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Job Title:Civil Engineer (Structural), GS-0810-05/07/09

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement

Job Announcement Number:BSEE-CW-13-MM818887 (DEU)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$35,657.00 to $66,493.00 / Per Year


Friday, April 19, 2013 to Friday, May 10, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




Many vacancies in the following location:
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.

This position is located in the Office of Structural and Technical Support, Field Operations, Gulf of Mexico Region. This position is directly related to offshore platform design, fabrication, installation, inspection, repair, maintenance, removal, and site clearance as required by congressional laws, federal regulations, and lease stipulations.


The primary purpose of this position is to review engineering analysis on fixed offshore structures; to process on a regular basis complex, advanced, state-of-the-art structural permits for offshore platform installations, modifications, repairs and removals; to serve as lead/staff engineer over structural inspection of offshore platforms and onshore fabrication; to provide guidance on the maintenance of the platform database; to evaluate the effectiveness of inspection plans and maintenance plans for platforms on the Outer Continental Shelf; and to work with Operators to develop a mitigation action plan.


Jefferson, Louisiana, is a suburb of New Orleans, Louisiana. The region thrives with cultural activities, recognized internationally as a center for fine dining, music, literature and the arts as well as for professional sports including NFL football, NBA basketball, and Triple-A baseball.  There are six colleges and universities offering a variety of curriculums at the bachelor, master and doctorate levels: two medical schools, two law schools and a dental school. There is a mix of public, private and charter primary and secondary schools. New Orleans also boasts a world-class zoo and aquarium. The climate is characterized by mild winters, extended spring and fall seasons, and warm summers.  The weather is conducive to the outdoor recreational activities available in Sportsman's Paradise such as fishing, hunting, golf, and water sports.


This is a Permanent, Full Time position, located in Jefferson, LA.


Salary Range Information:

GS-05:  $35,657 - $43,883

GS-07:  $44,176 - $54,373

GS-09:  $54,028 - $66,493


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


  • 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:  (The duties described reflect the full performance level of this position- GS-12.)

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

·         Serve as a civil engineer in work related to offshore platform permit requirements.

·         Assist in the processing of platform applications for installation, modification, inspection, repair, maintenance, and removal.

·         Prepare general correspondence to answer inquiries from lessees, operators, federal and state agencies and the general public.

·         Attend selected training seminars, meetings or other organized activities to broaden knowledge of the organization’s work.

If selected at the GS-05/07 or 09 level or below, you will perform the duties above under close supervision and will receive more detailed instructions for responsibility of duties.


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Minimum Qualification 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. 


(1) Basic Educational Requirements: You must meet the description in either A or B below to qualify for this position.

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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: In addition to the basic education requirements you must also meet any one of the following to qualify for this position: (A) the specialized experience requirements for the grade level to which you are applying (B) a substitution of appropriate (as defined below) education for experience (where applicable) -or- (C) a substitution of an appropriate (as defined below) combination of experience and education (where applicable).

Specialized Experience

Applicants who meet the basic education requirements for this position (outlined above) are fully qualified for the GS-5 level.


Specialized Experience

All qualified applicants for this position MUST possess one or more years of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-5 level).  Specialized experience is defined as experience assisting with routine structural engineering assignments, such as reviewing the design, fabrication, installation, repair/modification and/or remove of an offshore platform to include assisting with the compilation, analysis, interpretation, maintenance and data input for computer programs and databases on engineering evaluation.


(B) A Substitution of Appropriate Education for Experience

You may substitute education for experience at the GS-7 level if you have achieved:

·          one year of graduate-level education. Or

·          ***Superior academic achievement (S.A.A.) Or

·          Successful completion of a 5-year program of study of at least 160 semester hours leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering is qualifying at GS-7.


(C) *A Substitution of an Appropriate Combination of Experience and Education for Experience

Only graduate level education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level may be combined with experience.



Specialized Experience

All qualified applicants for this position MUST possess one or more years of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-7 level).  Specialized experience is defined as experience:

·         Performing structural engineering inspections and analyses of offshore platforms on the Outer Continental Shelf to evaluate the effectiveness of the corrosion protection system employed, surveying the platform to detect deteriorating coating systems, excessive corrosion, bent, missing, or damaged parts and preparing reports and processing requests for applications concerning the design, fabrication, installation, repair, modification, and/or removal of an offshore platform; and

·         Observe onshore fabrication of offshore platform components and verifying the on-site Inspector duties are being properly performed.


(B) A Substitution of Appropriate Education for Experience

You may substitute education for experience at the GS-9 level if you have achieved:

2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree.

(C) *A Substitution of an Appropriate Combination of Experience and Education For Experience

Only education in excess of the first year of progressively higher level graduate education toward a master’s degree or the equivalent graduate degree may be used toward this combination.

*To determine whether your combination of experience and education is “appropriate”:

First determine your total qualifying education as a percentage of the education required for this grade level; then determine your experience as a percentage of the experience required for this grade level; finally, add the two percentages.  The total percentage must equal 100 percent to qualify. 

***S.A.A. is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, -or- (3) honor society membership.

1. Class standing--Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses.

2. Grade-point average (G.P.A.)--Applicants must have a grade-point average of:

·         3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or

·         3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.

Grade-point averages are to be rounded to one decimal place. For example, 2.95 will round to 3.0 and 2.94 will round to 2.9.

3. Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society--Applicants can be considered eligible based on membership in one of the national scholastic honor society. Membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision.

Additional Experience and Training Provisions for Graduates of Professional Engineering Curricula:

1.     Superior academic achievement at the baccalaureate level in a professional engineering curriculum is qualifying for GS-7.

2.     Individuals can be converted noncompetitively to a GS-7 position if they complete all the requirements of a Federal baccalaureate level student-trainee program, including 1040 hours of work experience, 320 hours of which was at the GS-5 level.

3.     A combination of superior academic achievement and 1 year of appropriate professional experience is qualifying at GS-9.

4.     Applicants with an engineering degree who have appropriate experience as a technician equivalent to grade GS-5 or higher may have such experience credited for grade GS-7 only on a month-for-month basis up to a maximum of 12 months.

5.     Successful completion of a 5-year program of study of at least 160 semester hours leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering is qualifying at GS-7. Completion of such a program and 1 year of appropriate professional experience is qualifying at grade GS-9.

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:

Physical Requirements for some Engineering Positions:

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.

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:
Structural Engineering Knowledge/Experience

  • Knowledge of specialized principles and applications of structural engineering and other related OCS sciences including all or part of the following: geology, geophysics, marine biology, meteorology, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, and ocean engineering from which an understanding of the behavior of offshore platforms on the OCS can be based.

Technical Knowledge

  • Knowledge of various computer programs and database management techniques, including the ability to extract information and data from large data file.

Inspection and Investigation Experience

  • Knowledge of general safety and environmental principles and practices in order to evaluate proposed offshore platform installations based on a thorough review of the submitted application;
  • Knowledge of the proper behavior of individuals in and around facilities;
  • Ability to perform structural inspection tasks on offshore structures;
  • Ability to identify design issues and deficiencies.

Communication Skills (Oral and Written)

  • Able to effectively communicate orally and in writing in order to advise on and resolve structural problems, and issues with engineering specifications or analyses which cross-over several program areas.
  • Plan and coordinate structural inspections by BSEE Inspectors.


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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 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 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, it 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 MM818887, 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 Friday, May 10, 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 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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