Foreign Service Construction Engineer

Click here ( to read the vacancy announcement and to start the online application process. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is July 9, 2014.

Foreign Service Construction Engineer (FSCE) is an engineer or architect in the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations working specifically in the Office of Construction Management, responsible for monitoring Department of State construction projects overseas. The FSCE is a member of a U.S. Government team which ensures that construction work is professionally performed according to applicable plans, specifications, schedules and standards.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, at least 20 years old to apply, at least 21 years old to be appointed, available for worldwide service, and able to obtain and maintain all required security, medical and suitability clearances.  All potential applicants are strongly urged to read the entire vacancy announcementfor all certifications, qualifications, and requirements.

Key Requirements
Education Requirements:
  1. Applicants must hold:a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)
    • Civil/Structural Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering

    OR, a Master of Architecture from a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) Accreditation Board ,

    OR, a Bachelor of Architecture from a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) Accreditation Board,

  2. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet Federal job requirements for this position if the applicant can show that foreign education is comparable to education received in the United States from an ABET or NAAB accredited institution. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide such evidence when applying for Federal jobs. Degrees received from non-U.S. colleges or universities will be considered acceptable based on any of the following evidences:
    1. Engineering Degrees: The degree program is accredited by ABET ( or is “substantially equivalent” to ABET-accredited programs ( Degrees: The degree program is substantially equivalent to NAAB-accredited programs (, is a participant in the Canberra Accord (, or an NAAB-accredited Canadian program ( Other foreign architectural degrees may be evaluated by Education Evaluation Services for Architects (EESA-NCARB) (

Candidates must be able to obtain a Suitability Clearance, based on a review of the candidate’s record for conduct in accordance with suitability standards defined in Chapter 3 of the Foreign Affairs Manual.

We appreciate your interest in a career with the U.S. Department of State.

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U.S. citizenship is required. An equal opportunity employer.


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