General Engineer/Physical Scientist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Jun 10, 2021
Closes
Jun 12, 2021
Function
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

A successful candidate in this position will leverage engineering and project management principles to provide federal oversight of stockpile integration and surveillance activities to maintain a safe, secure, and reliable nuclear weapon stockpile. This position will be required to work across the Nuclear Security Enterprise to integrate stockpile sustainment activities such as: integrated surety architecture, over-the-road transportation, multi-system surveillance, and container management.

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Responsibilities

As a General Engineer/Physical Scientist, you will:
  • Accomplish program and project management, establishing program objectives and performance measures. Develop detailed plans, tasks, milestone dates and schedules to ensure proper sequencing of events and tracking of processes and costs throughout the life cycle of programs, review programs, operations, plans, schedules, direction accomplishment and executions.
  • Draft program management and reporting guidance and directions, plans and initiates comprehensive evaluation systems for review and analysis of proposed costs, program developments, and performances. Take actions necessary to correct identified problem areas; and/or manages short and long-range planning activities that include multi-year work plans that are the products of subordinate organizational projects/ programs.
  • Support integration of complex technical and programmatic requirements, including, but not limited to, transportation surety, safety, security, surveillance, use control, reliability, and quality relating to nuclear weapons programs. Assess capability gaps, develops long-term strategies, and monitor nuclear weapon complex integration in support of program commitments and deliverables and is accountable to NNSA management for performance and achievement of programmatic commitments.
  • Conduct special studies, evaluations and briefings to assist in the decision-making process, and undertakes other activities as assigned, such as preparation of status, progress and special technical reports, prepares and presents management briefings, develops testimony and documentation for use by senior management in high level meetings.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel is be required 10% of the time or less for this position.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
04 - This position is at the full performance level.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment


  • Subject to Random Drug Testing
  • Must pass a pre-employment drug test.
  • Favorable suitability determination required.
  • Financial Disclosure is required.
  • Must be able to obtain/maintain a Q level Security Clearance.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.
  • Compliance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12) governing personal identity which will require that you provide two forms of identification.
  • A two year trial period may be required.
  • More than one position may be filled from this vacancy announcement.
  • A Recruitment/Relocation Incentive may be authorized for a highly qualified applicant.


Qualifications

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 NNSA pay band or GS grade level in the Federal Service i.e., EN-03/NN-03 or GS-13.

Specialized experience is defined as: Applying professional engineering and project management principles and techniques to demonstrate the development, implementation, and management of projects that support an agency's mission and programmatic responsibilities, within nuclear weapon programs. Experience must include at least 2 of the examples listed below.
  • Analyze, assess, and recommend solutions for complex, multi-domain challenges.
  • Utilize program management and/or system engineering principles to develop and manage an interdisciplinary project.
  • Identify, remediate, and recommend alternate ways to resolve conflicting objectives between federal agencies.

  • 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!
  • Comprehensive knowledge of nuclear weapons transportation surety and/or stockpile surveillance systems, including associated policies, procedures, and technologies.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of nuclear weapon programs and the responsibilities of design and production agencies that comprise the NSE sufficient to work on engineering areas related to surveillance and transportation surety.
  • Mastery of, and skill in applying general engineering theories, concepts, principles, and practices and/or advanced professional knowledge of systems engineering and project management sufficient to identify significant issues with implementation of technical programs at national laboratories and plants, evaluate proposed corrective actions, and propose approaches to address operational challenges.
  • Demonstrated knowledge working across multiple government agencies in developing and implementing integrated, long-term strategic plans supporting the Nuclear Security Enterprise (NSE).
  • Skill in written & oral communication methods to work with all levels of DOE/NNSA management, contractors, Department of Defense, and Congress regarding programs, projects, policies and legislation in order to conduct negotiations, solve problems, present briefings or conduct reviews

  • "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.

    You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    Education

    801 - Degree: professional engineering. The curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology as a professional engineering curriculum; 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

    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 professional 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. There are alternate methods to meeting the engineering educational requirement (e.g., holding current professional engineering registration, having passed the EIT examination, or having completed specified academic courses or a related degree). Please refer to the OPM Qualification Standards at Professional Engineering Positions.

    1301- 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 OR 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. Please refer to the OPM Qualification Standards at Physical Science Positions .

    Education: This vacancy specifically states that certain educational requirements must be met, therefore, you must provide documentation supporting any education claims in your application.

    For this position education cannot be substituted for experience. For more information, please refer to (OPM series qualification standards links above).

    EDUCATION:
    Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside of the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the U.S. A written evaluation of any foreign education must be provided with your application in response to this vacancy announcement or be received by the closing date of this announcement. Failure to provide this evaluation will result in you being found unqualified for the position. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education, see the Department of Education website , and for a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, visit The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services .

    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.

    **If you are selected, official transcripts may be required.**

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside of the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the U.S. A written evaluation of any foreign education must be provided with your application in response to this vacancy announcement or be received by the closing date of this announcement. Failure to provide this evaluation will result in you being found unqualified for the position. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education, see the Department of Education website , and for a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, visit The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services .

    Please Note: If your foreign education has already been accepted by an accredited U.S. educational institution as part of a degree program with that institution, you do not need to provide an evaluation of foreign education but must submit a copy of the transcripts listing the degree from the U.S. accredited institution that accepted your foreign education.

    Additional information

    • The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
    • 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.
    • More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
    • 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: Click HERE.
    Reasonable Accommodation Policy: Click HERE.
    Veterans Information: Click HERE.
    Telework: Click HERE.
    Selective Service Registration: Click HERE.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    We will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements. If you meet the qualifications requirements, your application will be referred to the selecting official for further review.

    If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated "ineligible" or "not qualified" .

    To preview questions please click here .

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Q Access Authorization

    Drug test required
    Yes

    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 resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.
    • Your resume shall 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 shall 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, you shall 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).
    • You may list all incentive awards on your resume.
    • 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 the USAJOBS resume format. You will be notified at the time you click 'Apply Online' which is required. 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.
    • For more information about what to include in your resume, please view this USAJOBS Resume Tutorial video on YouTube.

    Applicants using education to qualify (if allowed): Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and final grade. Education cannot be substituted for experience in some positions at higher grade levels. Please see the Education section for more information.

    **NOTE: All Applicants are required to submit their last 2 performance evaluations.**

    ***You must provide transcripts with your application in order to receive consideration for this position.

    For Professional, Scientific and Engineering Positions: If qualifying on the basis of an alternate method, i.e., professional license, you must submit official documentation to support your claim with your application package.

    Veterans: 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.

    Displaced Federal employees who qualify for CTAP: 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 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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