PATHWAYS STUDENT INTERN (Civil Engineering)
Us Department of Transportation
This is a Student Internship position under the Pathways Internship Program.
To qualify, you MUST be a continuing student enrolled or accepted for enrollment for the current/upcoming semesters for the duration of the internship as a condition of employment, taking at least a half-time course load. You will be required to provide documentation to support eligibility. Students may be employed throughout the academic year.
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The ideal candidates are current students seeking an Engineering Degree focused on Civil, Construction Engineering Management, Geomatics, Environmental, or other directly relating engineering programs. Candidates must have a desire to learn about the various aspects of highway and transportation engineering.
The Pathways Student Trainee (Civil Engineering) will intern in support of the development, acquisition, construction, or post construction phases of projects in one of the following areas within the various branches:
* Inspect and test assignments on construction projects.
* Perform field sampling and test construction materials.
* Participate in partner meetings.
* Serve as an instrument operator or rodman on construction survey of projects or monitor contractor stakeout, including staking of centerline, slope staking, drainage staking, structural staking, and setting of grade stakes.
* Compute and balance quantities.
* Prepare roadway plans and quantity calculations, title sheets, plan profile sheets, alignment layout, supplementary drawings, earthwork calculations, and pipe and box culvert structure detailing.
* Compute curves and traverses.
* Assemble plans, specifications, and estimate (PS&E) documents.
* Perform basic drafting.
* Review and summarize technical reports and NEPA documents.
* Prepare and complete environmental and historic documents.
* Review environmental impacts of proposed projects.
* Prepare environmental compliance documentation.
Planning and Programming
* Collect and assemble data.
* Assist in preparing damage site assessments and reports for Emergency Relief projects.
* Prepare environmental compliance documentation.
* Prepare agreements for projects.
* Perform duties in the areas of technology development, safety, pavements and materials, and road inventory. Details determined by specific discipline.
* Assist in Plan, Specifications & Estimates (PS&E) review process for pavement design projects.
* Prepare design and construction recommendations for new and rehabilitation pavement projects.
* Perform pavement-testing services; conduct pavement field investigations.
* Operate and maintain the Pavement Management System.
Road Inventory Program
* Coordinate and collect roadway engineering data using computerized and electronic visual equipment in a vehicle that includes video cameras, distance measuring devices, electronic horizontal and vertical slope detectors, electronic rut and roughness indicators, and Global Positioning Systems (GPS).
* Analyze entire road systems to be inventoried and devise collection procedures.
* Log in samples, prepare samples for testing, monitor testing procedures, and record data of materials such as concrete, soils, asphalt, and roadway aggregates.
* Visually inspect materials and determine sizes to be crushed; lift and handle samples; observe and operate sieve shakers.
* Retrieve and compile data.
* Research past mix designs and compile comparison data.
* Perform geotechnical design calculations and technical reports.
* Perform project site geological and geotechnical mapping, logging, borehole data and samples; sketch details of test pit investigations; obtain data from geotechnical instrumentation; operate hand tools for field investigations; collect, bag, and label soil and rock samples in preparation for shipping; and perform other geotechnical field assistance.
* Enter field data into Geotechnical software programs.
* Perform Hydrologic and Hydraulic design calculations.
* Assist in developing drainage design and Storm Water Management Plans.
* Prepare technical reports and cost estimates.
* Prepare project specifications and review of PS&E packages.
* Gather project site information, inspect construction, confirm post-construction BMP installation, or identify assets.
* Review and summarize permits or correspondence from regulatory agencies.
Bridge Design, Management, and Inspection
* Prepare project specifications and perform design and quality check on PS&E packages.
* Prepare field assessments, gather information, and perform preliminary scoping of projects.
* Compile structural analysis and design of concrete, steel, or timber bridge components.
* Use Microstation CADD to prepare bridge plan sheets.
* Perform calculations of quantities and basic engineering calculations.
* Operate bridge inspection equipment, take and record data, develop sketches and prepare required reports.
* Perform structures inventory and evaluate data.
* Assist survey crew.
* Perform basic engineering computations using formulas, hand held calculators, and electronic survey equipment.
