MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Civil Engineer 0810
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:
- 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.
- 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:
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.)
Additional information about the Civil Engineer Series can been found at: https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/IORs/gs0800/0810.htm
2. Specialized Experience
To qualify for the GS-13 level, all applicants must possess at least one full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-12). Specialized experience is defined as:
· Experience in structural and/or civil engineering related to the regulation of offshore oil, gas, and mineral operations; and
· In a position serving as the technical authority; and/or
· Provides technical input to upper-level management, industry, or governmental personnel.
To qualify for the GS-14 level, all applicants must possess at least one full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-13). Specialized experience is defined as: demonstrated experience utilizing expertise in structural and/or civil engineering related to the regulation of offshore oil, gas, and mineral operations, in a position serving as a senior-level technical expert, manager, and/or advisor to upper-level management, industry, or governmental personnel and;
To be considered for a Grade 14 Civil Engineer, the successful candidate must demonstrate a minimum of three experiences that shows:
· Responsible for review of oil and gas operators submittals of applications for permits to install, modify, repair, assess and remove offshore structures, to determine accuracy and adequacy of data submitted and compliance with Federal regulations at 30 CFR 250 Subpart I or similar requirements for oil and gas structures in State and Outer Continental Shelf waters;
· Experience developing policies, procedures, and guidelines for implementing laws and regulations pertaining to energy and minerals programs;
· Ensuring integrity of energy and mineral resource development and production;
· Negotiating and working effectively with individuals, agencies and groups and leading and coordinating multi-disciplinary teams formed to review structural inspection, maintenance, repair and assessment plans, structure removal plans, and developing strategies to achieve goals and objectives established by management.
Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPMs 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.
Physical Requirements: Occasional walking, bending, stooping, climbing of stairs and tall ladders during inspection of offshore oil and gas facilities; helicopter travel required. You will be required to pass a pre-employment medical examination as a condition of employment.
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:
Advanced civil/structural engineering theories, principles, concepts, standards and methods
· Mastery of, and skill in applying, expertise in advanced civil/structural engineering theories, principles, concepts, standards and methods sufficient to evaluate the structural design and assessment of offshore drilling and production platforms in the POCSR, an area of high seismic activity.
· Incumbent possesses the ability to evaluate and incorporate new technological developments in resolving problems not readily handled by standard methods.
Principles and applications
· Expertise in specialized principles and applications such as welding and fabrication specifications of offshore structures, including fabrication yard procedures, offshore installation techniques.
· Thorough knowledge of the policies and programs of BSEE; inspection and investigative principles, techniques, and procedures; and issues and problems that affect the promotion and enforcement of safety in offshore oil and gas operations.
· Incumbent possesses familiarity with related engineering fields, such as mechanical, geotechnical and petroleum, as well as technical fields such as oceanography and seismology.
· Thorough knowledge of OCS-related sciences including geology, geophysics, marine biology, meteorology, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, seismic engineering and ocean engineering, from which a comprehensive understanding of the behavior of offshore platforms on the OCS can be based.
Safety and environmental principles and practices
· Ability to apply broad safety and environmental principles and practices to most complex and unusual safety issues and problems that are of a broad, substantive nature affecting unique combinations of technological and environmental conditions.
· Incumbent applies a mastery of knowledge regarding: (1) structures, analysis techniques, computer modeling and equipment used in offshore oil and gas platform design, analysis, assessment, inspection and maintenance and (2) general safety and environmental principles and practices, in order to evaluate proposed offshore platform installations, modifications, repairs, assessments and mitigation actions based on a thorough review of the submitted application.
· A thorough knowledge of the processes, systems, equipment, and methods involved in offshore oil, gas, and mineral activities, proper use and maintenance of safety/environmental equipment; and proper behavior of individuals in and around facilities. Ability to apply this knowledge to perform structural inspection tasks on offshore structures; review permit application for new installation; and identifies design issues and deficiencies.