General Engineer

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Aug 23, 2019
Closes
Aug 30, 2019
Function
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

A successful candidate in this position will serve as a journey level General Engineer in the Technical and Project Management Division (TPMD) of the Loan Programs Office (LPO) in the US Department of Energy (DOE). The position works cooperatively with other TPMD team members, as well as independently, under the management of the TPMD Director in performing thorough and authoritative evaluations of projects proposed and/or monitored that are associated with DOE loan guarantees or direct loans.

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Responsibilities

As a General Engineer, you will:
  • Perform technical research for evaluations of project applications and project monitoring for advanced nuclear, advanced fossil and renewable energy and Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing (ATVM) loans; review the work of lower level engineers; provide ongoing support to Technical and Project Management Division (TPMD) management as assigned and attend meetings with Loan Program Office (LPO) Division staff and with project sponsors to respond to specific requests for technical support.
  • Perform pre-construction reviews of the sponsor's designs, including examination of siting and permitting issues; analyze the critical path milestones and project operating cost estimates identified in the integrated project schedule; evaluate plant engineering and designs; review reliability and efficiency issues, the adequacy of supply and off-take arrangements, and construction contracts; assure adequate operation and maintenance plans, procedures, and implementation before and after loan closing; and participate in annual reviews of projects, and project site visits to report on operations, production, efficiency, environmental compliance, licensing and permitting issues.
  • Provide accurate, timely, and authoritative technical support, recommendations, oral and written reports, letters, and staff papers; exercise discretion and professionalism in the preparation and delivery of responses to external and internal information requests and investigations; and plan, conduct, and evaluate special studies and undertakes other activities as assigned by or for the information of LPO project team members or higher level program management.
  • Represent the LPO in meetings with other DOE offices and other federal agencies on discrete topics or projects; interact with project sponsors and construction, engineering, and manufacturing firms to prepare program data and narrative information to respond to inquiries from senior management; participate in Federal program review meetings and external meetings to explain LPO requirements; provide input to presentations covering a broad range of technical issues; interact with LPO engineering, financial, marketing, environmental, and legal experts (including program contractors) as a technical resource for designated energy fields and assigned energy projects, contributing to a variety of cooperative and collegial work objectives; and establish and maintain liaison with technical personnel in other DOE organizational elements and with other Federal agencies involved in related programs of mutual interest to develop supplemental and complementary information relevant to the program.


Travel Required

25% or less - Some overnight travel may be required for approximately 5 to 6 days per month.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.
  • This position is included in the Collective Bargaining Unit.


OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
A Public Trust (Tier 2, SF 85P) background investigation is required.

Documentation to verify your education MUST be submitted with your application in order to be considered for this position. You must submit your unofficial or official transcripts stating degree conferred and the date conferred.

At the GS-14 grade level, you will be required to file an OGE Form 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, upon appointment and as necessary to meet regulatory guidance.

This position is eligible for telework, however the approval is at the discretion of the supervisor.

Qualifications

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
GS-13:

A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:
  • Experience assisting in analysis, assessment, and monitoring of complex engineering projects;
  • Experience with one or more of the following clean energy technology areas: renewable energy and fuels, advanced fossil energy technologies, advanced nuclear energy, energy efficiency, energy transmission, or distribution and storage; and
  • Experience assisting with technical diligence and analysis, recommendations, oral and written reports, letters, and staff papers on special projects.

GS-14:

A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:
  • Experience leading analysis, assessment, and monitoring of complex engineering projects;
  • Experience with one or more of the following clean energy technology areas: renewable energy and fuels, advanced fossil energy technologies, advanced nuclear energy, energy efficiency, energy transmission, or distribution and storage; and
  • Experience providing technical diligence and analysis, recommendations, oral and written reports, letters, and staff papers on special projects.

