US Department Of Transportation - Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
$79,799.00 to $103,739.00
Open & closing dates
$79,799 to $103,739 per year
Pay scale & grade
Full-Time - Full Time
1 vacancy in the following location:
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S., and excepted service employees.
The position is located within Materials at the Building 52 Materials Laboratory on the Denver Federal Center and is a part of the Technical Services Branch of the Central Federal Lands Highway Division (CFLHD). The incumbent serves as the Senior Testing Technician who is primarily responsible for activities related to (1) orchestrating Laboratory identification, tracking and testing progression of field samples received from clients; (2) coordinating contracted work; (3) assisting with Laboratory billing and reporting income and timeliness of bituminous mix designs; (4) procuring new and replacement equipment; (5) performing uncertainty of measurement calculations and analysis; (6) assisting with technician test qualification evaluations and certifications; (7) supporting proficiency sampling testing, reporting and tracking as well as external audits to ensure continued compliance with the AASHTO Accreditation Program (AAP), the CFLHD Materials Quality System Manual and national laboratory accreditation for ISO/IEC 17025, AASHTO R 18, ASTM C 1077, ASTM D 3666, ASTM D 3740 and ASTM E 329; (8) participating in internal audits and management reviews; (9) serving as the Chemical Hygiene Officer in support of the Laboratory Safety program; (1 0) reviewing
and preparing specifications, manuals and guidelines; (11) providing training and technical assistance; and (12) participating on CFLHD cross-functional teams. The incumbent also serves an expert in construction materials testing and inspection, calibration and uncertainty of measurement of associated laboratory equipment in the fields of asphalt binders, emulsified asphalt, hot and warm mix asphalt, soils, aggregates and Portland cement concrete.
The ideal candidate will have advanced level(s) of certified experience and experience testing a broad range of materials typically used in highway and bridge construction according to national testing standards such as American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) as well as experience working in an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory. The Central Federal Lands Highway Division is looking for a dedicated individual to support the high level of highway construction materials testing. This position is ideal for the professional who values materials testing as a career, and who is excited about solving highly technical problems and challenges in an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory.
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As a Engineering Technician (Materials), you will:
Maintain individual expertise in highway construction materials testing and inspection, calibration and uncertainty of measurement of associated laboratory equipment in the fields of asphalt binders, emulsified asphalt, hot and warm mix asphalt, soils, aggregates and Portland cement concrete.
Orchestrate Laboratory identification, tracking and testing progression of field samples received from clients. Continually receives project test samples and reviews and verifies the accuracy of information supplied by clients. Assigns appropriate laboratory numbers and collectively inputs sample login and tracking information into the web-based automated sample identification and tracking system on a project-by-project basis.
Orchestrate preparation, environmental conditioning, assembly, testing and temporary storage of samples as they progress through laboratory workstations in order to facilitate continuous workflow meeting project testing deadlines. Further orchestrates final disposal and in some cases retention of samples for future use. Checks the accuracy of technical computations and reported information. Proposes revisions and updates to standard laboratory worksheets and reports as appropriate. Performs hand calculations to ensure that calculations embedded in laboratory worksheets and reports have been validated and filed. Coordinates contracted work related to external testing services and equipment inspections by proper check, standardization, calibration or verification process in accordance with the CFLHD Materials Quality System Manual.
Assist in performing sampling, testing and reporting of proficiency samples received from the AASHTO Materials Reference Laboratory (AMRL), the Cement and Concrete Reference Laboratory (CCRL) and other entities in accordance with applicable AASHTO and ASTM test standards to ensure continued compliance with the AASHTO Accreditation Program (AAP), the CFLHD Materials Quality System Manual and national laboratory accreditation for ISO/IEC 17025, AASHTO R 18, ASTM C 1077, ASTM D 3666, ASTM D 3740 and ASTM E 329. Participates in internal audits and management reviews conducted by the Supervisory Materials Engineer as well as on-site audits conducted by accreditation bodies to ensure continued compliance with the AASHTO Accreditation Program (AAP), the CFLHD Materials Quality System Manual and national laboratory accreditation for ISO/IEC 17025, AASHTO R 18, ASTM C 1077, ASTM D 3666, ASTM D 3740 and ASTM E 329.
Assist in performing yearly assessments of each technician for each test performed and in updating the internal test roster to provide an on-going means of training, ensuring critical core capability and documenting the competency and qualification of each technician to independently perform the specific tests noted on the roster. As part of this process, assists technicians in achieving progressive levels of external certification from entities whose scope is primarily regional and national and focused on AASHTO and ASTM national consensus standards (i.e. State DOT’s, WAQTC, ACI, AI, ASQ, NCAT, NICET) in one or more of the materials fields in which they specialize and perform testing.
Review and recommend changes to the (1) CFLHD Library of Supplemental Specifications/Special Contracts Requirements; (2) CFLHD Materials Quality System Manual; and (3) other CFLHD manuals as appropriate for adequacy in materials testing related matters. Conducts formal and informal materials training for governmental and nongovernmental personnel as assigned. Provides regional or national expertise on testing materials used in highway construction and inspection, calibration and uncertainty of measurement of associated laboratory equipment.
Occasional travel - Some travel required.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
Applications will be accepted from any U.S. Citizen.
Current/former eligible employees and VEOA eligible veterans are encouraged to also apply to: FHWA.CFL-2018-0013.
Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.
Job family (Series)
0802 Engineering Technical
Conditions of Employment
You must meet specialized experience to qualify.
Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date
Provide all required documents by closing date
Position is telework eligible
Announcement also advertised Merit Promotion: FHWA.CFL-2018-0013
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
DEU REQUIREMENTS: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: This position involves travel. A government contractor-issued travel card will be issued and must be retained for official business only.
To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.
TO QUALIFY FOR THE GS-12:
On Experience, you must have at least one year of equal or equivalent to the GS-11, it must include:
Experience performing testing of a range of highway construction materials including asphalt binder, emulsified asphalt, asphalt mixtures, soils, aggregates and concrete in accordance with American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards.
Experience directing, coordinating, tracking and reviewing work and procuring and administering contracts for laboratory equipment, supplies and services.
Experience with inspection, calibration, and uncertainty of measurement of laboratory equipment and laboratory quality management systems necessary to ensure continued national accreditation compliance by the AASHTO Accreditation Program for ISO/IEC 17025, AASHTO R 18, ASTM C 1077, ASTM D 3666, ASTM D 3740 and ASTM E 329.
Experience developing and presenting training as well as preparing technical reports.
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). 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.
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your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade.
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DOT, FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION
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1200 New Jersey Ave SE / HAHR - 50
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The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation that supports State and local governments in the design, construction, and maintenance of the Nation’s highway system (Federal Aid Highway Program) and various federally and tribal owned lands (Federal Lands Highway Program). Through financial and technical assistance to State and local governments, the Federal Highway Administration is responsible for ensuring that America’s roads and highways continue to be among the safest and most technologically sound in the world.