To qualify for these positions, you must meet BOTH basic education/professional knowledge requirements that apply to Federal engineering positions at all grade levels AND the specialized experience requirements outlined below no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement and before placement in the position. Regardless of the grade level of the vacancy, candidates for Federal Government professional engineering positions must meet certain basic professional knowledge requirements. Generally these knowledge requirements are met by having a bachelor's or higher degree in a relevant professional engineering discipline (e.g., nuclear, electrical, mechanical, metallurgical, structural, chemical) from a school of engineering with at least one professional engineering curriculum accedited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). If you do not possess such a professional engineering degree, you may still satisfy the professional knowledge requirements if you have current Professional Engineer (P.E.) registration in one of the relevant disciplines from any U.S. State or Territory; or if you successfully passed an Engineer-in-Training (EIT) written examination administered by a State Board of Engineering Examiners; or if you have either a related professional degree or at least 60 semester hours of specified engineering-related college courses combined with at least a year of professional engineering work experience performed under professional engineer supervision and guidance. NOTE: Engineering technology degrees are not generally qualifying unless supplemented by other evidence of the individual's professional knowledge (e.g., current P.E. licensure or EIT examination results, as discussed above).
More detailed information about these alternatives for meeting the knowledge requirements for Federal professional engineering jobs are described in the U.S. Office of Personnel Management qualification Standards Operating Manual which may be accessed at the following website: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-IV/B/GS0800/0800.HTM. NOTE: It is your responsibility to furnish documentation that you meet the education and professional knowledge requirements. In the absence of such documentation, you will be rated not qualified.
In addition to the basic education/knowledge requirements described above, you must possess at least 1 year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the next lower level. To meet the basic level of experience for the GG-12 level, you will need 4 years of post bachelor's degree experience or at least 2 years of post master's degree professional engineering experience where you have applied relevant professional engineering disciplines; e.g.,nuclear, electrical, mechanical, metallurgical, structural, chemical. To meet the basic level of experience for the GG-13 level, you will need 5+ years of post bachelor's degree experience or least 3+ years of post master's degree professional engineering experience where you applied relevant professional engineering disciplines as identified above.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE IS DEFINED as possessing recent experience associated with the design features and operating characteristics of nuclear reactor facilities - commercial, government, or military. This experience may have been as a power plant operator, in a staff position in operations, or associated with plant operations and must be WITHIN THE LAST FIVE YEARS.
The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the following:
1. Knowledge and experience in applying the theories, principles, and practices of engineering to the design, construction, and/or operation of nuclear power plants by describing substantive experience in applying engineering knowledge to nuclear power plant design, construction, or operation, and/or to inspection of nuclear power plant operations.
2. Professional experience with problem identification and resolution by describing instances where problem-solving and conflict resolution skills were demonstrated to be especially effective. Describe experiences in root cause analysis or investigations of equipment or performance problems, or similar analytical studies of operational events, safety deficiencies, or malfunctions. Describe two or three examples of the most complex or controversial problems resolved and how they were approached.
3. The ability to communicate well, both orally and in writing. This includes demonstrated ability to establish effective working relationships with supervisors, Government and industry officials, utility employees and managers, Government committees, co-workers, media personnel, NRC officials and senior managers, as well as the ability to write technical reports containing findings, analyses, and conclusions.
A description of how you possess the specialized experience as well as how you meet the qualifications desired in an ideal candidate should be addressed in your resume.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
When the application process is complete, your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the job requirements.
You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume to determine your level of knowledge, skill and ability related to the job requirements. If you are among the top candidates for this position, your application will be referred to the hiring manager.
Please keep in mind your resume is of key importance for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to submit a thorough resume that directly relates to this position. To preview questions please click here.