General Engineer (Bus) GS - 0801 -13 (Open to All U.S. Citizens) HK

Washington D.C.
Jun 14, 2017
Jun 26, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

This position is located in the Safety Assurance and Risk Management Division, Office of System Safety in the Transit Safety Oversight Office, Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Department of Transportation.

The Safety Assurance and Risk Management Division is responsible for developing national policies for accident investigation and safety management of the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Office of Transit Safety Oversight. It establishes operational procedures for the agency’s accident investigation and safety management program. The overall goal of the accident investigation program is to reduce fatalities and injuries resulting from transit and bus vehicle incidents and accidents on the nation’s transit system. The program is designed to improve industry compliance Federal transit regulations.

The bus engineer is expected to be a technical expert on all aspects of the accident investigation program and provide technical expertise and assistance in investigations and inspections of bus systems, including all aspects of bus operations and mechanics. The incumbent is responsible for identifying, detecting and developing solutions to improve the safe transportation of passengers on the nation’s transit system. The incumbent provides leadership, management and coordination of FTA’s accident investigation program, which includes accident investigations, compliance reviews, safety management and review and analysis of safety data which supports FTA’s safety mission, goals and strategic plans.

The ideal candidate is a seasoned engineering professional with experience examining bus systems, leading accident investigations; and issuing reports on safety defects.

  • Not Required

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  • Applications will be accepted from any U.S. Citizen.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
  • Provide all required documents by closing date.
  • Announcement also advertised Merit Promotion: FTA.TSO-2017-0020
  • May be used to fill similar positions at DOT within 60 days of closing.
  • To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the mandatory education and specialized experience requirements.


    All applicants must meet one of the following requirements to qualify for consideration for an engineering position:

    • Successful completion of an engineering degree at an accredited university or college. OR
    • Combination of education or training: college level education, training and/or technical experience that has furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering.

    The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

    1. Professional registration or licensure - current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT), or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE)
    2. Written Test- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination, or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
    3. Specified academic courses - Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences as described by OPM.
    4. Related curriculum - Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor's degree in engineering, provided the applicant had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. There should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering type experience. This must be clearly described in your resume.

    Please review the OPM page on specifics about required curriculum and for more information on qualifications, please visit GS-800: All Professional Engineering Positions qualifications at:


    To qualify for the GS-13, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:
    • Experience in serving as a technical expert on all aspects of bus systems and accident investigations.
    • Expertise in testing and inspecting bus safety systems to identify defects and determine their operation according to industry compliance.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


    • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
    • DEU REQUIREMENTS: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).

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