General Engineer/Physical Scientist

Washington, D.C
Jul 15, 2021
Jul 22, 2021
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time


A successful candidate will serve as Senior Technical Advisor to the DAA for Safety and is responsible for providing technical leadership and direction for difficult professional programs including Startup and Restart, Technical Training and Qualification, Contractor Evaluations, and Conduct of Operations. The individual will provide liaison support with the Defense Nuclear Facility Safety Board and support/provide advice on key projects that address enterprise safety challenges.
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As a General Engineer, you will:
  • Provide expert advice and oversight of the implementation of DOE nuclear directives and regulations for operational adequacy of technical, safety, and regulatory requirements. Provides recommendations to field office and program officials.
  • Evaluate the federal oversight related to DOE 425.1D Startup and Restart of DOE Nuclear Facilities Reviews content and implementation of Plans of Action and implementation plans and oversees conduct of readiness preparations and review activities. Evaluates federal oversight of these requirements governing the safety operations of DOE nuclear facilities.
  • Evaluate the application of DOE nuclear safety regulations and directives to unique activities and facility situations. Prepares draft interpretations and recommendations to senior management.
  • Review draft or revised directives that affect nuclear safety, determines acceptable resolution of NNSA comments, and makes recommendations as to Central Technical Authority concurrence.
  • Advise senior management on all aspects of assigned technical areas.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - 25% or less.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


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.
  • 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 one year probationary period may be required.
  • Senior Technical Safety Manager Qualification Program (STSM).
  • Certification in the DOE's Technical Qualification Program (TQP) typically within 18 months.



A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower NNSA Demonstration Project pay band or GS grade level in the Federal service, i.e., NN-4, EN-04 or GS-15.. Specialized experience for this position is defined as: experience related to, evaluating federal and contractor oversight related to startup and restart of DOE Nuclear Facilities including content and implementation of Plans of Action and implementation plans, overseeing conduct of readiness preparations and review, providing and evaluating oversight regarding to adequate development and implementation of safety bases activities, and developing/reviewing revisions to DOE or equivalent organization nuclear safety directives and regulations.

Examples of Specialized Experience:
1. Experience in evaluating the application of DOE or equivalent organization nuclear safety regulations and directives to unique activities and facility situations with an emphasis on oversight to their startup and restart and their conduct of operations readiness.
2. Experience in evaluating the federal oversight related to 10 CFR 830 safety basis processes.

Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following Competencies. 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 Competencies 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 of the advanced principles, theories, and techniques of multiple engineering and/or physical science disciplines (i.e., ceramic, chemical, civil, electrical, environmental, mechanical, nuclear, and/or structural engineering; and/or chemistry, physics, and materials science) related to nuclear facility design, construction, and operation sufficient to independently review operating practices, procedures, and requirements to ensure that safety objectives are attained and to provide expert advice and support.
  • Provide technical and administrative direction to a large diversified group of professional, administrative, technical and clerical staff to direct and coordinate nuclear safety and engineering functions involving diverse high technology operations of a national security enterprise.
  • Knowledge of laws, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, government organization and functions.
  • Knowledge of the concepts, principles, theories, and methods to identify, control, mitigate, and eliminate safety hazards in the design and use of facilities, equipment, operations, and work processes.

"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/Band: Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements within 30 days of 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 within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.


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.
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: 1) Professional registration or licensure; 2) Written Test; 3) Specified academic course; 4) Related curriculum. For more information on the alternative methods, please refer to the OPM Qualification Standards.

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.
  • 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 2 (two) years.
  • 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.
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Information about the NNSA Demonstration project can be found by clicking HERE.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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.

Merit Promotion & VEOA Procedures: If you are minimally qualified for this job, your responses to the self-assessment questions (True/False, Yes/ No, Multiple Choice questions) will be evaluated to determine if you are a best qualified candidate. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Due weight will also be given to federal employees, when applicable, for performance appraisals and awards in accordance with 5 CFR § 335.103(b)(3). Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements and current employees must have at least a fully successful or equivalent performance rating to receive consideration.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics):
  • Knowledge of the advanced principles, theories, and techniques of multiple engineering and/or physical science disciplines (i.e., ceramic, chemical, civil, electrical, environmental, mechanical, nuclear, and/or structural engineering; and/or chemistry, physics, and materials science) related to nuclear facility design, construction, and operation sufficient to independently review operating practices, procedures, and requirements to ensure that safety objectives are attained and to provide expert advice and support.
  • Knowledge of laws, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, government organization and functions.
  • Knowledge of the concepts, principles, theories, and methods to identify, control, mitigate, and eliminate safety hazards in the design and use of facilities, equipment, operations, and work processes.

Non-competitive Procedures: If you are applying under a non-competitive or special hiring authority, you will still be required to answer the assessment questions. However, you will not be evaluated against the rating and ranking criteria. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine if you are minimally qualified for this job. Veterans' Preference will be applied when required by the hiring authority (e.g., VRA, Schedule A).

All qualified Non-competitive applicants and the best qualified Merit Promotion and VEOA applicants will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration.

Career Transition Assistance Programs: To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet the eligibility criteria; and 2) be rated "well-qualified", which is defined as having a score of 85 or better.

You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date ( 07/23/2021) of this announcement.

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.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Q Access Authorization

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness , National security

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you MUST provide a complete application package which includes:
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.
  • 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.
    Cover Letter, optional , expressing additional information not covered in your resume.
  • Transcripts, if specific educational requirements are indicated in this job announcement. Unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned (semester or quarter hour) and final grade is acceptable. It is your responsibility to provide adequate proof that you meet the educational requirements.
Submit one or more of the following to support your eligibility(s) to apply to this job announcement:
SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" (current/former federal employees):
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 your current position SF50 does not indicate you have competitive service status or does not reflect the pay plan and grade of the highest position you have held in the competitive service, in addition to your current SF50, you must provide your previous SF-50s that provide the proof of competitive status and highest grade held on a permanent basis.

If specific educational requirements are indicated for this vacancy: experience.">Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and final grade. Please see the Education section for more information.

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: DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service; current active duty members- certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within 120 days; SF-15 Form and related documentation; VA letter. For more information visit the USAJOBS Help Center & OPM CHCOC website for VOW information.

Individuals with Disabilities: Schedule A letter from a physician, local, state or federal rehabilitation office citing your eligibility under 5 CFR 213.3102 (u). For more information visit the USAJOBS Help Center .

Other non-competitive or special appointing authorities: provide documentation which supports your eligibility.

Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program documentation, if applicable(e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.) For more information see the OPM Guide to Career Transition .

Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted.

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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