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Job Title:  General Engineer (Inspector), GS-0801-12/13 (Open to U.S. Citizens) - BP
Department:  Department Of Transportation
Agency:  Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
Job Announcement Number:  PHMSA.PSRG-2013-0036

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$77,579.00 to $119,926.00 / Per Year
Thursday, September 19, 2013 to Monday, September 30, 2013
Full Time - - Permanent
2 vacancies - Houston, TX, US  View Map
Applications will be accepted from any U.S. Citizen.
This job is also 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-2013-0035.


The U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials 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.

PHMSA's THRIVE core values are Trust, Honesty, Respect, Integrity, Valuing People, Effective Communication.
The primary purpose of this position at the full performance level is the performance of Federal pipeline safety compliance inspections; evaluate intrastate and interstate pipeline operators subject to Federal authority; investigate pipeline failures; and represent the Office of Pipeline Safety in all matters related to pipeline safety before Federal, state and industry authorities.
This position is perfect for an General Engineer who is seeking challenging assignments performing Federal pipeline safety compliance inspections; evaluating intrastate and interstate pipeline operators subject to Federal authority; investigating pipeline failures; and representing the Office of Pipeline Safety in all matters related to pipeline safety before Federal, state and industry authorities.
This position also offers excellent benefits, including the potential for ongoing medical benefits after retirement.  Alternative work schedules and telework schedules are strongly encouraged.  


  • Applications will be accepted from any U.S. Citizen.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
  • Provide all required documents by closing date.
  • PHMSA will not pay relocation expenses.
  • Announcement also advertised merit promotion: PHMSA.PSRG-2013-0035.
  • Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days.


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The General Engineer (Inspector):

  • Conducts safety program reviews and provides engineering analyses and evaluations of potential pipeline safety regulatory deficiencies.  Interprets and applies Federal regulations and monitoring requirements to the design, construction, operation and maintenance of gas and liquid pipeline systems of operators.  Performs or directs field surveys and presents findings and alternatives in writing and verbally in meetings with affected parties. 
  • Reviews the design and specifications for pipeline systems under construction or repair to assure conformance with safety regulations.  Evaluates project to determine compliance with existing Federal safety regulations.Makes field surveys of existing facilities to assure maintenance and repair schedules and procedures conform to safety requirements.  Coordinates assignments with colleagues and supervisors to assure that compliance citations or advice is consistent with established policy.  Participates in on-site inspection as a team member of pipeline facilities involved in major accidents or failures.
  • Conducts studies and provides engineering analyses of Federal regulations and industry guidance.  Participates in technical conferences, symposia and meetings as a technical expert and authority on safety issues related to the pipeline industry.
  • Conducts investigations and engineering analyses to determine causes and contributing factors of pipeline failures and safety related conditions and other safety reports.
  • Develops and presents alternatives and findings in reports.  Participates in technical conferences, symposia and meetings on safety issues related to the pipeline industry.


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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 specialized experience requirements for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

To qualify on Education, you must have:

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


There is no education substitute.
  • Experience applying engineering concepts, principles, and practices applicable to the full range of duties concerned with the design, and construction of gas or liquid pipeline systems of operators.


There is no education substitute.
In addition to the GS-12:
  • Experience conducting safety program reviews and engineering analyses and evaluations of natural gas or hazardous liquid pipeline safety regulations deficiencies.
  • Experience reviewing design specifications for pipeline systems.
  • Experience providing technical determinations, and resolutions of complex compliance issues arising from pipeline safety enforcement inspections.
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 guidance.

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.
  • 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 interests 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.
  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: This position requires to ability to obtain and retain a Federal Government travel card.        
  • TRAVEL: This position requires frequent travel up to 50% of the time.                            
  • SALARY: If you are not a current or former Federal employee, your salary will probably start at the step 01.
  • DEU REQUIREMENTS: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).  


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 closing 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 preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty.  If you are claiming compensably disabled preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference,  SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference.  Additional information on veterans' preference is available in the Vet's Guide at:
  • SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS: If requesting concurrent consideration for: Noncompetitive  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 https:</A>.  You must submit ALL of the FOLLOWING: your most recent performance appraisal, the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency and your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade.  To receive priority consideration, you MUST be deemed well qualified 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. Ratings will be determined based on the documents and information received by the closing date. The most highly qualified candidates 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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