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Job Title:  General Engineer (Inspector), GS-0801-11/12/13 (Open to All U.S. Citizens) BB
Department:  Department Of Transportation
Agency:  Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
Job Announcement Number:  PHMSA.PSRG-2013-0020

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$62,703.00 to $116,180.00 / Per Year
Friday, April 19, 2013 to Monday, May 06, 2013
Full Time - - Permanent
1 vacancy - Anchorage, AK, US  View Map

Applications will be accepted from any U.S. citizen. A separate job announcement is 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: PHMSA.PSRG-2013-0019


The U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration's (PHMSA) mission is to protect people and the environment from the risk inherent in transportation of hazardous materials - by pipeline and other modes of transportation.

This position offers excellent benefits, including the potential for ongoing medical benefits after retirement.  Alternative work schedules and telework are strongly encouraged.

The primary purpose of this position is to perform Federal pipeline safety compliance inspections; evaluate intrastate and inerstate pipeline operations subject to Federal authority; investigate pipeline failures; and represent the Office of Pipeline Safety in all matters related to pipeline safety before Federal, state and industry authorities.  You will implement DOT policy on compliance and enforcement of pipeline safety for application by federal and state representatives.   You will work with Headquarters and regional staff assuring remedial actions to reduce the occurrence of threats to pipeline integrity.  You will analyze  compliance case files for technical and regulatory factors for presentation as a factor in the development of enforcement policies.

This position is perfect for a mid-level Engineer to senior-level General Engineer who is looking for challenging assignments providing technical expertise in analyzing issues underlying policy and regulatory development, accident investigations and follow-up on compliance actions.   



  • You must be a U.S. citizen and meet specialized experience
  • 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
  • Announcement also advertised merit promotion: PHMSA.PSRG-2013-0019
  • Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days


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At the full performance level, the General Engineer (Inspector):

  • Conducts safety program reviews and provides engineering analyses and evaluations of potential pipeline safety regulatory deficiencies.  Performs field surveys and investigations to determine existing conditions of facilities.
  • Interprets and applies Federal regulations and monitors the design construction and maintenance of gas and liquid pipeline systems.  Evaluates projects to determine compliance with Federal safety regulations. 
  • Reviews the design and specifications for pipeline systems under construction or repair to assure conformance with safety regulations.  Makes field surveys of existing facilities to assure maintenance and repair schedules and procedures to conform to safety requirements.
  • Posesses the ability to recognize discrepancies or inconsistencies between information reported or made available to the office of Pipeline safety and the true nature of the activity under review.  Participates in on-site inspection as a team member of pipeline facilities involved in major accidents or failures.  Conducts studies and provides engineering analyses of pipeline issues in the development of Federal regulations and industry guidance.
  • Participates in technical conferences, symposia and meetings on safety issues related to Pipeline industry.  Represents Pipeline safety before Federal, state and industry authorizes.  Develops alternatives and present findings in written and verbal in meetings with affected parties.
  • Coordinates assignments with colleagues and supervisors to assure that compliance citations or advice is consistent with established policy. 


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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.


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:


3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

  • Experience creating or reviewing engineering design and/or construction proposals/specification for compliance with procedural, regulatory or related requirements.


You can also qualify based on a combination of education and experience.



There is no education substitute.

  • Experience applying engineering concepts, principles, and practices applicable to the full range of duties concerned with the design, and construction of gas and liquid pipeline facilities and structures.


There is no education substitute.

  • Experience conducting safety program reviews and engineering 
    analyses and evaluations of natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline 
    safety regulations deficiencies;
  • Experience providing technical determinations, and resolutions of compliance issues arising from pipeline safety enforcement inspections.
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

    3. Evidence of Passing the Engineer-in-Training Written Test.
    4. Successful documented completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences as
      described by OPM.
    5. 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.





  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • You must complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • 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.


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.


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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 close 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.
  • VETERANS - In order to be considered as a preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD214 need not be official but must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. If you are claiming preference eligibility as a disabled veteran, you must submit proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally a valid letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability.
  • SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS - If requesting concurrent consideration for 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. You must submit ALL of the following: (1) your most recent performance appraisal, (2) the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency, and (3) your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade. In addition, you must meet the well qualified standards 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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Phone: 202-366-1298
Fax: 571-258-4052
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You may check your application status into 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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