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Job Title:  Supervisory Mechanical Engineer
Agency:  Consumer Product Safety Commission
Job Announcement Number:  4230LSM-2013-0002

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$105,211.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year
Friday, December 21, 2012 to Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Full-Time - Permanent
1 vacancy - Rockville, MD, US  View Map



Make a Career Connection! We are looking for individuals who would like to come to work for a small, independent regulatory agency dedicated to saving lives. We work very hard to protect the public from the unreasonable risk of injury and death from consumer products. Every U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) employee is proud to be a part of a team that works together to assure that the products you use every day are safe. Consider a position at the CPSC as your career choice.

Join the team! This position is located in the Office of Hazard Identification and Reduction, Directorate for Laboratory Sciences (LS), Division of Mechanical Engineering (LSM). The selectee for this position will be responsible for research, test, and evaluation activities in the mechanical engineering sciences and technologies. This laboratory is responsible for a wide range of analytical and technical testing activities, researching test methodologies, establishing national testing protocols and standards, and compliance testing pursuant to several Federal Acts and regulations.


The laboratory carries out its responsibility for determining the products of combustion from consumer products, hazard detection and/or mitigation devices associated with combustion in consumer products, including products generating carbon monoxide (CO), such as camping heaters, internal combustion engines, and/or a wide variety of gas fired home heating appliances and/or determining the heat generation rate from burning consumer products. LSM also evaluates hazards associated with durable children's products, toys, mechanical based products, lawn and garden equipment, and sports and recreation equipment. LS uses a wide range of instrumentation and methodologies to analyze and/or measure the hazards associated with combustion, including evaluation of the heat generation rate, and the analysis of the products of combustion from internal combustion engines and other consumer products. Some examples are testing engine generators in a controlled environmental chamber to determine the CO generation rate from an internal combustion engine, testing CO alarms in a controlled environment to determine the response time to a variety of agents, and modeling the dispersion of CO in a home from an engine generator placed in the basement or garage. LSM is also responsible for testing children's toys, home and garden products, bicycle helmets, and pool and spa accessories and safety related systems for compliance with federal regulations and consensus standards for construction and function.




  • U.S Citizenship Required.
  • Background Investigation Required.
  • Must meet education requirements.


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The incumbent will serve as the Division Director. S/he will be responsible for planning, organizing, and directing product compliance testing and ensuring it is conducted in accordance with the applicable regulations under the Flammable Fabrics Act, Federal Hazardous Substances Act, Consumer Product Safety Act, and the Refrigerator Safety Act. The incumbent shall fulfill these responsibilities in the following specific ways:


  • Supervising and assigning work to engineering professionals and technical support staff members. Ensuring milestones and other annual operating plan commitments for LSM are met.
  • Closely monitors and coordinates technical support efforts and testing needs with the CPSC Offices of Compliance and Import Surveillance for regulated product testing and ensures priority samples are completed to meet agency performance goals and internal customer needs.
  • Coordinating the exchange of professional research and testing information with universities, laboratories of other Federal agencies and independent laboratories.
  • Directing engineering research, analysis and testing associated with imminent hazards, substantial product hazards and banned hazardous substances.
  • Developing budget projections for the Division and its elements throughout the Directorate and monitoring funds for approved budgets.
  • Overseeing the design, development and maintenance of laboratory equipment and facilities as well as the training and technical direction of personnel in the proper and safe use of these devices.
  • Directing efforts to maintain, repair and improve Laboratory storage and testing areas to ensure proper operation and the safety and security of personnel.  


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Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal Service (time-in-grade).


Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Applicants must meet the time-in-grade requirements of the position within thirty (30) days of the closing date of this announcement.


For the GS-15, you must have one year of specialized experience at the GS-14 level in the Federal Service.


Examples of qualifying specialized experience for the GS-15 include:  providing professional interpretation and consultation of engineering data and application of the data to the regulatory process; conducting regulatory reviews; researching and analyzing data and information from engineering and scientific literature in order to determine risk and severity of potential injuries and death related to mechanical hazards of consumer products. 


For the GS-14, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal Service.


Examples of qualifying specialized experience for the GS-14 include: evaluating and interpreting engineering data; conducting reviews; analyzing and testing engineering data for potential risk and injuries related to mechanical hazards of consumer products.


