Specialized Experience Requirements
In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled. Specialized experience includes providing civil engineering consultative services; mentoring or training others in the engineering field, specifically, natural resource management agency infrastructure, timber sale road assessments, road and structures design. COR certification and experience, ability to work successfully with minimal technical guidance; ability to work effectively with a wide range of subordinates, peers, and ranking superiors; ability to effectively communicate complex engineering concepts orally and in writing to those without engineering expertise; ability to work as member of a diverse team while giving guidance, counsel and assisting District Engineer in all phases of program management, including management of the federal program budget.
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
Basic requirement is a degree in 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. OR
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. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:
Professional registration -- Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.
Written Test -- Evidence of having succesfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.Applicants who have passed the EIT examination and have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college of university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Eligibility is limited to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of the engineering technology program.
In addition, to qualify for the GS-11 requires one year of specialized experience equivalent to a GS-09 in the federal service OR 3 years of directly related progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
You will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit your college transcripts or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.
1. Professional knowledge and expertise in applying scientific principles in the development of analytical methods to resolve specific civil engineering problems. Possess a broad technical educational background with specialized experience in engineering; design and construction, hydrology, hydraulics, mathematics, soil mechanics, environmental engineering and structural design.
2. Knowledge of design and construction of low volume roads, structures and buildings.
3. Ability to communicate professionally and effectively, orally and in writing at all levels, within the BLM organization as well as other governmental agencies, private industry and the public.
4. Ability to prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence and memoranda dealing with highly technical information in a manner that can be read and understood by others without technical engineering backgrounds.
5. Work effectively with construction contractors, materials and manufacturers representatives, in addition to individuals within the Bureau, and those in other Federal and state agencies. To preview questions please click here.