Electrical Engineer

General Services Admin
Full time Full day
Detroit, MI

  • Duties




As an Electrical Engineer, you will serve as an expert technical advisor and subject matter authority providing technical consulting and quality control plan reviews for all construction projects involving building electrical and electronic systems, equipment and components.

Position Location:

Public Buildings Service, Design and Construction, Projects Program Division, Expert Resources Branch.

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

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The Office of Design and Construction (ODC) provides national leadership in the design and delivery of public buildings. They support GSA's regional offices in new construction, major modernization, and other capital projects, from pre-planning through commissioning.

Duties will include:

  • Serving as a senior and expert electrical engineer with overall responsibility for the technical and business management of designated major and prospectus level design, construction, renovation or alteration project processes with a focused effort on the quality assurance and quality control aspects of the project.

  • Serving as an expert advisor and technical authority on the most complex and/or precedent-setting building electrical systems, telecommunication systems, components and interrelated design matters, including those of a quality assurance or quality control standpoint, to regional staff and Project Managers as well as management staff.

  • Participating in the development of new electrical engineering and telecommunication policies, helping to identify needs, new innovations to address and aid in the development, training, and implementation of such new guidance on both a regional and national level.

  • Operating as a subject matter expert for building electrical systems and telecommunication systems, performing a variety of advisory, consulting, quality control, project oversight and review roles and providing other professional electrical engineering authoritative guidance to all production offices for the most complex electrical systemic issues, components, and matters.

  • Providing Quality Control for all design and electrical engineering programs, developing new approaches to solving design problems or researching the feasibility and soundness of alternatives proposed by others.

  • Providing authoritative and expert advice on electrical engineering, telecommunication, and design/construction matters generated during meetings with intergovernmental bodies and public or private organizations.

  • Visiting project sites to investigate the most challenging electrical issues, telecommunication issues, emergencies or to inspect completed work.

  • Developing special projects on policy and criteria for design and construction programs nationwide. Participating on cross-region and multidisciplinary work teams assembled for purposes of identifying and solving major technical and policy related issues.

  • Implementing Agency professional engineering criteria, conducting training as necessary on new programs or substantive process changes. In conjunction with higher graded experts, assists in the development and distribution of detailed procedural guides or instructions for activities used in implementing the programs and/or initiatives.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel up to 30%

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

0850 Electrical Engineering

  • Requirements



Conditions of Employment

  • Direct Deposit of salary check to financial organization required.

  • Meet all eligibility requirements within 30 days of the closing date.

  • Register with the Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/1959

  • U.S. Citizenship or National (Residents of American Samoa and Swains Island

  • 1 year probationary period may be required.

  • Meet time-in-grade within 30 days of the closing date, if applicable

If selected, you must meet the following conditions:

  • Receive authorization from OPM on any job offer you receive, if you are or were (within the last 5 years) a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch.

  • Undergo and pass a background investigation (Tier 2 investigation level).

  • Have your identity and work status eligibility verified if you are not a GSA employee. We will use the Department of Homeland Security's e-Verify system for this. Any discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment.

  • Complete a financial disclosure report to verify that no conflict, or an appearance of conflict, exists between your financial interest and this position.

  • The work is primarily sedentary in nature. During project or site visits, the incumbent may be required to walk, bend, climb, and be exposed to the environment and the hazards of a construction site. The incumbent may carry light items such as books, instruments, and other similar materials. The work does not require any physical effort.


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-13 salary range starts at $91,231 per year.

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.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR ENGINEERS: A Degree in professional engineering OR a combination of college-level education, training, and/or technical experience. For specifics on qualifying education and/or experience - use the following link: Basic Requirements for Engineer Positions.

To qualify for the GS-13 level:

In addition to the Basic Requirements listed above, you must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service.

Specialized experience is serving as a technical consultant applying electrical engineering principles, concepts and practices in order to provide advice and guidance on issues and matters related to complex building electrical and telecommunication systems (high voltage and low voltage). This must include providing quality assurance and quality control plan reviews for design and construction projects involving building electrical and telecommunication systems to ensure compliance with applicable standards and policies; interpreting and implementing guidance, policies and industry standards and codes; conducting field visits and site inspections in order to review project work completed and in progress; and troubleshooting difficult or unusual designs and existing conditions.


BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR ENGINEERS: A Degree in professional engineering OR a combination of college-level education, training, and/or technical experience. For specifics on qualifying education and/or experience - use the following link: Basic Requirements for Engineer Positions.

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.


Note: 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. For further information, visit: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.htmlxqttzadavcxcbszsqyautyfrbst

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