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Mechanical Engineer Pathways Recent Graduates

Company name
US General Services Administration Federal Acquisition Service

$47,374.00 to $61,584.00

New York City, NY

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$47,374 to $61,584 per year

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GS 07

Work schedule

Full-Time - Full-time - Recent Graduates

Appointment type

Recent Graduates - The initial length of the job is one year but may become permanent without further competition.


Few vacancies in the following location:

New York, NY

Relocation expenses reimbursed


This job is open to

Students & recent graduates


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As a Mechanical Engineer intern, you will perform developmental work designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to perform at the target position. Work involves performing related tasks which provide experience in the methods, practices and procedures in the mechanical engineering field. This position is located in the Region 2 Federal Acquisition Service (FAS), Acquisition Center, Branch A, New York, NY. This Division is responsible for ensuring that item descriptions are properly maintained and that supply decisions are made to best support the federal customer and ensure the most effective expenditure of taxpayer dollars.

GSA has been repeatedly named as one of the ' Best Places to Work

' in the Federal Government'. LEARN MORE

about why you should choose GSA.

We are looking for recent grads to hire into our Entry Level Program (ELP). This is a one-year program that facilitates the college-to-career transition by providing opportunities in a variety of career tracks. As an ELP participant, you will:

Participate in work experiences, training, networking, and developmental opportunities designed to build technical and leadership skills; and

Develop a broad knowledge of the agency and its core functions.

You will have access to many benefits


Health insurance (choose from a wide range of plans)

Life insurance coverage with several options

Sick leave and vacation time, including 10 paid holidays per year

Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401(k) plan)

Flexible work schedules and telework

Transit and child care subsidies

Training and development

Flexible spending accounts

Long-term care insurance

Training and development

We are currently filling one vacancy, but additional vacancies may be filled as needed.

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As an entry level Mechanical Engineer, the incumbent provides professional mechanical engineering support to the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) acquisition and supply functions for assigned items.

Through developmental assignments and under close supervision and guidance performing professional mechanical engineering:

Reviews proposed and existing military specifications and standards used in FAS procurement. Presents findings and recommendations to preparing activity.

Develops new specifications and standards and modifies existing specifications and standards for assigned items.

Develops and maintains contract support documents, commercial item descriptions (CID's), item purchase descriptions (IPD's) to maximize potential bidder’s interest and enhance competition.

Provides technical assistance to FAS contracting activities.

Reviews and evaluates specifications and standards to enhance the depth of competition by canvassing professional and trade associations, manufactures, State and local governments and other Federal agencies.

Advises the Administrative Contracting Officer based upon analyses of serviceability, cost impact, and potential impact on the integrity of the competitive bid system.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel once or twice per year may be required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply

This job is open to…

Recent Graduates: If you completed a qualifying degree within the previous two years, you may apply. If you are a veteran who was prevented from applying during the 2-year period due to your military service, you may apply if your degree was completed within the last 6 years.

Enrolled students: If you will complete your degree requirements within 30 days after the closing date of this announcement, you may apply.

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job family (Series)

0830 Mechanical Engineering

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Engineers, Mechanical

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Conditions of Employment

Apply online (See How to Apply section.)

Signed participant agreement is required for employment under this Program.

U.S. Citizenship or National

If selected, you must meet the following conditions:

Serve a one year probationary period (unless you have previously satisfied this requirement).

Be able to make a direct deposit of your salary check to a financial organization.

Males born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service.

Complete a “Declaration of Federal Employment” (OF-306) to determine suitability for Federal employment.

Undergo a background investigation and receive a favorable adjudication.

If you are not a current GSA employee, you must complete the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 to determine identity and employment (work status) eligibility. GSA will verify the information through the DHS e-Verify automated system. Any identified discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment.

Undergo a background investigation and receive favorable adjudication.

Current or Former Political Appointees: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the HR Office. Failure to disclose this information could result in disciplinary action including removal from Federal Service.


