Knowledge and Skills Required by the Position
In-depth knowledge of advanced, technical principles and techniques in chemical and process safety and safety engineering to represent and speak for OSHA on major technical issues before technical groups, including chemical and process safety stakeholders; to serve as a consultant to OSHA officials, other government agencies and industry engineers, and management officials; and to lead in the application of engineering principles to safety criteria and systems, including all aspects of chemical and process safety.
Expert knowledge of national safety and occupational health laws, policies, regulations, operational directives, methodologies, and objectives sufficient to plan, coordinate, and carry out projects; provide guidance, direction, and technical assistance to other experts; and advise on special safety problems involving diverse chemical operations and other high-hazard and high-risk operations.
Broad knowledge of the concepts, principles, techniques and procedures applied by chemical and process safety engineers and specialists in related areas (i.e., chemical, processing, civil, mechanical, electrical, construction, maritime and industrial hygiene) sufficient to evaluate and advise on the whole range of safety and occupational health activities, hazards, and engineering controls in the chemical processing industry and other sectors, as assigned.
Skill in communication and public relations techniques to represent and serve as a spokesperson for OSHA at conferences, intra-agency meetings and to provide consultation to state agencies, employer/employee groups, unions, national industry organizations, and special interest groups on chemical, process safety, and other safety engineering matters and a wide range of safety standards, regulations, programs, and issues applicable to the areas of expertise.
A. Degree: professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) 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.
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 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.
For further explanation go to: http//www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/gs0800/0800.htm.
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 have at least one year of specialized experience comparable to the next lower grade. Specialized experience is non-routine safety engineering work that required and was characterized by (1) professional knowledge of safety engineering; (2) professional ability to apply such knowledge to safety engineering problems; and (3) positive and continuing development of professional knowledge and ability. For further explanation go to: http//www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/gs0800/0800.htm.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors below and will be placed into a category based on your vacancy question responses.
Category A: Qualified applicants who, on average, exhibit a high level of competency in engineering, public safety and security, interpersonal skills, oral communication, written communication
Category B: Qualified applicants who, on average, exhibit a moderate level of competency in engineering, public safety and security, interpersonal skills, oral communication, written communication
Category C: Qualified applicants who, on average, exhibit a basic level of competency in engineering, public safety and security, interpersonal skills, oral communication, written communication
Evaluation Factors (Competencies)
- All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies (click Evaluation Tools
Engineering: Knowledge of safety concepts, principles, and practices implemented to ensure occupational safety and health; safety investigation and inspection techniques; or rules, regulations, precautions, and prevention techniques for the protection of workers
Public Safety and Security: Knowledge of investigation and inspection techniques or rules, regulations, precautions, and prevention techniques for the protection of people in the workplace
Interpersonal Skills: Developing and maintaining effective relationships with others; effectively dealing with individuals who are hostile, difficult, or distressed
Oral Communication: Expressing information to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information; making clear and convincing oral presentations; listening to others, attending to nonverbal cues, and responding appropriately
Written Communication: Recognizing and using correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicating information in a succinct and organized manner; producing written information, including technical material that is appropriate for the intended audience
The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions. If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume. Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.) To preview questions please click here.
INFORMATION FOR ICTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration. ICTAP eligibles who are placed into Category [INSERT WELL-QUALIFIED CATEGORY] or higher will be considered "well-qualified".
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