Marine Engineer

Washington D.C.
Jul 26, 2017
Aug 17, 2017
Full Time

NTSB: Independently Advancing Transportation Safety

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent U.S. Federal agency responsible for investigating significant accidents in the various modes of transportation-aviation, railroad, highway, marine, and pipeline. The NTSB determines the probable cause of each accident investigated and issues safety recommendations to prevent future accidents.

Since our inception, we have investigated over 100,000 aviation accidents and surface transportation accidents and over 80% of our safety recommendations have been implemented. A career at NTSB offers the opportunity to contribute to advancing public transportation safety. Become a member of a unique and dynamic organization where you can make a difference in the transportation industry!

This position is located in the Office of Marine Safety (OMS), National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB.) The Office manages marine accident investigations, including those for which go-teams are sent to the accident site. The Office investigates selected accidents and incidents; develops proposed probable cause(s) of accidents; formulates recommendations to minimize recurrence of similar accidents; prepares detailed reports for use by other international and domestic government agencies, Congress, the transportation community, and the traveling public; and improves public safety by advocating changes to international and domestic marine transportation regulations, requirements, policies, practices and systems in government and industry.

The National Transportation Safety Board does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. Providing this information is voluntary and has no impact on the recruitment or hiring process. This information will be used to determine if our equal employment opportunity efforts are reaching all segments of the population, consistent with Federal equal employment opportunity laws.

WHO MAY APPLY: Before applying, please read the entire announcement and follow all instructions in the How to Apply section. This vacancy is also being announced under MS-10031087-17-SS as open Status Candidates and VEOA Eligibles. Please review both to determine eligibility.

  • 25% or Greater
  • You may be expected to travel for this position.

  • No

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Resume and supporting documents (see "How to Apply" section.)
  • Suitability for Federal employment
  • Financial Interest in transportation enterprises is prohibited
  • Bargaining Unit Position: YES
  • Direct Deposit is required.
  • Trial or probationary period may be required.
  • NOTE: In addition to meeting the basic educational requirements for the General Engineer, you must also meet the specialized experience requirement.

    GS-13 Specialized Experience:

    To be creditable, you must have 1 year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at the GS-12 or equivalent level in the federal service that is typically in or related to the work of this position. Specialized experience is defined as:

    • Performing senior level engineering operational experience aboard vessels over 10,000 horsepower
    • Conducting onboard casualty investigations
    • Maintaining compliance with laws, regulations, and applicable standards
    • Maintaining proper vessel documentation related to vessel's Safety Management System (SMS); the proper operation of all onboard engineering systems and providing technical guidance and training to junior engineering officers.

    GS-14 Specialized Experience:
    To be creditable, you must have 1 year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at the GS-13 or equivalent level in the federal service that is typically in or related to the work of this position. Specialized experience is defined as:
    • Performing senior level engineering operational experience aboard vessels over 10,000 horsepower
    • Leading and/or managing marine investigations
    • Providing input to program planning; and or serving as a team lead in a specialized area contributing to an investigation while working across organizational lines with subject matter experts to identify facts surrounding a shipboard casualty
    A. Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.


    B. Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that 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)1, or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.
    2. Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)2 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 and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A.
    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 has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)

    An applicant who meets the basic requirements as specified in A or B above, except as noted under B.1., may qualify for positions in any branch of engineering unless selective factors indicate otherwise.

    Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM's website at


    Not Applicable


    NOTE: This position involves a multi-grade career ladder. The major duties listed represent the full performance level of GS-14. At the GS-13 grade level, you will perform assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence. You will progressively acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds. Promotion is not guaranteed and no promise of promotion is implied.

    The incumbent will serve as a Marine Engineer in the Office of Marine Safety (OMS) providing experience and expertise in marine accident investigations, marine operations, and marine safety. This includes organizing, managing and coordinating the investigation of marine accidents and all related group activities in order to develop and present reports and marine transportation safety recommendations.

    At the GS-14, in addition to the duties at the lower level, typical duties may include:
    Organizing, managing and coordinating the investigation of marine accidents
    Developing and presenting reports with marine transportation safety recommendations for adoption by the Board
    Serving as a Group Chairperson or the Investigator in Charge (IIC) in marine accident investigations.
    Serving as the NTSB representative in public/non-public accident investigations or other marine accident investigations of interest to the NTSB, and as the NTSB representative in international investigations conducted under IMO rules.
    Conducting analysis and assessments of pertinent issues and developing safety recommendations.

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