For each job on your resume, provide:

the exact dates you held each job (from month/year to month/year)

number of hours per week you worked (if part time).

If you have volunteered your service through a National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, Americorps), we encourage you to apply and include this experience on your resume.

For a brief video on creating a Federal resume, click here

The GS-7 salary range starts at $47,374.00 per year, if you meet the following qualifications.

If you are a new federal employee, your starting salary will likely be set at the Step 1 of the grade for which you are selected.

To qualify, you must meet the Basic Requirements for the Engineer listed below, and have Superior Academic Achievement (SSA) or at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level in the Federal Service.


(A) Degree: Professional Engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must 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.

(B) Degree: Professional Engineering including differential & integral calculus & courses (more advanced than 1st yr. physics & chemistry) in 5 of the following areas: statics, dynamics; strength of materials; fluid mechanics, hydraulics; thermodynamics; electrical fields & circuits; nature & properties of material (relating to particle & aggregate structure to properties) & any other comparable area of engineering science or physics such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.

(C) College level education, training and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical & 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, evidenced by current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.

(D) College level education, training and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical & 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, evidenced by successfully passing the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination.

(E) College level education, training and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical & mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences & techniques, and their applications to one of the branches of engineering, evidenced by successfully passing the written test administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, D.C., Guam or Puerto Rico.

(F) College level education, training and/or technical experience -- evidenced by successful completion of at least 60 semester hrs. of courses in the physical, mathematical, & engineering sciences & in engineering that included the courses specified in Option B above. Courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum.

(G) College level education, training & or technical experience evidenced by successful completion of a curriculum leading a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field (e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology), AND at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision & guidance.

In addition to the basic requirements stated above, applicants must meet one of the following, (A), (B) or (C):

A) Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) at the baccalaureate level is fully qualifying at the GS-7 level. For information on what constitutes SSA, refer to Section 4-F at the following OPM Website: General Policies

B) Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is applying professional mechanical engineering principles, concepts, and practices to perform routine assignments; the ability to determine the technical ramifications resulting from changes in such things as item design or customer requirements; and familiarity with related engineering disciplines.

C) Applicants must have a combination of successfully completed graduate level education gained in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position and specialized experience. Only graduate level education in excess of the amount required for the GS-5 may be combined with experience.

NOTE: Qualifications are based on length and level of experience. Therefore, in addition to describing duties performed, applicants must provide the exact dates of each period of employment (from month/year to month/year) and the number of hours per week if part time. Qualification determinations cannot be made when resumes do not include the required information, so failure to provide this information may result in disqualification. For a brief video on How to Create a Federal Resume, click here

Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) at the baccalaureate level is fully qualifying at the GS-7 level. For information on what constitutes SAA, refer to Section 4-F at the following OPM Website: General Policies


Qualifying educational institutions/program for Recent Graduate Program include: a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution within the past 2 years.

Preference eligible veterans precluded from applying due to military service obligation may apply up to 2 years from the date of discharge/release from active duty, but no more than 6 years after the date educational requirements are met.

Applicants may refer to the U.S. Department of Education’s Institutional Accreditation System to determine whether their school/program is accredited:

A post-secondary certificate program must have been completed at a qualifying educational institution equivalent to at least 1 academic year of full-time study that is part of an accredited college-level, technical, trade, vocational, or business school curriculum. Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. See OPM's General Policies

for information on crediting education.

Additional information

Bargaining Unit status: AFGE

If you are selected for this position at a grade lower than the full performance level, you may be promoted up to that grade level without further competition in accordance with all applicable regulations. However, promotions are not guaranteed and are dependent on performance.

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses are not authorized for this position. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the successful applicant.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement as needed. This vacancy announcement does not preclude filling this position by other means. Management also has the right not to fill the position.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

We will use a method called Category Rating to assess your application. Here's how it will work:

You will be scored on the questions you answer during the application process, which will measure your possession of the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Basic knowledge of mechanical engineering in order to develop and analyze technical specifications and standards for assigned commodities.

