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  1. Overview
  2. Duties
  3. Qualifications & Evaluations
  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Petroleum Engineer, GS-0881-07/09/11/12/13

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement

Job Announcement Number:BSEE-DK-13-MM780665 (DEU)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$52,565.00 to $116,180.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, December 31, 2012 to Monday, July 01, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0881-07/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Many vacancies in the following location:
Anchorage, AK United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) works to promote safety, protect the environment, and conserve resources offshore through vigorous regulatory oversight and enforcement.

This position is in the Office of Field Operations (FO), Alaska BSEE Region and is directly related to safety of operations, protection of oil and gas facilities, conservation of natural resources and preservation of the environment.

 

At the full performance level of the position (GS-13) the incumbent will serve as a senior petroleum engineer to the RS/FO providing expert, technical expertise on offshore drilling, production, workover/completion, or other related operations on a regular basis on the most complex unconventional, state-of-the-art oil, gas and other mineral facilities under unique Arctic conditions in frontier offshore areas where new and unusual technology will be used. 

 

Recruitment Bonus:  Recruitment bonuses may be authorized, which are in addition to the salary range indicated below.  When applicable requirements are met, the position may provide additional compensation through one or more of the following:
• Student Loan Repayment Program
• Recruitment Incentive
• Relocation Incentive
• Superior Qualifications

 

This is a Permanent, Full Time position located in Anchorage, Alaska.

 

Salary Range Information:
GS-07:  $52,565 - $65,280
GS-09:  $62,905 - $78,448
GS-11:  $69,407 - $88,215
GS-12:  $79,174 - $101,719
GS-13:  $89,370 - $116,180

 
This vacancy is also announced as BSEE-DK-13-MM780667 (MP) for those applicants who wish to apply and be considered under Merit Promotion procedures (i.e. current competitive service employees, have reinstatement eligibility for the competitive service, or who are eligible for special appointing authorities).  You must apply and submit required documents for both announcements if you wish to receive consideration under both Merit Promotion and Delegated Examining procedures.

 

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation/determination
  • You must submit ALL required documents and a completed questionnaire.
  • Relocation expenses will be authorized.
  • Travel of 1-5 nights per month may be required.
  • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.

DUTIES:

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Major Duties:  (The duties described reflect the full performance level (GS-13) of this position.)

The major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

 

Performs technical engineering review of requests by operator’s for permits (i.e., Applicants for Permits to Drill (APDs), Applications for Permits to Modify, etc.) to determine if operations are safe and comply with regulations and industry standards.

 

Prepares technical engineering analysis and reports for activities such as:  production, drilling, and workover/completion, pipeline, site security, plugging and abandonment, environmental quality, H2S/sulphur, and other oil and gas operational activities.

 

Conducts inspections of oil and gas operations such as:  drilling, workover/completion, pipeline, site security, plugging and abandonment, environmental quality, H2S and sulphur operations and other oil and gas operational activities.

 

Conducts or leads accidents/incidents investigations occurring in oil and gas facilities.

 

Identifies safety, environmental hazards or violations of regulations and stipulations.  Determines if oil and gas operations should be shut in and takes appropriate action.  Prepares justifications for actions and proposes appropriate civil and criminal penalties.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Qualifications


To qualify for this position you must meet the 1. Basic Educational Requirements AND 2. Specialized Experience (or education substitution where applicable) for the grade to which you are applying. 

 

1. Basic Educational Requirements
Please Note: This position requires specific educational coursework to qualify. You MUST provide transcripts in order to verify that the educational requirements have been met. This information must be received by the closing date of the announcement. Failure to provide this information will result in you receiving an "INELIGIBLE" rating.

Petroleum Engineer GS-0881
You must meet the description in either A or B below to qualify for this position.

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: click link for continued information- https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/group-stds/gs-prof.asp

 

2. Specialized Experience Requirement:

GS-7
Specialized Experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-05).
Specialized experience includes the following:
• assisting with routine engineering assignments;
• assisting in the maintenance of computer programs and databases 
-OR-
A Substitution of Appropriate Education for Experience
You may substitute education (education that is directly related) for experience at the GS-7 level:
• One year of graduate-level education or
• Superior academic achievement (S.A.A.) or
• Successful completion of a 5-year program of study of at least 160 semester hours leading to a bachelors degree in engineering is qualifying at GS-7
-OR-
**A Substitution of an Appropriate Combination of Experience and Education for Experience
Only directly related education in excess of the first (1) year of progressively higher level toward a masters degree or the equivalent graduate degree may be used toward this combination at this grade level

 

GS-9

Specialized Experience: To qualify at the GS-09 level you must have at least one FULL year specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-07). 
Specialized Experience may include two or more of the following: 
• Independently conducting routine engineering analysis and preparing reports of oil and gas equipment and operations;
• Independently conducting routine inspections and investigations of oil and gas facilities and shutting in operations with violations that may result in criminal penalties;
• Independently performing routine database management tasks

-OR-
A Substitution of Appropriate Education for Experience
You may substitute education (education that is directly related) for experience at the GS-9 level:
• Master’s or equivalent graduate degree (a directly related field) from an accredited institution, or;
• 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading such a degree (a directly related field) from an accredited institution.

