Smithsonian Institution Cost Engineer/Architect (Interdisciplinary) in Washington, District Of Columbia
FEW vacancies in the following location:
- Washington DC, DC
Work Schedule is Full-Time, Permanent - Federal
Opened Monday 10/17/2016 (4 day(s) ago)
** Closes Monday 10/31/2016 (10 day(s) away)
About the Agency
The Smithsonian Institution values and seeks a diverse workforce. Join us in "Inspiring Generations through Knowledge and Discovery."
- Provides a complete range of estimating and cost engineering services in support of projects and studies.
- Prepares Independent Government Estimates (IGE) for A/E design and construction services including change orders, for all disciplines including but not limited to, architecture, interior design, landscaping, structural, geo-technical, civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering, plumbing, cost estimating, life cycle costing, risk analysis and value engineering.
- Write memoranda and reports that represent complex, technical issues in away that can be understood by laymen. Prepares feasibility studies and design and construction alternatives.
- Negotiates cost issues with contractors and others (such as utilities). Represents the Institution on panels, boards, and/or committees, with other federal agencies, professional organizations, industry representative, community and municipal organizations.
- Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation
- May need to complete a Probationary Period
- Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
- Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.
*You must meet these Basic Education Requirements:*
All applicants must meet one of these basic education requirements:
For General Engineer:
- 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.
- 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. 2. Written Test -- 3. Specified academic courses . 4. Related curriculum
- Degree: architecture; or related field that included 60 semester hours of course work in architecture or related disciplines of which at least (1) 30 semester hours were in architectural design, and (2) 6 semester hours were in each of the following: structural technology, properties of materials and methods of construction, and environmental control systems.
- Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the arts and sciences underlying professional architecture, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the architectural principles, methods, and techniques and their applications to the design and construction or improvement of buildings. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by at least one of the following: 1. Related Curriculum: Degree in architectural engineering may be accepted as satisfying in full the basic requirements, provided the completed course work in architectural engineering provided knowledge, skills, and abilities substantially equivalent to those provided in the courses specified in paragraph A. 2. Experience: An applicant lacking a degree in architecture must have had l year of experience in an architect's office or in architectural work for each year short of graduation from a program of study in architecture. In the absence of college courses, 5 years of such experience is required. This experience must have demonstrated that the applicant has acquired a thorough knowledge of the fundamental principles and theories of professional architecture
Applicants must meet the basic qualification requirements as described in the Office of Personnel Management’s Qualification Standards Handbook for General Schedule Positions. These standards may be viewed in its entirety at the following address on the web at http://www.opm.gov/ qualifications/SEC-III/A/0800-NDX.htm.Architecture Series - Basic Requirements All Professional Engineering Positions - Basic Requirements
In addition to the Basic Requirements above you must have the following:
Qualifications: Grade 12
Experience:You qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position Specialized experience is defined as performing cost management/estimating for construction and renovation projects.*The experience also includes planning, developing, implementing, and executing specific costing programs for projects to ensure effective cost planning and control of facility planning and construction.*
Qualifications: Grade 13
Experience:You qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal Service or comparable pay band system. For this position Specialized experience is defined as performing cost management/estimating for construction and renovation projects. This includes planning, developing, implementing, and executing specific costing programs for projects to ensure effective cost planning and control of facility planning and construction. You must also have experience negotiating with outside officials on cost issues and analyzing proposals and/or bids from construction contractors comparing them with CWE and IGE.
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.
Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.
Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you are qualifying by education and/or you have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. For instructions on where to fax these documents, see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.
Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.
Public Trust - Background Investigation
What To Expect Next
At the end of the application process you will be able to create and save a PDF file that contains your responses to the assessment questions. You may save this file as initial receipt of your application. After the job announcement closes, you will receive an email from the Smithsonian with confirmation of receipt. The Smithsonian receives many applications for each job. Each application is reviewed carefully which may take a few weeks. We will send you an e-mail to update you as we go through phases of the application review process. You may also check your application status by logging into www.usajobs.gov and selecting the tab "My USAJOBS;" e-mailing email@example.com; or by contacting the Office of Human Resources Representative listed. Additional Information:
- Tips on applying for Smithsonian jobs are available at www.sihr.si.edu/jobs.cfm.
- The Smithsonian does not pay relocation expenses.
- The Smithsonian embraces diversity and equal employment opportunity (www.si.edu/oeema).
Review our benefits
Flexible Spending Accounts - http://www.fsafeds.com/fsafeds/index.asp Health Insurance - http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/index.asp Leave - http://www.opm.gov/oca/leave/index.asp Life Insurance - http://www.opm.gov/insure/life/index.asp Long Term Care Insurance - http://www.ltcfeds.com Retirement Program - http://www.opm.gov/retire/index.asp
Salary Range: $77,490.00 to $119,794.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: GS-0801, 0808-12/13
Promotion Potential: 13
Supervisory Status: No
Who May Apply: This position is open to all U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals. Note: Federal employees with permanent status or individuals eligible for special appointing authorities should apply to Job Announcement #17R-MP-302025-MPA-SF.
Control Number: 453568700
Job Announcement Number: 17R-MP-302025-DEU-SF