Bureau of Reclamation Engineering Technician (Materials) in United States
Summary Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on their expertise as a Engineering Technician (Materials). Make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment. Duty Location: Fresno, CA Willows, CA Location Negotiable After Selection, United States* *Preferred locations: Bakersfield, Hollister, Los Banos, Visalia, CA. Final determination of the duty station will be made by the selecting official. Responsibilities Duties listed below are for the GS-09 level. If selected at the GS-07 or GS-08 level, work assignments will be developmental in nature and duties will be more closely supervised and/or reviewed. -Studies contract plans and specifications, design memorandums, etc., pertaining to testing and control of earthwork and related materials to detect and resolve potential conflicts or problems; and to maintain a thorough familiarity with assigned construction project requirements. -Inspects contractor material operations and remedies and/or reports instances of non-compliance to Construction Representative/Resident Engineer and Laboratory Chief. -Inspects Concrete and Aggregate Production Facilities. Inspects construction plant activities at various work sites to assure work is completed in accordance with contract plans and specifications. -Collects samples and determines aggregate gradation, moisture, absorption, and specific gravity. Inspects equipment, including mixer efficiencies, scale and flowmeter accuracy. -Tests fresh concrete including temperature, slump, air content, and unit weight. Produces specimens for compressive strength testing. -Reviews testing procedures and analyzes test results to verify adequacy of test, to assure acceptability of the work product and to detect and resolve failures in materials or equipment operations. -Recommends appropriate remedial action necessary to correct inequities and recommends changes to assure conformity with contract specifications. -Maintains and calibrates earth and concrete testing equipment used in the laboratory and field including scales, compactors, sieves, compression testing machine, gauges, and meters. -Prepares reports of test results and includes in daily, periodic, and final reports. -Participates in Contractor toolbox safety meetings and periodically conducts toolbox safety meetings. Requirements Conditions of Employment You must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National. You must be suitable for federal employment, determined by a background investigation. You must submit a resume and supporting documentation (see Required Documents). You must submit eligibility documents for veterans consideration (see Required Documents). You must maintain a valid State Driver's License at all times as the position requires operation of government vehicles on government and public roads. You will be required to obtain a successful pre-employment physical examination by a licensed physician certifying your ability to perform the duties of this position. A physical exam may not be required if a comparable agency approved examination was performed within the last 12 months. The cost of the exam will be reimbursed by the agency. Must obtain ACI certification within the first year of employment. Who May Apply: 30% or More Disabled VeteransCareer Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)Department of the Interior Employees (Competitive)Department of the Interior Employees (Non-Competitive)Federal Employees (Competitive Transfer)Federal Employees (Non-Competitive Transfer)Former Federal Employees (Competitive Reinstatement)Former Federal Employees (Non-Competitive Reinstatement)Individuals with Disabilities (Schedule A)Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA)Military SpousesMiscellaneous Appointing AuthoritiesPathways Program - Conversion EligiblePeace Corps & AmeriCorps VISTA VolunteersPublic Lands Corps (PLC) Hiring AuthoritySpecial Hiring AuthoritiesVeterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA)Veterans Recruitment Authority (VRA) Qualifications Position may be filled at the GS-07, GS-08, or GS-09 level. The duties of this position are developmental in nature, leading to the full performance level of GS-09. The incumbent may be non-competitively promoted to the next 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. Note: Promotion is not automatic. In order to be rated as qualified for this position, the HR Office must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - this information must be clearly supported in the resume. To qualify at the GS-07, you must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-06 in Federal service. Specialized experience at this level is defined as: performing a variety of sampling and testing techniques for materials for a variety of construction activities, monitoring of contractor quality control testing for conformance to contract requirements, and reviewing material provisions of contract documents prior to contract advertisement; familiarity with scientific, engineering, or laboratory methods and techniques; documenting or recording scientific, engineering, or laboratory observations, results, methods, procedures, changes, or modifications; and handling and operating precision instruments, research equipment, or similar testing apparatus, OR 1 year of graduate level education leading to a Masters or equivalent graduate degree in a field directly related to the position such as construction management, civil, electrical, materials or mechanical engineering, OR an equivalent combination of experience and education. To qualify at the GS-08, you must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-07 in Federal service. Specialized experience at this level is defined as: performing a variety of complex sampling and testing techniques for materials for a variety of construction activities, monitoring of contractor quality control testing for conformance to contract requirements, reviewing material provisions of contract documents prior to contract advertisement, and