Rail Safety Inspector, GS-2121-12 (Open to ALL U.S Citizens) AW

Washington D.C.
Sep 26, 2017
Sep 26, 2017
Full Time

This position is located in the Federal Transit Administration's (FTA), Office of Transit Safety and Oversight, Office of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Safety Oversight. The office administers a national transit safety program and program compliance oversight process to advance the provision of safe, reliable, and equitable transit service through adherence with legislative, policy, and regulatory requirements as established by FTA. The primary objective of this position is to examine rail transportation systems; to issue reports that document safety defects and findings; to interview rail system employees in support of investigations; to review rail system rules, procedures, and standards; to assist in the investigation of rail transportation accidents and incidents; to enter and inspect equipment, rolling stock, operations and relevant records. A Rail Inspector must possess technical expertise in one or more of the following disciplines: Operating Practices; Track; Signal and Train Control; Rail Vehicle Maintenance; and Traction Power and Third Rail.

Ideal Candidate Statement: The ideal candidate is a seasoned rail professional with experience examining rail transportation systems, assisting with rail accident investigations; and issuing reports on safety defects.

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Occasional travel - Less than 25%

Relocation expenses reimbursed 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
  • May be used to fill similar positions at DOT within 60 days of closing.

    • 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).

    To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the specialized experience requirements.

    To qualify for the GS-12, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:
    • Experience conducting investigations of transportation safety events; identifying and selecting safety recommendations; and applying or evaluating Federal, State and transportation safety regulations.
    • Experience evaluating safety hazards, safety plans, operations and procedures.
    • Experience writing and presenting standard operating procedures, technical reports, and safety studies.
    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.

    Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition.

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE: PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/ application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). Your resume must contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make a qualification determination. Please ensure that your resume contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, average number of hours worked per week, and if the position is/was in the Federal government, you should provide the position series and grade level.

    If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of four categories: Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze, which is based upon your responses to the vacancy questions. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference that have provided supporting documents will receive selection priority over non-veterans. The top rated applications will be reviewed for the quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position.

    Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. The answers you select in the on-line process must be substantiated in your application package. If upon review, it is determined that your described work history, competencies, and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, your application may be updated or you may not be referred to the selecting official. Please ensure that your work history provides enough details to support your answers. The Automated Staffing Office is ultimately responsible for determining your final rating.
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