Ability to obtain, compile, analyze, and summarize information and quantitative data.

Ability to communicate in writing

Ability to communicate orally

Your answers to the questions will be used to place you in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified

We will verify your answers to the questions in your resume. If your resume doesn't support your answers, we may lower your score, which could place you in a lower category.

Within each category, veterans will receive selection priority over non-veterans.

Additional assessments may be used. If further assessments are used, you will be provided with instructions.

If you are eligible under Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan or GSA's Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP/CTAP)

, you must receive a score of 85 or higher to receive priority.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Required Documents

Required Documents

ALL required documents must be submitted before the closing date. Review the following list to determine what you need to submit.

If you are claiming veterans preference:

Copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 that shows the dates of your active duty service. If selected, a DD-214 showing your type of discharge (member 4 copy) will be required prior to appointment.

If you are claiming 10-point preference or derived preference (a spouse, widow or widower, or parent of a deceased or disabled veteran), submit both of the following in addition to the DD-214:

completed SF-15

form; and

proof of your entitlement (refer to SF-15

for complete list).

If you are active duty military- Certification on a letterhead from your military branch that includes your rank, character of service (must be under honorable conditions) & military service dates including discharge/release date (must be no later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted).

If you are ICTAP


eligible - submit a, b, and c: (a) proof of eligibility including agency notice; (b) SF-50, and (c) most recent performance appraisal.

College transcripts: If you are using some or all of your college education to meet qualification requirements for this position, you must submit a photocopy of your college transcript(s). If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. For education completed outside the United States, also submit a valid foreign credential evaluation that substantiates possession of the required education.

Superior Academic Achievement: Submit transcripts as described above. If you qualify based on your class rank or honor society membership, submit documentation of it.

Proof of Recent Graduate Status: Applicants must provide documentation of completion within the previous 2 years of a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution. NOTE: Veterans precluded from applying within the two-year window due to a military service obligation, must provide documentation of discharge or release from military service within the previous 2 years and completion of satisfactory degree or certificate program within the previous 6 years.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits

Review our benefits

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How to Apply

How to Apply

Submit a complete online application including any required documents prior to 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement. You can modify or complete your application any time before the deadline. Simply return to USAJOBS, select the vacancy, and update your application. For more detailed instructions on how to apply, click here: Apply for a GSA Job

To begin, click the Apply Online button on the vacancy announcement.

Sign in or register on USAJobs and select a resume and documents to include in your application.

Once you have clicked Apply for this position now, you will be taken to the GSA site to complete the application process.

Click the Apply To This Vacancy and complete all steps in the application process until the Confirmation indicates your application is complete. If you click Return to USAJobs or get timed out prior to receiving confirmation, your application will not be submitted and cannot be considered for this job.

Note: Review the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section of this announcement to determine which apply to you and must be submitted online. You may choose one or more of the following options to submit your document(s): Upload (from your computer); USAJOBS (click the USAJOBS link to complete the transfer process) or FAX (read the Fax instructions provided prior to printing the Fax Cover Sheet and faxing your information).

Need Assistance in Applying? Contact the HR representative listed on the announcement prior to the application deadline. You must receive HR approval before deviating from these instructions.

Agency contact information

Alicia Boston-Grimes







GSA, Federal Acquisition Service

General Services Administration

Office of Human Resources Services

New York, New York

United States

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Next steps

If your application is complete, we will review your application to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will further evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the knowledge, skills, abilities, and/or competencies required of the position. Candidates in the highest quality category will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and/or security background investigation. A final job offer for this position is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications.

Thank you for your interest in working for U.S. General Services Administration!

Fair & Transparent

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations

or how to contact an agency.

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Financial suitability

Social security number request

Privacy Act

Signature and false statements

Selective Service

New employee probationary period

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

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