General Engineer (Senior Technical Advisor/Safety Basis Focus)

Washington D.C.
Oct 02, 2017
Oct 02, 2017
Full Time

The Office of Safety, Infrastructure and Operations is seeking a General Engineer to serve as a Senior Technical Advisor responsible for representing the Chief of Defense Nuclear Safety and the National Nuclear Security Administration in high-level technical exchanges, and must display exemplary leadership, collegiality, and the highest technical acumen.

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25% or less - Travel for this position is required at 25%

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.
  • Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.


    • Security Clearance – “Q” “L” and/or “TS/SCI” (Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information)
    • Must pass a pre-employment drug test
    • Position is subject to random drug testing
    • Senior Technical Safety Manager or Technical Qualification Program
    • Public Financial Disclosure, SF 278 (EN/EK/EJ Pay Band V, SES, SL, and ST positions)

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower NNSA pay band level or GS grade level in the Federal Service, i.e., NQ-04, NN-4, EN-04 or GS-15.

    Specialized experience for this position is defined as experience related to, providing and evaluating oversight regarding to adequate development and implementation of safety bases activities, evaluating exemption requests to DOE or equivalent organization nuclear safety directives and regulations, and developing/reviewing revisions to DOE or equivalent organization nuclear safety directives and regulations.

    1. Experience in evaluating the application of DOE or equivalent organization nuclear safety regulations and directives to unique activities and facility situations
    2. Experience inevaluating the federal oversight related to 10 CFR 830 safety basis processes.
    Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs). You do not need to provide a separate narrative written statement. Instead, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. Please do not write "see resume" in your application, as this will NOT satisfy the requirements.
    1. Mastery of the principles, practices, theories, and concepts of professional engineering, e.g., civil, safety, chemical, electrical, nuclear, structural, industrial, and/or mechanical, as well as corresponding scientific knowledge, e.g., chemistry and physics, in order to provide expert, professional advice related to the broad area of safety authorization basis/safety analysis such as in the areas of hazard analysis methods and training methods.
    2. Expert knowledge of processes used to develop the nuclear facility authorization basis for nuclear facility material facilities, as defined in 10 CFR 830 Subpart B.
    3. Expert knowledge of US DOE standards and directives, relevant industry (consensus) codes and standards, applicable Federal, State, and local laws and regulations, US DOE Orders and rules, and nuclear facility industry regulator processes, in order to perform oversight of site and facility operations and activities from a safety nuclear facility authorization basis perspective.
    4. Demonstrated expert-level expertise in the development and successful implementation of critically important programmatic initiatives within the nuclear weapons complex.
    5. Extensive knowledge is required in all facets of the areas of nuclear safety basis preparation and training.
    "Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. 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.

    You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.

    EDUCATION: 801 - Degree: professional engineering. The curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology as a professional engineering curriculum; 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. OR 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 professional 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. For more information, please refer to the OPM Qualification Standards at Professional Engineering Positions.

    There are alternate methods to meeting the engineering educational requirement (e.g., holding current professional engineering registration, having passed the EIT examination, or having completed specified academic courses or a related degree). For more information on the alternate methods, please refer to the OPM Qualification Standards at Professional Engineering Positions. If qualifying on the basis of an alternate method, i.e., professional license, you must submit official documentation to support your claim with your application package.

    • The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
    • Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.
    • More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
    • Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year.
    • Many positions require successful completion of a background investigation.
    • All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register. If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.
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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    The Department of Energy uses an application tracking system to evaluate the responses you provide in the applicant assessment questionnaire to place you into an initial quality category via OPM's Category Rating procedures. Then, the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME) will conduct a quality review of your application and supporting documentation to ensure you have been placed into the appropriate quality category.

    Your application is rated based on the extent and quality of your experience, education (when applicable), and training as described in your resume and applicant assessment. Your credentials are measured against the established duties of the position at the grade level(s) being advertised.

    Your performance appraisals and incentive awards will be given due consideration in the selection process based on their relation to the duties of the position and the consistency with which they may be considered in evaluating you against other applicants.

    The quality categories are usually defined as "Best Qualified", "Well Qualified", and "Qualified", although they may differ slightly based on individual agency policy.

    If you are eligible for career transition assistance plans such as ICTAP or CTAP, you must meet the definition of "well qualified" which is defined as having a score of 85 or better.

    If you are a Veteran Preference eligible candidate, you will be listed at the top of whichever quality category your rating places you in. CP/CPS veterans are placed at the top of the highest category for all positions except professional and scientific positions at GS-9 and higher.

    If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses you provided in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.
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