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Job Title:  Mechanical Engineer, GS-0830-12/13 (Open to All U.S. Citizens) BB
Department:  Department Of Transportation
Agency:  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Job Announcement Number:  NHTSA.NVS-2013-0046

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$74,872.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 to Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Full Time - - Permanent
1 vacancy - Washington, DC, US  View Map
Applications will be accepted from any U.S. citizen.


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is dedicated to achieving the highest standards of excellence in motor vehicle and highway safety. The agency strives to exceed the expectations of its customers through its core values of Integrity, Service and Leadership. Save lives, prevent injuries and reduce economic costs due to road traffic crashes, through education, research, safety standards and enforcement activity. Work for NHTSA.

The Human Injury Research Division (HIRD) formulates, develops and executes research programs to achieve agency requirements in the areas of traumatology, human impact response/injury tolerance, human crash kinematics, and anthropomorphic test device development necessary for: (1) defining, developing, and implementing motor vehicle safety standards and consumer metric programs; (2) realistically assessing the results of staged new car assessment evaluations for domestic consumer information; and (3) preparation of a sound trauma data base. Within this framework you will functions as an expert in the broad field of injury biomechanics and hold prime responsibilities in areas including basic and applied biomechanics/trauma research, advanced injury detection and measurement technology, mathematical modeling of biomechanical systems and vehicle crash/injury reconstruction, and post-crash injury data analysis.

The ideal candidate for the Mechanical Engineer (Biomechanics) position will have:

 1)  Both the education and demonstrated experience to lead multi-disciplinary injury biomechanics research projects where a broad knowledge of injury/experimental biomechanics, field/crash data and analysis techniques, current tools (test dummies) and safety regulations, vehicle countermeasures (e.g., airbags, seat belts), experimental biomechanics, and mathematical modeling is required.

2)  The demonstrated ability to generate and test new hypotheses through the planning, execution, and presentation of peer-reviewed research that supports the agency’s identification of relevant injuries; their causation scenarios; the associated human response and tolerance; and the models, tools, and injury measures that can be used to mitigate them. 


  • You must be a U.S. citizen & 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 may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days
  • Relocation will not be paid


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A Mechanical Engineer:

  • Must possess in-depth knowledge of the broad and advanced disciplines of impact biomechanics, mechanical engineering, occupant protection technology, instrumentation and measurement techniques, human anatomy and physiology, mechanical design, experimental design, and data processing techniques
  • Functions as an expert in injury/trauma biomechanics, advanced injury detection and measurement technology, mathematical modeling, and post-crash injury data analysis and hold prime responsibilities in the areas of both basic and applied research
  • Generates new concepts/hypotheses and assists/leads development of associated near- and long-range plans including the determination of project phasing, participating disciplines, and cooperating organizations such as universities, research institutes, automotive industry, and other government agencies
  • Prepares original technical reports and papers for publication/presentations in national and international forums
  • Serves as Program Manager and COTR, directing complex, multidisciplinary research programs of national and international impact and scope, involving academic, industrial, and government participants


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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 the experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.


To qualify, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:


  • Experience applying principles and practices of mechanical engineering as they pertain to injury biomechanics and related experimental/crash testing.
  • Experience in executing injury biomechanics and/or related automotive crash safety research and publishing/presenting associated peer-reviewed reports/papers.


In addition to the GS-12

  • Experience leading in the conception, planning, and execution of multidisciplinary injury biomechanics, or related research programs of national and international impact and scope involving academic, industrial, and/or government participants. 
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
    1. Professional registration as a
    2. Evidence of Passing the Engineer-in-Training
      Written Test
    3. Successful documented completion of at least
      60 semester hours of courses in the physical,
      mathematical, and engineering sciences as
      described by OPM.
    4. 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

Please review the OPM page on specifics about
required curriculum and for more information on
qualifications, please visit GS-800:    
All Professional Engineering Positions


  • 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

NHTSA is a Local 3313 bargaining unit agency.


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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. If you are qualifying based on possessing a current Professional Engineer (PE) license, or passing the Engineer in Training (EIT) exam, please provide a copy of PE license or written documented proof of passing the EIT.
  • 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.


Automated Staffing Office
Phone: 202-366-1298
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
Submit Application and Documents Online
1200 New Jersey Ave SE / HAHR - 50
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


You may check your application status by logging into your USAJOBS account. Within two weeks of the closing date, your application will be reviewed and rated. The most highly qualified candidates in the top group 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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