There is no substitution for specialized experience.   


In order to be qualified for this position, you must meet the basic requirements for a Mechanical Engineer. 


You must have completed (1) a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree that included a major field of study or specific course work 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 (2) a combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience, including: 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, OR 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.


In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements indicated above:


For the GS-15, applicants must have one year of specialized experience at the GS-14 level.


For the GS-14, applicants must have one year of specialized experience at the GS-13 level.


Candidates MUST submit a college and post-graduate transcript(s) that includes hours and grades to be considered for this position. Failure to do so may result in an ineligible rating.

Upon appointment, you may be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450. You will need to provide the information annually.


If you meet the minimum qualifications for this position, your application and responses to the online questionnaire will be evaluated under Category Rating and Selection procedures for placement in one of the following categories:

  • Best Qualified – superior in the evaluation criteria
  • Better – excel in the evaluation criteria
  • Good – meet the minimum qualification requirements
  • Not Qualified – do not meet the minimum qualifications

Candidates determined to be Best Qualified will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration.  The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category.


Individuals who meet eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they attain at least a rating score of 85 in a numerical rating scheme or eligibles must obtain at least a rating of Medium (on a scale of Low, Medium, and High) on all rating factors.  

Anyone wishing to be considered under ICTAP/CTAP should annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP/CTAP eligible.

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You may participate in the Federal Employees
Health Benefits program, with costs shared with
your employer. More info:
Health Benefits Program

Life insurance coverage is provided. More info:

Life Insurance Program

Long-Term Care Insurance is offered and carries
into your retirement. More info:

Long Term Care Insurance

If you are transferring from another agency, you
may continue in the CSRS or FERS program. If you
are a new employee and your appointment is for a
period longer than one year, you are
automatically covered by the Federal Employees
Retirement System (FERS) unless you are eligible
for coverage under the Civil Service Retirement
System (CSRS). You will be covered by a Basic
Benefit Plan, Social Security (FICA) and a
voluntary 401-k style Thrift Saving Plan (TSP).
TSP allows you to make tax deferred
contributions and receive matching agency funds
for part of it. For additional information on
TSP, see:
TSP Information

You will earn annual vacation leave. More info:
Annual Leave Information

You will earn sick leave. More info:
Sick Leave Information

You will be paid for federal holidays that fall
within your regularly scheduled tour of duty.
More info:
Federal Holidays

Alternative work schedule options are available.

If you use public transportation, part of your
transportation costs may be subsidized. Our
human resources office can provide additional
information on how this program is run.

Telework/ telecommuting may be made available
after completion of 1 year of employment. Our
human resources office can provide additional
information on how this program is run.

More info on benefits can be on the CPSC
website at:
Working for the Federal Government


All qualified candidates will receive consideration for this position without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, political affiliation, labor organization affiliation, marital status, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors. The CPSC welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities (including disabled veterans in receipt of compensation at the rate of 30% or more) and will reasonably accommodate the needs of those persons. All application materials become the property of the agency and will not be returned. Some positions may have promotion potential to a higher grade than the grade at which filled. Positions with known promotion potential do not guarantee promotion, nor is the promise of promotion implied. All the information you provide will be verified by a review of the work experience and/or education as shown on your application forms, by checking references and through other means, such as the interview process. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work. This position may require a one (1) year probationary period.


Relocation expenses for this position are not authorized.


The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.


The CPSC provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Human Resource Specialist listed in this vacancy announcement.


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This vacancy announcement is being advertised simultaneously to vacancy announcement 4230LSM-2013-0003 (Merit Promotion).


Your application and all required supplemental documents must be submitted in the
manner specified in this section.  Applications and supplemental documents that are submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the
agency point of contact will be incomplete and will not be considered.

Please be advised that your application will be regarded as incomplete and will not be considered if the Office of Human Resources Management does not receive your application and all required supplemental documentation, as specified in the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy announcement, by midnight Eastern
Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

If you require assistance, contact the agency point of contact identified within the vacancy announcement.

