Engineering in the federal government


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Engineering in the federal government
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United States Civil Service Commission
U.S. Civil Service Commission
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"November 1956."

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Pamphlet 49


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November 1950

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For CAREERS in the Federal Government

SAbout 43,000 professional cngineer- are employed by more than 30
Federal agencies in installations thlrouehoutl the United Sr.llt and
more are needed. Many nalncit-- opu1 i'lly those atIcspoung'"' in the
defenie prousa~m--h...e ennuarii~ncn positann to till
b\ htih.r )ou Jun being graduated and are Illading for your first
job, or are an experienced engineer It ring~ .a posina~n with room for
advancement--the Federal Governmr nt roller you an excellent oppor-
tunity to pursue an effective and wai-ling\ll career.
The gleak st need is for young engineers who are just (Il ring 1Ihe
profession. However, many agencies also have clpl.-nigSr fewl '.nginl''*u
with some years of experience, and some need englin~i Iil! students to
serve in engineering aid or trainee positions which can lead to appoint-
ments at the professional entrance level after they graduate.
Your Government uses the 4.ill of e~nrinl- l;nI i to lu11y every branch
and specialty in the field. Eh r~come ,lu.~ 1 IIc..1 l use anical, ceramic,
chemical, and civil engineel.I anl mostI mel, nr ll, no d now, but engi-
neers trained in almost any branch can be placed.
Engineers :r.ildl,annoll\ have played important roles in the National
Government. Their work has hiad fur-rl...-hirle effects on the health,
welfare, standards of living, and ecolnone, or thl Nation.
Pioneer public health --wine c~r helped to bring typhoid fever under
control. Civil-service engineers have advanced design and construction
of highways, bridges, hospitals, and publ, bulldllng. They played key
roles in dl'\llepineC revolutionary aIre~nolunt..l :i~ If\ am..-l and sys-
tems. They assisted in Ipr Iilt ilrl high-speed electronic computers. And
they opened the way for new indwltrires in deverlopine ziuch products as
lightweight concretes, printed, 1.- Itronic irl un-.: mani.ltulru.-d electronic
equipment, and glass fiber papers.
Wars and the threat of war have brought other vital contributions
from civil-service marine* r He~at-resistant ceramic scouring~ for air-
craft components, the plroumayll fuze, the atom, and hydrl*R.-n bombs,
guided missiles, and :lircr.ift-uarninfi systems are just a few of the
developments to which nsinecir he~r made major ( ontrlhbul~nns
Enginee? rrnu rinr; the Federal service have unprecedented oppor-
tunities to pajrticlpan- in chJ1llenqin S u~nllk of vital importance. Some of
the ad~antage- and bene~fili nf ..nain.-o~rinS careers in Government are
outlined in thl pamphlet.


Federal engineers have been responsible for some of the world's greatest engineering projects. Career
engineers have handled many mammoth projects from the blueprint stage through their completion and
operation. Grand Coulee Dam is one of the huge multiple-purpose projects operated by the Government.

Many Go.ernment engineering project\ requere teams.r.orl: and .11. of a number of egneirsers d
\cernetsl Such operal~ons gure ~ran ng.ners an. opportunity 13 work men of high itand.
.ng .. Iherr prolession. l-er, a group of ens~.nerr plan a -nd~lunrnel test program for a guoded m.:\ile.

