To Qualify For This Position:
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:
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. This information must be received by the closing date of the announcement. Failure to provide this information will result in you receiving an "INELIGIBLE" rating.
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: click link for continued information https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/all-professional-engineering-positions-0800/
2. Specialized Experience Requirement:
Specialized Experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-13).
Specialized experience includes at least 3 of the following:
Under the direction of a regional supervisor/manager, performed the duties of a supervisor, team lead, or project manager of a major oil and gas regulatory program to include providing recommendations to management on the approval of drilling, production, and workover/completion and other oil and gas operations.
Supervised or served as team lead for a group of multi-disciplinary staff, performing a full-range of administrative duties such as conducting performance ratings, dealing with employee conduct or performance, etc.
Served as the primary or senior oversight official of field inspections conducted enforcing compliance with operating regulations, NTLs, and other directives.
Identified safety, environmental hazards, or violations of regulations and stipulations of oil and gas activities, under the supervision of a regional supervisor/manager, initiated appropriate enforcement action. Prepared justifications of action taken and proposed civil and criminal penalties to senior management.
Provided expert technical advice on conducting accident investigations with serious impact to the environment and safety violations at an oil and gas facility, resulting in loss of life or property, and testified at judicial hearings.
In the absence of the supervisor, served in an acting capacity dealing with oil and gas operations.
Specialized Experience: To qualify at the GS-15 level you must have at least one FULL year specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-14).
Specialized experience includes at least 4 of the following:
Independently supervised, managed, and directed a major OCS oil and gas regulatory program to include approval of drilling, production, and workover/completion, and other oil and gas operations.
Supervised a group of multi-disciplinary staff and performed a full-range of administrative duties such as conducting performance ratings, dealing with employee conduct or performance, etc.
Managed and directed staff conducting engineering analysis, and provided expert technical advice on complex OCS oil and gas equipment, and general oil and gas operations submitted by industry for permit applications to be approved by the agency.
Independently supervised, directed, reviewed, and approved field inspections conducted on the OCS enforcing compliance with operating regulations, NTLs, and other directives.
Approved recommendations and/or actions taken by the inspection teams who have identified safety, environmental hazards, or violations of regulations and stipulations of oil and gas operations and initiated appropriate action.
Provided expert technical advice on conducting accident investigations with serious impact to the environment and safety violations at an oil an gas facility resulting in loss of life or property, and testified at judicial hearings.
Performed deputy or special assistant duties as directed by the senior manager at the regional level. In the absence of the supervisor, served in an acting capacity dealing with oil and gas operations.
Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPMs website: https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/num-ndx.asp
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: https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp.
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. http://www.sss.gov.
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.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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 (Online Questionnaire) 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. Our review of your resume and/or supporting documentation must support your responses to the Online Questionnaire to accurately reflect your abilities.
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:
Leadership - Ability to supervise, manage, plan, organize, and direct the functions of an organization. To supervise a group of multi-disciplinary staff performing full-range of administrative duties such as conducting performance ratings, dealing with employee conduct or performance, etc.
Energy Production Laws and Regulations Experience working with the environmental and oil/gas laws and regulations, as well as the American Petroleum Institutes (API) Recommended Practices for oil and gas activities.
Safety & Inspections Experience with inspection principles, techniques, and problems that affects the promotion of safety and environmental impact in oil and gas operations. Experience with safety and environmental management systems.
Engineering Practices Experience working with principles and applications of engineering practices to include drilling, production, workover/completion and other oil and gas operations.
Communication Effective communication skills, both oral and written, in order to negotiate complex issues, maintain good working relations with confidentiality.