Technical Career Field Training Program
GENERAL ENGINEERING

Engineers at VA are knowledgeable in the areas of professional engineering practices, including principles of engineering and standard trade practices involving energy applications and the planning, development, design, and construction of major and minor projects, and their cost factors.

Responsibilities require the mastery of a wide range of management and engineering skills needed in planning, designing, and carrying out projects, programs, and studies associated with health care delivery in the assigned areas within the medical centers.

The assigned areas of the medical centers are diverse and include construction, utilities, building maintenance, medical equipment maintenance, building service equipment maintenance and personal property maintenance, fire and safety systems, space utilization, and program management.

Program Summary

The VA Technical Career Field (TCF) Program hires graduate engineers for two-years of training. The program provides the training that is necessary for the transition from college to the VA workplace, with many of the same benefits as other Federal employees.

These graduate engineers receive one-on-one training and mentoring for the first year by preceptors who are seasoned engineers at the more than 150 VA medical centers throughout the country. During the two-year training period, engineering trainees have the opportunity to attend national conferences and core training events, as well as network with other trainees in the program as part of a wide variety of training experiences and continuing education activities that will enhance the prospect of upward mobility in VA.

At the completion of training trainees are converted to permanent positions in VA medical facilities. The professional experience provided in the training program, along with the vast numbers of VA 'Boomers' approaching retirement, increases the potential for rapid promotion in this career field into leadership positions within VA.

Training Specifics

During the two-year training period, engineering trainees will have access to computer-based training, on-the-job training and classroom courses. Trainees will have the opportunity to attend national conferences and VA core training events, as well as network with other trainees in the program as part of a wide variety of training experiences and continuing education activities that will enhance the prospect of upward mobility in VA. Below are some of the training activities for TCF general engineering trainees:

  • Core Engineering Training (VA)
  • Contracting Officer Technical Representative (COTR) course
  • Attend VHA's National Engineering/Safety Partnerships conference
  • Attend national ASHE Conference (American Society for Healthcare Engineering)
  • NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) training
  • Educational site visits to other VA medical centers