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Federal Highway Administration Civil Engineer (Highway - Project Manager) DIRECT HIRE in Lakewood, Colorado


The Central Federal Lands Highway Division (CFLHD) is within the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA), Office of Federal Lands Highway (FLH) and delivers and constructs projects primarily in 14 western states for federal, state, and local partners. Our partners rely upon FLH to solve and manage unique program and project challenges that are wide-ranging in environment, geography and complexity, through engineering solutions that are sensitive to the context of the land.


As aCivil Engineer-Highway-Project Manager,you will: Establish and maintain good working relationships with customers and project participants in order to effectively lead the delivery of highway and bridge projects.

Lead, motivate, and manage cross-functional project development teams including technical experts and interagency personnel.

Manage the scope, schedule, budget, and quality control/quality assurance processes for a number of projects. Maintain reasonable and targeted costs levels, and coordinate with Planning and Programming Branch.

Manage the project delivery decision-making process through design and construction such that customer and FHWA/CFLHD agency requirements are satisfied.

Engage the Construction Operations Engineer (COE) during design development, award, and advertisement for input on construction engineering costs and constructability.

Support the COE in contract modifications, including obtaining additional funding if needed, claims and dispute resolution as required. Provide expert advice to the Construction Management Engineer (CME), and Legal Counsel in claim situations, through close coordination with the COE and the Leadership Team. This position is ideal for an individual who is interested in leading the delivery of highway and bridge projects through cross-functional teams within a project management based matrix organization. The ideal candidate will have proven experience in successfully coordinating complex and sensitive issues with stakeholders from various federal, state, and local governmental agencies as well as with private citizens and public interest groups; and possess highly effective communication, facilitation, and collaboration skills to successfully deliver highway and bridge projects from scoping through the completion of construction.


Conditions of Employment

You must be a U.S. citizen and eligible for consideration.

Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date

Applicable documents are required for the Mandatory Education requirements.

Direct Hire Authority will be used to fill this position

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.

GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: This position involves travel. A government contractor-issued travel card will be issued and must be retained for official business only.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: You will be required to complete a background/security investigation and meet preliminary requirements prior to onboarding.

DEU REQUIREMENTS:Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).


To meet the basic qualifications for this position, you must (1) meet the Mandatory Education Requirement for the series, AND (2) provide a copy of your transcripts or other applicable documentation for verification. The selecting official will review your application for (3) the specialized experience requirements for the grade. Please review the following information before proceeding with the application process:

(1) All applicants must meet the education requirements under A or B to qualify for applying to an engineering position:

A.Successful completion of a degree in engineering that: (1) has at least one program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET); or (2) that included differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced that first year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials; (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials; 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 or training: college level education, training and/or technical experience that has furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering.

The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following: Professional registration or licensure - current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), engineer in Training (EIT), or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE).

Written Test - Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination, or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

Specified academic courses - Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences which included the courses as specified in Paragraph A above.

Related curriculum - Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor's degree in engineering, provided the applicant had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. There should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering type experience. This must be clearly described in your resume. For additional information, please refer to the OPM qualifications standard for GS-800: All Professional Engineering Positions qualifications at:

(2) Upload the appropriate document(s) to your application for verification purposes.

Students enrolled in a qualifying degree program can apply if the anticipated graduation date is within six months of the closing date of this announcement. If selected, the final transcript must be received before your start date. Other applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

(3) Specialized Experience:

To determine if you are eligible for the grade, review the following grade specific details. You will be asked a few questions as part of your application but make sure to verify how you meet this experience in your resume.

For theGS-13:

OnExperience,you must have at least one year of experience, equal or equivalent to the GS-12 grade level,which included: Experience leading, motivating, and managing professional and technical project teams and establishing and maintaining good working relationships with partners and project stakeholders in the delivery of highway and bridge projects. Experience making decisions on project delivery issues including analyzing input on complex engineering questions related to project scope, schedule, budget and quality for highway and bridge projects.

Experience in the design of highway and/or bridge projects, and the development of Plans, Specifications, and Estimates (PS&E), demonstrating broad knowledge of highway design principles and theories for the planning and completion of complex highway engineering projects. You cannot substitute education at this level, you must have experience.

For all types of consideration,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.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs):Your qualifications will also be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas: Civil Engineering principles, methods, and practices as applied to all phases of highway design and construction.

Contract development, negotiation and administration. Ability to identify and integrate program and project issues, work process and data.

Communication - Includes: Written and oral communication; Partnering/negotiating; Interpersonal skills; andTeamwork.


See the Qualifications section for Mandatory Education Requirements.

Additional Information

Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition. This vacancy may be used by any DOT agency to fill similar positions within 90 days.