BOR Engineer

Mechanical Engineering

GS-0830

Position Overview

Mechanical Engineers oversee the wide range of mechanical systems at DOI’s facilities throughout the country. They develop designs, plans, and specifications for systems such as heating, air conditioning, plumbing, fueling, and ventilation systems. Mechanical engineers also manage projects involving construction, renovation, retrofitting, or historic preservation of equipment or facilities.

This position is represented at the following bureaus

Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Reclamation
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
Department of the Interior Offices
National Park Service
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Geological Survey

Candidate Description

The ideal candidate has a great deal of technical knowledge of a wide variety of mechanical engineering concepts and can apply their skills to plan projects and solve problems.

Specialty Areas

Controls; Energy/Economic Analyses; HVAC/Refrigeration; Hydropower; Petroleum/Oils/Lubricants; Plumbing

Work Environment

Work is performed in both indoor office settings and outdoor or field sites. Work may necessitate the use of safety equipment (e.g., hardhat, eyewear) or require considerable care and safety precautions.

Minimum Education Requirements

Please see the Individual Occupation Requirements and the Professional and Scientific Positions Group Qualification Standard on the OPM websites.

Career Level Requirements

Responsibilities by Level

  • Mid:

    • Performs trouble-shooting for various facility systems
    • Investigates equipment failures or difficulties to diagnose faulty operation and recommend remedial actions
    • Calculates energy losses for buildings
    • Evaluates mechanical designs or prototypes for energy performance or environmental impact
    • Develops and implements plans for maintenance and repair of grounds, buildings, structures, and equipment.

  • Journey:

    • Directs the installation of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning, water, power, or control systems
    • Develops procedures for testing systems or equipment
    • Designs mechanical systems
    • Conducts research that tests or analyzes the feasibility, design, operation, or performance of equipment, components, or systems
    • Coordinates with stakeholders

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Strengths by Level

Mid 9-11
Journey 12-13
  • Accountability
    Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work. Accepts responsibility for mistakes. Complies with established control systems and rules.
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  • Attention to Detail
    Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
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  • Customer Service
    Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.
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  • Flexibility
    Is open to change and new information; adapts behavior or work methods in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles; effectively deals with ambiguity.
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  • Interpersonal Skills
    Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect. Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations.
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  • Learning
    Uses efficient learning techniques to acquire and apply new knowledge and skills; uses training, feedback, or other opportunities for self-learning and development.
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  • Oral Communication
    Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
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  • Problem Solving
    Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.
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  • Project Management
    Knowledge of the principles, methods, or tools for developing, scheduling, coordinating, and managing projects and resources, including monitoring and inspecting costs, work, and contractor performance.
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  • Resilience
    Deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity. Recovers quickly from setbacks.
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  • Teaching Others
    Helps others learn through formal or informal methods; identifies training needs; provides constructive feedback; coaches others on how to perform tasks; acts as a mentor.
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  • Teamwork
    Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; fosters commitment and team spirit; works with others to achieve goals.
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  • Technical Competence
    Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one's job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues.
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  • Writing
    Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material, that is appropriate for the intended audience.
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Common Pathways

Candidates who made this career change most commonly held these occupations...

61.5%

General Engineering

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15.4%

Industrial Equipment Mechanic

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7.7%

Civil Engineering

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