Interdisciplinary General Engineer/Physical Scientist
25% or less - Up to 5 days of overnight travel may be required per month.
Relocation expenses reimbursed Yes A relocation incentive MAY BE offered depending on program funding.
Official or unofficial transcripts must be submitted with application. Official transcripts must be provided to the Department of Energy prior to appointment.
Only experience obtained by the time of the closing date of the announcement will be considered. You can update your resume and application submission at any time during the opening period of this vacancy announcement.
Incumbent will be required to file an OGE Form 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, upon appointment and as necessary to meet regulatory guidance.
Telework availability is in accordance to agency policy and at supervisor's discretion.
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 grade level, GS-14, in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:
- Demonstrated professional engineering/scientific competence reflecting disciplines in the engineering or sciences, i.e., chemical, mechanical, or electrical engineering or materials sciences, in which the primary projects or programs included the improved performance and efficiency of combustion turbines and R&D on extreme environment materials in fossil fuel power generation.
- Application of professional engineering and scientific knowledge and skills associated with the technical aspects of a fossil energy program (e.g., clean coal and carbon management; combustion turbines in fossil fuel power generation; advanced power generation; power plant efficiency and material for extreme environments) required in developing project/program plans, resources and programming plans; developing and executing budget plans, schedules, and procurements; providing direction and guidance to supporting organizations and contractors; resolving development and operations problems resulting from interagency, industry or international participation; evaluating project progress and establishing schedules to ensure a successful program.
- Experienced in managing a program in fossil energy disciplines; ensuring programs meet mission, technical, safety, and other regulatory requirements.
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!
- Mastery knowledge of engineering or scientific principles, practices, methods, techniques, processes, and procedures related to power systems to the extent that the incumbent is capable of applying new developments and experienced judgment to solve novel or obscure problems; and extending and modifying existing techniques and developing new approaches for use by other engineers and specialists in solving a variety of engineering or physical science problems. Such knowledge is in the fields of mechanical, materials, and chemical engineering, and/or power systems.
- Mastery knowledge and skills necessary to coordinate, review, and evaluate the work and activities of engineers and others in field offices, contractors and industry by reviewing, approving, disapproving and/or modifying plans and progress reports, and justifying decisions and recommendations.
- Specialized knowledge of the commercial energy project development process, with experience including participation in financial reviews, project and construction reviews, and HAZOPS, providing for the capability to provide short-turnaround reviews of the potential competitiveness of R&D results from the Turbines and Advanced Materials Programs.
- Specialized knowledge of new and/or experimental technologies and/or processes that lead to development of turbines and advanced materials for fossil-based plants, including mathematical modeling and plant simulations
- Knowledge of pertinent regulatory mandates, including existing, pending and possible future actions that apply to existing and future fossil energy plants. Knowledge of strategic technology planning and new business development techniques sufficient to prepare and defend annual budgets and an annual technology plan(s).
"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.
Time-in-Grade: Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement to receive consideration.
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.
All Professional Engineering Series, 0800
Individual Occupational Requirements. The individual occupational requirements can be seen at the OPM website .
- 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.
- 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, 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.
- Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)2 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.
- 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.)
General Physical Science Series, 1301
Individual Occupational Requirements. The individual occupational requirements can be seen at the OPM website .
Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. You can checked the accreditation of a educational institution at the U.S. Department of Education website
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.
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 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.
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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 determine if you meet the minimum qualifications necessary for this position. Then, the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME) will conduct a quality review of your application and supporting documentation to determine if your qualifications meet the criteria for referral to the selecting official.
We will also verify that you are eligible for Merit Promotion positions by reviewing your previous Federal employment to ensure you meet Time-in-Grade requirements. If you are eligible to apply to Merit Promotion announcements based on Veteran or other non-competitive statuses, we will verify your supporting documentation prior to referral.
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 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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