Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration General Engineer (Energy Engineer) in Fort Meade, South Dakota

Job Overview

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1986647

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?

The VA Black Hills Health Care System (VA BHHCS) is located in the beautiful Black Hills of Western South Dakota. South Dakota has No State Income Tax, has been named one of the Happiest and Safest States in the nation, is home to Top Ten Scenic Drives and Top Ten National Forests, features an Outdoor Life's Top City for Outdoor Enthusiasts and hosts the legendary annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

VA BHHCS is where we live and work in rural small town settings, only minutes from Rapid City's shopping, dining, cultural, and entertainment venues. We offer rich history, including Mammoths and Prehistoric Civilizations, the 7th Cavalry, Deadwood, and Mount Rushmore. The Black Hills experiences more sunny days than Miami or Honolulu, ensuring year round outdoor recreation. Hiking, fishing, rock climbing, canoeing, water skiing, golf, snowmobiling, hunting, camping, downhill and cross country skiing, motorcycling--the opportunities are endless. The Black Hills includes stunning landscapes such as Black Elk Peak, Bear Butte, the Badlands and the Needles Highway. When it's time for civilization, you'll find the Black Hills hosting local and national theatre groups, movie companies, national pow wow competitions, international dance troupes, symphony orchestras, and a variety of entertainers. Sports enthusiasts will find auto races, college sports, semi-pro hockey, and some of the best in rodeo.

We are currently seeking a dynamic leader for our General Engineer position. VA BHHCS is a multi-campus health care system, with approximately 1100 employees, providing primary care, acute medicine, surgery, behavioral health, nursing home and domiciliary care from medical centers located at Fort Meade and Hot Springs, South Dakota as well as a staffed Community Based Outreach Clinic in Rapid City and numerous contracted and staffed clinics in Western South Dakota, Northern Nebraska and Eastern Wyoming.

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 .


The incumbent has full responsibility for the Energy, Water, Green House Gas, and Fleet Management program within their assigned area within the VISN. This would include development, planning, implementation, coordination, maintenance and reporting of all elements within the Energy and Water program for the Sioux Falls, Hot Springs, and Fort Meade, South Dakota VA Medical Facilities.

The Facility Energy Manager has a significant amount of network and national responsibility in addition to being the Energy, Water and Fleet Management Program manager at their assigned facilities. See Factor 5, Scope and Effect for a more detailed breakdown.

The incumbent is responsible for interpreting prevailing legislation, executive orders, and the codes and standards related to the Energy, Water and Fleet management programs in developing ,maintaining and updating various elements of the Energy, Water and Fleet Management program. In addition to interpreting the various laws and regulations the incumbent shall also work to resolve conflicts between the various laws and regulations as they pertain to this program and balance the programmatic benefits and detriments related to each initiative as they apply to the laws, executive orders codes and regulations. The incumbent Is responsible for the following specific tasks which are required for the success of the Energy and Water program. Specific task includes but are not limited to the following:

  • Energy Planning

  • Green House Gases

  • Assist with State Air Permit compliance

  • Understand the latest Renewable Energy technology

  • Knowledge of Chiller Plant Operations

  • Knowledge of Boiler Plant Operations

  • Building Envelope as it pertain to energy conservation

  • Facility Water usage and Irrigation

  • HVAC Building and lighting Controls

  • Pilot Programs (New Technology and procedures) o Standards and Technology Standards

  • Commodity acquisition

  • Tracking/Reporting of Electricity, Natural Gas, Water, and Fuel oil

  • Quality Assurance

  • Program/Project Reviews

  • Commissioning, Retro Commissioning, and Continuous Commissioning

  • Training on the Energy and Water program

  • M& R Energy Awareness and Optimization

  • Efficient Fleet Management and Alternative Fuels

  • Coordinates and ensures compliance of applicable Laws, Codes, Executive Orders, and Regulations

  • Play key role in development review of energy related projects in the annual Strategic Capitol Investment Planning

  • Analyzes and improves utility system energy performance, and initiates and provides support for the development of operational procedures and controls

Duty Location: There is only one vacancy to be filled at either Hot Springs or Fort Meade, South Dakota. Please ensure you select which duty station you would like to be considered for.

*Work Schedule: *Full time 40 hours a week Monday-Friday8:00am - 4:30pm

Position Description Title/PD#: 80088-0

Supervisory Status


Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel may be required on occasion to other sites
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.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/195

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Thursday, August 03, 2017

Time-in-grade: 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 at the GS-11.

General Engineer GS-0801 Basic Requirements

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:

  • 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.

  • 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.

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.

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.)

Specialized Experience*: * The Project Engineer must possess the highest local level of expertise in the area of his/her professionalTraining. Must know how to prepare cost estimates and justifications for project proposals, determining materials and methods of accomplishment, system(s) design, writing specifications, directing the efforts of a draftsman or engineering technician when available (or producing the drawings when lacking this assistance), checking construction for compliance with contract documents, and proposing viable solutions for problems encountered during any/all project phases.

Incumbent must have knowledge required to complete Contracting Officers Representative (COR) training and maintain certification through continuous refresher training.

You will be rated on the following competencies based on your application for this position.

  1. a. Professional Knowledge of Architectural, Civil, Structural, Mechanical, and Electrical Engineering

b. Ability to review Laws, Codes, Executive Orders, and Regulations to ensure compliance

c. Knowledge and ability to collect data and perform analysis of systems

d. Ability to manage design and construction projects in a health care environment

e. Ability to communicate both orally and in writing with internal and external customers

  1. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.

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: 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.

Ph*ysical Requirements:* The work places no special physical demands on the employee. The work includes some walking, standing, sitting, bending, climbing, crawling or reaching to inspect buildings at various stages of construction. The work involves the normal day to day activities found in any construction project, i.e., open excavations, formwork, structural steel, etc. The work environment involves the normal risks and discomforts due to the nature of construction and of an office.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit

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Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements. You will be notified when this decision is made.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Other Information

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. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at;=7d7c7585-dee6-4689-ab76-d4b316b62bfb&result;=1

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

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.

Open & closing dates: 2017-07-14 to 2017-08-03

Salary: $72,168 to $93,821 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 12

Series: 0801 General Engineering

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: BH-17-277-HA-1986647-BU

Control number: 474319900