U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
$31,081.00 to $40,402.00
Open & closing dates
$31,081 to $40,402 per year
Pay scale & grade
2 vacancies in the following location:
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This job is open to
Students & recent graduates
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?
This position is being filled under the Pathways Internship Program. The program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with paid work opportunities in agencies to explore Federal careers while still in school. The Internship provides managers a ready source of student employees and potential permanent employees upon completion of the program requirements. It also provides the student with work experience directly related to the curriculum studies or career goals while offering eligibility for non-competitive conversion to permanent employment upon completion. For more information on Internship opportunities within the Department of Veterans Affairs, please visit https://www.va.gov/EMPLOYEE/pathways-internship-program/
INTERNSHIP PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY: Must be a student currently enrolled on a full or half-time basis in an accredited high school, college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate. All education beyond high school must be accredited by an accrediting body or organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. At the time of appointment and upon request, students must demonstrate an overall Grade-Point Average (G.P.A.) of 2.0 or above on a 4.0 scale as recorded on the official transcript. (TRANSCRIPTS/DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED)
Interns may be non-competitively converted to a term, career-conditional or career appointment within 120 days following successful completion of all of their educational and work experience requirements in accordance with 5 CFR 362.204. to a GS-0801-5/11 General Engineer. Conversion is not mandatory or guaranteed.
The Pathways Program participant will enter into a written Participant Agreement that clearly identifies expectations, a general description of duties, evaluation procedures, work schedules and minimum eligibility requirements for conversion to term or permanent positions in the competitive service.
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The Pathways Internship Program allows students to join VA in career positions that emphasize long-term training and development.
This is a Student Trainee (Engineering) position is located at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee, WI. This position functions as a Student Trainee (Engineering) in the Facilities Management Division, Project Section, and will receive on-the-job experience in the application of related skills or education. Experience is designed to provide familiarity with the functions and operations of the Engineering Program. This is a student trainee position in the excepted service, appointed under the Pathways Internship Program.
Assists the senior Engineers by performing specific assignments which are phases of broader projects in design and construction.
Examines data and equipment performance specifications for compliance with standards and construction contract documents.
Determines if equipment performance data meets operational field parameters.
Performs technical design review for all projects developed in-house or by other design agencies.
Makes frequent inspections of work-sites with supervisor or senior engineers to ensure compliance with contract requirements and participate in partial and final inspections of completed work.
Ensures construction and patient/public safety risks are appropriately managed during all phases of design (site investigation) and construction.
Attends and participates in briefings and meetings to advance knowledge of engineering concepts and technical skills.
Work schedule: Full time, 7:00am to 3:30pm Monday through Friday.
Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not Available
Telework: Not Available
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
Student Program Eligibles
Questions? This job is open to 1 group.
Job family (Series)
0899 Engineering And Architecture Student Trainee
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job
Be at least 16 years old (by closing date of this vacancy announcement)
Accepted for/currently enrolled in a qualified educational institution
Selective Service Registration-required males (over 18) born after 12/31/59
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
Subject to a background/security investigation
Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary, although there may be occasional climbing, walking, bending, crawling, or stooping involved in activities such as investigating problems, or indoor/outdoor site visits.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.
INTERNSHIP PROGRAM BASIC ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Must be a student currently enrolled on a full or half-time basis in an accredited high school, college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate. All education beyond high school must be accredited by an accrediting body or organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. At the time of appointment and upon request, students must demonstrate an overall Grade-Point Average (G.P.A.) of 2.0 or above on a 4.0 scale as recorded on the official transcript. (TRANSCRIPTS/DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED)
This position is targeted for conversion to a GS-0801-5/11 General Engineer position which has a positive education requirement. Only applicants who have completed and those who are currently completing certain required course work are eligible for the Pathways appointment. The positive education requirement is not a minimum qualification requirement, but that possession of the coursework (completed and/or in progress) is based on the targeted position's occupational qualification standard which requires: Bachelor's degree: Professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) Be in a school of engineering with at least 1 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.
You may qualify based on education and/or experience as described below:
GS-4 GRADE REQUIREMENTS:
EDUCATION: Must have completed at least 2 academic years of post-high school study or an associate's degree. (TRANSCRIPTS ARE REQUIRED) The required education must lead to a bachelor's degree (or higher) with specialization in or directly related to the field in which the student trainee will receive training on the job.
GENERAL EXPERIENCE: Must possess 1 year or 52 weeks of General Experience: General experience is experience where the knowledge, skills and competencies needed to perform the duties of a position are not essential, but where an applicant can their past experience the ability to acquire the particular knowledge, skills and competencies.
COMBINING EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Must possess equivalent combinations of education and general experience (as described above). (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)
One full academic year of undergraduate; graduate; vocational; trades; technical; or high school education is the number of credit hours determined by the college, university or school to represent 1 year of full-time study. The high school curriculum must be approved by a State or local government body. All education beyond high school must be accredited by an accrediting body or organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
Attention to Detail
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.
Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
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: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html
. 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.
You are excluded from health benefits coverage if you are expected to work less than 130 hours per month for at least 90 days.
Receiving Service Credit or 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 employee's 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. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.
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 job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets
site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.
For more information on the Who may apply eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions
If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
You will be rated based on the Group Rating Procedure for Internship positions. Group Rating is a category-rating like process designed for VA Pathways Programs and allows for selection from a large, high quality group of candidates. The hiring official must make a selection from among all of the eligibles in the highest quality group. A selection must be made from within the highest quality group regardless of the number of candidates. Preference eligibles receive absolute preference within each group.
Under the Group Rating procedure, eligible applicants who meet basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position and whose job-related competencies or KSAs have been assessed are ranked by being placed in one of three quality groups: (1) Best Qualified (2) Well Qualified and (3) Qualified.
Narrative responses are not required at this time. 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.Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
Background checks and security clearance
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist
to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, etc. You will not be contacted for additional information.
Other Veterans Document
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and 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 Veteran Preference with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx
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.
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How to Apply
How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 01/19/2018 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10113987
To begin, click Apply Online to create a USA JOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.
NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login
, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Application page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
Agency contact information
(414) 384-2000 X47291
Clement J Zablocki Veterans Administration Medical Center
5000 West National Avenue
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Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.
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Website : http://www.va.gov/
The Veterans Health Administration is home to the United States’ largest integrated health care system consisting of 152 medical centers, nearly 1,400 community-based outpatient clinics, community living centers, Vet Centers and Domiciliaries. Together these health care facilities and the more than 53,000 independent licensed health care practitioners who work within them provide comprehensive care to more than 8.3 million* Veterans each year.