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Job Title:  Petroleum Engineer, GS-0881-09/11/12
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
Job Announcement Number:  BSEE-CW-13-MM864608 (DEU)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$52,643.00 to $100,851.00 / Per Year
Friday, April 12, 2013 to Friday, October 11, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
Many vacancies in the following location(s):
Lake Charles, LA United StatesView Map
Houma, LA United StatesView Map
Clute, TX United StatesView Map
Lafayette, LA United StatesView Map
New Orleans Metro Area, LA United States
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.


As a Petroleum Engineer with the BSEE, your work will be directly related to safety of operations, protection of equipment, conservation of natural resources and preservation of the environment as required by congressional laws, federal regulations and lease stipulations. If selected, you will work in Gulf of Mexico Outer-Continental Shelf Region.


This is a Permanent, Full Time position. The Full Performance Level of this position is GS-12.


**There are multiple Vacancies in various District Office Locations: Jefferson, LA, Houma, LA, Lake Charles, LA, Lafayette, LA, Clute, TX.**

Pay for this position will be set using a special pay provision effective through September 30, 2013 OR the OPM Special Rate Table Number 415 for Series 0881, Petroleum Engineer, OR the locality pay table for the duty location.

For more information on special pay provisions for this position go to:


Salary Range Information:

(LA)      GS-09 $52,643 - $67,535

            GS-11 $62,859 - $81,714

            GS-12 $75,343 - $97,944


(TX)      GS-09 $53,496 - $ 69,539

            GS-11 $64,724 - $ 84,139

            GS-12 $77,579 - $100,851


BSEE has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.


TEMPORARY OPEN CONTINUOUS RECRUITMENT: Most positions are expected to start in June and be filled through November. There may be some positions that start earlier and/or end later. Applicants are encouraged to apply early in the recruitment process. The first certificate of candidates will be issued to the hiring unit no sooner than five working days after the opening date of the announcement. Additional certificates will be issued upon request from the hiring unit. When there are no applicants for specific locations, the search area may be broadened when generating certificates to include locations in the closest city nearby. Some positions will have varying work schedules. Some positions may have irregular and protracted hours of work. Tours of duty include full-time or less than full-time and will involve working weekends or irregular work hours. Considerable travel may be required. Some positions involve work that requires travel away from the official duty location to remote worksites within commuting distance (49 miles).



  • 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 may not be required.
  • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.


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Major Duties

Depending on which office you are assigned to you will have the opportunity to perform the following duties:

·   Provides technical advice on drilling, workover/completion, and production engineering work by using knowledge and experience.

·   Reviews conceptual, preliminary, and final parts of deep water operation plans.

·   Performs reservoir studies through mathematical simulation, material balance calculations, decline curve analysis, and other analytical methods to determine reservoir boundaries and recoverable reserves estimates for decisions related to reservoir management, conservation of natural resources, prevention of waste, and to protect Federal royalty interests.

·   Performs analysis of pipeline and structure design and installation by using knowledge and experience.

·   Provides technical advice on the proper sales and allocation meters used for the measurement of oil and gas production.

·   Investigates equipment failure and accidents, prepares reports, and submits conclusions.

The duties listed above are for the GS-12 grade level.  At the lower grade levels the incumbent will not perform the full range of duties described above, but will be expected to gradually assume more complex assignments and to work with greater independence.


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Minimum Qualifications Requirements: 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.  Applications will be accepted from students who are expected to complete qualifying education within 9 months from the date of application.   Verification that the education was completed successfully will be required prior to appointment.


(1) Basic Educational Requirements:

Please Note: This position requires specific educational coursework to qualify. You MUST provide transcripts in order to verify that the educational requirements have been met.

Petroleum Engineer GS-0881


You must meet the description in either A or B below to qualify for this position.


A.       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.


B.         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.)


(2) Specialized Experience Requirements:



To qualify at the GS-9 level you must have at least one FULL year specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-7 grade level.  Specialized experience is defined as performing routine engineering assignments, performing analyses of maps and making computations, compiling and analyzing well data and populating and maintaining databases utilized in petroleum engineering     



Substitute Education for Experience

Master's or equivalent graduate degree (a directly related field  from an accredited institution.

or - 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree (a directly related field from an accredited institution).

or - LL.B. or J.D., if related from an accredited institution.


