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ENGINEER (Structural) - DESIGN

Essential Competencies

ENTRY LEVEL

Description: Performs less complex design duties. Works on complex design under the supervision of a master engineer.

I. Knowledge of Discipline

A. Codes & Compliance
B. Computer Skills/CADD
C. Concrete Design/Rehabilitation
D. Contract Admin (A/E)
E. Construction Practices/Mgt/Materials
F. Estimating & Life Cycle
G. Hazardous Materials
H. Historic Pres. Principles
I. Multi-Disciplinary Teams
J. Materials/Methods
K. NPS Design Ethic/Principles
L. Principles of Surveying
M. Soils Engineering
N. Steel/Timber Design
O. Sustainable Practices
P. Treated Wood Products
Q. Park/SSO/Central Office Experience

II. Inter/Intra-Personal Skills

A. Building Partnerships
B. Conflict Resolution
C. Customer Service
D. Effective Facilitation
E. Presentation Skills
F. Goal Setting

III. Leadership/Management

A. Creative Problem Solving
B. Negotiation Skills

IV. NPS Environmental-Heritage Ethic

A. Legislative Factors
B. Design Tradition/Future
C. Resource Stewardship

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of structural engineering principles and techniques

General knowledge of NPS ethic/policies/mission

Ability to deal/communicate effectively with others

Knowledge of NPS design process and office procedures

General computer proficiency

DEVELOPMENTAL LEVEL

Description: Performs more advanced design duties. Collaborates with in-house and external experts.

I. Knowledge of Discipline

A. Codes & Compliance
B. Computer Skills/CADD
C. Concrete Design/Rehabilitation
D. Contract Admin (A/E)
E. Construction Practices/Mgt/Materials
F. Estimating & Life Cycle
G. Hazardous Materials
H. Historic Pres. Principles
I. Multi-Disciplinary Teams
J. Materials/Methods
K. NPS Design Ethic/Principles
L. Principles of Surveying
M. Soils Engineering
N. Steel/Timber Design
O. Sustainable Practices
P. Treated Wood Products
Q. Project Evaluation
R. Value Analysis
S. Park/SSO/Central Office Experience

** additional technical areas:

Knowledge of Masonry Designs
Products Selection
Destructive/Nondestructive Matls Testing
Admixtures
Structural Evaluations
Corrosion Protection

II. Inter/Intra-Personal Skills

A. Building Partnerships
B. Conflict Resolution
C. Customer Service
D. Effective Facilitation
E. Presentation Skills
F. Goal Setting
G. Team Building

III. Leadership/Management

A. Creative Problem Solving
B. Negotiation Skills
C. Measurement/Evaluation
D. Program/Budget Formulation

IV. NPS Environmental-Heritage Ethic

A. Legislative Factors
B. Design Tradition/Future
C. Resource Stewardship

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Same as entry level plus:

Skill in applying structural engineering principles/ techniques to NPS projects

Ability to deliver briefings and conduct meetings

Sensitivity to customer needs and ability to respond appropriately

General understanding of the many facets of the design process; ability to anticipate problems and facilitate problem solving

Understanding of how design profession functions within NPS organization to help achieve mission

Working knowledge of NPS ethic, principles, and policies

Ability to lead engineering discipline and perform mid-level supervisory duties

Ability to perform effectively on multidisciplinary teams

FULL PERFORMANCE LEVEL

Description: Performs more advanced design duties and project/team coordination. As subject matter expert, collaborates with in-house and external resource personnel.

I. Knowledge of Discipline

A. Codes & Compliance
B. Computer Skills/CADD
C. Concrete Design/Rehabilitation
D. Contract Admin (A/E)
E. Construction Practices/Mgt/Materials
F. Estimating & Life Cycle
G. Hazardous Materials
H. Historic Pres. Principles
I. Mgmt of Multi-Disciplinary Teams
J. Materials/Methods
K. NPS Design Ethic/Principles
L. Principles of Surveying
M. Soils Engineering
N. Steel/Timber Design
O. Sustainable Practices
P. Treated Wood Products
Q. Project Evaluation
R. Value Analysis
S. Park/SSO/Central Office Experience
** additional technical areas: same as developmental level**

II. Inter/Intra-Personal Skills

A. Building Partnerships
B. Conflict Resolution
C. Customer Service
D. Effective Facilitation
E. Presentation Skills
F. Goal Setting
G. Team Building

III. Leadership/Management

A. Creative Problem Solving
B. Negotiation Skills
C. Measurement/Evaluation
D. Program/Budget Formulation

IV. NPS Environmental-Heritage Ethic

A. Legislative Factors
B. Design Tradition/Future
C. Resource Stewardship

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Same as developmental level plus:

Leadership in structural engineering discipline and in complex, multi-disciplinary project development/production. Manages multi-disciplinary teams

Complete understanding of NPS ethic/policies

Ability to deliver professional presentations and chair meetings

Ability to achieve customer satisfaction

Ability to provide career planning and technical supervision to others within the discipline

Ability to complete high quality products on time and within budget

***At expert level (GS-14/15) for future specialist career path:

Ability to represent NPS before other agencies/commissions; is recognized as agency's expert/leader in discipline and/or multi-faceted programs

Additional management/leadership skills are identified under the leadership/management career competencies

National Park Service
Training and Development Division
Essential Competencies
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