General Engineer (Signal and Train Control), GS-0801-13 (Open to All U.S Citizens) AW

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

About the Agency

Position is located in the Safety Assurance and Risk Management Division, Office of Systems 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 with Federal transit regulations.

As a General Engineer (Signal and Train Control), the candidate will investigate transit accidents and incidents and serve as a technical expert in the area of signals and train control. The candidate is responsible for identifying, detecting and developing solutions to improve the safe transportation of passengers on the nation’s transit system. The candidate 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 Statement: The ideal candidate is a seasoned engineering professional with experience providing leadership, management and coordination of transit accident investigations and maintenance of signals and control systems.

  • Occasional Travel
  • Less than 25%

  • No

  • You must meet specialized experience to qualify.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
  • Review Required Documents Section as documents are required by closing date
  • Announcement also advertised Merit Promotion (MP): FTA.TSO-2017-0024
  • May be used to fill similar positions at DOT within 60 days of closing.

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

    • Successful completion of a 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 conducting investigations and developing investigation reports on transit related incidents and accidents.
    • Experience identifying, detecting and developing solutions to improve the safe transportation of passengers on transit systems by investigating, inspecting, reporting and presenting on signal and train control systems.
    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.
    • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: This position involves travel. A government contractor-issued travel card will be issued and must be retained for official business only.
    • 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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