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Reviewed Date: 08/07/2012


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Serves as the Fire Protection Engineer for the Corps of Engineers, providing professional services in the engineering specialties of fire protection, fire prevention and life safety as it relates to the design of military and civil works facilities throughout the United States and overseas. Duties include reviewing, developing, evaluating and implementing design criteria, policy and procedures within the area of responsibility for the design of military and civil works facilities without sacrifice of the facilities functional capabilities and at the minimum life cycle cost. Serves as the staff specialist and technical advisor for the Corps of Engineers within the area of specialization.

1. Maintains close liaison with Government and private engineers and architects, research organizations, industry and technical code and standard organizations to keep abreast of the latest developments within the specialization. Serves as the USACE representative on various technical groups such as the Building Research Advisory Board of the National Research Council.

2. Develops or supervises the development of assigned criteria documents including guide specifications, technical manuals, engineering technical letters and military handbooks. Insures that each document reflects current criteria including DA and DOD policy and applicable portions of codes and standards such as National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and National Board of Fire Underwriters publications. Reviews the fire protection, fire prevention and life safety features of criteria documents prepared by other disciplines, such as mechanical, electrical, architectural and structural, and coordinates any necessary revisions with the proponent.

3. Initiates research and development activities within the area of responsibility and monitors the efforts to insure that the results meet the actual needs of the user. Transfers the results to the appropriate field activities. Reviews research performed by other government agencies and private industries, industry publications and the latest techniques used within the area of responsibility and ensures that the appropriate results are included in criteria documents.

4. Serves as advisor to divisions and districts on the interpretation of design criteria and provides authoritative technical advice within the area of responsibility. When required, makes field inspections of completed projects or projects under construction. Reviews or directs the review of selected complex projects submitted by field offices to insure compliance with criteria and design requirements. Observes selected projects from start to completion for evaluation of effectiveness of criteria as a basis for initiating any needed revisions. Studies and analyses reported problems, outlines solutions for corrections, and develops methods for elimination of similar problems on future projects.
5. Initiates and develops or supervises the development of training courses within the area of responsibility. Serves as proponent, insuring that course technical content and methods of instruction are appropriate, for assigned Corps of Engineers courses. Coordinates with course proponents for other disciplines and reviews the course material to insure that fire protection, fire prevention and life safety features are appropriately addressed.

6. Serves as technical advisor within HQUACE for fire protection, fire prevention and life safety engineering. Coordinates with Department of Army, Air Force, Navy, Department of Defense and other agency representatives-within the area of responsibility. Serves on tri-service and interagency technical committees and task forces as assigned. Provides authoritative technical advice and consulting services to other offices within HQUSACE as requested.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Factor 1. Knowledge required by the position, Level 1-8, 1550 Points

Mastery of, and skill in applying, advanced theories, concepts, and principles practiced in the science of professional fire protection engineering sufficient to: design criteria policy and procedures for the design of military and civil works facilities; develop criteria documents such as technical manuals; interpret design criteria and provide authoritative technical advice..

Factor 2. Supervisory Controls, Level 2-4, 450 Points

The supervisor outlines overall objectives and available resources. The employee and supervisor, in consultation, discuss scope of the assignment, approaches, time frames, and possible execution phases. The employee plans and carries out the assignment; resolves most conflicts independently; coordinates the work with others as necessary; interprets policy and regulatory requirements in terms of established objectives; keeps the supervisor informed of progress and potentially controversial problems, concerns, issues, or other matters; develops changes to plans and/or methodology; and provides recommendations for improvements in order to meet program objectives. Decisions, recommendations and findings are considered technically authoritative and are reviewed only with respect to their responsiveness to program requirements.

Factor 3. Guidelines, Level 3-4, 450 Points

The employee uses guidelines such as broad policy statements, basic legislation, recent scientific findings, or reports, often ambiguous in nature and requiring extensive interpretation.

The employee uses judgment and ingenuity and exercises broad latitude to interpret new or revised professional standards and codes, guidelines, policy statements, or regulations.

Top agency management officials and senior staff recognize the employee as a technical expert in the development and interpretation of professional guidelines.
The employee uses judgment, initiative, and resourcefulness in deviating from established methods to modify, adapt, and/or refine broader guidelines to resolve specific complex or intricate issues and problems; research trends and patterns; develop new methods and criteria; or propose new policies and practices.

Factor 4. Complexity, Level 4-5, 325 Points

Work consists of a variety of duties requiring the application of many different and unrelated processes and methods.

