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Interdisciplinary Engineer Cost Estimator

Company name
U.S. General Services Administration.

$105,335.00 to $136,936.00

San Francisco, CA

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$105,335 to $136,936 per year

Pay scale & grade

GS 13

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Appointment type



1 vacancy in the following location:

San Francisco, CA

Relocation expenses reimbursed


This job is open to

Federal employees

Current or former competitive service employees, including:

Merit promotion

Career Transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)


Internal to an agency

This job is open to current employees of this agency.


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The employee serves as an Estimator for all types of projects, from prospectus level to small program level projects, and serves as the cost advocate for the Public Buildings Service, Pacific Rim. He/she prepares cost estimates with bid level detail for new construction, modernization, lease construction, renovation, repair and alteration projects and provides expertise and guidance to project managers on cost, pricing, market, and related items. The employee reviews cost estimates and price proposals submitted by architecture and engineering (A&E) firms. Provides expert level guidance and analysis to regional personnel on all aspects of construction costs, including materials, labor, escalation predictions, and etc. Estimates must incorporate all aspects of Federal guidelines, codes and directives including design, construction and contracting regulations including applicable aspects of Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), ethics considerations under Chapter 18 of the US Code, and due diligence expectations.

Location of Position:

50 United States Nations Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94102

GSA has been repeatedly named as one of the ' Best Places to Work

' in the Federal Government'. LEARN MORE

about why you should choose GSA.

You will have access to many benefits


Health insurance (choose from a wide range of plans)

Life insurance coverage with several options

Sick leave and vacation time, including 10 paid holidays per year

Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401(k) plan)

Flexible work schedules and telework

Transit and child care subsidies

Training and development

Flexible spending accounts

Long-term care insurance

We are currently filling one vacancy, but additional vacancies may be filled as needed.

Unless you are a GSA or Land Management employee as described in the Who May Apply section, your application will not be considered!

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Provides expert-level knowledge to program and project managers for feasibility studies, pre-design, design, construction and post-occupancy principles, methods and code requirements.

Manages the estimating program. Does actual estimates including reviewing estimates completed by contractors, managing the estimating contracts and estimating workload for the region. Provides consultation for costs, constructability and technical review to ensure projects are technically well designed and within budget.

Performs cost escalation forecasts; monitors construction markets to identify price trends for material, labor and equipment costs. Analyzes market trends and advises leadership and project managers on possible implications of time and cost overages. Mentors project managers and construction control representatives in effective cost estimating techniques and methods.

In cases where existing agency policy does not apply, incumbent consults references such as United States Code, The Code of Federal Regulations, Comptroller General and GAO audit decisions and other legal precedents available. Interprets these legal sources and develops definitive policy recommendations based on extensive review of these legal precedents.

Supports or represents contracting officers in negotiations, mediations; may provide expert level guidance and advice to contracting officers in settlement of significant claims before attorneys, courts, or mediators.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional Travel may be required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply

This job is open to…

Your application will be considered if you are a:

Internal Employees/Agency Employees Only - must be employed in GSA Public Building Services

Land Management current or former employee

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

Job family (Series)

0801 General Engineering



Conditions of Employment

US Citizenship or National (Residents of American Samoa and Swains Island)

Meet all eligibility criteria within 30 days of the closing date

Meet time-in-grade within 30 days of the closing date, if applicable

Register with the Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/1959

If selected, you must meet the following conditions:

Receive authorization from OPM on any job offer you receive, if you are or were (within the last 5 years) a Schedule A, Schedule C, or non-career SES political appointee

Serve a one year probationary period, if required.

Undergo and pass a background investigation (Tier 4 investigation level).

Complete a financial disclosure report to verify that no conflict, or an appearance of conflict, exists between your financial interest and this position.


For each job on your resume, provide:

the exact dates you held each job (from month/year to month/year)

number of hours per week you worked (if part time).

Series and grade of each position listed on resume.

If you have volunteered your service through a National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, Americorps), we encourage you to apply and include this experience on your resume.

For a brief video on creating a Federal resume, click here

The GS-13 salary range starts at $105,335 per year.

NOTE: Qualifications are based on length and level of experience. Therefore, in addition to describing duties

performed, applicants must provide the exact dates of each period of employment (from month/year to

month/year) and the number of hours per week if part time. Qualification determinations cannot be made when

resumes do not include the required information, so failure to provide this information may result in disqualification.

For a brief video on How to Create a Federal Resume, click here.

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). AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are

encouraged to apply.

This position is Interdisciplinary and may be filled in one of the following occupational series:

Architect, GS-808

Civil Engineer, GS-810

Mechanical Engineer, GS-830

Electrical Engineer, GS-850

Structural Engineer, GS-810

General Engineer, GS-801

To qualify, you must meet the Basic Requirement for either the Architect or Engineer listed below, and have at

least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal Service.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR ENGINEERS: A Degree in professional engineering OR a combination of college-level education, training, and/or technical experience. For specifics on qualifying education and/or experience - use the following link: Basic Requirements for Engineer Positions.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR ARCHITECTS: A Degree in architecture or related field; OR a combination of college-level education, training, and/or technical experience. For specifics on qualifying education, training, and/or experience - use the following link: Basic Requirements for Architect Positions.


