VA Engineering/Architecture/Technical Support Careers
5402 - Boiler Plant Operator
This occupation includes jobs that involve the operation and operational maintenance of single and multiple fuel water or fire tube boilers and associated auxiliary and pollution control equipment. These boilers operate at various pressures and temperatures in automatic or manual modes to produce steam or high temperature hot water, to operate industrial and institutional facilities and equipment, and to generate electricity.
2805 – Electrician
This occupation includes jobs involved in the installation, maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of electrical wiring systems and associate fixtures, controls, and equipment in industrial, institutional, office, and residential buildings, and on ships. These jobs require knowledge and application of electrical principles, materials, and safety standards.
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0810 - Engineer, Civil
This series included professional positions in the field of civil engineering, typically requiring application of general knowledge of the physical sciences and mathematics underlying engineering, and specialized knowledge of: (1) mechanics of solids, particularly of soils, (2) hydraulics, (3) theory of structure, (4) strength of materials, (5) engineering geology, and (6) surveying. Positions in this series have responsibility for management, supervision or performance of: (1) planning, designing, constructing, and/or maintaining structures and facilities that provide shelter, support transportation systems, and control natural resources; (2) investigating, measuring, surveying and mapping the earth's physical features and phenomena; and (3) research and development activities pertaining to (1) or (2).
0850 - Engineer, Electrical
This series covers professional engineering positions that require primarily application of knowledge of: (1) the physical and engineering sciences and mathematics; (2) electrical phenomena; and (3) the principles, techniques, and practices of electrical engineering. The work pertains primarily to electrical circuits, circuit elements, equipment, systems, and associated phenomena concerned with electrical energy for purposes such as motive power, heating, illumination, chemical processes, or the production of localized electric or magnetic fields.
0819 - Engineer, Environmental
This series covers positions that involve professional engineering work to protect or improve air, land, and water resources in order to provide a clean and healthful environment. Such work requires the application of: (1) professional knowledge of the principles, methods, and techniques of engineering concerned with facilities and systems for controlling pollution and protecting quality of resources and the environment; and (2) an understanding of and the ability to utilize pertinent aspects of chemistry, biological sciences, and public health that pertain to the control or elimination of pollutants.
0801 - Engineer, General
This series covers all classes of positions the duties of which are to advise on, administer, supervise, or perform research or other professional and scientific work of a special or miscellaneous character that is not specifically classifiable in any other engineering series, but that involves the application of a knowledge of such engineering fundamentals as the strength and strain analysis of engineering materials and structures, the physical and chemical characteristics of engineering materials such as elastic limits, maximum unit stresses, coefficients of expansion, workability, hardness, tendency to fatigue, resistance to corrosion, engineering adaptability, engineering methods of construction and processing, etc.; or positions involving professional work in several branches of engineering.
0830 - Engineer, Mechanical
This series covers professional positions in the field of mechanical engineering typically requiring the application of thermodynamics, mechanics, and other physical, mathematical and engineering sciences to problems concerned with the production, transmission, measurement, and use of energy, especially heat and mechanical power.
0803 - Engineer, Safety
This series covers positions that require the performance of professional engineering work to eliminate or control hazardous conditions resulting from human error, equipment and machine operations that may lead to injury to persons and damage to property. The work requires the application of: (1) advanced mathematical techniques; (2) professional engineering principles, methods, and techniques; (3) safety related elements of the physical sciences, ergonomics, psychology and physiology; and (4) safety principles, standards, practices, and analytical techniques.
5716 - Engineering Equipment Operator
This occupation includes jobs that involve the operation of gasoline or diesel-powered engineering and construction equipment with wheeled or crawler-type traction, such as graders, tractors with bulldozer or angle-dozer blades, front-end loaders, backhoes, trench diggers, and large industrial tractors with pan or scraper attachments. This equipment is used to perform such functions as cutting, moving, digging, grading, and rolling earth, sand, stone, and other materials, and to maintain ditches, road shoulders and beds, and firelines.
0802 - Engineering Technician
This series covers technical positions that require primarily application of a practical knowledge of: (1) the methods and techniques of engineering or architecture; and (2) the construction, application, properties, operations, and limitations of engineering systems, processes, structures, machinery, devices, and materials. The positions do not require professional knowledge and abilities for full performance and therefore do not require training equivalent in type and scope to that represented by the completion of a professional curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering or architecture. Excluded from this series are positions that are specifically covered by a more specialized technical series.
4749 - Maintenance Mechanic
This occupation includes jobs involved in the maintenance and repair of grounds, exterior structures, buildings, and related fixtures and utilities, requiring the use of a variety of trade practices associated with occupations such as carpentry, masonry, plumbing, electrical, air conditioning, cement work, painting, and other related trades, and the performance of the highest level of work in at least two of the trades involved.
0391 - Telecommunications Specialist
This occupation includes positions that involve: (1) technical and analytical work pertaining to the planning, development, acquisition, testing, integration, installation, utilization, or modification of telecommunications systems, facilities, services, and procedures; (2) managerial and staff work in the planning, implementation, or program management of telecommunications programs, systems, and services; or (3) line supervision over communications operations, when such work includes responsibility for management functions such as planning, recommending changes and determining organizational structure, staffing, training, and budgetary requirements.
4742 - Utility Systems Repairer OperatorThis occupation includes jobs that primarily involve repairing and operating one or more utility systems (air conditioning, heating, water, sewage, electricity generation and distribution, etc.). The work requires the ability to start, stop, and regulate the utility or utilities for optimum efficiency and troubleshoot, maintain, and repair them, and knowledge of the locations and functions of all equipment in the system(s) and the kind and quality of materials to be used in repairs. The levels of work performed in repair and operation must be the same and must represent the highest level of work performed.
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Reviewed/Updated Date: November 9, 2009