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Engineering Technician

Company: Department Of Health And Human Services
Location: Fort Defiance
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

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Position located in the Office of Environmental Health and Engineering, Division of Sanitation Facilities Construction within the Navajo Area Indian Health Service. The primary function of this position is to assist the engineering staff to perform technical duties related to the construction of water and waste facilities. This position works under the supervision of the District Engineer or Field Office Engineer.

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  • Provides water supply and wastewater disposal facilities for American Indian homes and communities.
  • The technician assists the engineering staff in performing non-professional technical duties related to the design and construction of water and waste facilities.
  • Prepares drawings, sketches, estimates and other documentation using familiar methods, procedures and data inputs.
  • Conducts tests on materials and equipment, recording instrument readings and evaluating test data.
  • Assembles, reproduces and distributes documentation and maintains project files and records.
  • Utilizes electronic surveying equipment. Assists with inspections of construction projects.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

0802 Engineering Technical

  • Requirements



Conditions of Employment

Selectee may be subject to a probationary/trial period

ESEP appointees typically serve a two year trial period

U.S. Citizenship is required

Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

This is a designated position covered by Public Law 101-630, requiring contact or control over Indian children. Due to this requirement, the agency must ensure that persons hired for these positions have not been found guilty of or pleaded nolo contendere or guilty to certain crimes.

Confidential Financial Disclosure Form required.

Measles and Rubella immunization required for selectees born after 1957. Seasonal Influenza immunization is required for civilian health care facility staff working in Indian Health Service health care facilities.

Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit

You will need to set up direct deposit so we can pay you.

Background Investigation: If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a pre-employment fingerprint check and background investigation. Fingerprint results and background investigation documentation must be cleared prior to hire. After you begin your employment, your continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation as determined by the sensitivity level of your position. The investigation must find that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position. If you are found not suitable, you will be terminated after you begin work. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or subject to possible criminal charges. You may be subject to a credit check as a part of the background investigation process.

Fingerprinting, as part of the background investigation process, may be delayed due to COVID-19. All other background investigation procedures will apply. Be advised that your continued employment will require you to complete a fingerprint check within 60 days after notification of return to full operations and successfully obtaining a favorable background investigation.


To qualify for this position, your resume must state sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are applying.

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; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.


Specialized Experience (for positions at GS-4 or equivalent and above): Examples of qualifying specialized experience include technical work in: drafting, surveying construction estimating, physical science, mathematics, aerospace, architecture, chemicals, electrical or mechanical systems, mining, petroleum, or nuclear systems. Experience in a trade or craft may be credited as specialized experience when the work provided intensive knowledge of engineering principles, techniques, methods, and precedents. Examples are trade positions with substantial developmental, test, or design responsibilities such as:

Planner and estimator who analyzed designs for production purposes.

Instrument maker or model maker who performed design or development work on devices fabricated

Specialized Experience:

GS-04: Six months of general experience and six months of specialized experience.

GS-05: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-04 grade level.

GS-06: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 grade level.

Your resume must demonstrate at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector performing the following type of work and/or tasks:

Examples of Specialized Experience:

GS-4: Basic experience in the areas of field site assessment and data gathering, surveying, drafting, plan review, and utility construction and inspection. Knowledge of computer systems and programs, i.e., word processors, database systems and spreadsheet software. Knowledge of and practical usage of GPS systems and mapping software to determine location and to verify location in relation to construction drawings. Exposure to engineering drafting systems and their usage

GS-5: Experience in the installation of individual or onsite wastewater septic systems and inspecting the drilling of water wells, water and sewer line construction, pump stations and potable water storage tank construction. Basic understanding of standardized onsite wastewater system designing methods. Basic understanding and demonstrated usage of computer aided drafting software, i.e., AutoCAD, Civil3D or higher and personal computer software, i.e., Microsoft Office, Mapping software. Requires minimal operating experience with GPS survey equipment, electronic total station equipment, electronic data collectors and surveying software. Work with construction plans and specifications.

GS-6: Experience supervising construction crews and performing construction inspections. Assisting the engineering staff to perform technical duties related to the design and construction of water and wastewater facilities. Substantial knowledge of and demonstrated independent work experience in the area of drafting. Competence with computer aided drafting software, i.e., AutoCAD, Civil3D and personal computer software, i.e., Microsoft Office. Work with construction plans and specifications.

Time In Grade

Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the Time-In-Grade Requirements: Merit Promotion (status) candidates must have completed one year of service at the next lower grade level. Time-In-Grade provisions do not apply under the Excepted Service Examining Plan (ESEP).

You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.


For positions requiring positive education requirements, you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of college courses which includes equivalent information from the transcript (course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned) in your resume.

Keywords: Department Of Health And Human Services, Rio Rancho , Engineering Technician, Other , Fort Defiance, New Mexico

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