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Qualifications and Pay

A b helo' dre lin en ieing fon an acrdtdh coleg o uet-

college curriculum, will qualify you for appointment to a position at
grade GS-5, $3,6TO--$4,480~ a year (see '*Note" below), the entrance
level for professional enginerrsr. A combination of education and tech-
mecal experience eqcunlejlnt lo a 4-year college course may also meet
the requirements.
Applications will be accepted from students who expect to complete
necessary courses within 6 months of the time of application. Applica-
tions will be rated promptly; in fact, recruiters \ isiting the campus may
have authority to make on-the-spot ratings, so that Ilnt offers of em-
ployment may be made prior to graduation. Persons who receive such
provisional appointments must furnish proof of successful completion
of required courses before they actually start work.
Additional education or experience is necessary to qualify for appoint-
ment at grades above GS-5, Completion of studies for a master's degree
in engineering, or a minimum of 6 months of professional engineering
experience is required for appointment at grade GS-7 ($4,525--45.3135
a year).
Many agencies operate train~ng programs under which young engi-
neers are promoted from GS-5 lo GS-7 upon satisfactory completion
of 6 months' training. Advancement to GS-9 (.0,440--56,250) is pos-
sible after 18 months of satisfactory service. Engineers who prove their
worth can advance rapidly--after a year in grade GS-9, they are gen-
erally eligible for promotion to GS-1I1 ($6,390--$7.465), and a year in
GS-11 can bring eligibility for promotion to GS-12 ()1570--$8,645).
However, advancement is not automatic-it depends upon experience,
assignment of greater responsibilities, and the occurrence of vacancies.
Employees who serve in grade for a certain length of time earn
within-grade salary increases at intervals if their work is satisfactory.
These "step" increases range from $135 every 52 weeks in lower and
middle grades to $215 or $270 every 78 weeks in higher grades.
The prospect of an early call into military service for training will
not bar you from consideration for appointment. If you leave the
civilian service to enter military service, you will have job-restoration
rights on completion of your tour of duty in the armed forces.
Completion of courses in nonaccredited institutions may be accepted
if the instruction is definite:! rf enlll- er vel and if the State university
of the State in which the inarlutunon is located accepts the courses. If
experience rather than education is used for qualifying, it must show
a thorough knowledge of the fundamental physical and mathematical
sciences underlying professional engineering and a goodl landrrindinc
of the engineering sciences and techniques and their appliration to thr
branch of engineering applied for. Experience will be evaluated on
the basis of its comparability to a full 4-year professional engineering

Most jobs in the Federal civil service are filled through competitive
examination open to all citizens. Generally, applicants for engmneermng
jobs are rated on the quality and extent of their trammig or experience,
based upon statements in their applications and other information, and
no written test is required.
Examinations for engineering jobs are conducted on a continuous
basis. This means that you may apply at any time and be considered for
appomtmnent at an early date.
Examinations for engineering positions may be announced by the
central office or offices of the Civil Service Commission or by
boards of United State~s ivil-service examiners located in Federal agen-
cies throughout the country.
You can find out about these examinations at your college placement
office, at offices of the United States Civil Service Commission, and at
many post offices. To obtain application forms and copies of current
examination announcements--which describe the jobs to be filled, tell
where they are located, and give other details--visit or write to the
central office or one of the regional offices of the Civil Service Com-
mission. (See addresses on last panel of this folder.)
Study the examination announcement carefully, and be certain to
follow instructions given for application. Carefully complete ?nur ..pp~li-
cation form, for your rating in the examination will depend largely on
how clearly you describe your training and experience.
Many Federal agencies send representatives on rec-ruiintr visits to
colleges and universities. Your conger placement office can tell you
about visits scheduled at your school and arrange interviews for you.
NOTE.-Nw employees usually start at the bottom step of the pay grade.
However, higher starting rates have been authorized for tn gade

Uncle Sarn Offers

Qualified Engineers


Government agencies operate a wide variety of programs which chal-
lenge the kill, imag~inaltion, and knowlerdgc of their cngineerr. They
design new nareraft, plan bearelr higihwa ys, build mo~dern hospitals. They
ppynew developments in pianolc, radio propagition, aerodynamics.
ThyY pave! the way for miil. -sles ta tral greater dlirances at supersonic
speeds. They work mna new realm of cnginercrng concepts--concepts
which offer unbounded challenge to the engineer of today who is an
touch with the ideas of tomorrow.

Federal agencies present excellent career engmneermng opportunities.
The! operate progressi\t career program----hirarng based on merit .
good pay regular raises in-service trammig .. promotion
from withm .. protection against arbitrary dismissals .liberal
leave .. .incentive awards ..low cost group life insurance ..
and retirement benefits. Your engineering skills and knowledge are put
to work at once. The Government~s wok continues mn good times and
bad, and engineering is an expanding field--so there's a reasonable
measure of security.

It's what you do on the job that counts. Your duties and responsibilities
fix the salary for your job. Every position is classed according to its
functions and dulties, anld employees receive equal padyfor equa work.
Young engineers start on the same rung of the ldewt eidc
pay raises guaranteed if their job performance is satisfactory.

