Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration General Engineer - Technical Career Field in Portland, Oregon

Job Overview

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1974911 (Please include VIN # on all documents)

Please visit the VA's Technical Career Field website to learn more about the internship program:

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's charge – "To care for those who shall have borne the battle," and their survivors and families – 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?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

The incumbent serves as a clinic patient advocate by answering patient inquiries and resolving patient concerns at a local level. He/she acts as patient advocate to assure appropriateness and quality...acts as a patient guide and advocate, assisting the patient in seeking information, assuring that the patient has the opportunity for informed consent for treatment decisions, and promoting our core I CARE values: to act with Integrity and Commitment, to Advocate for Veterans, to show Respect to all, and to pursue Excellence.

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 on the last page of the JOA for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

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

TCF is a national workforce development program with VHA that was designed to replenish technical staff in critically identified positions. The TCF career fields represent those technical fields where VA-specific knowledge and experience is desirable for success in the field. Individuals selected follow a formal training plan for two years during which they are trained, coached, and supervised by a preceptor. Preceptors are selected annually, through an extensive application process, for their technical expertise, their commitment to training and the suitability of their facility as a training location. * Selectees will be required to sign Mobility, and Continued Service Agreements.

The position involves a multi-grade career ladder. The major duties listed below represent the full performance level of GS-11. At the GS-5, GS-7 and GS-9 grade levels, you will perform assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence. You will progressively acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-9. The TCF participant must successfully complete 1 year at the grade hired in the program before being promoted. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance.



  • Performs office and field engineering duties associated with the preparation of technical construction documents, technical reports, and surveys.

  • Develops cost estimates, construction drawings, sketches and specifications for projects using as-built drawings and on-site investigation.

  • Supports other staff and Supervisory Engineers in duties associated with the development of construction and renovation projects for this three division Medical Center and the Willamette National Cemetery.

  • Collateral duties include assisting the Chief Engineer and Chief of Projects & Operations (P&O;) in the Management of the Medical Center Safety, Fire Protection, Energy and Disaster Planning Programs.

  • Must have skill in identifying and defining assigned problems dealing with structures, mechanical, HVAC, and electrical systems. Reviews A/E submissions of reports, drawings, specifications, and literature for adequacy, content, correctness, cost effectiveness, compliance to code and VA standards, and professional appearance.

  • Prepares technical drawings and specifications for station level, NRM and construction projects requiring expert creativity and technical competence, consistent with generally accepted engineering and construction practices.

  • Coordinates construction activities for a wide range of interrelated systems and services for assigned projects.

  • Acts as Engineering spokesperson at construction meetings and reviews key contractual issues with Contracting Officer, Contractors, A/Es or Equipment Vendors. Prepares contract progress reports, progress payments, and close-out documents for own signature.

  • Resolves construction problems, conflicts, and disputes using good engineering judgment and quality project management techniques by initiating workable solutions.

  • Maintains a library file of current documents, codes and publications used in the development of bid documents and reports.

  • Develops reports for Supervisors review. Makes recommendations relating to energy conservation for feasibility and cost effectiveness and supports the station Energy goals.

Position Description: 101-00981A, 009182A, 00983A, 00984A

Tour of Duty (Work Schedule): Monday through Friday, 0730 to 1600

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. citizenship
  • Background and/or security investigation required
  • Must pass pre-employment physical examination
  • English language proficiency required
  • Designated and/or random drug testing required
  • Must submit proof of status eligibility, see the "How to Apply Section"

Basic Requirements:

A. 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.


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 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:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.)

Note : An applicant who meets the basic requirements as specified in A or B above may qualify for positions in any branch of engineering unless selective factors indicate otherwise, or unless he/she qualifies under the provisions of B.2 related to the EIT examination or BET degree.

Time in Grade Requirements: Time in grade is the 52-week requirement that Federal employees in competitive service General Schedule (GS) positions at GS-5 and above must serve before they are eligible for promotion (advancement) to the next grade level as appropriate for the position being filled.


MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING: If you are selected for this position, you are required to sign a memorandum of understanding and be willing to relocate (second year of training) prior to employment if there are no availabilities at the Portland Health Care System. Funded relocation is not is not offered with this position.

Physical Requirements:

Light lifting, under 15 pounds. Light carrying under 15 pounds. Use of fingers required. Ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors.

Work Conditions:

Works inside and outside. Exposed to dust.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information

Additional Information
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The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan CTAP)provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.

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.

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

Other Information

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Salary Range: $34,811.00 to $68,571.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0801-05/11

Promotion Potential: 11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

Control Number: 472282400

Job Announcement Number: VS-17-MWM-1974911-BU