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Civil Engineer (Structural)

Posted: 05/14/2023

Target audience: Civil/Structural Engineer with experience (1) designing structural features through calculations such as: using spreadsheets, and structural analysis/finite element analysis software by following current codes and standard practice; (2) developing structural engineering plans and specifications; (3) performing/documenting field inspections, AND (4) performing technical reviews of structural designs developed by others.  Write a resume showing you have extensive experience in all four of these areas and you might be the next person moving to the family friendly community of Walla Walla, where you will be doing challenging and rewarding work, while earning a great salary.

Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is authorized!
Open & closing dates: 05/16/2023
 to 05/30/2023
To learn more and apply: 
Salary: $97,169 - $118,499 per year


  • Serve as technical lead for structural features of civil works projects to include hydropower, navigation, fish passage, recreation, and flood protection.
  • Prepare designs and perform analyses of structural components subjected to static and dynamic loads including hydrostatic, hydrodynamic, wind, snow, ice, and seismic loading.
  • Perform preliminary and final structural design, including indeterminate analyses, advanced computer modeling, and finite elements analyses.
  • Prepare preliminary and final structural designs including drawings, specifications, analyses, and other necessary supporting related documentation for structural designs using a diversity of materials.
  • Review in-house and architect-engineer's structural designs and coordinate/assure designs conform with current design criteria.
  • Perform site visit inspections and ensure adequacy of structural features and compliance with existing policy and construction requirements, to include reporting results.
  • Act as a specialist in the field of structural engineering principles and the application of data processing to resolve structural problems associated with work assignments or in support of others.
  • Mentor junior engineers.


Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • Must obtain and maintain a valid state Driver's License.


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 (Structural):

A. Degree: Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET); 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 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 or licensure - Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT), or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) 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 Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination, or any other written test required for professional registration, by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.

3. Specified academic courses - Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in A above. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program.

4. Related curriculum - Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, 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.

In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below:

GS-12 Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes experience (1) designing structural features through calculations such as: using spreadsheets, and structural analysis/finite element analysis software by following current codes and standard practice; (2) developing structural engineering plans and specifications; (3) performing/documenting field inspections, AND (4) performing technical reviews of structural designs developed by others. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-11). TIP: All four aspects of this specific experience MUST be well documented in your resume to be referred to the selection panel.

Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For the GS-12 job, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone--no substitution of education for experience is permitted.

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