* Serve as instrument operator and/or target cube holder on construction survey and/or engineering stakeout of project or assist in monitoring contract stakeout.
Project Delivery-Engineering Support
* Assist with a variety of Engineering functions.
* Review technical project design documents and submittals.
* Update GIS maps and figures.
Occasional travel - Travel will be required for fieldwork assignments. Some assignments may involve extensive travel. Construction project sites may be in very remote locations. While performing outdoor fieldwork, walking and climbing in varying types of terrain and some lifting of items, up to 60 pounds, may be necessary.
* Job family (Series)
0899 Engineering And Architecture Student Trainee
Conditions of Employment
* You must be a U.S. Citizen and meet the requirements of the program.
* You must be at least 16 years of age
* Required documents must be submitted by the closing date.
* Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date
PATHWAYS ELIGIBILITY - To be eligible for appointment to a position in the DOT Internship Program, throughout the duration of the appointment, an individual must:
* Be accepted for enrollment or enrolled and seeking a degree or certificate in a qualifying educational institution on a half to full-time basis (as determined by the educational institution).
* Be seeking a degree that is relevant to this position.
* Grade qualifications must be met prior to start date.
If selected you:
* must sign a Pathways Internship Program Participant Agreement;
* may be employed throughout the academic year;
* must maintain status as a current student;
* maintain good academic standing, at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 grading scale.
* must furnish course registration information at the start of each school term; and
* must provide verification of academic status (transcript) at the end of each academic term.
For more information on the Pathways Program, please visit: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-information/students-recent-graduates/#url=Program-Fact-Sheets
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
* UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP: Must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
* SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
* DECLARATION FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT: Selectee is required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) to determine suitability for federal employment.
* BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: You will be required to complete a background/security investigation and meet preliminary requirements prior to onboarding.
* DRIVER'S LICENSE: Applicants are required to possess and maintain a valid, State-issued Driver's license and a safe driving record.
* TRIAL PERIOD: The intern is in a trial period throughout the entire Pathways Internship appointment.
* PHYSICAL LOCATION: Intern will be required to work onsite unless COVID-19 restrictions mandate change.
* WORKING CONDITIONS: Fieldwork is accomplished at the project site where you may be exposed to high noise levels, hazardous chemicals, and varying weather terrain conditions. And, regular and recurring exposure to outdoor conditions involving moderate exposure to rain, snow, cold/hot weather, icy streams, and rivers.
* WORK SCHEDULE: Some assignments will require varied schedules, i.e. weekends, evenings and night work. Work is full-time during the summer and part-time flexible, or Leave without Pay, during the school year (based on agency needs).
MANDATORY EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:
Applicants must be pursuing a degree in professional engineering. 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 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.
To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the education requirements for each grade which you are requesting consideration for:
* GS-02 - Completion of high school or GED diploma.
* GS-03 - Completion of one academic year of post-high school study.
* GS-04 - Completion of two academic years of post-high school study or an associate's degree.
* GS-05 - Completion of four academic years of post-high school study leading to a bachelor's degree or equivalent degree.
Academic Year: At the undergraduate level, 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours is comparable to 1 year of undergraduate education. When academic credit is expressed in units or other terms that differ from conventional semester or quarter hours, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide an interpretation of such credits from the institution.
You may use 2021 in-progress semester/quarter hours to qualify for a higher grade level. Qualifications will be determined based on completed and in-progress hours stated on your unofficial transcript submitted at the time of application. To be qualifying, you must successfully complete and receive credit for the courses by December 31, 2021 and provide an updated official transcript before you enter on duty.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
* Oral Communication - Makes clear and convincing oral presentations. Listens effectively; clarifies information as needed.
* Written Communication - Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience.
* Computer Skills - Uses computers, software applications, databases, and automated systems to accomplish work.
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, 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.
For additional information about applying to Federal Pathways Internship Positions, please click on the following link: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=GS-PIP
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the start of the internship.
Refer to the Qualifications section for Mandatory Education Requirements specific to this series, and the Requirements section for information pertaining to the Pathways Internship Program.
$25k-38k yearly est.