Attracti\Le promnotion and Iraining program ha~ I been deolloped by
agencies employing engineer,. Mlost agencire pro\ ide for promotion to
higher grades after completion of a 6-month trainlng period. Ma~ny
agencjes continue trainlng nnd planned promonronl for Ihe firlt few
yearsT an engineer I on thr- sta1T Some appoint Jtude~nt, al ceninee~iring
arids or stude nt-tramce..~and promote rhem to profe.ional posi tioni ulte~r
graiduation. Some agencies operate estension couries in which crad-
u.ite credit may be earned. Others coope rate w\ith nearby ichool w~hi h
olcr advance d coursesi to furlher enginleers' knowledge-l and know-ho lr\
Agencire generally promote from within w\hen werll-quahfied Itaff
elnginerrs are available for \acancicl at hishe~r grades


Engineers in Goverrnment have excellent opportunities to earn profes.
iional recognition. Agencies knowr that their pressige In engilneerine
is keved to the prestige of their e~ngineering stFff..T~herefore, thev
help their engineers to gain professional recrognition Partic~ipation in
professional societies ii encouraged, nr i the public~ation of paperi in
professional journal and agency publictnion. Alan) agencies sponlor
seminars, symporin, and olher meetings of professional groups.


Lease allovances are liberal. Annual leave-for \.acationl and inciden-
tal use-is earned on a graduated basis: employees with less than 3
years' service eamn 13 working days per year Islightly more than 2,'"
wheeks of vacation time i; those with 3 to 15 years, 20 days, those w~ith
15 years or more, 26 days. All employees earn 13 days of sick leave a
year, and it can be accumulated without limit. In addition, 8 holiday'
are granted annually. And members of National Guard or military
Feserve units can take 15 days' military leaver of absence wvith pay.


Career civil-service employees participate in a liberal retirement pro-
gram. In addition to retinement based on length of service and age,
the plan provides for disability reorement and benefits for surviving
dependents of employees with 5 or more yeans of service or of retired
employees who die. Compensation, medical case, and other benefits
are provided to employees for injury or occupational disease, and com-
pensation is provided for dependents of employees who die in line of
duty. Unemployment compensation and low-cost group life insurance
are included in the list. of benefits available to Federal e I cyes. In
inoi agncies,inspoyer c In partnadn e it gro p hospitamizaation and

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or CAREERS in the Federal Government

Science and Engineering at NBS-
National Bureau of Standards, Wash-
ington 25, D. C.
Opportunities in the Bureau of Public
Roads for Young Engineers-Bureau
of Public Roads, Washington 25, D. C.
Coast and Geodetic Survey Combined
Operations and Its Work and Prod-
ucts-Coast and Goodetic Survey,U. S.
Department of Commerce, Washing-
ton 25, D. C.
NACA--The National Advisory Com-
mittee for Aeronautics--National Ad-
visory Committee for Aeronautics,
Washington 25, D. C.
Naval Establishments Conducting
Scientific Research and Devielopment
Programs-Board of U. S. Civil Serv-
ice Examiners for Scientific and Tech-
nical Personnel, Potomac River Naval
Coommad Naval25Re earch Labora-

tory, WahiteOk ivrSrngto Md. D.

Reserch Opotndt Develospmenten it
and ErangineersWith the Navy Deat- t
ment-Boar of S.nac Cvl Servic

Examiners for Scientists and Engineers,
Navy Department, 1030 East Green
Street, Pasadena 1, Calif.
Research at NRL and Science Educa-
t on Programn-U. S. Naval Research
Laboratory, Washington 25, D. C.

Enginering--Puget Sound Naval
Shipyard, Bremnerton, Wash.
Launching Your Career--Philadelphia
Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia 12, Pa.
This Can Be Your Story--San Fran-
cisco Naval Shipyard, San Francisco
24, Calif.
Picatinny Arsenal, the Cradle of
American Ammuniltzon-Picatinny Ar-
senal, Dover, N. J.
You and Your Future at Aberdeen
Proving Ground--Department of the
Army, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.
Target: Science in Your Future--Sig-
nal Corps Engineering Laboratories,
Fort Monmouth, N. J.
Planning a Career-Office of the Chief
of Engineers, Department of the Army,
Building T-7, Washington 25, D. C.
New, Horizons--The Engineering Cen-
ter, Fort Belvoir, Va.

Department of the Air Force Careers
no liivi as--CHfic ofUC vil an Per-
Air Force 11.charagrun 25, D. C.
Il' reehr Air Development Center--
11r~ilht Air Development Center,
11nrght -Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
.slru,,-r~a-e (areers in the Veterans
A.:imasrlrrez:.v. (Pamphlet 5-15)--
Veterans Administration, Washington
25, D. C.


