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Job Title:Railroad Safety Specialist (S&TC) -GS - 2121-13 (Open to U.S. Citizens) - BP

Department:Department Of Transportation

Agency:Federal Railroad Administration

Job Announcement Number:FRA.S-2013-0002

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$81,823.00 to $106,639.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, October 29, 2012 to Monday, November 12, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-2121-13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Charlotte, NC, USView Map
Columbia, SC, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Applications will be accepted from any U.S. Citizen.

This job is also being advertised for applicants eligible for status consideration.  Current and former status employees and veterans who qualify under VEOA are encouraged to also apply to announcement: FRA.S-2013-0001.

 

JOB SUMMARY:

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is responsible for ensuring safety of the Nation's passenger and freight rail operations and infrastructure by promoting safe, efficient and accessible rail transportation. The mission and focus of FRA has grown to include the design and management of an unprecedented investment in the creation of a nationwide passenger rail network. FRA is providing leadership for the creation of a more balanced transportation system, transforming the way Americans travel.

To meet this mission FRA promulgates and enforces rail safety regulations; consolidates government support of rail transportation activities; administers financial assistance programs; conducts research and development in support of improved railroad safety and efficiency, and national transportation policy, including improved intercity passenger service.

Do you like identifying problems, analyzing facts, and making recommendations; are you a good communicator; would you like to make a difference in the railroad industry, if so, then this job is for you!

This position is assigned to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Office of the Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety, Chief Safety Officer (Associate Administrator), Office of Safety Assurance and Compliance, Signal and Train Control (S&TC) Division Staff.  You will address the regional oversight of the design and implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC) systems that are occurring within the S&TC discipline of railroad safety. Under the direction of the PTC Group Chief, you will provide advice and guidance within FRA, other agencies, industry signal engineering officials, manufacturers of signal equipment, and labor organizations on the requirements of Federal rules and regulations in this area of expertise.

This position is ideal for a mid-career professional who has experience in the design, construction, maintenance, testing, and use of railroad signal and train control systems in general, and PTC systems in particular.

PLEASE NOTE: There is only 1 position which may be filled in either of the advertised duty locations. You must identify the location(s) for which you wish to be considered. This is a mobile work position, meaning the work requires the selectee to travel off site the majority of the time and use the selectee's home as his or her duty location. The Agency has determined that this duty location must be in the Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) of any of the listed cities.

The salary will be adjusted based on the locality pay of the selectee's duty location.  The 2012 Salary information can be viewed for specific locations by visiting, http://www.opm.gov/oca/12tables/index.asp.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen and meet specialized experience to qualify.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
  • Review How to Apply Section as documents are required by closing date.
  • Announcement is also advertised merit promotion: FRA.S-2013-0001.
  • Job announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days.

DUTIES:

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The Railroad Safety Specialist (Signal & Train Control):

  • Serves as regional PTC specialist and test monitor for the development and implementation of PTC systems includes both laboratory and field testing of PTC systems presently under development and test as well as future systems. Monitors the testing of PTC projects and reviews and provides recommendations on PTC systems as they are developed.
  • Provides written reports of the status of PTC projects to the PTC Group Chief, S&TC Staff Director and other members of the team working on individual projects for appropriate handling and attend review meetings associated with the individual PTC projects and to provide written reports of these meetings.
  • Provides information and advice to the PTC Senior Test Monitors, the PTC Group Chief, the S&TC Staff Director, and the Senior Technical Staff of the Associate Administrator, related to PTC system development and test results, and provides the railroads and system developers with technical advice on any problems found during testing.
  • Provides advice on regulations pertaining to PTC performance standards and provides advice on issues involving the rules, standards, and instructions pertaining to these systems.
  • Provides technical advice to the railroads and helps assure that the applicable Federal regulations are adhered to and that safety principles are appropriately applied to these projects and programs.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To be basically qualified for a Railroad Safety Specialist (S &TC), you MUST have demonstrated knowledge and skill in the following areas:

  • Broad knowledge of the railroad industry including economic and operating considerations and equipment;
  • Knowledge of the general safety and health principles and practices applicable to the railroad industry;
  • Knowledge of railroad accident investigation techniques; 
  • Skill in written and oral communication.
  • Knowledge of the design, installation, maintenance, testing or inspection of signals and train control systems.

IN ADDITION TO THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, to meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the specialized experience requirements.

LEVEL To qualify, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:
GRADE 13
  • Experience applying policies, guidance, and regulations used for evaluating performance of programs associated with the design, implementation, and test of software and hardware for processor-based/communication-based signal and train control systems, and/or, locomotive propulsion systems associated with, or that interface with, processor-based/ communication-based signal or train control systems.
  • Experience using rules, regulations, and/or guidelines pertaining to the design, implementation, test, or certification of processor based/communication-based signal and train control systems (Positive Train Control).
  • Experience using regulations and principles associated with conventional signal or train control systems.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


 

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

 

