50% or less - 9 to 10 nights of overnight travel.
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
The selectee must test negative to a drug test prior to being appointed and will be subject to random testing. Failure to pass subsequent tests could result in disciplinary action, up to including removal from the Federal service.
This position is covered by the DOE Technical Qualifications Program (TQP). The incumbent is required to meet core requirements within the Safety Software Quality Assurance Functional Area Qualification Standard (DOE-STD-1172-2011) within 18 months, from start date or face removal.
Engineering: Basic Requirements
An Engineering Degree: 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.
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:
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, 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.
One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9. Examples of specialized experience include developing and managing computer science and/or computer engineering projects, such as network design, network communications theory, systems security, security architecture, network intrusions and/or security management techniques.
- Communicate ideas concepts, methods, analyses, evaluations and recommendations in convincing manner, either by oral or written means of communication to both technical and management group with clarity.
- Contribute to the evaluation and resolution of methods and processes required to assure product quality to SQA and nuclear QA problems related to EM site operations and activities.
- Apply various methods and techniques for analyzing and effecting corrective action on complex quality problems.
- Use of computer hardware and software and integration of the full range of applications of theories, principles, practical concepts, processes and methods of quality assurance programs and SQA requirements.
- Knowledge of, and skill in applying SQA theories, concepts, principles and methodologies of a variety of engineering disciplines sufficient to research, analyze, interpret, evaluate and carry out routine conventional assignment to accomplish developmental assignments utilizing basic techniques, procedures, and methods.
- Knowledge of evaluating conventional plans, designs, design specifications and related documentation.
- Ability to perform analyses and interprets and explains basic computations and calculations for unknown factors or relationships primarily in matters of a factual nature.
- Knowledge of project management principles, methods, and techniques as well as earned value management system, project reporting and analysis processes.
One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11. Examples of specialized experience include developing and managing computer science and/or computer engineering projects, such as network design, network communications theory, systems security, security architecture, network intrusions and/or security management techniques.
- Contribute to the evaluation and resolution of a variety of highly complex and controversial SQA and nuclear QA problems related to the Federal and contractor operations and activities.
- Communicate ideas, concepts, methods, analyses, evaluations and recommendations to technical and management groups with clarity.
- Experience with an agency's policy guideline, outside regulatory and nation/international standards organizations and their functional capabilities to coordination issue resolutions activities.
- Experience with SQA requirements to ensure that the appropriate safety and quality features as well as best practices in implementing requirements and standards are considered.
- Formulate, execute, advise on and explain recommendations or solution to modify standard practices, equipment, devices, process's and techniques and resolved problems.
- Knowledge of computer hardware and software and their integration of the full range of application of theories, principles, practical concepts, processes and methods of quality assurance programs and SQA requirements to issues concerning the efficiency and effectiveness of program operations.
- Thorough technical knowledge of and skill in applying various methods and techniques for analyzing and effecting corrective action on complex quality problems.
- Ability to contribute to the evaluation and resolution of site operations methods and processes required to assure product quality to SQA and nuclear QA problems.
- Ability to formulate, execute, advise on, and explain recommendations or solutions to modify standard practices, equipment, devices, processes, and techniques and resolve a wide variety of complex problems.
One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12. Examples of specialized experience include developing and managing computer science and/or computer engineering projects, such as network design, network communications theory, systems security, security architecture, network intrusions and/or security management techniques.
- Contribute to the evaluation and resolution of a variety of highly complex and controversial SQA and nuclear QA problems related to Federal and contractor operations and activities.
- Interact and communicate with contractors, stakeholders, and other internal and external organizations.
- Experience with Federal and other regulatory and national/internal standards organizations and their functional capabilities to coordinate engineering SQA issue resolution activities, develop strategies, and program planning.
- Manage the efforts of management/subject matter experts in projects to evaluate the quality and implementation of nuclear safety policies impacting nuclear facilities and activities.
- Use of QA principles and federal nuclear QA requirements, regulations, standards, policies and procedures to ensure that the appropriate safety, SQA, and quality features and best practices are used in implementing requirements and standards.
- Broad professional knowledge of multidisciplinary engineering concepts, principles, practices, standards, methods, techniques, materials, and equipment in order to formulate, execute, advise on and explain recommendations or solutions to modify standard practices, equipment, devices, processes, and techniques and resolve a wide variety of complex problems.
- Expert knowledge of software quality assurance requirements, with site-specific knowledge of EM facilities to ensure that appropriate safety and quality features as well as best practices in implementing requirements and standards are considered.
- Expert knowledge of the most advanced management, quality assurance and SQA principles to serve as a recognized SQA expert and analyst for nuclear QA programs.
- Skill in managing the efforts of management, or subject matter experts in projects proposed to evaluate the quality and implementation of safety policies impacting nuclear facilities and activities.
CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.
You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Also, 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.
This position has a positive educational requirement. You MUST submit your transcripts. Transcripts must be received by 11:59pm of the closing date to be considered when applying for this position.
A complete copy of the 800 Qualification Standards for All Professional Engineering series can be found at this link: 800 series standards
The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
- New employees to the Department of Energy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify
- 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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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.
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.
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 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 at the GS-9 is defined as: Knowledge of, and skill in applying software quality assurance, theories, concepts, principles and methodologies a variety of engineering and scientific disciplines sufficient to research, analyze, interpret, evaluate and carry out routine conventional assignments.
Or a combination of superior academic achievement and 1 year of appropriate professional experience is qualifying at GS-9.
Or Successful completion of a 5-year program of study of at least 160 semester hours leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering is qualifying and 1 year of appropriate professional experience is qualifying at grade GS-9.
"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.
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