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 in one or more of the following energy technology areas: renewable energy; fossil, energy transmission, energy efficiency, distribution and storage (including electric battery/storage), and biomass fields; or nuclear energy; or ATVM. (The renewable energy sector portfolio includes: solar generation and manufacturing; wind generation and manufacturing; geothermal and hydro power generation; and hydrogen energy technologies.) In addition, the incumbent possesses in-depth knowledge of advanced technology vehicle manufacturing.
  • Mastery of technical physical science and/or engineering principles and standards.
  • Knowledge of system engineering principles and processes on facility plant design, layout, construction, and operations, including financial and economic factors affecting project integrated baseline.
  • Ability to interpret Loan Program Office (LPO) applicable statutes and regulations and translate technical data to ensure compliance of TPMD practices in overseeing projects approved for federal financing.
  • Knowledge of risk analysis and management techniques to assess risks and establish mitigation factors associated with project technology, completion, operational costs, performance, and infrastructure.
  • Knowledge of LPO policies and procedures including loan guarantee technical reviews, due diligence, loan structuring, negotiation, and asset management.
  • Knowledge of DOE and other national policies for integration of technical information into strategy papers, analyses, plans, standards, and guidelines, public releases, and statutory reports.
  • Knowledge and skill to evaluate program deficiencies and present clearly written opinions and recommendations that can be considered by senior management to develop new LPO and TPMD policies and guidelines.
  • Knowledge of near- and long-term management planning, program implementation, and coordination for a variety of fields in advanced and complex programs sufficient to integrate activities into ongoing programs with minimal impacts.

  • "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.

    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

    For the GS-0801 series (General Engineer), you must possess the following 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.

    OR

    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:

    Professional registration or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT), 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) 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.

    EDUCATION:
    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 Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.

    Additional information

    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.
    • 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.

    EEO Policy: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/EEO_Policy_Statement
    Reasonable Accommodation Policy: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Reasonable_Accommodation_Policy_Statement
    Veterans Information: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Veterans_Information
    Telework: www.telework.gov
    Selective Service Registration: http://www.sss.gov/

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Under this Direct-Hire Authority (DHA) for a General Engineer, all applicants who meet the education and minimum qualification requirements listed in this announcement will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for further review and consideration. Veteran's Preference, Schedule A, Category Rating, and other methods of consideration DO NOT APPLY for this announcement under a Direct-Hire Authority.

    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.

    To preview questions please click here .

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Other

    Drug test required
    No

    Required Documents

    Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants.
    If you are unsure, click the link for each document type to read more.

    ALL APPLICANTS: You must submit a about what is expected in your resume." href="https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/How_to_create_your_resume" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.
    • Your resume should list all work experience (paid and unpaid); you must list the full name and address of each employer.
    • For all types of work experience, you should indicate the start and end dates (include month, day, and year); you must also list the average number of hours per week that you worked.
    • For paid work experience, please indicate your starting grade/salary for each position and the highest grade/salary you earned (if different).
    • Your resume should also include any education and training you have completed (list the program title, subject area, number of hours completed, and completion date).
    • For more information about what to include in your resume, please view this USAJOBS Resume Tutorial video on YouTube.

    Most DOE offices will allow you to submit a resume in the format of your choice (as an attached document or as a USAJOBS Resume Builder format). However, some offices may require one specific format. You will be notified at the time you click 'Apply Online' which type of resume is acceptable. It is important that you are complete and thorough in your resume. If any of the above information is not included in your resume, we may not be able to fully credit you for your experience.

    Current and former Federal employees: Most recent SF-50 (Standard Form 50 - Notice of Personnel Action).

    To properly verify status eligibility, your SF-50 must show the following. If you do not submit an appropriate SF-50, we cannot verify your status eligibility!
  • Full position title;
  • appointment type;
  • occupational series;
  • pay plan, grade, and step;
  • tenure code; and
  • service computation date (SCD).

  • If specific educational requirements are indicated for this vacancy: experience." href="https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Education" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include official or unofficial transcripts listing institution, course title, credits earned and final grade. Please see the Education section for more information.

    Veterans: authorities and the documentation you need to submit" href="http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/index.aspx" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">veteran eligibility documentation (DD-214 Member #4 Copy, VA Letter, Standard Form (SF) 15 as applicable). Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency to receive Veterans Preference under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.

    Persons with Disabilities: Individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may apply for appointment through the Schedule A hiring authority. flexibilities for persons with disabilities" href="https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/disability-employment/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Certified verification of a disability from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or any Federal, state, or District of Columbia agency or U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits will be required.

    Displaced Federal employees who qualify for CTAP/ICTAP: If you are a former Federal employee who was displaced due to a Reduction-in-Force (RIF) or surplused by some other means, please submit a copy of the separation letter or RIF notice from your agency. To be selected under I/CTAP, you must still be found well-qualified for this position. Please see the OPM Guide to Career Transition for more information.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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