You must follow all three steps described below in order to complete the application process:

STEP ONE - (Online Resume - USAJOBS)

You must create a user account and at least one
Federal resume at USAJOBS. Information you
provide in USAJOBS is general information
completed by all applicants. The information you
provide and your Federal resume will become part
of your application and will automatically be
transferred to the CPSC Career Connection system
when you apply on-line.  After you finish
submitting your resume from USAJOBS, you will
automatically be taken to CPSC Career Connection
where you will be asked to complete the next
step of the application process.  You may edit
your resume up until midnight EST of the
announcement close date.

STEP TWO - (Vacancy Specific Questions -
CPSC Career Connection)

In CPSC Career Connection, you will answer
vacancy specific questions necessary to evaluate
your qualifications for the specific job to
which you are applying. When completed, the
information you provided at USAJOBS and the
answers to the CPSC Career Connection questions
will become your application.You may edit your
answers up until midnight EST of the
announcement close date.  After the vacancy
closes the HR office uses the application
package to automatically rate, rank and certify

STEP THREE - (Faxing Supporting

After you have completed the vacancy specific questions and selected the "FINISH" button, a list of fax cover sheets will appear with instructions.  A complete listing of the materials that must be submitted to the HR office is provided in the "Required Documents" section of the announcement.  Review this section for which documents are applicable to you and how to submit.  Most of these documents will be requested upon completion of the Vacancy Questionnaire.  All applicable supplemental application material must be received at the appropriate fax number, shown on the fax cover sheet by midnight Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of the vacancy announcement.  


Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed.  The following will prevent your documents from being processed:

  • Not using the special fax cover sheet mentioned above.
  • Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number.
  • Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name.

For additional information contact, Office of Human Resources Management at (301) 504-7925 or email,


Submit your required supplemental documentation
by carefully following the fax instructions
provided in the "How to Apply" section of
this vacancy announcement. If you submit
supplemental documentation in any other manner
without prior approval from the agency point of
contact, your application will be deemed
incomplete and will be removed from
consideration. Required supplemental documents
must be received by midnight Eastern Standard
Time (EST) on the closing date of the vacancy
announcement. Please direct questions or
problems to the agency point-of-contact
identified in this vacancy announcement.   

(You should only submit the following documents
if they are applicable to you.)

All status candidates or reinstatement eligibles
must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50,
which indicates competitive status eligibility.

submit their most recent performance appraisal
dated within 18 months, or a reason explaining
why one cannot be provided.

Veterans applying under VRA or VEOA must provide
a copy of your Certificate of Release or
Discharge from Active Duty (DD-214).  In
addition, if you are claiming 10 point Veteran's
Preference, you must submit an Application for
10 Point Veteran's Preference (SF-15), and the
documentary proof required by that form, i.e.,
letter from the Veterans Administration dated
within one year from the closing date of the
announcement.  For more information, call the
U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) at 912-
757-3000.  Select "Federal Employment Topics"
and then "Veterans" Or, dial OPM's electronic
bulletin board at 912-757-3100 or visit their
VetGuide website:

The SF-15 may be obtained at:


Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility
must submit proof that they meet the
requirements of 5 CFR 330.605 (a) for CTAP and 5
CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of
the agency notice, a copy of their most recent
Performance Rating and a copy of their most
recent SF-50 noting current position, grade
level, and duty location. Please annotate your
application to reflect that you are applying as
a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.

submit college transcripts from a U.S.
Department of Education accredited college or
university if using education to qualify for
this position.

The CPSC 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.

Qualifying education from colleges and
universities in foreign countries must be
evaluated in terms of equivalency to that
acquired in U.S. colleges and universities.
Applicants educated in whole or in part in
foreign countries must submit sufficient
evidence, including transcripts, to an
accredited private organization for an
equivalency evaluation of course work and
degree. You must provide a copy of the letter
containing the results of the equivalency
evaluation upon request. Failure to provide such
documentation when requested will result in lost
consideration. For a listing of services which
can perform this evaluation, you may visit the
National Association of Credential Evaluation
Services, Inc.'s web site at

If the above supplemental documentation is not
applicable to you, you need not submit any
documentation other than an on-line resume and
responses to the Vacancy Specific Questions.

Supplemental information submitted in a franked
government agency envelope will NOT be


HR Specialist
Phone: 301-504-7925
Fax: 572-258-4052
Agency Information:
Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Human Resources Management Room 838
4340 East West Highway
Bethesda, MD
Fax: 572-258-4052


Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your rating. The best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome.

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