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Job Title:  General Engineer (Safety Compliance) - GS - 0801 - 09/11/12 (Open to U.S. Citizens) - BP
Department:  Department Of Transportation
Agency:  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Job Announcement Number:  NHTSA.NVS-2013-0040

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$54,028.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 to Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Full Time - - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington, DC, USView Map

Applications will be accepted from any U.S. Citizen.

This job is also being advertised for applicants eligible for status consideration.  Current and former status employees and veterans who qualify under VEOA are encouraged to also apply to announcement: NHTSA.NVS-2013-0039.


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is dedicated to achieving the highest standards of excellence in motor vehicle and highway safety. The agency strives to exceed the expectations of its customers through its core values of Integrity, Service and Leadership. Save lives, prevent injuries and reduce economic costs due to road traffic crashes, through education, research, safety standards and enforcement activity. Work for NHTSA.

You will serve as a Safety Compliance Engineer in the Equipment Division, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance.  As such, you will independently initiate, plan and supervise moderately complex technical engineering programs designed to determine the validity of equipment manufacturer's certification to the performance requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS).

The Equipment Division is a contributor to the agency's rule making process, ensuring that the requirements proposed and issued as final rules are appropriately objective and technically feasible to test.  You will continue to assist with the rule making process during periods of time before and after a new rule becomes effective. As the Safety Compliance Engineer, you will also serve as the Safety Assurance representative in advising both the Rulemaking and Legal areas of the agency in writing legal interpretations and amendments to the rule.

In the event of a test failure you will conduct an extensive investigation to determine whether a noncompliance exists.  If the results of the investigation indicate that the test was correctly conducted according to the requirements of the rule, and the test failure was the result of faulty vehicle design or incorrect vehicle assembly, the manufacturer will be required to conduct a recall and remedy campaign.  Investigations for which you will be held accountable are moderately complicated, and often technically sophisticated. Considering the financial ramifications of a recall campaign, manufacturers must be shown the products of a complete and exhaustive investigation before they are moved to recall.

The ideal candidate for this position is highly self-motivated, possesses good engineering judgment, demonstrated knowledge and expertise in engineering and electronics, significant expertise working in a testing environment, and knowledge and experience working with automotive tires.  The candidate should be capable of working cooperatively with other offices within NHTSA and organizations within the motor vehicle industry to accomplish the agency's goal of improved safety.  


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen and meet specialized experience to qualify.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
  • Provide all required documents by closing date.
  • Position is telework eligible.
  • The announcement is also advertised merit promotion: NHTSA.NVS-2013-0039.
  • Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days.


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The General Engineer (Safety Compliance):

  • Initiates, plans, and participates in many complex technical engineering programs designed to determine the validity of vehicle and equipment manufacturer’s certification to the performance requirements of a number of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). Conducts extensive investigations to determine whether a noncompliance exist utilizing contracted test laboratories.
  • Utilizes and applies a variety of technical skills, engineering abilities and knowledge in the pursuit of acceptable compliance testing program successes.
  • Makes presentations to upper management, presenting all of the assembled data and suggesting revisions to the action plan, if required. May be required to organize and lead technical meetings with the vehicle manufacturer and/or its suppliers.
  • Assures that program target test dates are met, test reports are timely, accurate and in the proper format and that all elements of the test program are of sufficient quality to be used for compliance determinations.


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To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must (1) meet the Education Requirement for the series, (2) provide a copy of transcripts for verification, AND (3) meet either the education or experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

LEVEL To qualify on Education, you must have: To qualify on Experience, you must have one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:
GRADE 09 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree OR master's or equivalent graduate degree.
  • Experience working with a wide range of mechanical, electrical, electronic, and/or engineering techniques and procedures.
  You can also qualify based on a combination of education and experience.
GRADE 11 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

In addition to the GS-09:

  • Experience conducting reviews, examinations or testing of motor vehicles and equipment, or the testing of other mechanical systems and the evaluation and reporting of test results.
  You can also qualify based on a combination of education and experience.
GRADE 12 There is no education substitute.

In addition to the GS-09 and GS-11:

  • Experience writing and editing engineering test reports and test procedures.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.




All applicants must meet one of the following requirements to qualify for consideration for an engineering position:

  • Successful completion of a professional engineering degree at an accredited university or college.
  • OR
  • Have a combination of college level education or training AND technical experience that has furnished you with (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 as an engineer.
    2. Evidence of Passing the Engineer-in-Training Written Test.
    3. Successful documented completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences as
      described by OPM.
    4. Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field and at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.
Please review the OPM page on specifics about required curriculum and for more information on qualifications, please visit GS-800: All Professional Engineering Positions qualifications.



  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: You must be able to obtain and retain a Government contractor-issued travel card to be used for official business as a condition of employment. If unable to obtain and/or retain a card, you may be subject to removal. Those who fail to meet this condition of employment will have our offer of employment rescinded.
  • DEU REQUIREMENTS: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).  


If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of four categories: Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze, which is based upon your responses to the vacancy questions. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference that have provided supporting documents will receive selection priority over non-veterans.  The top rated applications will be reviewed for the quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. If your resume does not support the specialized experience or if your application does not support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions, your final rating may be modified and/or you may be disqualified from consideration.

To preview questions please click here.


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Benefits include health and life insurance, annual and sick leave, and retirement benefits. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal Employees here. This position is telework eligible.


Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition.

NHTSA is a Local 3313 bargaining unit agency.


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You must submit a complete application package (including resume, vacancy questions and supporting documents) no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.
  • To begin, click the Apply Online button on the job announcement.
  • Follow the directions to register, submit all required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.
  • You may review your saved application(s) at
If you are having difficulty applying online, send an email to or call us at (202)366-1298.


The following documents must be provided by the closing date:
  • RESUME - Showing relevant experience and education and fully supporting the required specialized experience.
  • TRANSCRIPTS - Verifying that you meet the stated education requirements for the series OR an SF-50 showing that you have already qualified and worked in the federal service in this series. The transcripts need not be official. If you are qualifying based on possessing a current Professional Engineer (PE) license, or passing the Engineer in Training (EIT) exam, please provide a copy of PE license or written documented proof of passing the EIT.
  • VETERANS: In order to be considered as 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 compensatory disabled 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:
  • SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS: If requesting concurrent consideration for: Noncompetitive  Non-competitive (NC) appointment eligibility, (e.g. military spouse or persons with disabilities), you must provide appropriate supporting documentation such as PCS orders describing move & marriage certificate; letter from VA or DD214 describing 100% disability of spouse; letter from State Vocational Office certifying disability, etc.  For more information, visit military spouse NC appointments or" Persons with Disabilities NC appointments. Documents are only required if requesting non-competitive consideration.
  • DISPLACED EMPLOYEE PLACEMENT DOCUMENTS: - Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP/ICTAP</A>.  You must submit ALL of the FOLLOWING: your most recent performance appraisal, the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency and your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade.  To receive priority consideration, you MUST be deemed well qualified for this vacancy (falling in the Gold Category).

Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the vacancy will result in your removal from consideration for this position.


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You may check your application status by logging into your USAJOBS account. Within two weeks of the closing date, your application will be reviewed and rated. Ratings will be determined based on the documents and information received by the closing date. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. If you are selected for an interview, the hiring manager will contact you directly. Once a hiring decision is made, we will notify all applicants of their final status.

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