Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. Applicants must provide specific examples of the work they have performed. Failure to provide adequate information will delay a determination in your qualifications. For additional information on preparing an Inspector resume see http://www.msha.gov/inspectors/inspectorhiringprogram.asp. Candidates with surface only experience will be considered for surface positions at the GS-9 level only. The full promotion potential for Surface Inspectors is the GS-11 level. Candidates applying for Underground and Electrical positions at the GS-9/11 levels must have underground experience. The full promotion potential for Underground and Electrical Inspectors is the GS-12 level. At the GS-7 level: Specialized experience includes on-site safety/health inspection, analysis, monitoring, or evaluation work in occupational health, in mining or closely related industries, such as building construction, excavation, and heavy industrial plant settings. Examples of creditable experience in related non-mining work include work that provided the applicant with knowledge of ground control at building sites, safe worksite practices, and/or environmental conditions that affect the health of workers at foundries, mills, and other inherently dangerous industrial settings. For example, performance of safety and health inspection work at a steel mill would qualify at this grade level, but agricultural inspection work would not. At the GS-9 level (Surface and Underground): specialized experience includes hands-on mining experience that has provided the applicant with knowledge of the transportation of materials and workers, ventilation in closed spaces, ground control, roof control (for underground positions), handling and storage of hazardous materials, work site safety practices, work site environmental conditions that affect the health of workers, and/or accident prevention. At the GS-11 level (Underground): specialized experience includes direct on-site inspection; special accident investigation; development of mine safety and health standards; data analysis and evaluation of operational mine safety and health programs; special assessments; and development of industry-wide training or safety and health awareness programs. At the GS-9 and GS-11 level (Electrical): Electrical candidates must have underground experience to qualify. In addition to meeting the above specialized experience requirement, electrical candidates must have experience in designing, installing, and/or maintaining a mine electrical system or electrical mining equipment. Experience as a certified mine electrician is qualifying. Education alone is not qualifying for these positions. Substituting Education for Experience: 2 full academic years of graduate level education or master's or equivalent graduate degree) levels: mining engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, environmental engineering, industrial hygiene, occupational health and safety, geology, chemistry, or other fields of study related to mine safety and health is qualifying at the GS-9 level.
College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - Transcripts (in English) must be submitted if (a) a degree is required for the position, and/or (b) education is used as the basis for qualifying for this position. The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from schools that are not accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the Department of Education. Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If courses were taken at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, or from several different colleges or universities, you must submit all the necessary transcripts. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.
Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Please reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements. Qualified candidates will be tested on basic math and writing skills and a structured interview during a scheduled MSHA test session. In order to pass the interview, applicants at the GS-9 and GS-11 grade levels are required to answer a mine safety and health competency question based on their mining experience. See http://www.msha.gov/inspectors/inspectorhiringprogram.asp for more information on how you will be evaluated.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
If you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors (competencies) noted below and will be placed into one of the following quality categories based on your responses to the structured interview. Categories Category A - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy announcement, passes the math and writing tests, receives an overall score of 95 on the structured interview, and possesses at least 5 years of hands-on mining experience or a combination of experience/education. Category B - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy announcement Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy announcement, passes the math and writing tests, receives a score of 85 on the structured interview, and possesses at least 5 years of hands-on mining experience or a combination of experience/education. Category C - Meets the specialized experience outlined in the minimum qualifications requirements section of the vacancy announcement, passes the math and writing tests, receives a score of 75 on structured interview but does not have 5 years of hands-on mining experience. Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies: Math; Writing; Interpersonal Skills; Planning and Evaluation; Problem Solving; Mine Safety and Health; and, Oral Communication. Definitions and additional information on the specific competencies can be found at http://www.msha.gov/Inspectors/InspectorCompetencyModel.pdf. The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means, such as the interview process. The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resource Specialist or panel and may include other assessments such as a structured interview, a math test, and a written test. Applicants with a minimum of 5 years of hands-on mining experience should ensure their resumes reflect all their mining experience. The resume should provide specific examples of mining related experience. Titles are not sufficient enough to verify 5 years of mining experience. INFORMATION FOR ICTAP/CTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you meet the eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles who are placed into Category [INSERT WELL-QUALIFIED CATEGORY] or higher will be considered "well-qualified" for priority selection purposes. Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information. Physical Requirements - Applicants must be physically able to perform arduous duties efficiently and without hazard to themselves or others. To preview questions please click here.