Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration General Engineer (Facility Energy Manager) in West Palm Beach, Florida

Job Overview

Job Overview
Summary

About the Agency

OUR MISSION:To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

Duties
  • This position's full journeyman level is at the GS-12 level. The incumbent functions as Energy Manager for the West Palm Beach VAMC and it's owned and leased spaces including Outpatient Clinics, CBOCs or administrative space operated by the Medical Center.

  • Energy Manager will work in a collaborative effort with other Energy Managers within their VISN toward accomplishing VISN wide and VHA energy goals.

  • The incumbent works closely with the VISN and/or VISN Energy Manager Capital Asset Manager providing technical support for VISN initiatives. In addition, the incumbent provides technical and program support for the energy conservation programs at local VA, NGA an VBA sites.

  • The incumbent is responsible for developing plans and specifications for Energy Related project applications along with Minor, NRM, and station level projects involving new & existing buildings, utility systems and building service equipment.

  • Incumbent prepares project submissions, procurement packages and serves as the Project Engineer on the assigned projects.

  • The incumbent implements energy conservation initiatives and prepares projects submission documents for cost effective conservation retrofit projects.

  • Prepares and monitors utility budgets, advising management of potential budget shortfalls and other factors that may influence the energy budget.

  • Energy managers works with A/E firms in the development of energy conservation projects reviews designs prepared by A/E firms for renovation and construction projects to ensure compliance with applicable local, National and VA regulations as they relate to energy performance.

  • He/she will be required to review local facility-level project and maintenance activities that have the potential to impact energy performance.

  • Monitor utility systems components looking for significant charges in consumption - rates or quantities.

  • Evaluate data complied from the computerized energy management system, looking for trends, such as under and over utilized equipment.

  • Monitor control and alarm set points within the computerized energy management system.

  • Work with energy plant personnel to monitor/improve efficiency of boiler and chiller operations.

  • Monitors natural gas prices to determine when utilizing alternate fuel such as fuel oil in facility boilers is of economical benefits to the facility.

  • Determine local set back parameters for unoccupied spaces after hours.

  • Review and monitor contracts and contractor performance for water treatment such as softeners for boilers, chillers and food preparation or cleaning equipment for appropriateness and billing accuracy.

  • Inspect and monitor the steam condensate return piping system and appurtenances.

  • Incumbent maintains energy consumption and utility billing related records, analyzes the records to determine energy consumption trends and prepares monthly energy reports to apprise Medical Center Management and the VISN of the progress in meeting energy conservation goals.

  • The incumbent will be assigned project work within the facility as it relates ton NRM and the Minor Construction Program.

  • Incumbent works closely with Acquisition and Material Management Service, the Facility Equipment Committee and other facility services in the selection of the most energy efficient equipment to meet their program requirements.

  • Incumbent will conduct HVAC, lighting, building, steam generation system, domestic hot water and other energy audits using industry standard energy analysis tools to minimize energy consumption.

  • Incumbent must have experience in Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) or have attended ESPC training conducted by the Department of Energy or the Association of Energy Engineers in support of the implementation of programs mandated by The Energy Policy Act of 2005 and Executing Order 13123.

Work Schedule: (Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm) Position Description Title/PD#: General Engineer (Facility Energy Manager), PD#548-23690-0

Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not available Telework: Not available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. General Engineer (Facility Energy Manager) Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report:Not required

Supervisory Status

No

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to background/security investigation
Qualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 07/28/2017.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-12 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-11. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. Note:Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Degree: professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; 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 2. 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 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. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following: a. Professional registration -- Current registration as a professional engineer 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. b. Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. c. Applicants who have passed the EIT examination and have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college of university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-5. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions that involve highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic requirements in paragraph A. d. Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least 1 year of additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT examination. e. Specified academic courses-- 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 the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A. f. Related curriculum --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, may be accepted in lieu of a 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.)

GS-12 MINIMUIN QUALIFICATIONS:

GS-12 LEVEL: Must I have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade of GS-11 (or equivalent in other pay systems), in or related to the work of this position that provided the specific knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. Specialized experience is the knowledge of general engineering principles, methods, theories, concepts and standards common to all branches of engineering; Knowledge of practices applicable to design, layout, and construction. Knowledge of construction methods including practices and designs to local trade practices and materials. Knowledge of government contracting procedures, regulations, and guidelines. Knowledge of A/E contract procedures.

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.

PREFERRED:The preferred applicant will possess a current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.

You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:

  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Architecture
  • Communications
  • Design

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: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

There is no educational substitution at this grade level.

A transcript must be submitted with your application.

PLEASE NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. 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.

Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary, although there may be climbing, walking, bending, crawling, or stooping involved in activities such as investigating problems, or indoor/outdoor site visits.

Work Environment: There is regular and recurring exposure to moderate discomforts and unpleasantness such as high noise levels, high or low temperatures, or adverse weather conditions. Construction site environment requires safety precautions such as hard hat and hard-toed boots. The engineer on a regular and recurring basis works around, and is exposed to, injury by construction machinery.

Security Clearance

Other

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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BENEFITS

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Other Information

Receiving Service Credit or 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.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/474525500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-07-14 to 2017-07-28

Salary: $76,602 to $99,586 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 12

Series: 0801 General Engineering

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time

Job announcement number: CAYY-10026136-17-GS

Control number: 474525500