 

**A Substitution of an Appropriate Combination of Experience and Education for Experience
You may qualify if you have an appropriate combination of education and experience.  Only directly related education in excess of the first year of progressively higher level graduate education toward a master’s degree or the equivalent graduate degree may be used toward this combination.
-OR-
A combination of *Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A.) and 1 year of appropriate professional experience is qualifying at GS-9.
-OR-
Successful completion of a 5-year program of study of at least 160 semester hours leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering and 1 year of appropriate professional experience is qualifying at grade GS-9.


GS-11

Specialized Experience: To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-09).
Specialized experience is defined may include 3 or more of the following:
• Independently conducting engineering analysis and preparing reports of offshore oil and gas equipment and operations related to permit applications from industry;
• Independently conducting and leading inspections and investigations of offshore oil and gas facilities with known safety and environmental problems or hazards and shutting in operations with violations which may result in criminal penalties;
• Independently applying safety and environmental principles and practices for evaluating offshore oil and gas operations to identify hazards to safety of workers and impact to the environment;
• Independently performing routine database management tasks

-OR-
A Substitution of Appropriate Education for Experience
You may substitute education (education that is directly related) for experience at the GS-9 level if you have achieved:

• A Ph.D. or equivalent graduate degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree.

 

**A Substitution of an Appropriate Combination of Experience and Education for Experience
Only education in excess of the first two years of progressively higher level graduate education toward a Ph.D. or the equivalent graduate degree (from an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) curriculum) may be used toward this combination.


GS-12

Note: At the GS-12 level you may not substitute education for experience.

To qualify for the GS-12 level, all applicants must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-11).
Specialized Experience may include 3 or more of the following:

• Independently conducting and leading teams providing engineering analysis of oil and gas equipment and operations related to permit applications from industry; and advising applicants of needed revisions;
• Assisting in the development or changes to regulations or policy dealing with operational problem areas;
• Independently conducting and leading inspections and investigations of complex offshore oil and gas facilities introducing new technology developed specific to the Arctic environment;
• Independently shutting in operations with serious violations and recommending possible civil or criminal penalties;
• Conducting accident investigations with serious impact to the environment and safety violations resulting in loss of life or property.

 

GS-13

Note: At the GS-13 level you may not substitute education for experience.

To qualify for the GS-13 level, all applicants must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-12).
Specialized Experience:  may include 3 or more of the following:

• Independently conducting and leading teams providing expert engineering analysis of complex oil and gas equipment and operations related to permit applications from industry containing new technology and that are developed specifically for the Arctic environment; and advising applicants of needed revisions;
• Independently providing expert engineering knowledge/experience while conducting and leading inspections and investigations of complex offshore oil and gas facilities introducing new technology developed specifically for the Arctic environment;
• Independently shutting in operations with serious violations and recommending possible civil or criminal penalties;
• Independently providing expert knowledge when conducting accident investigations with serious impact to the environment and safety violations resulting in loss of life or property, and testifying at a judicial hearing.


 

Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM’s website: https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/num-ndx.asp


Education: If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide transcripts as proof of meeting the requirements. Failure to provide the documents will result in you receiving an ineligible rating.


Foreign Education: Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the specific educational requirements as stated above. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp.

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service system, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. http://www.sss.gov.

 

Veterans Preference: If you are entitled to veteran's preference, indicate the type of preference you are claiming on your resume, and in the occupational Online Questionnaire  Your veteran's preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your resume and responses to the self-assessment questions are an integral part of the process for determining your qualifications for this position.  Therefore, it is important that your resume supports your responses to the assessment questions.

 

There are several parts of the application process that affect the overall evaluation of your application:

1. Your resume which is part of your USAJOBS profile
2. Your responses to the online questionnaire
3. Your required and supporting documents, as outlined in the announcement

 

Category Rating will be used in the ranking and selection process for this position.  The categories are Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified.  Veterans’ preference rules for category rating will be applied.

 

Once the application process is complete, we will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements.  To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume, supporting documentation, and responses to the (Online Questionnaire) will be made. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire.  The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position.  Our review of your resume and/or supporting documentation must support your responses to the Online Questionnaire to accurately reflect your abilities.

 

Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.


As part of the application process, you are required to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:


• Knowledge of principles and applications of engineering practices
• Ability to conduct engineering analysis of proposals for engineering activities
• Knowledge of inspection and investigative principles, techniques, and problems that affects the promotion of safety in oil and gas operations
• Knowledge of regulations pertaining to engineering activities
• Knowledge of various computer programs and database management
• Ability to communicate both orally and in writing.
  

  

 


BENEFITS:

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To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc .



