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Job Title:Safety Engineer

Department:Department Of Labor

Agency:Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:DE-13-NY-OSHA-12

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$44,176.00 to $66,493.00 / Per Year


Saturday, February 16, 2013 to Friday, March 01, 2013




Full-time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Buffalo, NY, USView Map


U.S. Citizens; ICTAP eligibles in the local commuting area.


Opportunities are Open! Begin a challenging career with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and you will help shape the workforce of tomorrow.  DOL offers rewarding opportunities to contribute to a noble mission; to serve and protect American workers, prepare them for new and better jobs, and to ensure the safety and fairness of American workplaces.

This position is with the U.S Department of Labor/Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Buffalo Area Office.  This position is inside the bargaining unit.  Relocation expenses will not be paid.

 Please follow the instructions under the "How to Apply" section when submitting your application.


  • Requires a valid drivers license and ability to operates a motor vehicle
  • Requires a medical examination.
  • Requires a probationary period
  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Appointment to this position will require a background investigation.


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GS-7:  Receives pre-selected assignments which are chosen to develop skills in investigative  and analytic techniques, understanding of occupational hazards and accident producing  conditions, and to further develop knowledge of safety principles, standards, regulations, and  practices in both hazardous and non-hazardous situations. Provides advice in the application of  safety engineering principles, procedures, and techniques in actual operating situations.  Accompanies senior compliance officers in the investigation of accidents and fatalities.  Takes notes on the statements of witnesses and observes techniques and methods used to  obtain information for completion of accident reports.  Operates a motor vehicle to travel to inspection sites. 


GS-9:  Independently conducts inspections and investigations of business  establishments and worksites whose operations are generally characterized by  the presence of moderately stable, low risk processes or some high hazard or  technically difficult operations which are covered by specific written  guidelines.  Makes measurements and takes samples as required to determine hazards and  secure evidence needed to prove violations of safety and health standards.  Analyzes employer's safety program and reviews other facts gathered  during inspection to determine potential accident causes. Evaluates each  condition to determine action to be recommended to the supervisor.  Reviews engineering drawings, blueprints, and  specifications in the analysis of the work operations and equipment.  Operates a motor vehicle to travel to inspection sites. 


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Applicants must meet both the basic education and specialized experience (or substitution of education for specialized experience) requirements below.


Basic Education Requirement: (transcrips with degree and major are required-student copies are acceptable) All candidates for all grade levels must show successful completion of a full 4-year professional engineering curriculum leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in engineering in an accredited college or university. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: 1. Be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board of 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) statistics, 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); (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics or electronics.




Specialized Experience Requirements: In addition to the basic education requirements, applicants must also meet either the specialized experience or the substitution of education for experience described below.

For GS-7: one year of professional engineering experience equivalent to the GS-5 level. In order to be creditable, this experience must be non-routine, professional engineering work.  (Note: registered Professional Engineering license is NOT required for this position.)  Professional engineering work: (1) Is in an engineering discipline such as one of the following engineering fields: mechanical, electrical, chemical, civil or structural, industrial, or materials engineering which demonstrates the ability to apply engineering concepts; (2) Demonstrates the ability to apply engineering knowledge to engineering problems in an industrial or construction setting; (3)  Positive and continuing development of professional knowledge, skill and ability to successfully perform all the functions of the job.


A bachelor's degree with an overall GPA of at least 3.0 or one year of graduate level education in one of the following fields of engineering: mechanical, electrical, chemical, civil, industrial, materials or in a field directly related to safety and occupational health (transcripts are required).


For GS-9: One year of professional engineering experience equivalent to the GS-7 level. In order to be creditable this experience must be non-routine, professional engineering work: (1) In an engineering discipline directly related to the safety engineer position such as one of the following fields of engineering:   mechanical, electrical, chemical, civil, industrial, or materials engineering; (2) Demonstrating the ability to apply engineering knowledge to engineering problems in an industrial or construction setting; 
(3)  Positive and continuing development of professional knowledge, skill and ability to successfully perform all the functions of the job; (4) Analyzing work processes and conditions, identifying and eliminating/controlling safety and occupational health hazards in construction, general industry or maritime; and

(5) demonstrating general knowledge of OSHA or related safety and occupational health standards or codes.


