Full Time

Interdisciplinary Engineer, Electric Program at Rural Utilities Service

Fields: science, engineering, infrastructure, poverty, government

Location: DC,

About the Organization: The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Electric Program provides capital and leadership to maintain, upgrade and modernize America’s vast rural electrical infrastructure. Funds from Loans made or guaranteed by RUS are provided to eligible borrowers to finance the new construction or system improvements of electric generation, transmission and distribution facilities in rural areas.

About the Position: This is a developmental position assisting higher graded Interdisciplinary, Electrical or Mechanical Engineers in performing professional engineering assignments.

  • Conducts reviews and analyses of the design, construction standards, and policies related to electric distribution, transmission, generation facilities that serve rural areas.
  • Participates on loan processing teams that perform engineering evaluations and provide advice and assistance to eligible borrowers, engineering consultants, and others.
  • Researches and interprets RUS regulations and procedures pertaining to the electrical or mechanical engineering design, construction, operation and maintenance of electric distribution, transmission and generation facilities that serve rural areas.
  • Accompanies engineers and financial specialist in the attendance of meetings with borrowers, participates in working committees, and assists in preparing responses related to engineering questions and inquiries.

Special Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Required Education (A or B)
    • A. Engineering Degree – within the past 2 years. To be acceptable, the curriculum must:
      1. be in a school of engineering with at least one 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
        5 of the following 7 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.

    • B. Combination of education and experience:
      • College-level education and technical experience, that furnished a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and
      • a good understanding of the theoretical and practical engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. See link for details.
  • Experience (C or D)
    • C. Applicants must also have 1 year of specialized experience that demonstrates:
      • Experience providing limited and basic engineering support to senior staff;
      • receiving projects of limited scope and difficulty designed to develop technical engineering competencies;
      • researching and interpreting regulations and procedures pertaining to electrical or mechanical engineering design, construction, operations, and maintenance of electrical distribution/transmission that serve rural areas.
      • Under the guidance of senior level engineers, reviews cost estimates of electric facilities proposed in Rural Utilities Service borrowers loan applications; perform loan budget analysis [sic – seems out of place];
      • composes correspondence or other documents related to the review of engineering contracts;
      • accompanying engineers and financial specialists in attendance of meetings with borrowers, participates in working committees, and assist in preparing responses related to engineering questions and inquiries.
    • D. 1 year of graduate-level education or Superior Academic Achievement at the baccalaureate level in a professional engineering curriculum – one of the following.
      • Class Standing— Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, based on completed courses.
      • Grade-point average— Applicants must have a grade-point average of: 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years if education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; OR 5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.
      • Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society.

Estimated Salary: $46,609 – $70,173 per year

Deadline: September 11, 2018

Apply Here:
Rural Utilities Service

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