The employee makes decisions and executes and/or directs actions exploring, reconciling, and resolving major uncertainties, unique situations, obscure problems, or conflicting objectives.

The employee exercises judgment and ingenuity in evaluating the value and applicability of new or improves technology, strategies, trends, or application; and investigating, predicting, and anticipating issues and conditions. Advocates recommendations, strategies, and actions to reconcile or resolve novel, conflicting, or controversial issues or policies.

Factor 5. Scope and Effect, Level 5-4, 225 Points

Work involves isolating and defining unprecedented issues and unknown conditions. Advises on new technologies, methods, approaches, and guidelines. Provides expertise and advice on program planning and policy and policy making functions covering a broad range of engineering fire protection programs.

Work results affect the efficiency, feasibility, security, integrity and safety of a wide range of agency activities and/or the activities of other organizations within several regions or a large geographic area and the development of activities or achievement of desired outcomes for major aspects of the fire protection engineering programs or missions including the ability of the agency to meet its goals and the needs of its customers.

Factors 6/7. Personal Contacts/Purpose of Contacts, Level 3C, 180 Points

Contacts include individuals or groups from outside the agency, including consultants, contractors, or representatives of the media or professional associations, in moderately unstructured settings. Contacts may also include agency officials who are several managerial levels removed from the employee when contacts occur on an ad hoc basis. The employee must recognize or learn the role and authority of each party during the course of the meeting.

The purpose of the contacts is to influence and persuade persons or groups to comply with established policies or to accept established methods using persuasion or negotiation, or by establishing rapport to gain information. Contacts may require skill in dealing with fearful, skeptical, or uncooperative people to obtain the desired results.

Factor 8. Physical Demands, Level 8-1, 5 Points

The work is primarily sedentary. Some work may require periods of walking, standing, bending, climbing, or driving a motor vehicle in activities such as inspections of installed equipment and visits to construction sites and industrial, commercial, agricultural, and other business establishments. The employee may carry light items such as books, instruments, and other similar materials. The work does not require any special physical effort.

Factor 9. Work Environment, Level 9-1, 5 points

The work is usually performed in an office setting. The work area normally involves everyday risks or discomforts requiring safety precautions typical of offices or meeting and training rooms; or may involve occasional exposure to conditions in production facilities, laboratories, or construction sites requiring normal safety precautions.

TOTAL POINTS = 3190 = GS-13
POINT RANGE GS-13 = 3155-3600

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Determination = (EXEMPT)


1. Availability Pay Exemption - (e.g., Criminal Investigators, U.S. Customs and Border Protection pilots who are also Law Enforcement Officers).


2. Foreign Exemption - (Note: Puerto Rico and certain other locations do not qualify for this exemption – See 5 CFR 551.104 for a list of Nonexempt areas.)


3. Executive Exemption:


a. Exercises appropriate management responsibility (primary duty) over a recognized organizational unit with a continuing function, AND


b. Customarily and regularly directs 2 or more employees, AND


c. Has the authority to make or recommend hiring, firing, or other status-change decisions, when such recommendations have particular weight.


4. Professional Exemption:


a. Professional work (primary duty)


b. Learned Professional, (See 5 CFR, 551.208 ) (Registered Nurses, Dental Hygienists, Physician’s Assistants, Medical Technologists, Teachers, Attorneys, Physicians, Dentists, Podiatrists, Optometrists, Engineers, Architects, and Accountants at the independent level as just some of the typical examples of exempt professionals). Or


c. Creative Professional, (See 5 CFR, 551.209 ) (The primary duty requires invention and originality in a recognized artistic field (music, writing, etc.) and does not typically include newspapers or other media or work subject to control by the organization are just some examples of Creative Professionals). Or


d. Computer Employee, (See 5 CFR, 551.210 ) ( must meet salary test and perform such duties as system analysis, program/system design, or program/system testing, documentation, and modification). Computer manufacture or repair is excluded (non-exempt work).


5. Administrative Exemption:


a. Primary duty consistent with 5 CFR 551 (e.g.; non-manual work directly related to the management or general business operations of the employer or its customers), AND job duties require exercise of discretion & independent judgment.

  FLSA Conclusion:
  Non Exempt

FLSA Comments/Explanations:

This position meets the FLSA professional exemption criteria in that the incumbent performs professional work which is intellectual and varied and requires discretion and independent judgment.



CLASSIFICATION NOTE: GS-0800 Job Family Standard for Professional Work in the Engineering and Architecture Group, dated November 2008, applied 04 December 2009 with the addition of FES factors.