assists in identifying concrete, aggregate, soil, and asphalt material problems; selecting and applying scientific, engineering, or laboratory methods and techniques, including best laboratory practices and/or standard testing procedures; documenting and reporting results of research findings, including cursory analysis of data; and operating, maintaining, and calibrating precision instruments, research equipment, or similar testing apparatus, OR 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education or a master's degree in a field directly related to the position such as construction management, civil, electrical, materials or mechanical engineering, OR an equivalent combination of experience and education. To qualify at the GS-09, you must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-08 in Federal service. Specialized experience at this level is defined as: performing a variety of complex sampling and testing techniques for materials for a variety of construction activities, monitoring of contractor quality control testing for conformance to contract requirements, reviewing material provisions of contract documents prior to contract advertisement, and identifying and assisting in development of recommendation for concrete, aggregate, soil, and asphalt material problems, OR years of progressively higher level graduate education or a master's degree in a field directly related to the position such as construction management, civil, electrical, materials or mechanical engineering, OR an equivalent combination of experience and education. 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). 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. Time-In-Grade: Current career or career-conditional employees of the Federal government, or former career or career-conditional employees, who have a break in service of less than one year, are required to meet the time-in-grade restriction of one year of Federal experience at the next lower-grade, with few exceptions outlined in 5 CFR 300.603(b). Applicants eligible under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) are not required to meet time-in-grade restrictions in order to be considered. You must meet all Eligibility and Qualification requirements, including time-in-grade restrictions and any selective placement factors if applicable, by 06/02/2022. Education This vacancy announcement allows substituting education for experience. You must submit a copy of college transcript(s) (unofficial copy is acceptable) to support claimed education if substituting education for experience. Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred. A typed list of courses, grades, semester/quarter hours, GPA, etc. will not be accepted. Non-submission may result in being rated not-qualified for the position. You will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify educational qualifications, if selected. An official transcript must be sent directly from the University's Registrar's office and must be provided from the institution awarding the degree. Academic transcripts certified by notary publics are NOT official. Official transcripts must be submitted prior to reporting to work as a condition of employment. Failure to submit official transcripts may be grounds for dismissal or rescission of the job offer. Accreditation: Only education from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education is acceptable to meet education requirements or to substitute for experience, if applicable. For additional info, refer to the Office of Personnel Management and U.S. Department of Education. Foreign Education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs. For additional info, refer to the U.S. Network for Education Information. Additional Information The final determination of the salary will be determined by the duty location of the selectee. OPM salary tables may be found here. You may be required to serve an initial probationary period. Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and you may be allowed to telework with supervisory approval. If otherwise eligible and qualified, you may be offered a recruitment or relocation incentive. The decision to offer an incentive will be made on a case-by-case basis and is neither promised nor guaranteed. For information visit: Recruitment Incentive or Relocation Incentive. If otherwise eligible and qualified, you may be offered a Student Loan Repayment Benefit (SLRB). The decision to offer an SLRB will be made on a case-by-case basis and is neither promised nor guaranteed. For information visit: SLRB Program. If otherwise eligible and qualified, you may request consideration for a Superior Qualifications Appointment. For information, visit: OPM Fact Sheet. Related non-Federal experience or related experience as retired members of the uniformed services may be credited towards computing entitlement to leave accrual, at managerial discretion, providing that experience meets certain criteria. This provision allows new employees to earn annual leave at a higher rate than would otherwise be allowed. (5 Code of Federal Regulations, 630). For additional information, please visit: Creditable Service for Annual Leave DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including applicant rights and responsibilities, please visit https://www.e-verify.gov/ This position is designated as a LOW RISK position. It requires a fully completed and favorably adjudicated SF85 Background Investigation (T1 or equivalent) that is current (within the last 5 years). OR - This position is designated as a MODERATE RISK Public Trust position (depending on the location). It requires a fully completed and favorably adjudicated Public Trust Suitability Background Investigation (T2S or T2RS or equivalent) that is current (within the last 5 years). This is a condition of employment. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must certify registration with the Selective Service System or that the applicant is exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. 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