Safety Engineer (Construction)

Department of Veterans Affairs
West Haven
Oct 05, 2017
Oct 24, 2017
Employer Type
Direct Employer
Employment Type
Full Time
Serving as a Safety Engineer in the Safety Service, supporting the Occupational Safety Health Program at VA Connecticut operations. This position is located at the West Haven Campus.

* Leveraging organizational resources to produce products and services to support program initiatives and goals, field activities and programs

* Maintains an electronic database of all submittals and status of approved projects.

* Organizing and conducting educational programs relevant to construction safety and health topics

* Participating in pre-construction meetings

* Developing a project audit and scheduling system to ensure that active construction sites are being regularly evaluated for site safety and health conformance

* Developing, planning, training and implementing the construction safety program

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm

Position Description Title/PD#: 9080



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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Who May Apply

Applications will be accepted from current permanent competitive service employees of the VA CT Healthcare System. and permanent Veterans Canteen Service employees. Status eligibles - current career or career-conditional federal employees with competitive status. Reinstatement eligibles, Veterans Recruitment Authority (VRA) eligibles, Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) eligibles, certain military spouses, persons with disabilities, disabled veterans with a 30% or more disability.


Full Time

* More About VA

* 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 employees 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.

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

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

This position does not require you to file a financial disclosure report.

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

* Qualifications

* To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement Monday, October 23, 2017.

BASIC EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENT: A professional engineering degree in a school of engineering whose curriculum is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), or included 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; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics. You must submit copies of your transcripts so that this educational requirement can be verified.


EDUCATIONAL COMBINATION: A combination of education and experience, i.e. 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 meets the basic educational requirement for this position. 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.

* Specified academic course: 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 above.

* 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.

If you are using a combination to qualify, your experience must be documented and you must submit transcripts with your application/resume.

IN ADDITION TO THE BASIC EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENT, THE GS-11 REQUIRES: One (1) year specialized experience as a safety engineer in a healthcare environment that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-09 level of Federal service. Examples of experience include: knowledge of construction safety, healthcare engineering, occupational safety and health, environmental protection and emergency management; developing asbestos project designs and lead/hazardous materials mediation plans; reading and interpreting blueprints; using AutoCAD and Microsoft Office applications; and developing educational materials and training employees on safety health topics. To receive credit for these skills, they must be documented in your application/resume.


SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION: Three (3) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in engineering from an accredited institution that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position may be substituted for the experience required at the GS-11 level. One year of full-time graduate education is equivalent to 18 semester hours unless otherwise specified by the school. If you are using education to qualify, transcripts are requested.


COMBINATION: A combination of specialized experience and progressively higher level graduate education as described that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of this position may be substituted for the experience required at the GS-11, but only graduate education in excess of 36 semester hours (2 years) may be used to qualify. To qualify by a combination, the total qualifying experience will be calculated as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; and the education will be calculated as a percentage of the education required for the grade level. These two percentages will be added, and the total percentages must equal at least 100 percent. If you qualify by a combination, your experience must be documented and transcripts are requested.

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; religions; 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.

* Benefits

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