General Engineer

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Washington D.C.
Mar 20, 2018
Mar 28, 2018
Full Time

Occasional travel - Occasional Travel for business meetings and training

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • You must be a United States citizen
  • This employer participates in the e-verify program.
  • Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.
  • This vacancy has a mandatory education requirement (also known as a "positive educational requirement"). Therefore, you must provide documentation supporting any education claims in your application. 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 Edu. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see Department of Education website
    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 in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

    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.

    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).

    A preliminary background check may be completed before a new employee can begin work. Current Federal employees or other individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check.

    Only experience obtained at the time of the application will be considered; however, you can update your resume and application submission at any time during the opening period of this vacancy announcement.

    Specialized Experience:

    A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower GS grade level in the Federal Service, i.e., GS-12, directly related to the position being filled, and which has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:
    • Experience in translating technical engineering and nuclear plant operational data into economic terms, conditions, and priorities associated with the management of the various elements and requirements of the Standard Contract.
    • Experience in nuclear waste management system engineering principles and processes; nuclear facility plant design and layout, capabilities, fuel types and specifications, reactor storage systems designs, high-level waste specifications and plant operations, spent nuclear fuel transport casks and spent nuclear fuel storage systems to integrate the contractual, scientific, engineering and technical expertise for reviews of annual claims and settlement reviews related to the Standard Contract.

    Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, 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. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application!
    • Knowledge of the terms and conditions of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982, the Standard Contract for the Disposal of Spent Nuclear Fuel and/or High Level Radioactive Waste (10 CFR 961) (Standard Contract).
    • Skill in working with Nuclear Regulatory Commission storage of spent nuclear fuel regulations and NRC nuclear safety regulations, practices, and procedures.
    • Skill to evaluate engineering deficiencies or areas of improvement to the technical aspect of claim review guidance and present options and recommendations to senior management.
    • Ability to execute Federal legislation, policies, and guidelines, appropriate state and local requirements, and requirements concerning waste management.
    • Knowledge of NRC policies and national policies sufficient to enable the ability to integrate technical information and statutory reports.
    "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 experiences, including volunteer experience.

    CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all the requirements as described in this section.

    You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    Basic Requirements: 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.

    Other Information

    • 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.
    • If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.
    • 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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    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. 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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