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Job Title:Civil Engineer (Structural), GS-0306-13/14

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement

Job Announcement Number:BSEE-CW-13-MM807106 (DEU)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$91,141.00 to $140,008.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, January 09, 2013 to Wednesday, January 30, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Camarillo, CA United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


The Bureau of Safety and 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 Regional Operations Section, Office of Field Operations, Pacific Outer Continental Shelf Region (POCSR) of the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. It is an advanced Civil (Structural) Engineer position highly specialized in POCSR offshore oil and gas structures. Technical decisions made by the individual will influence the operational and development activities on Federal leases throughout the POCSR. The position is directly related to offshore platform design, fabrication, installation, inspection, repair, maintenance, assessment, removal, and site clearance.

The primary functions of this position are to: perform engineering analysis; to process on a regular basis complex, advanced, state-of-the-art structural permits for offshore platform installations, modifications, repairs, assessments and removals; serve as lead/staff engineer over structural inspection of offshore platforms and onshore fabrication of such structures prior to installation; provide guidance on the maintenance of the platform database; evaluate the effectiveness of inspection plans and maintenance plans for platforms on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS); work with operators to develop a mitigation action plan for potential impacts from facility installation or maintenance activities; serve on industry committees, as a technical advisory committee member for American Petroleum Institute standards or on a Joint Industry Project; and make presentations to industry on offshore platform regulations.

This is a Permanent, Full Time position located in Camarillo, California.

This vacancy is also announced as BSEE-CW-13-MM807112 (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.


  • 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.


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


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

·          Responsible for review of oil, gas, and sulfur 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 30 CFR 250 Subpart I.   Advises applicants of needed revisions and prepares comments and recommendations for review and approval

·          Reviews and analyzes structural permits and uses engineering principles to evaluate results to identify areas which may need closer study.  Engineering expertise covers a wide range of various types of platforms, and review includes fabrication drawing evaluation to identify potential flaws and improper details.   Work may be carried out independently or as a team member with other engineers and inspectors to perform structural inspections on OCS platforms and review structural permit applications.

·          Uses engineering  principles and analysis to plan and conduct detailed or focused structural inspections of a more in-depth nature or of greater complexity when compared to the usual periodic inspections - for example, hazardous abandonment operations; special installation operations; newly introduced, innovative platform components; high-technology systems with little or no experience data; and sophisticated deep water operations OCS facilities.  The employee conducts inspections of all POCSR platforms, some of which have a history of poor maintenance, persistent structural inspection compliance violations, or unique problems that require new inspection procedures.  

·          Works with operators to improve the effectiveness of their inspection, maintenance, assessment, safety and environmental integrity by evaluating the effectiveness of an operator's structural surve y program and performs field inspections that identify conditions where the operator needs to make improvements in the inspection and maintenance program.  Prior to and during the course of field verification structural inspections, questions operators about inspection  and maintenance issues and conditions regarding the structural condition of the operator's structures.  Assists in reviewing the operator's structural inspection reports submitted on November 1st each year. Independently evaluates operator's proposed changes to their structural inspection, maintenance, repair and assessment plans.  Independently determines if proposed mitigations are sufficient and consistent with the structural inspection plan.  Incumbent prepares recommendations to the RS, OFO as required by the Chief, ROS.

·          The employee works with the Chief, ROS in planning and scheduling permit processing and structural inspection reviews of complex assignments.  Writes reports on the most complex platform issues using engineering principles or analysis; drafts letters of deficiency and noncompliance issues for review by the Chief, ROS.


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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:

  1. 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.


  1. 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:


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 OPM’s website:

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:

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.


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.


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.

OCS-related sciences

·          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.




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To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at .


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: 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. 


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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 .
• 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.
• 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 
• Clearly include the Vacancy Identification Number MM(807106), 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 (Wednesday, January 30, 2013).


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 .

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.
       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 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.


HR Assistant
Phone: (703)787-1446
Agency Information:
770 Paseo Camarillo
Camarillo, CA


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.


If you are rated as one of the best qualified candidates or qualifying under a special appointing authority, 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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