In addition to the Basic Requirements listed above, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as experience preparing/reviewing plans, specifications, cost estimates of materials/labor involved in construction, repair/alteration of public buildings and major building systems. Experience must include: analyzing estimates; establishing negotiating position; reviewing complex proposals; providing consultation for Estimators/Project Managers; performing budgetary cost planning/calculations for prospectus submittals.


This position is Interdisciplinary and may be filled in one of the following occupational series: Architect, GS-808; Civil Engineer, GS-810; Mechanical Engineer, GS-830; Electrical Engineer, GS-850; Structural Engineer, GS-810; General Engineer, GS-801

Additional information

Bargaining Unit status: AFGE

Relocation-related expenses are not approved and will be your responsibility.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement as needed; through other means; or not at all.

All the information you provide will be verified by a review of the work experience and/or education as shown on your application forms, by checking references and through other means, such as the interview process. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

You will be scored on the questions you answer during the application process, which will measure your possession of the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities. Your responses to these questions must be supported by your resume or your score may be lowered.

Knowledge of advanced engineering and/or architectural techniques.

Knowledge of analytical techniques to constructions, design, materials, energy efficiency and workplace flexibilities.

Knowledge of project management techniques methods and processes to cost and time estimates.

Certification as a cost engineer by the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE) or as a certified professional estimator by the American Society of Professional Estimators (ASPE).

Knowledge of site and design contingencies and their influence of total project costs.

Ability to apply United States Code, the Code of Federal Regulations and Comptroller General and GAO audit decisions to constructions and project related issues.

To preview questions please click here

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Required Documents

Required Documents

ALL required documents must be submitted before the closing date. Review the following list to determine what you need to submit.

Current or Former Land Management Agency Employees - Submit a and b:

(a) one or more SF-50s, including your most recent one that shows you were on a competitive time-limited appointment(s) with a Land Management Agency and served on the appointment for a period(s) totaling more than 24 months without a break of 2 or more years.

(b) Copy of your agency’s annual performance appraisal(s) or written reference(s) from a supervisor at the agency verifying satisfactory performance during your appointment(s).

College transcripts: If you are using some or all of your college education to meet qualification requirements for this position, youmust submit a photocopy of your college transcript(s). If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. For education completed outside the United States, also submit a valid foreign credential evaluation that substantiates possession of the required education.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits

Review our benefits

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How to Apply

How to Apply

Submit a complete online application including any required documents prior to 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement. You can modify or complete your application any time before the deadline. Simply return to USAJOBS, select the vacancy, and update your application. For more detailed instructions on how to apply, click here: Apply for a GSA Job

To begin, click the Apply Online button on the vacancy announcement.

Sign in or register on USAJobs and select a resume and documents to include in your application.

Once you have clicked Apply for this position now, you will be taken to the GSA site to complete the application process.

Click the Apply To This Vacancy and complete all steps in the application process until the Confirmation indicates your application is complete. If you click Return to USAJobs or get timed out prior to receiving confirmation, your application will not be submitted and cannot be considered for this job.

Note: Review the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section of this announcement to determine which apply to you and must be submitted online. You may choose one or more of the following options to submit your document(s): Upload (from your computer); USAJOBS (click the USAJOBS link to complete the transfer process) or FAX (read the “Fax instructions” provided prior to printing the Fax Cover Sheet and faxing your information).

Need Assistance in Applying? Contact the HR representative listed on the announcement prior to the application deadline. You must receive HR approval before deviating from these instructions

Agency contact information

Kim Barnes







GSA, Public Buildings Service

General Services Administration

Human Resources Division (CPK)

Fort Worth, Texas

United States

Learn more about this agency

Next steps

After the closing date/deadline:

ELIGIBILITY/QUALIFICATIONS: Your application will be reviewed for all requirements.

REFERRAL TO MANAGEMENT: If you meet all the requirements, you may be referred to management for review and a possible interview.

SELECTION/TENTATIVE JOB OFFER: If you are selected, you will receive a tentative offer and start the suitability and/or security background investigation process.

FINAL JOB OFFER:Once our security office determines you can come on board, you will be given a final offer, which is typically 40 days after the announcement closes.

FINAL COMMUNICATION: Once the position is filled, we will notify you of your status. You may also check your status by logging into USAJOBS. Go to My USAJOBS and then to Applications.

Thank you for your interest in working for U.S. General Services Administration!

Fair & Transparent

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations

or how to contact an agency.

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Financial suitability

Social security number request

Privacy Act

Signature and false statements

Selective Service

New employee probationary period

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

Company info

U.S. General Services Administration.
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Company Profile
Excellence in the Business of Government. GSA provides workplaces by constructing, managing, and preserving government buildings and by leasing and managing commercial real estate. GSA's acquisition solutions offer private sector professional services, equipment, supplies, and IT to government organizations and the military. GSA also promotes management best practices and efficient government operations through the development of governmentwide policies.

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