General Engineer/Physical Scientist

Washington, D.C
Sep 12, 2019
Sep 14, 2019
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time


A successful candidate in this position will protect people and the environment by ensuring safe, compliant, and efficient packaging and transportation (P&T) of materials (hazardous, radioactive, and wastes), critical to successful Department operations within the DOE Office of Packaging and Transportation.

One vacancy being filled in Washington, DC or Germantown, MD location.

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As a General Engineer/Physical Scientist you will:
  • Provide policy and decisions, program direction and development, guidance, interpretation, and technical advice for consistency and regulatory compliance of DOE packaging and transportation activities and technical support for the DOE packaging certification program;
  • Provide technical expertise and advice to various offices within the Department, both at HQ and in the field, regarding compliance with hazardous technical packaging standards and regulatory requirements.
  • Appraise packaging safety basis documentation and analytical methodologies to ensure operational hazards are identified and appropriate engineering and administrative controls are defined to mitigate these hazards, including complex radiological and chemical hazards.
  • Collaborates and conducts program reviews including assessments to determine levels of performance. Composes performance metrics and report summaries, detailed backup, and reports to assist EM senior management in specific program management reviews.
  • Ensures compliance with sound management principals to Departmental orders and other regulatory requirements by overseeing in the review, analysis, preparation of reports, coordination of reviews for field submissions, and in providing analysis on the sufficiency of documentation.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel may be required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


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.
  • Resume and question responses must be submitted online.
  • Subject to satisfactory security and suitability determinations.

Other Requirements
  • Selection made under this announcement will be processed as a new appointment to the Civil Service
  • Status and Non-Status applicants from outside DOE selected for this position are required to serve a mandatory one (1) year probationary period. A DOE career status employee selected for this position may be required to serve a new one (1) year probationary period, pursuant to 5 CFR 315.802.
  • If selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Statement (OGE-450) upon entering the position, and annually thereafter.
  • This position is part of a bargaining unit.
  • This position requires a "Q" clearance.
  • If selected, applicants will be required to submit a copy of certifications and transcripts to demonstrate certification and educational requirements have been met prior to on-boarding. However, we HIGHLY encourage you to do so with your application.



A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS12) in the Federal service.

Specialized experience for the GS-13 position is defined as:

Experience in program planning, analysis, evaluation, design, testing, implementation, and safe operations of hazardous materials related to packaging and transportation in accordance with applicable Department of Transportation and Nuclear Regulatory Commission regulations.

Specialized experience for the GS-14 position is defined as:

Experience in program planning, analysis, evaluation, design, testing, implementation, and safe operations of hazardous radioactive materials related to packaging certification and transportation in accordance with applicable Department of Transportation and Nuclear Regulatory Commission regulations.

Working level knowledge of safety basis analysis documentation related to packaging and transportation of hazardous radioactive materials, and packaging and transportation safety laws and principles for the safe and proper evaluation and management of radioactive hazardous materials operations.

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 advanced concepts, theories, principles, and practices of engineering (e.g., in the areas of physical sciences, health physics, engineering, ergonomics, psychology and physiology; safety principles, standards and practices, and analytical techniques; and professional engineering and advanced mathematical principles, methods, and techniques); relevant physical science fields (e.g., health physics, chemistry, and physics).
  • Ability to evaluate and make authoritative technical and programmatic judgments on concepts, proposals, experiments, and alternative solutions to technical problems that would have the effect of determining major direction in program activities, whereby such judgments often concern untested, novel, and complex engineering/scientific ideas proposed to accomplish program objectives.
  • Ability in providing expert advice as well as recommendations to analyze issues/problems which have a degree of complexity and the ability to formulate strategies to resolve them.
  • Skill in written and oral communication to present DOE programs, plans, reports, and/or problems in suitable form for top-level policy decisions. Ability to develop, organize, and present ideas, technical information and data in written form.
  • Knowledge of practices and procedures required and used to comply with transportation regulations, guides and advisory materials applicable to these practices and procedures and of radiation and transportation safety laws, policies, regulations and standards sufficient to plan, develop and administer a Department-wide transportation safety program.

  • "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.

    The unofficial transcripts must be legible and include your name, major, school name/location, course title/number, date completed, grade and number of credits earned.


    This position has a positive education requirement, transcripts must be provided prior to on-boarding.

    For the GS-0801, General Engineer, you must possess the following Basic Requirements:

    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:

    1.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.

    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 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.

    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 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.

    For the GS-1301, Physical Scientist, you must possess the following Basic Requirements :

    Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.


    Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional 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 .
    • 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:
    Reasonable Accommodation Policy:
    Veterans Information:
    Selective Service Registration:

    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 announcement, all applicants who meet the basic qualification requirements at the grade level they are applying will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for consideration.

    Candidates will be referred to the Selecting Official, when requested, throughout the open period of this announcement.

    Veteran's Preference, Schedule A, Category Rating, CTAP/ICTAP, and other methods of consideration DO NOT APPLY for this announcement under a Direct-Hire Authority.

    You will be notified via email when you are being considered for any new position that becomes available. If your resume is incomplete or if you fail to submit required documentation, you may be rated 'ineligible' or 'not qualified'.

    You can make updates to your resume and/or documents during the open period of the announcement.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Q Access Authorization

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    ALL APPLICANTS: You must submit a 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 the 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 salary for each position and the highest 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.

      If specific educational requirements are indicated for this vacancy: You are HIGHLY encouraged to submit with your application, which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and final grade. However, if selected and prior to on-boarding, you will be required to submit an OFFICIAL transcript verifying your educational claims. Please see the Education section 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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