Safety Engineer

Washington D.C.
Aug 03, 2017
Oct 31, 2017
Full Time

The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and air, space and cyberspace. To achieve that mission, the Air Force has a vision of Global Vigilance, Reach and Power. That vision orbits around three core competencies: Developing Airmen, Technology-to-Warfighting and Integrating Operations. Core competencies and distinctive capabilities are based on a shared commitment to three core values -- integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.

For DHA Positions:
These positions are being filled under Direct-Hire Authority for the Department of Defense for Post-Secondary Students and Recent Graduates. The Secretary of the Air Force has delegated authority by the Office of the Secretary of Defense to directly appoint qualified post-secondary students and recent graduates directly into competitive service positions; these positions may be professional or administrative occupations and are located Air Force-Wide. Positions may be filled as permanent or term with a full-time or part-time work schedule. Pay will vary by geographic location.
*** The term "Current post-secondary student" mean a person who is currently enrolled in, and in good academic standing at a full-time program at an institution of higher education; and is make satisfactory progress toward receipt of a baccalaureate or graduate degree; and has completed at least one year of the program.
*** The term "recent graduate" means a person who was awarded a degree by an institution of higher education not more than two years before the date of the appointment of such person, except that in the case of a person who has completed a period of obligated service in a uniform service of more than four years.

For Direct Hire Positions:
This is a Direct Hire Public Notice,
under this recruitment procedure applications will be accepted for each location/ installation identified in this Public Notice and selections are made for vacancies as they occur. There may or may not be actual/projected vacancies at the time you submit your application.

This Public Notice is to gather applications which may or may not result in a referral or selection.

This Public Notice may be used to fill positions in other equivalent pay systems (i.e., NH, NJ, NK).

Please read this Public Notice in its entirety prior to submitting your application for consideration.

  • Occasional Travel
  • You may be expected to travel for this position.

  • No

  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Males must be registered for Selective Service, see
  • Total salary varies depending on location of position
  • PCS expenses if authorized will be paid IAW JTR and Air Force Regulations
  • Recruitment incentives may be authorized
  • This posn is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program
  • Basic Requirements:

    Applicants who meet the basic requirements described in the individual occupational requirements are fully qualified for the specified entry grade (generally grade GS-5). Applicants who wish to qualify for positions at higher grade levels (generally grade GS-7 and above) must also meet requirements as reflected in addition to meeting the basic requirements.

    GS-07: one year of specialized experience at least the (GS-05) grade level or the next lower qualifying pay band or equivalent in other pay systems that involved professional knowledge of safety engineering concepts and principles as well as the ability to apply standard safety engineering practices, methods and techniques to perform, following specific instructions, relatively routine projects or on a portion of a larger project.
    1 year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement
    a combination of education and specialized experience.

    FOR GS-09: At least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade (GS-07) or equivalent in the Federal service which includes professional knowledge of safety engineering concepts, principles, and practices and familiarity with other engineering disciplines to perform routine projects with complete responsibility, or portions of large and complex projects; apply standard practices of related engineering disciplines as they relate to systems safety; apply comprehensive knowledge in other related areas such as the extent of Electrical Hazard Classification of facilities that process or store flammable propellants, the National Electrical Code, OSHA, and many other safety-related regulations and laws,
    a master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree
    a combination of education and specialized experience.

    FOR GS-11: At least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade (GS-09) or equivalent in the Federal service which includes professional knowledge and abilities applicable to a wide range of safety engineering duties; ability to modify standard practices and adapt equipment or techniques to solve a variety of problems; ability to adapt precedents or make significant departures from previous approaches to similar projects in order to provide for the specialized requirement of some projects; and ability to apply standard practices of related engineering disciplines as they relate to Safety Engineering,
    3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. ,or equivalent doctoral degree
    a combination of education and specialized experience.

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    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

    1. Professional knowledge of multidiscipline engineering concepts; principles and practices.
    2. Knowledge of engineering standards, methods, practices, and techniques, materials, and equipment to determine compliance with federal, state, and local codes and regulations.
    3. Knowledge of health, safety, and environmental requirements, applicable standards, regulations and/or technical orders.
    4. Knowledge of risk management techniques and cost benefit analysis.
    5. Skill in operating a computer and common applications such as word processing, spread sheets, presentation preparation, internet use, and email. Ability to analyze, interpret, and apply rules, regulations and procedures tin a variety of situations and recommend timely and economical solutions.
    6. Skill in determining acceptable resolutions to complex engineering problems which require consideration of safety, cost, an schedule. Ability to plan and organize tasks and coordinate with other engineering disciplines, other personnel and organizations as required. Ability to communicate effectively both orally an in writing and maintain working relations.

    PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

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

    IF USING EDUCATION TO QUALIFY: You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.


    • Position may be subject to random drug testing
    • Employee may be required to work other than normal duty hours, to include evenings, weekends and/or holidays
    • Shift work and emergency overtime may be required
    • Employee must maintain current certifications
    • Position may require an appropriate security clearance



    • Identify, analyze, and control hazardous conditions, exposures, and practices.
    • Knowledge of psychological and physiological factors to design and/or evaluate safety features and controls compensating for the possibility of human errors in the operation of machinery and equipment.
    • Analyzing materials, structures, safety codes, legal requirements, and operations;
    • Advising on safety requirements, including the economic impact of alternative solutions;
    • Conducting accident investigations and inspections or reviews of facilities, plans, and equipment.

    Additional Information:
    This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.
    Duties and responsibilities vary and may increase according to grade level.
    This public notice may be used to fill target grades (e.g. GS-05 Target GS-11).
    May have promotion potential above GS-11.