Construction Engineer — World Wide

Announcement No: CON-2015-0002
Position Title: Construction Engineer
Open Period: 04/01/2015 – 04/29/2015
Series/Grade: FP-0801-04
Salary: $54,069 – $79,402
Promotion Potential: Senior Foreign Service
Duty Locations: MANY vacancies Throughout the World

Key Requirements

All applicants, in order to be considered for selection, must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Be at least 20 years old to apply and at least 21 years of age to be appointed. By law (Foreign Service Act of 1980), all career candidates (except for preference-eligible veterans)** must be appointed to the Foreign Service prior to the month in which they reach age 60.
  • Be available for worldwide service.
  • Be able to obtain a Top Secret Security Clearance.
  • Be able to obtain an appropriate medical clearance for Foreign Service work.
  • 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. For more details see or

Major Duties

Learn more about this career.

The following are typical duties, performed at various grade levels, in the course of a career as a Foreign Service Construction Engineer.

In Overseas Assignments:

  1. Performs quality assurance tasks, including approving quality programs, hiring and managing quality assurance staff, ensuring contractor’s work is properly inspected, selecting laboratories for testing, ensuring corrective actions take place, ensuring trades are certified, ensuring materials meet contract specifications, accepting contractor submittals, and resolving conflicts.
  2. Performs financial control tasks, including approving progress payment requests, preparing estimates, evaluating changes in costs, evaluating contractors’ claims, establishing procedures for petty cash, controlling costs, and monitoring schedule.
  3. Performs safety tasks, including approving project safety programs, monitoring safety, ensuring safety training and equipment, and ensuring health requirements.
  4. Performs security tasks, including approving project security programs, managing security staff, monitoring security, ensuring document security, and coordinating final inspections.
  5. Performs preconstruction tasks, including performing design reviews and constructability reviews.
  6. Performs administration tasks, including managing the site office, approving budgets, preparing inventories, hiring and managing local employees, preparing reports and files, liaising with local officials and utilities, performing contracting officer duties, ensuring proper inventory control, and performing other site obligations (e.g., tours).
  7. Performs commissioning tasks, including coordinating close outs, commissioning of systems, managing the commissioning agent, providing warranty support, ensuring commissioning training, and participating in relocation.

In Domestic Assignments:

  1. Performs project support tasks, including prequalifying bidders, evaluating bids, participating in the design of new facilities, providing guidance to contractors, coordinating construction projects, coordinating procurement, traveling to project sites, making recommendations to contracting officers, organizing meetings, preparing progress information, providing supervision, and participating in planning.
  2. Performs administrative support tasks, including developing special contract provisions, participating in policy/procedure development, and participating in training.

Some of the essential functions of the job have a physically demanding component. In the execution of the duties and tasks listed above, Construction Engineers may frequently be required to:

  • Work in confined areas such as crawlspaces, attics, utility pits, tunnels, manholes, and other confined spaces.
  • Work from heights such as rooftops, ledges, and scaffolding, including climbing extension ladders and scaffolding.
  • Follow established safety regulations related to construction and renovation practices and regulations.

A Construction Engineer is also periodically required to perform work that requires regular and recurring periods of prolonged standing, bending, and stretching. Additionally, Construction Engineers may supervise contractors and tradesmen that work with building equipment, heavy machinery and construction vehicles. All of these tasks are at times performed at construction sites with ambient noise and other environmental factors that are typical for such sites.


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) in:
    • 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.
    2. Architecture 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) (
    3. The candidate presents evidence of registration as a professional engineer or architect by any state in the U.S.

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