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Job Title:  Supervisory General Engineer, GS-801-15 (Open to Status and VEOA) JAC
Department:  Department Of Transportation
Agency:  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Job Announcement Number:  NHTSA.NVS-2013-0065

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year
Monday, September 09, 2013 to Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Full Time - - Permanent
1 vacancy - Washington, DC, US  View Map
  • Current or former Federal employees with status OR Veterans eligible under VEOA
  • If you are NOT a status employee or VEOA eligible, you may wish to apply under announcement  NHTSA.NVS-2013-0064, which is open to all U.S. citizens.


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.

The employee serves as Chief of the Electronic Systems Safety Research Division (NVS-333) of the Office of Vehicle Crash Avoidance and Electronic Controls Research (OVCAECR). Within the OVCAECR, the Electronic Systems Safety Research Division serves as the principal research and development organization for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA) on matters concerning the reliability and security of automotive safety-critical electronic systems, especially vehicle control systems to ensure the safe operation of motor vehicles and the protection of vehicle occupants and other road users.
The ideal candidate for this position possesses a strong background in automotive electronic systems safety and security as well as knowledge and experience with emerging advanced vehicle technologies. This includes electronic control systems, including all aspects of vehicle electronics (software, hardware, etc.) that interact with the vehicle's braking, throttle, and steering control. In addition, the candidate possesses strong leadership, communication, organizational, and management skills to implement an effective, well managed electronics systems safety research program.


  • Must be an eligible status candidate and meet specialized experience
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM ET on the closing date
  • All offers will be made at the step one for the first time Federal employee
  • Relocation expenses will NOT be paid.
  • Announcement also advertised open to US Citizens: NHTSA.NVS-2013-0064.
  • Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days


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The Supervisory General Engineer:

  • Assists and advises the Office Director and Associate Administrator (AA) for Vehicle Safety Research to formulate budget requirements, strategy, research plans, and other planning activities necessary to address potential safety risks presented by vehicle electronic control systems and emerging technologies, including software, failsafe strategies, system engineering, testing, cyber security and other aspects necessary to address those risks.
  • Advises the Office Director on all research, development, test, and evaluation activities related to vehicle electronics safety.
  • Provides expert advice and research coordination to the NHTSA Rulemaking Office in their development of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.  Also provides expert advice to NHTSA’s Enforcement office in terms of compliance and defects investigations of advanced vehicle electronic systems.
  • Prepares papers and presentations that involve the review, analysis, and evaluation of a broad range of research related to vehicle electronics safety.  This covers both work performed by and for the OVCAECR and work performed by other researchers in other government agencies, industry, and academia.
  • Serves as NHTSA’s primary source of technical expertise and leadership for planning, organizing, directing, and executing DOT’s research related to vehicle electronic systems.
  • The employee provides professional, managerial and technical leadership and guidance to a professional staff, mainly engineers.


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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.

LEVEL To qualify, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:
  • Experience in electronics engineering and the expertise to ensure the safety of electronic control systems used in automobiles.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
 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.
LEVEL To qualify, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:
  • Experience in electronics engineering and the expertise to ensure the safety of electronic controls systems used in automobiles.

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 following:
    1. Professional registration as an engineer.
    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 qualifications.


  • Selective Service: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • Probationary Period: You must complete a one-year supervisory 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.
  • Time-in-Grade - Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade requirements contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.


The Automated Staffing Office is ultimately responsible for determining your final rating.  Please ensure that your resume and application provide enough detail to support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions.  Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. Your answers to the Vacancy Specific questions, your self-determined rating, resume and supporting documentation are reviewed. If your resume and supporting documents do not support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions, your final rating may be modified.
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.
  • SF-50 - Which verifies grade, full performance level of position, and eligibility for consideration as a status applicant
  • DD214 - Verifying military service and eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act.
  • 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 (meeting minimum requirements for position and scoring at least an 85).
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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