General Engineer

Washington, D.C
Aug 24, 2019
Aug 31, 2019
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time


The position is in the Fuel Economy Division of the Office of International Policy, Fuel Economy and Consumer Programs under the Associate Administrator for Rulemaking, NHTSA, U.S. Department of Transportation.

The Division provides national leadership in the planning, development and issuance of regulations for Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) and Medium- and Heavy-Duty Fuel Efficiency programs and the management and implementation of those regulations.

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As a General Engineer, you will:
  • Serve as a primary NHTSA resource for planning, coordinating and integrating comprehensive programs for the development, issuance and amendment of fuel economy standards for motor vehicles.
  • Have responsibility for technical, engineering evaluations of the capabilities of national and international motor vehicle manufacturers for the purpose of recommending appropriate fuel economy standards.
  • Have expert knowledge of motor vehicle technology and the motor vehicle industry with experience in evaluating the technical and economic potential and capabilities for applying technologies for the purpose of increasing fuel economy.
  • Provide technical specifications for necessary research, analysis and evaluation for policy recommendations.
  • Assist with the preparation of Congressional testimony concerning the fuel economy programs by the Administrator and Senior Staff. Responsibilities include responding to all technical questions concerning the fuel economy programs by OMB, OST, and Congress.

The position is in the Fuel Economy Division of the Office of International Policy, Fuel Economy and Consumer Programs under the Associate Administrator for Rulemaking, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), U.S. Department of Transportation. The Division provides national leadership under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975, as amended by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, in the planning, development and issuance of regulations for Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) programs and the management and implementation of those regulations. The Division plans, develops, and implements programs for CAFE standards; establishes procedures and regulations pertaining to compliance with CAFE standards, including reviewing and approving manufacturers' credit plans; develops information and analyses for regulations concerning fuel economy standards; and reviews and approves petitions for alternate CAFE standards from manufacturers. The Division also establishes fuel efficiency standards and compliance procedures and regulations for medium- and heavy-duty on-highway vehicles and work trucks.

The ideal candidate for this position has specialized knowledge gained through employment in some sector of the light-duty automotive and/or medium- and heavy-duty vehicle industry (either at a manufacturer, supplier, and/or in academia or research) related to fuel efficiency, emissions control, product planning or engine simulation. The candidate is comfortable working on multiple projects at one time, both independently and in small teams, and with a wide range of external stakeholders. He or she has the ability to complete major projects within tight deadlines. The ideal candidate also has outstanding written and verbal communication skills.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Some travel is required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen & meet specialized experience to qualify
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date
  • Review Required Documents Section as documents are required by closing date
  • Direct Hire Authority will be used to fill this position

  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • 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 specialized experience requirements.

To qualify for the GS-13, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-12, it must include:
  • Experience in the evaluation of the cost and effectiveness of fuel efficiency technologies of motor vehicles.
  • Experience writing technical reports and procedures.
  • Experience presenting technical information.

To qualify for the GS-14 (in addition to the GS-13), you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-13, it must include:
  • Experience planning, organizing, and coordinating study projects and programs for improving fuel efficiency.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). 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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Students enrolled in a qualifying degree program can apply if the anticipated graduation date is within six months of closing date of the announcement. Graduation transcript must be received before start date.

Other applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


All applicants must meet one of the following requirements to qualify for consideration for an engineering position:

A. Successful completion of a degree in engineering that: (1) has at least one program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET); or (2) that included differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced that first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials; (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials; 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 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 which included the courses as specified in Paragraph A above.
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.

For more specifics, please see the OPM qualifications standard for GS-800: All Professional Engineering Positions qualifications at

Additional information

Positions are available at NHTSA's headquarters in Washington, D.C., at DOT office space in Cambridge, MA, and through NHTSA's new Remote Work Pilot Program in the Wayne County, MI/Detroit Metro area. To receive an offer for the Detroit Metro area, the candidate for this position must be eligible and willing to participate in the Remote Work Pilot Program.

EEO STATEMENT: 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.

This vacancy may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days for these locations.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

For this announcement, all applicants will be reviewed to determine if they meet the basic qualifications for this position, specifically the educational and specialized experience requirements.

Applicants will not be rated or ranked. Veteran's Preference does NOT apply.

All applications that are verified to meet the basic qualifications will be referred to the selecting official.

DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE: PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated by a resume.

Ultimately, the Automated Staffing Office is responsible for determining an applicant's eligibility.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

ALL Applicants must provide a resume that fully supports the required specialized experience and was created within USA Jobs Resume Builder and respond to the vacancy questions by the closing date of the vacancy.

The following is a list of documents that are only required based on the type of position and consideration for which you are applying.

TRANSCRIPTS - Transcripts are REQUIRED as there is a stated education requirement for the series. The transcripts need not be official, but must show that you meet the stated education requirements, including specific major or class requirements.
  • If you are applying to an engineering position and are qualifying based on possessing a current Professional Engineer (PE) license, or passing the Engineer in Training (EIT) exam, please provide a copy of PE license or written documented proof of passing the EIT.
  • If you have previously held a government position in the same series as this position, you may be able to provide an SF-50 showing that you have already qualified and worked in the federal service in this series.

NON COMPETITIVE APPLICANTS: If requesting concurrent consideration for Non-competitive (NC) appointment eligibility, you must provide the appropriate SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS, such as PCS orders (military spouse) describing move & marriage certificate; letter from VA or DD214 describing 100% disability of spouse; letter from State Vocational Office certifying disability (schedule A), etc. For more information, visit military spouse NC appointments or Persons with Disabilities NC appointments.

DISPLACED EMPLOYEES: If requesting consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency CTAP program (ICTAP), you must meet the well qualified standards for this vacancy (meeting minimum requirements for position and scoring at least an 85 or falling in the Gold Category) and provide all of the following documents:
  • your most recent performance appraisal,
  • the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency, and
  • your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade.

Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the vacancy will result in your removal from consideration for this position. Please review your application prior to final submission and ensure you have submitted all appropriate documents. Uploading documents to USAJobs does NOT ensure inclusion with your application to our system. You must verify that the documents are in the system with your application prior to final submission.

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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