Mechanical Engineer (Federal - FEMA PA TAC) Job at Tidal Basin, United States

  • Tidal Basin
  • United States

Job Description


Position Summary
Tidal Basin is expanding our Federal Disaster Recovery Cadre. This Cadre is composed of dedicated individuals who wish to help communities in their time of need and help them rebuild following natural or man-made disasters.  We are part of a larger team of Technical Assistance Contractors (TAC) who deploy alongside the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide technical assistance to FEMA for the delivery of the FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Program, which assists State, Local, Tribal, and some Private Non-Profits recover and rebuild following a natural or man-made disaster.     

This position is expected to be forward deployed to the site of natural or man-made disasters but may also require work from your Residence of Record (RoR), hotel room, FEMA’s Regional Offices, FEMA Headquarters, or other facilities .

Candidate must be willing and able to deploy up to 100% to sites of the disasters.  Travel expenses are paid. Deployments may last up to a year.

If deployed as a Site Inspector or other position that visits damaged facilities, you will need to provide your own personal safety gear (reflective construction vest, Hard Hat, Steel Toed work boots) and measuring equipment (tape measure, measuring wheel, and laser measure)

This position is contingent upon your ability to obtain/maintain/transfer a DHS/FEMA Clearance and badge.

Job Duties and Responsibilities include:
Engineers may be called upon to deploy as a:
  • Site Inspector: Inspects permanent facilities damaged by disasters to determine and document the extent of disaster related damages. Site inspectors must be able to
    • Measure facilities and components of facilities.
    • Review and analyze professional architectural and engineering reports and designs or as-built plans
    • Write a Site Inspection Report (SIR)
    • Write a Damage Description and Dimensions (DDD) and capture Essential Elements of Information (EEI). 
    • Site Inspectors must understand the concepts of volume.
    • They must be able to use standard measuring tools such as a tape measure, measuring wheel, and a laser level. 
    • They must provide their own Personal Protective Gear and Measuring equipment.
    • Be able to advise FEMA staff on the technical validity of claims presented under FEMA’s arbitration process. Should arbitration hearings occur, testify as an expert witness on FEMA’s behalf .
  • PDMG: also known as the Program Delivery Manager, which delivers the Public Assistance Program and assists eligible applicants and sub-applicants. The PDMG must be capable of managing a diverse set of stakeholders, facilitate in-person and remote meetings, review documents for program compliance, be able to describe the PA Program and Process to stakeholders, be able to translate complicated policies into layman’s terms.
  • Technical Specialists: to provide technical expertise to FEMA for a variety of tasks or efforts.
  • Cost Estimator: Estimates cost to rebuild or replace facilities damaged during a disaster.

Skills and Competencies:
  • Skilled in Mechanical Engineering
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Proficient in the use of TEAMS
  • Use of measuring tools such as measuring tape, measuring wheel, laser measure, etc.
  • Laptop and cell phone
  • Must know or be able to learn Grants Manager, GoogleEarth Pro and other FEMA Systems
  • Must know or be able to learn how to create a Firmette or Flood Map
  • Must be able to learn how to use time and expense systems. 
  • Expert in oral and written communication
  • Ability to follow directions.
  • Ability to work in challenging conditions.
Required Education and Experience:
  • All candidates are required to pass a FEMA security training, Grants Manager training, and either a PDMG or Site Inspector training class in order to qualify for deployment. These classes are delivered on-demand and on-line at this time, but may be delivered in-person in the future.
  • Mid-Level:
    • 5+ years’ experience as a Mechanical Engineer
    • Undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering or related
    • Current Professional Engineer (P.E.) license in any state is a plus (but not required)
    • Prior experience working FEMA Public Assistance (preferred but not required)
  • Senior Level: 
    • 10+ years’ experience as a Mechanical Engineer
    • Undergraduate (or higher) degree in Mechanical engineering or related
    • Current Professional Engineer (P.E.) license from any state (required for Senior)
    • 2 to 3 deployments on FEMA PA Projects (State and Local included) or 2 years’ experience on 1 FEMA PA Project
    • Working knowledge of Grants Manager or Grants Portal (or ability to learn Grants Manager)
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Upon hire, secondary employment must be disclosed and approved.
Rising Phoenix Holdings Corporation is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.


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