General Engineer - GS - 0801 - 11/12/13 (Open to U.S. Citizens) BP
You will serve as an engineer in Rulemaking’s Office of Crash Avoidance Standards, which is responsible for planning and implementing motor vehicle crash avoidance safety standards, policy and decisions for motor vehicles used on the Nation’s highways. Assignments involve technical engineering programs concerning the analysis of vehicle safety issues, performance evaluation, and the promulgation of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS), regulations and/or guidelines dealing with crash avoidance characteristics of motor vehicles. The Office also identifies, recommends, and on occasion, initiates research, development, and testing needed to support the modification or development of standards. There are multiple positions located within the following three divisions:
- Visibility and Injury Prevention Division (NRM-210): This division focuses on lighting and visibility performance and non-crash injury and fatality performance of motor vehicle systems and driver/vehicle systems. Candidates with education and/or experience working with forward lighting, crash avoidance technologies, signal lighting, and/or visibility systems including cameras or mirrors would be particularly suitable to work in this division.
- Vehicle Dynamics Division (NRM-220): This division focuses on braking, brake fluids, brake hoses, antilock brake systems, electronic stability control systems, steering systems, tires and rims, and tire pressure monitoring systems. Candidates with education and/or experience working with heavy vehicles systems, crash avoidance technologies, stability control systems, and/or tires performance would be particularly suitable to work in this division
- Vehicle Controls and Adapted Vehicles Division (NRM-230): This division focuses on vehicle controls and displays, crash warning systems, adaptive equipment, and the crash avoidance characteristics for all vehicle types. Candidates with education and/or experience working with controls and displays, vehicle communication systems, crash avoidance technologies, power window systems, and/or accelerator control systems would be particularly suitable to work in this division.
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CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
- 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 (1) meet the Education Requirement for the series, (2) provide a copy of transcripts for verification, AND (3) meet either the education or experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.
MANDATORY EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:
All applicants must meet one of the following requirements to qualify for consideration for an engineering position:
• Successful completion of an 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: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/files/all-professional-engineering-positions-0800.pdf
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
To qualify for the GS-11 on Experience, you must have one year of equal or equivalent specialized experience:
- Experience applying Federal motor vehicle safety standards to activities associated with motor vehicle or vehicle equipment safety.
To qualify for the GS-11on Education alone, you must have:
- 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
- You can also qualify based on a combination of higher level graduate education and experience. This must be fully supported by your resume and transcripts, provided with your application.
To qualify for the GS-12 on Experience (in addition to the GS-11), you must have one year of equal or equivalent specialized experience:
- Experience evaluating safety performance of motor vehicles and crash avoidance systems.
To qualify for the GS-13 on Experience (in addition to the GS-11 and GS-12), you must have one year of equal or equivalent specialized experience:
- Experience planning and implementing motor vehicle safety initiatives, including the specification of necessary research activities to support rulemaking initiatives.
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.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) maintains a model federal work environment that is free of discrimination. DOT ensures equal employment opportunity for employees and applicants for employment, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, or protected activity.
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. If referred, all relevant documents including performance appraisals and awards submitted with your application package will be forwarded to the hiring official for review. The Automated Staffing Office is ultimately responsible for determining your final rating.
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