U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineering Technician (Civil) in Pierre, South Dakota

Job Overview

Job Overview

Looking for a great place to work? The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE or "The Corps") is one of the best in America! In the last three years alone, USACE has moved up 68 spots in the annual Best Places to Work in government rankings; ranking #111 of 320 agency subcomponents. Also, USACE ranked #128 out of 500 employers on Forbes' "America's Best Employers" of 2015 list. From this list, the Corps ranked #10 in the government services industry, #6 in the federal government, and #8 in the engineering field. Follow this link for more information about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is an innovative, transformative organization providing engineering solutions to customers worldwide. Working at the Corps as a civilian employee means making a direct contribution to war fighters and their families; supporting overseas contingency operations; developing technology and systems that save the lives of soldiers and civilians; providing disaster relief; and protecting and enhancing the environment and the national economy.

About the Position:The Omaha District U S. Army Corps of Engineers, Oahe Project is a multi-purpose project providing flood control, recreation, hydropower, water supply, irrigation and wildlife and fisheries benefits to the nation. There are excellent opportunities for a variety of fishing and hunting in this area.

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens


Serve as Engineering Technician (Civil) responsible for performing technical work in collecting and reporting instrumentation data involving the Project Surveillance Plan, and providing administrative and quality assurance tasks in supporting various construction, service and supply contracts. Perform various work relative to the installation and operation of instruments used in assuring the stability of structures such as embankments, hydraulic structures and bridges, to aid higher graded personnel in the monitoring of these structures. Conduct constructability review and inspect contract and hired labor construction work to assure that all work conforms to the requirements and intent of the plans and specifications.

Physical Demands: The work requires some physical exertion, such as: long periods of standing; walking over rough, uneven, rocky, or slippery surfaces; recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, climbing, or similar activities; recurring lifting of light to moderately heavy items weighing less than 50 pounds (i.e., 23 kilograms), such as testing or measuring equipment; and/or regular visits to construction, industrial, marine, or other outdoor sites.

Work Environment: Work involves regular and recurring exposure to moderate risks and discomforts, such as the following: dust, strong odors, or fumes from fuels, chemicals, or engine exhaust; high levels of noise and vibration, dust, grease, electrical hazards, uncovered moving parts of machinery, moving machinery; or outdoor conditions involving moderate exposure to rain, cold/hot weather, icy streams, and rivers. The work environment requires the employee to stay alert continually and to take special safety precautions including wearing special protective items of clothing.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Less than 5% for occasional training.
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Permanent Change of Station may be paid if the selecting official determines it is in the best interests of the government.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • This position requires a pre-employment physical.

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. 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.

Experience required:

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.

To qualify based on your experience, your resume must describe at least one year of experience which prepared you to do the work in this job. Specialized experience is defined as:

Specialized experience for the GS-07 is defined as: Experience applying standardized rules, procedures, or operations requiring considerable training and experience in engineering methods and practices of construction management such as frequency distribution, standard deviation and probable error, and presenting information by several graphical means. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-06).

Specialized experience for the GS-08 is defined as: Experience applying standard procedures or operations requiring extended training or experience in technical civil engineering methods and practices such as facilities and earthwork construction, rock placement, or hydrology of the river system. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-07).

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:

  • Ability to Inspect Flood Damage Reduction Projects
  • Ability to Collect, Review, and Report Data
  • Knowledge of Design and Construction Contracts

Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you may qualify if your education meets the definitions below (Note: You must attach a copy of your transcripts for verification):


  • EDUCATION: Successfully completed 1 year (18 semester hours) of progressively higher level graduate education directly related to the duties of this position (such as Engineering or Construction sciences); OR
  • COMBINATION OF EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION: Combination of experience as described in qualifications section and education as described above which, when combined, is equivalent to 100% of the qualification requirement.


  • EDUCATION: Successfully completed 1 1/2 years (27 semester hours) of progressively higher level graduate education directly related to the duties of this position (such as Engineering or Construction sciences); OR
  • COMBINATION OF EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION: Combination of experience as described in qualifications section and education as described above which, when combined, is equivalent to 100% of the qualification requirement.

Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at - http://www.opm.gov/qualifications and http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html.

Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please include this information in your resume.

Other Requirements: Click here for expanded definitions.

  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.
  • Personnel security investigation is required.
Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position.

If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration.

The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "incomplete application" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.


You're making a great choice when you choose a career with the U.S. Government. In addition to your take-home pay, the comprehensive compensation/benefits package is highly attractive. As a federal employee, you and your family have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Some of the most popular benefits include:

Health Insurance Dental and Vision Insurance Life Insurance Flexible Spending Accounts Long-Term Care Insurance 10 Paid Federal holidays Flexible Work Schedules Vacation, Personal and Sick Time Retirement Benefits and Pension Plan Periodic Step Increases

Click below for more information: http://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/Guide-Me/New-Prospective-Employees/ or https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/PayandBenefits

Other Information
  • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
  • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitantinformation sheet.
  • You may claim military spouse preference, see the information in the Military Spouse Preference Under Delegated Examining Procedures information sheet.
  • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
  • Salary includes applicable locality pay
  • This is a Career Program (CP) 18 position.
  • Non competitive promotion potential to the GS-9 level.
  • Management may select at any grade level announced.
  • Further certification from this announcement may take place up to 90 days beyond the closing of this announcement.
  • Recruitment Incentive may be authorized.
  • Relocation Incentive may be authorized.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/472163100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Salary Range: $40,684.00 to $58,570.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0802-07/08

Promotion Potential: 09

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 472163100

Job Announcement Number: WTHI170977481973425D