  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • INTERVIEW: Applicants may be required to demonstrate in a pre-employment interview that they possess the personal characteristics necessary for Railroad Safety work.
  • DECLARATION OF FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT: The selectees for railroad safety positions will be required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.
  • DRUG TEST: Railroad Safety Specialists have been determined to be a critical safety/security position as defined in the Department of Transportation (DOT) Order, DOT 3910.1D entitled "Drug and Alcohol-Free Departmental Workplace." Therefore, if selected for the position you will be required to submit to a pre-employment/pre-appointment drug test, you will also be subject to Random Drug Testing.
  • TRAVEL: This position requires extensive travel. The travel is a condition of employment.
  • DRIVER'S LICENSE: Railroad Safety Specialists travel frequently, which requires being away from the official duty station for several consecutive nights. All specialists are required to possess a valid state drivers license at all times while employed by the Federal Rail Administration (FRA) in order to perform the duties of their positions.
  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD REQUIREMENT: You must be able to obtain and retain a Government contractor-issued travel card to be used for official business as a condition of employment. If unable to obtain and/or retain a card, you may be subject to removal. Those who fail to meet this condition of employment will have our offer of employment rescinded.
  • TRAVEL EXPENSES: Travel and transportation expenses will be paid if the selection results in a promotion OR for a geographical reassignment if the FRA selectee occupies a position at the same grade level that has significantly different duties from that of this position vacancy. Travel and transportation expenses will not be paid if a candidate outside the FRA is selected OR a FRA employee accepts a change to the lower grade that results in a geographical reassignment for this position vacancy.
  • SENIORITY RIGHTS - LEAVES OF ABSENCE - RE-EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS: The FRA has determined that seniority rights, leaves of absence, and reemployment rights from prior railroad employment generally constitute an actual or an appearance of a conflict of interest. New employees may be required to divest themselves of such rights immediately upon hire if these rights are determined to constitute an actual or appearance of a conflict of interest. If new employees are permitted to retain such rights, which is generally the case for Railroad Safety positions, the rights must be divested at the end of the one year probationary period which begins with the date of appointment. Divestiture is a requisite to continued employment with the Federal Railroad Administration. No waivers will be granted of the divestiture requirement. Pursuant to 5 C.F.R. Parts 2635.403 and 6001.104, all FRA employees (or spouses or minor children of FRA employees) are specifically prohibited from holding railroad stock (including shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. which owns 100% of BNSF), whether held outright, in an IRA, or in a 401(k) or other plan. (Employees may hold a mutual fund which invests in railroad stocks, so long as the mutual fund does not invest more than 30% of its assets in such prohibited investments.) Employees having a prohibited financial interest must divest themselves of railroad stock within 90 days after their appointment to their positions. Neither the rule against holding railroad stock, nor the divestiture period, is in any way affected by the existence of re-employment rights which employees might have with railroad companies. Nor is there any monetary threshold for applicability of the rule against ownership of railroad stock; all dollar amounts are prohibited. If selected, you will be subject to the Standards of Ethical Conduct applicable to all executive branch employees. Selectees will be required to complete a new entrant confidential financial disclosure report (Office of Government Ethics Form 450) within 30 days of hire (except if hired between Nov.15 and Dec. 31). Thereafter, selectees will be required to annually file a confidential financial disclosure report by Feb. 15 of each year, pursuant to instructions issued in early January.
  • DEU REQUIREMENTS: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).  

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of four categories: Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze, which is based upon your responses to the vacancy questions. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference that have provided supporting documents will receive selection priority over non-veterans.  The top rated applications will be reviewed for the quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. If your resume does not support the specialized experience or if your application does not support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions, your final rating may be modified and/or you may be disqualified from consideration.

 


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BENEFITS:

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Benefits include health and life insurance, annual and sick leave, and retirement benefits. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal Employees here. This position is telework eligible.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition.

This vacancy is also announced under a FRA Only internal vacancy announcement. If an FRA Railroad Safety Specialist qualifies; a selection from this vacancy announcement will not be made.



HOW TO APPLY:

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You must submit a complete application package (including resume, vacancy questions and supporting documents)no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.
  • To begin, click the "Apply Online" button on the job posting.
  • Follow the directions to register, submit all required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.
  • You may review your saved application(s) at https://my.usajobs.gov.

If you are having difficulty applying online, please contact the DOT Automated Staffing Office during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET) at (202) 366-1298.  You may also email us at Transjobs@dot.gov. 



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents must be provided by the closing date:

  • RESUME - Showing relevant experience and education and fully supporting the required specialized experience.
  • COMPLETED QUESTIONNAIRE.
  • VETERANS: In order to be considered as preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty.  If you are claiming compensably disabled preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference,  SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference.  Additional information on veterans' preference is available in the Vet's Guide at: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/index.aspx
  • SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS: If requesting concurrent consideration for: http://www.opm.gov/hr_practitioners/lawsregulations/appointingauthorities/index.asp#AppointmentsLeading Noncompetitive  Non-competitive (NC) appointment eligibility, (e.g. military spouse or persons with disabilities), you must provide appropriate supporting documentation such as PCS orders describing move & marriage certificate; letter from VA or DD214 describing 100% disability of spouse; letter from State Vocational Office certifying disability, etc.  For more information, visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/qaspouse/index.aspx military spouse NC appointments or http://www.opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp" Persons with Disabilities NC appointments. Documents are only required if requesting non-competitive consideration.
  • DISPLACED EMPLOYEE PLACEMENT DOCUMENTS: - Only required if requesting priority consideration under http://www.opm.gov/ctap/ CTAP/ICTAP</A>.  You must submit ALL of the FOLLOWING: your most recent performance appraisal, the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency and your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade.  To receive priority consideration, you MUST be deemed well qualified for this vacancy (falling in the Gold Category).

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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Automated Staffing Office
Phone: 202-366-1298
Fax: 571-258-4052
Email: TRANSJOBS@dot.gov
Agency Information:
DOT, FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION
Submit Application and Documents Online
1200 New Jersey Ave SE / HAHR - 50
Washington, DC
20590
US
Fax: 571-258-4052

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You may check your application status by logging into USAJobs.com. Within two weeks of the closing date, a Human Resources Specialist will evaluate your application. Ratings will be determined based on the documents and information received by the closing date. The most highly qualified candidates are then referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. If you are selected for an interview, the hiring manager will contact you directly. Once the position is filled, we will notify all applicants of their final status.

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Job Announcement Number:

FRA.S-2013-0002

Control Number:

329953200