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Job Title:  Transportation Specialist - GS - 2101 - 09/11/12 (Open to U.S. Citizens) - BP
Department:  Department Of Transportation
Agency:  Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
Job Announcement Number:  PHMSA.PSRG-2013-0021

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$47,448.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year
Friday, April 26, 2013 to Monday, May 06, 2013
Full Time - - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Oklahoma City, OK, 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: PHMSA.PSRG-2013-0022.


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 is located in the U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Office of Inspector Training and Qualifications, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. You will serve as a Transportation Specialist assisting in developing and conducting training courses and seminars; assisting senior staff in the review, development and implementation of new and revised rule making activities and other special projects.

The ideal candidate for this position is a mid-level professional with knowledge in technical training techniques to conduct the Division's program evaluations.  Provide training plans and course assessments. Develop training plans to test or evaluate activities to ensure the results are reliable, comprehensive, feasible and efficient.


  • 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.
  • A relocation incentive may or may not be paid.
  • Announcement is also advertised merit promotion: PHMSA.PSRG-2013-0022.
  • Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days.


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At the full performance level, the Transportation Specialist:

  • Functions as senior personnel for the development, implementation and evaluation of training. 
  • Directs the development of courses, including computer based/web based training courses and seminars.  
  • Sustains course materials to provide training classes new or revised documentation materials to build.
  • Conducts comprehensive investigations, inspections of program facilities to provide to evaluations procedures. 
  • Determines the approach to be taken and the methodology to be used in relation to operations, construction and maintenance of pipeline safety.
  • Conducts or participates as a speaker or member of meetings, seminars, or symposia to exchange information. 


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To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet either the education or specialized experience requirements 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 supporting transportation regulatory programs related to pipeline design, construction, and operation and maintenance.
  • Experience using computer system graphics and software to modify course materials, lesson plans and the instructional material.
  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
  • Experience conducting training related to transportation technical concepts, concerned with the design construction, operation, maintenance and inspection of gas pipeline facilities.
  • Experience participating in the development and implementation of transportation safety program operations and procedures involving pipeline issues.
  You can also qualify based on a combination of education and experience.
GRADE 12 There is no education substitute.
  • Experience conducting training, preparing lesson plans, and presenting information on pipeline safety inspections.
  • Experience preparing recommendations for new approaches, and procedures related to pipeline safety regulations.


Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.




  • 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.

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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 closing date:
  • RESUME - Showing relevant experience and education and fully supporting the required specialized experience.
  • TRANSCRIPTS (FOR THE GS-09): If you are SUBSTITUTING EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE, you must submit a copy of your college transcript.
  • TRANSCRIPTS (FOR THE GS-11): If you are using experience and graduate level education you must submit a copy of your college transcript.
  • 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 https:</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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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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