General Engineer - DIRECT HIRE

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Oct 19, 2021
Closes
Oct 23, 2021
Function
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

These positions are 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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Responsibilities

As a General Engineer, you will:
  • Assist with the preparation of Congressional testimony concerning the CAFE program by the Administrator and Senior Staff. Responsibilities include responding to all technical questions concerning the CAFE by OMB, OST, and Congress.
    Prepares rulemaking support papers regarding proposed and final rules and changes.
  • Serve as the primary NHTSA resource for planning, coordinating and integrating comprehensive programs for the development, issuance and amendment of fuel economy standards for motor vehicles.
  • Responsible for technical, engineering evaluations of the capabilities of national and international automotive manufacturers for the purpose of recommending appropriate fuel economy standards.
  • Provide expertise knowledge in automotive technology and the automotive 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. Also, responsible for evaluating new and emerging technologies for improving the fuel economy of vehicles, and assessing the feasibility and effect of incorporating those technologies into the current fleet to determine the appropriateness of agency proposed fuel economy standards.

Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidates for these positions have 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 candidates are comfortable working on multiple projects at one time, both independently and in small teams, and with a wide range of external stakeholders. They have the ability to complete major projects within tight deadlines. The ideal candidates also have outstanding written and verbal communication skills.

Travel Required

25% or less - Some travel will be required.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14

Requirements

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
  • Required documents must be submitted by the closing date.
  • Direct Hire Authority will be used to fill this position


CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: This position involves travel. A government contractor-issued travel card will be issued and must be retained for official business only.
  • PROBATIONARY PERIOD: You must complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).


Qualifications

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 the experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

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, 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.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Demonstrated knowledge of fuel economy, energy, vehicle emissions and environmental issues.
  • Demonstrated engineering knowledge and experience pertaining to fuel economy performance and potential of motor vehicles and/or motor vehicle equipment.
  • Demonstrated engineering knowledge and experience of motor vehicle manufacturing, systems, components and technology.
  • Ability to analyze data using statistical techniques and computer programming and/or vehicle fuel (or energy) efficiency simulation software.

  • 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.

    For additional information about applying to Federal positions, please click on the following link: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-policies/#url=e4

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


    Education

    MANDATORY EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:

    (1) All applicants must meet the education requirements under A or B to qualify for applying to 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 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; (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 https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/files/all-professional-engineering-positions-0800.pdf

    (2) Upload the appropriate document(s) to your application for verification purposes.

    Students enrolled in a qualifying degree program can apply if the anticipated graduation date is within six months of the closing date of this announcement. If selected, the final transcript must be received before your start date. Other applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    Additional information

    This vacancy may be used by any DOT agency to fill similar positions within 90 days.

    The U.S. Department of Transportation strives to ensure that equity, transparency, accountability, collaboration, and communication permeate all that we do for the betterment of the Department, the traveling public, and our nation. As such, DOT values a highly diverse workforce of persons who promote a culture of belonging by respecting the personal dignity and worth of each individual and fostering a positive environment where all feel safe and welcome. If these commitments coincide with your personal ideals and professional aspirations, please consider joining the DOT family .

    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. If, upon review, it is determined that your resume and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, your application may be removed from consideration.

    Ultimately, the Automated Staffing Office is responsible for determining an applicant's eligibility. Please ensure that your resume provide enough detail to support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions.

    To preview questions please click here .

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Other

    Drug test required
    No

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Moderate Risk (MR)

    Trust determination process
    Suitability/Fitness

    Required Documents

    A USAJobs built resume is required to apply

    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. Formatted resumes can be uploaded when you arrive at the DOT application system. For assistance with the resume builder, please visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/account/documents/resume/build/

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

    RESUME - Needs to be created within USA Jobs Resume Builder. It must show relevant experience, education and fully support the required specialized experience.

    TRANSCRIPTS - Transcripts are REQUIRED if there is a stated education requirement for the series OR if you are substituting education for experience . 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.

    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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