Combination of Education and Experience

You may qualify if you have an appropriate combination of education and experience that totals 100%. Only graduate education in excess of 18 semester hours may be applied toward this combination at this grade level.



To qualify at the GS-11 grade level, you must have at least one FULL year specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-9 grade level.  Specialized experience is defined as experience applying general safety and environmental principles and practices in an offshore environment to evaluate offshore operations, monitoring offshore systems and processes to identify hazards to the safety of workers and the offshore environment, preparing or revising regulations and standards related to offshore operations, and performing subsurface well log analysis for the identification and evaluation of petroleum reserves and resources in oil and gas operations.



Substitute Education for Experience

Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited institution.

or - 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree  from an accredited institution.

or - LL.M., if related from an accredited institution.


Combination of Education and Experience

You may qualify if you have an appropriate combination of education and experience that totals 100%.Only graduate level education in excess of 36 semester hours may be applied toward this combination at this grade level.



Note: At the GS-12 level you may not substitute education for experience.

To qualify for the GS-12 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-11).  Specialized experience is defined as experience using advanced engineering principles and practices to review and analyze more complex issues concerning Outer Continental Shelf facilities, equipment, work methods, components, and systems involved in the various aspects of offshore oil, gas, and mineral operations with the specified objective of enforcing safety and environmental objectives.


You must meet the OPM prescribed requirements outlined in the Qualifications section of this vacancy announcement on or before the close date to qualify for this position.


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:


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS FOR SOME ENGINEERS: Frequent walking, bending, stooping, and climbing tall ladders during inspection of offshore oil and gas facilities; helicopter travel required.  As defined by the BSEE Medical Standards Program, you will be required to pass a pre-employment medical examination as a condition of employment.


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. 


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 (View Assessment Questions) 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. Your resume must clearly support your self-elected responses to the occupational questionnaire/assessment associated with this vacancy announcement. In the event your self-elected responses to the occupational questionnaire/assessment cannot be verified within the contents of your resume, your rating will be adjusted accordingly, and may subsequently place you in a lower quality category. 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:


  • Knowledge of petroleum engineering principles, theories and practices as relates to offshore production, drilling, completion, and workover operations.
  • Knowledge of regulations and policies governing offshore operations and inspection procedures.
  • Knowledge of federal policies governing offshore production, drilling, completion, workover operations, inspection procedures and incident reporting.
  • Knowledge of accident investigation principles.



  • Ability to communicate orally in order to promote safety and environmental integrity.
  • Skill in written communication in order to provide engineering analysis and field inspection reports that point out conditions that will increase operator cognizance in these areas.


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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 employees, GS-15 and above, who work in the Office of the Secretary; along with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) employees (at ALL grade levels), are further restricted concerning their interests in Federal lands and resources administered or controlled by the Department of the Interior. This includes holding stock in energy corporations which lease Federal lands (e.g.: oil, gas, coal, alternative energy resources, etc.). If you have any such investments you should contact the DOI, BOEM or BSEE Ethics Office before accepting employment. DOI employees are held to the highest level of integrity. Employees must be 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 for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, October 11, 2013  to receive consideration.

*   To begin, click Apply Online  to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

*   Click the Submit My Answers  button to submit your application package.

*   It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

*   To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

*   To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application  in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·Other Veterans Document

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

1.    To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID   is 864608.

2.    Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, October 11, 2013.  to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

1.    Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire        View Occupational Questionnaire.

2.    Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items .

3.    Fax all six pages of the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


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 a copy that shows the nature of service)
             If you are currently serving on active duty, an official Statement of Service from your command.
  • Current Active Duty members must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within the last 120 day.
           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 or greater:
             DD-214 (member 4 copy or a copy that shows the nature of service) and;
  • An official statement dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying that the veteran (i.e., the applicant) has a service-connected disability of 10% or more.  

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.


For additional veterans employment information please visit, or call 1-800-827-1000. 


HR Assistant
Phone: (703)787-1446
Agency Information:
1201 Elmwood Park Blvd
New Orleans, LA


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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