OTHER INFORMATION:

Important Note: All Department of the Interior (DOI) employees are subject to the conflict of interest restrictions imposed upon all employees of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report. In addition, DOI (Office of the Secretary) and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) employees are further restricted concerning their holdings of Federal lands and resources administered or controlled by the Department of the Interior. This includes holding stock in corporations engaged in mining activities on Federal lands (e.g.: oil, gas, coal, alternative energy resources, etc.). Please refer to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement webpage for Ethics located at: www.boemre.gov/adm/ethics.html for additional information. BOEMRE requires the highest level of integrity. Employees must be totally objective and impartial in the performance of their work. All potential issues (e.g.: work related interactions with friends, family members or previous employers) must be disclosed at the time of application or during the interview process.

 

If you are a status applicant (current permanent Federal employee or former permanent Federal employee with reinstatement eligibility), or are eligible under a special appointing authority and you are selected under this vacancy, you may be subject to serving a new one-year probationary period.

 

Beginning January 1, 2010, agencies must seek prior approval from OPM before they can appoint a current or recent political appointee to a competitive or non-political excepted service position at any level under the provisions of title 5, United States Code.  If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employee in the executive branch, you MUST disclose that to the Human Resources Officer.

 

If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit proof by the closing date of the announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. The proof includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty station. To be considered well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, you must earn a minimum score of 85 or above (prior to the assignment of veteran's preference) on the rating criteria for this position.
 
Recruitment methods and selection procedures will be based solely on merit after fair and open competitive, and will be made without regard to political, religious, or labor organization affiliation or non-affiliation, marital status, race, color, sex, national origin, non-disqualifying disability, sexual orientation, or age.

 

A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work with the U.S. Department of the Interior.  The preliminary background check consists of a search of Office of Personnel Management and Department of Defense background investigation files and an FBI National Criminal History Fingerprint Check; it may take up to 3 weeks to complete.  If selected for this position, you will be extended a tentative offer of employment pending a satisfactory background check.  Current Federal employees or individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check; these will be handled on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the Bureau security office. 



HOW TO APPLY:

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To Apply Online
• Click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register.
• Answer the Questionnaire in its entirety and click on SUBMIT my answers.
• UPLOAD all required documents and other supporting documents.
• To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at
www.usajobs.gov .
• Click on Application Status.
• Click on the position title and select Apply Online to continue.

 

We strongly encourage you to apply online. However, if you cannot apply online, you may FAX your assessment questionnaire, resume and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144 by following the steps below.
 
To Apply by Fax:
• Print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX found here.
http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf
• Answer the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire

• When faxing a completed OPM Form 1203-FX this will serve as your fax cover and must be placed on TOP of your supporting documents. No other fax page is required. Simply make sure all six pages of the completed OPM Form 1203-FX are on top of all other documents being faxed.

 

Combination Online/Fax:
• Click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register.
• ANSWER the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers.
• Print the official FAX coversheet found here
http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf 
• Clearly include the Vacancy Identification Number MM(780665), SSN, and full name to ensure that your documents are associated with the rest of your application.

• FAX the official fax coversheet and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144.

 

All electronic submissions and/or faxes must be completed by (Monday, July 01, 2013).



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement and OPM qualification standards for each grade level(s) for which you are applying.  It is strongly recommended that you use the USAJobs Resume Builder as it was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed.  The Resume Builder is available at https://my.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/ResumeAndApplicationTips#icc .

Your application package must include:
• Resume showing relevant experience as written in your own words.
• Completed online Assessment Questionnaire or faxed OPM Form 1203FX.
• College transcript is required for verification of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, an official transcript may be requested at a later time.
• Certificates, license, etc. (if applicable)
• Veterans Preference Documentation (if applicable)
      o If claiming 5 point preference:
         • DD-214 (member 4 copy or copy that shows nature of service)
         • If you are currently serving on active duty, an official Statement of Service from your command.
            OR
       o Other Official Documentation (e.g. copy of military orders, campaign documents such as: expeditionary award citation, etc.) that proves your military service was performed under HONORABLE conditions and that your service meets the OPM criteria for veterans preference to be awarded.
      o If claiming 10-point preference:
         • A completed Standard Form (SF)-15 (available at
http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf) and the proof required by the SF-15 checklist based on type of preference claimed.

 

NOTE: If you submit an incomplete application, you will be given credit only for the information you provide. You are responsible for submitting all required documentation in support of your application in order to receive full credit for your experience, education, training, and/or veterans preference.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

HR Assistant
Phone: (703)787-1446
Email: HUMAN.RESOURCES@BSEE.GOV
Agency Information:
BSEE AOCSR
3801 Centerpoint Drive
Suite 500
Anchorage, AK
99503

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

If you are rated as one of the best qualified candidates, you will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. After a selection is made all applicants for this position will be notified of their status either by letter or e-mail.

 


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Job Announcement Number:

BSEE-DK-13-MM780665 (DEU)

Control Number:

333881400