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Job Title:  Pipeline Safety Spec. (Instructor), GS-2101-13 (Open to All U.S. Citizens) DB
Department:  Department Of Transportation
Agency:  Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
Job Announcement Number:  PHMSA.PSRG-2013-0028

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$81,823.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 to Friday, July 26, 2013
Full Time - - Permanent
2 vacancies - Oklahoma City, OK, 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-2013-0029.


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 Training and Qualifications. You will serve as a Pipeline Safety Specialist assisting in the development and conducting of training; assisting in the development and implementation of new and revised rule making, special projects, and communicating major policy activities for the national pipeline safety program.

The ideal candidate for this position is an experience Pipeline safety inspector who is looking for challenging assignments serving as a project manager for the development, implementation of training; directing the development of courses, including computer-base/web-based training pre-requisite courses and seminars.

Candidates selected for the interview process may be required to present a 10-minute PowerPoint presentation to a select audience on any subpart or subject of the Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 192 and 195.


  • 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
  • This position requires extensive travel up to 50% of the time.
  • Announcement also advertised to status applicants: PHMSA.PSRG-2013-0029
  • Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days


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The Pipeline Safety Spec. (Instructor):

  • Functions as a project manager for the development, implementation and evaluation of training. 
  • Directs the development of courses, including computer-based/web-based training prerequisite courses and seminars.
  • Provides technical assistance in specialized areas of pipeline safety, e.g. accident investigations, codes and standards, implementation of Integrity Management programs, OPS communication initiatives, and communication in conjunction with other pipeline safety matters to OPS, State partners, other Federal/State government entities, advocacy groups and associations and the hazardous gas and liquid pipeline industries.
  • On request, conducts and or assists in comprehensive investigations, inspections, and/or evaluations of programs facilities, plan and design specifications and contracts to determine safety and security posture.
  • Conducts or participates as a speaker or member of meetings, seminars, or symposia to exchange information.
  • Develops appropriate instructional methods and materials to meet the needs of the training program, including writing and conducting training of pipeline enforcement policies.


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To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

LEVEL To qualify, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:
  • Experience with Federal pipeline safety regulations in 49 CFR Parts 192 or 195, including design, operations, maintenance,  integrity management, operator qualification, and cathodic protection with experience inspecting pipeline operators for compliance with these regulations.  (This experience should include participating in a variety of training activities, (e.g., developing training plans/programs, evaluating training materials, instructions, evaluations, or coordinating on-the-job training activities).


  • Experience with the Federal pipeline safety regulations 49 CFR Parts 192 or 195 as an Instructor, Mentor/Coach or manager, responsible for training, evaluating or overseeing the work of pipeline personnel to ensure compliance with the Federal pipeline safety regulations.  (This experience should include participating in a variety of training activities,(e.g., developing training plans/programs, evaluating training materials, instructions, and evaluations or coordinating on-the-job training activities.)
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


  • ETHICS/CONFLICT OF INTEREST STATEMENT: All employees are subject to the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch, set out in Title 5 of the Code of Federal Regulations, section 2635, including restrictions on owning financial interest which may conflict with performance of their duties. Some employees, like those involved in contracting or regulating non-Federal entities are subject to Executive Branch Financial Disclosure requirements set out in Title 5 of the Code of Federal Regulations, section 2634.
  • Security Clearance: This position requires the ability to obtain and retain secret or top secret security clearance.
  • TRAVEL: This position requires extensive travel up to 50% of the time. 
  • Selective Service: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • Probationary Period: 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.
  • 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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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. 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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