Some Federal agencies employing engineers ha pub klhlbe~d pamphlets
describing their e~nginl..v aill activities and :Illln .Jl~lur Imrployment
opportunities for engineers. Many of these pamphlets have been dis-
tributed to college placement offices.
Copies usually can be obtained free of charge by addressing a request
to the issuing office. Here is a partial list of publications with the
addresses of the issuing offices:

Reclamation Engineering Center in
Denver and Reclamation- U. S. De-
partmient of the Inter~ior, Bureau of
Reclamation, Wilshington 25, D. C.
A Career an Patents for Engineers,
Physicists, Chemists--Department of
Commerce, U.. S. Patent Office, Wash-
ington 25, D. C.
Careers an Sort Conservation and
Summer Employlment Leading to a
Career an the Sodl Conservation Serv-
ice--Soil Conserv~ation Service. U. S.
Department of Agriculture, Washing-
ton 25, D. C-
Northern Regional Research Labora-
tory--Agricultural Research Service,
825 N. University Avenue, Peoria 5,

Facts About the Southern Regional
Research Laboratory Agricultural
Research Service, New Orleans, La.
Eastern Re glonal Research Labora-
tory--Agricultural Research Servrice,
Chestnut Hill Station, Philadelphia,

Western Regional Research Labora-
t ory--A gric ult rural Research Labora-
tory, 800 Buchanan Street, Albany 6,

En ginee rin g O~Ppo rt u cities in Ru ral
Ele t rifi cat io n A dm inistrat ion, Tele-
pho ny an d Electrification -Rural Elec-
trification Administration*, U. S. De-
partment of Agriculture, Washington
25, D. C.

First Region-Mhaine, New Hampshire,
V~ermont, M~assachusetts, Rhode Island,
and Connecticut: Post Office and
Courthouse Building, Boston 9, M/ass.
Second Region--New Yrork and New
Jersey: Federal Building. Christopher
Street, New York 14, N. Y.
Third Region Pennsylvania, Dela-
ware, M~aryrland, and V~irginma: Custom-
house, Second and Chestnut Streets,
Philadelphia 6, Pa.
Fifth Regron--North Carolina, South
Carolmna, Georgia, Florida, Alabama,
Tennessee, M~ississippi, Puerto Rico,
and Virgmn Islands: Peachtree-Baker
Building, 275 Peachtree Street, NE.
Atlanta 3, Ga '
Sixth Region--Ohio, Indiana, Ken-
tucky, and West VTirgmzia: Post Office
and Courthouse Buildmng, Cincinnati 2,
Seventh Region--Wisconsin, Mlichigan
and Illinois: New Post Office Building'
Chicago 7, Ill '
Eighth Region--Texas, Louisiana, Ar-
kansas, and Oklahoma: 1114 Com-
merce Street, Dallas 2. Tex.; Branch
Office--Masonic Temple Buildmng, 333
St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans 1 2, La-

Ninth Region--Kansas, Missouri, Min-
nesota, North Dakota, South Dakota,
Neb ra ska and Iowa : New Federal
Building. St. Louis 1, Mo.; Branch
Office Post Office and Customhouse
Building, St. Paul 1, Mmnn.
Tenth Region--Colorado, New Mexico,
Utah, Wyoming, and Arizona: Build-
mng 41. Denver Federal Center, Den-
ver, Colo.
Eleventh Region-Montana, Oregon,
Idaho, Washington, and Territory of
Alaska: 302 Federal Office Building,
First Avenue and M~adison Street,
Seattle 4, Wash.
Twrelfth Region-CGalifornia, Nevada,
and the Territory of Hawani: 128 Ap-
praisers Building, 630 Sansome Street,
San Francisco 11, Calif.* Branch Of-
fices-514 Post Office and Courthouse
Building, Los Angeles 12, Calif.; Fed-
eral Building, Honolulu 2, T. H.
The Washington (D. C.) metropohi-
tan area (mncludmng Montgomeryl and
Prince Georges Counties, Md.; Arling-
ton and Fairfax Counties, Va.; and
the city of Alexandria, Va.) is under
the jurisdiction of United States Civil
Service Commission, Washington 25,
D. C.




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