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: 1. Professional registration--Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.
2. Written Test- Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
Applicants who have passed the EIT examination and have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college of university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-5. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions that involve highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic requirements in paragraph A.
Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least 1 year of additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT examination.
3. Specified academic courses--Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A.
4. Related curriculum--Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.) NOTE: You must submit your transcripts to show that you meet this requirement. Failure to submit your transcripts will result in an Ineligible rating.
2. Specialized Experience Requirement
To qualify for the GS-7 level, all applicants must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-5). Specialized Experience is defined as: must have at least 2 or more of the following: Conducted engineering analysis; conducted inspections and investigations of facilities; recommended possible civil or criminal penalties; conducted accident investigations with serious impact to the environment and safety violations.
Graduates of Professional Engineering Curricula who meet the Education Requirement may qualify for the GS-7:
1. If they have superior academic achievement* at the baccalaureate level I a professional engineering curriculum.
2. Applicants who have an engineering degree and appropriate experience as a technician equivalent to grade GS-5 or higher may have such experience credited for GS-7 on a month-for-month basis up to a maximum of 12 months.
3. If they have successfully completed a 5-year program of study of at least 160 semester hours leading to a bachelors degree in engineering.
To qualify for the GS-9 level, all applicants must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-7). Specialized Experience is defined as: must have at least 2 or more of the following: Conducted engineering analysis; conducted inspections and investigations of oil and gas facilities; recommended possible civil or criminal penalties; conducted accident investigations with serious impact to the environment and safety violations.
A Substitution of Appropriate Education for Experience
You may substitute education for experience at the GS-9 level if you have achieved: 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a masters degree or the equivalent graduate degree may be used toward this combination.
A combination of *Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A.) and 1 year of appropriate professional experience is qualifying at GS-9.
Successful completion of a 5-year program of study of at least 160 semester hours leading to a bachelors degree in engineering and 1 year of appropriate professional experience is qualifying at grade GS-9.
**To determine whether your combination of experience and education is appropriate: First determine your total qualifying education as a percentage of the education required for this grade level; then determine your experience as a percentage of the experience required for this grade level; finally, add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal 100 percent to qualify.
To qualify for the GS-11 level, all applicants must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-9). Specialized Experience is defined as: must have at least 3 or more of the following: Conducted engineering analysis of oil and gas equipment and operations related to permit applications from industry; provided engineering knowledge/experience while conducting inspections and investigations of offshore oil and gas facilities; provided knowledge/experience when conducting accident investigations with serious impact to the environment and safety violations hearing.
A Substitution of Appropriate Education for Experience
You may substitute education for experience at the GS-11 level if you have achieved: A Ph.D. or equivalent graduate degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education toward a Ph.D. or the equivalent graduate degree may be used toward this combination.
**To determine whether your combination of experience and education is appropriate: First determine your total qualifying education as a percentage of the education required for this grade level; then determine your experience as a percentage of the experience required for this grade level; finally, add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal 100 percent to qualify.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 (View Assessment Questions) 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. Your resume must clearly support your self-elected responses to the occupational questionnaire/assessment associated with this vacancy announcement. In the event your self-elected responses to the occupational questionnaire/assessment cannot be verified within the contents of your resume, your rating will be adjusted accordingly, and may subsequently place you in a lower quality category. 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:
Petroleum Engineering Principles & Practices - Knowledge of principles and applications of engineering practices
Analytical - Ability to conduct engineering analysis of proposals for engineering activities
Technical - Knowledge of inspection and investigative principles, techniques, and problems that affects the promotion of safety in oil and gas operations
Petroleum Engineer Regulations - Knowledge of regulations pertaining to engineering activities
Computer Software & Database - Knowledge of various computer programs and database management
Communication - Ability to communicate both orally and in writing.