BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: 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. --OR— 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. 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 successfully 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) may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-5. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions that involve highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic requirements in paragraph A. Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least 1 year of additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT examination. Specified academic courses: Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A. Related curriculum: Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.) Note: An applicant who meets the basic requirements as specified in A or B above may qualify for positions in any branch of engineering unless selective factors indicate otherwise, or unless he/she qualifies under the provisions of B.2 related to the EIT examination or BET degree.
Qualification Requirement Using Specialized Experience or Education:
In order to be rated as qualified using specialized experience, we must be able to determine that you meet the definition(s) below - 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 level of the position to be filled. For GS-11: In addition to meeting the BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS; one year of specialized experience, equivalent to GS-09 in the Federal service. At the GS-09 level, work is difficult requiring a thorough knowledge of the subject matter involved. Examples: perform work in solid minerals exploration, development & production such as prepare or analyze exploration plans, the extraction of minerals in conformance to lease terms & conditions, or mine plans; determine mineral reserves, inspect mining operations & reclamation activities, OR have completed 3 years of graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or equivalent doctoral degree in engineering, OR have an equivalent combination of additional education and experience described above. For GS-12 level because: In addition to meeting the BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS; one year of engineering experience equivalent to GS-11 in the Federal service. At the GS-11 level, work requires independent judgment & action or decision making & an intimate grasp of the subject matter. Examples: serve as a specialist performing work in minerals exploration, development & production activities such as review/prepare exploration plans or the extraction of minerals, evaluate mineral resources, inspect mining operations & reclamation activities. Education above the BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS cannot be substituted for specialized experience at the GS-12 level.
This position falls under Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Professional and Scientific Positions in conjunction with the Individual Occupational Requirements for the Mining Engineering Series, 0880.
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. KSA 1: Skill in interpreting and applying a broad range of statutory and regulatory requirements. KSA 2: Knowledge of the theories, principles, practices, and techniques of mining engineering sufficient to clearly define the impacts of mineral program operations on natural resources and multiple-use land management. KSA 3: Skill in evaluating a wide variety of proposals, identifying impacts, making recommendations for change, and developing measures for the protection and reclamation of the areas involved. KSA 4: Skill in communication techniques, written and oral, to deal with a wide variety of individuals, situations, and circumstances with tact and diplomacy. KSA 5: Knowledge and skill sufficient to provide geological and minerals development expertise to perform examinations and evaluations of properties for mineral values. You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. To preview questions please click here.