A Master's degree or two full years of graduate education in one of the following fields of engineering: mechanical, electrical, chemical, civil, industrial, materials or in a field directly related to safety and occupational health (transcripts are required).

Applicants may be required to provide a writing sample at the interview.


Computer skills are desirable.


If you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors (competencies) noted below and will be placed into one of the following quality categories based on your responses to the vacancy questions.

Category A - Best-qualified.

Category B - Well-qualified.

Category C - Qualified.

Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies (click Evaluation Tools for information):
-Engineering, safety and health technical competence

-Communication skills

-Interpersonal skills

-Customer service

-Problem solving

-Team work

-Technology application

The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means, such as the interview process.  The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings.  It is essential that your resume provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions.  If your responses are not adequately substantiated by your resume, the HRO will amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency that is indicated by the content of your resume.  Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments such as an interview, a panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.

INFORMATION FOR ICTAP/CTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you meet the eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection.  ICTAP/CTAP eligibles who are placed into Category B or higher will be considered "well-qualified" for priority selection purposes.

Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information.

To preview questions please click here.


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The Department of Labor (DOL) offers a great benefit package to eligible employees.  The benefit package includes but is not limited to health benefits, supplemental dental and vision plans, flexible spending accounts, 13 days paid sick leave per year, vacation leave and 10 paid holidays per year.  We offer a variety of employee benefit options, a family-friendly work environment, a child care subsidy program, transit subsidy program, career assistance program, health services and fitness programs, access to LifeCare, a resource and referral service and more.  Employees on Part-Time work schedules receive all of these benefits on a prorated basis.  For a comprehensive site about all federal benefits, please refer to OPM.  For specific DOL benefits information, please refer to DOL BENEFITS.


The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.  Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION, SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION, PROBATIONARY PERIOD, FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES


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Follow the 5 steps below to apply.  Your application and ALL required supplemental documents must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the vacancy closing date to be considered.  Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered.

For more details, click How To Apply Detailed Instructions.  For help, refer to the Vacancy Contact in the "Questions about this job" section.  SAVE your information before the 60 MINUTE TIMEOUT!

STEP 1 - Create USAJOBS Account, including Resume and Saved Documents
Your resume must provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions.  If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the competency indicated by resume content.

STEP 2 - Answer Vacancy Questions (DOORS)
Click the Apply Online button, which is available when you search for a job on, click on the title and proceed.

STEP 3 - Submit Supplemental Documents
Submit the required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy by the close date.  For details: click How to Submit Supplemental Documentation.  Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.

STEP 4 - Review Application and click Finish  Click here to submit an updated resume after initial application.

STEP 5 - Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm ET of Close Date


The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Submit your documents by following the instructions provided in the "How to Apply" section or go to and click on "How To Submit Supplemental Documentation".  


The following documentation is required from all applicants:

College Transcript - nonofficial college transcripts in English are required.  The Department of Labor 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. If courses were taken at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, or from several different colleges or universities, you must submit all the necessary transcripts. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position.  Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.


The following documentation is required if applicable.  You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you.

- Veterans Documents (if applicable): In order to be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty.  If you are claiming 10-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference.  Additional information on veterans' preference is available in the Vet's Guide at:

- Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under ICTAP/CTAP Eligibility.
- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted

Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship, and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.


Thien Vu
Phone: 646-264-5015
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 800-877-8339
Agency Information:
Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Admin
201 Varick Street
Room 815
New York, NY
Fax: 000-000-0000


Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking.  The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome. A selection is expected to be made within 30 calendar days from the issuance date of the certificate.

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