects as assigned.

For the GS-12:

Function as project engineer or structural team leader over subordinate engineers in preparing preliminary designs or feasibility studies.

Prepare technical write-up/basis of design for documentation reports, design memoranda, and other design or project reports.

Coordinate and prepares contract plans and technical specifications for structures.

Review designs of lower graded structural engineers for accuracy of design assumptions and computations.

Make field reconnaissance trips for orientation as to various topographical and environmental features to investigate structural problems, relating to construction, modification, maintenance, and rehabilitation of structures

Make periodic inspections of existing projects and appurtenant structures to check for any structural weakness that may have developed after construction, particularly after natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes.

Provide advice and consultative services on the structural aspects of various types of projects or problems.


Conditions of Employment


NOTE: This is a developmental position. The duties of this position lead to the full performance level of GS-0810-12. Incumbent may be appointed to either the GS-11 or GS-12 (depending on qualifications). If selected at the GS-11, the incumbent may be non-competitively promoted to the target level of the position upon: meeting all regulatory requirements; certification by the supervisor of successful performance; completion of all training requirements; and the availability of work at the next higher grade level. Promotion is not automatic. NOTE:

-First review of completed application packets will be two (2) weeks after the opening date of this announcement.

-After first review, completed application packets will be reviewed and referred to the selecting official at management's request. These reviews may take place once or twice per month.

-Final Closing Date: 31 December 2020 (subject to change) Who May Apply: US Citizens In order to qualify, you must meet the education and experience requirements described below. 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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document. Basic Requirement for Civil Engineer (0810):

Please refer to the General Schedule Qualification Standards Basic Requirements for Engineering Series for education requirements. (NOTE: Applicants MUST submit/upload a copy of the transcripts with the application package. For application purposes, unofficial transcripts are acceptable.) In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below: Minimum Qualifications for the GS-11 Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes performing structural design work, to include use of computer aided design and drafting (CADD) systems, for design projects. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the second lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-09). -OR- Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position, such as: engineering, engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, geology or other related field of study. -OR- Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. To compute the percentage of the requirements, divide your total months of experience by 12. Then divide the total number of completed graduate semester hours (or equivalent) beyond the second year (total graduate semester hours minus 36) by 18. Add the two percentages. Minimum Qualifications for the GS-11 Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience working with structural steel and reinforced concrete engineering designs for water resources projects (including dams and related structures). This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-11). Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone--no substitution of education for experience is permitted at the GS-12 level. You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas:

Civil EngineeringOral CommunicationStructural EngineeringTechnology Application


FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

Additional Information

Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration. You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship. Two year trial/probationary period may be required. Direct Deposit of Pay is required. GS-11 annual salary range $69,761 - $90,688 GS-12 annual salary range $83,615 - $108,705 This is NOT a drug testing position. Hiring incentives MAY BE authorized. Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees. If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet. When you perform a Civilian Permanent Change of Station (PCS) with the government, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) considers the majority of your entitlements to be taxable. Visit for more information. Permanent Change of Station (PCS) allowances may be authorized, sub

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