BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS A. Applicants must show successful completion of a professional engineering curriculum leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in engineering in an accredited college or university. 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 advanced courses 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); (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics. OR B. A 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 theoretical and practical understanding 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. 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, Puerto Rico, and Guam. 3. Specified Academic Courses: successful completion in an accredited college or university of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering. These must have included the courses specified in the basic requirement. 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 candidate has at least one (1) year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.) Applicants who meet the basic requirements described in the individual occupational requirements are fully qualified for the specified entry grade (generally grade GS-5).
ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. (GS-5 at the GS-7, GS-7 at the GS-9, GS-9 at the GS-11, GS-11 at the GS-12) Examples of specialized experience include: Examples of specialized experience at the GS-5 level include: preparing drawings, bills of material, specifications and test memoranda for procurement, arrangement, installation, testing, modification, maintenance and repair of shipboard equipment. Examples at the GS-7 level include: analyzing, evaluating and preparing new drawings or modifying existing drawings using conventional manual drafting techniques or Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) equipment. Examples at the GS-9 level include: estimating costs for tasks; understanding project management principles and applying them. Examples at the GS-11 level include: developing, analyzing and reviewing designs, specifications and independent cost estimates for a variety of mechanical or electrical equipment; reviewing system designs and specifications prepared by consulting engineers for compliance with requirements and recommends necessary revisions and improvements. Examples at the GS-12 level include: managing large-scale marine mechanical engineering projects involving efforts such as analyzing, evaluating, developing and integrating detailed construction and installation plans required for critical mechanical projects or reviewing the calculations, studies, technical documentation, specifications, and plans of others to determine whether they meet the projects stated requirement.
Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular ability, skill, and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of this position and is typically in or related to this line of work.
Applicants may also qualify based on a combination of education and experience. Superior academic achievement at the baccalaureate level in a professional engineering curriculum is qualifying for GS-7. A combination of superior academic achievement and 1 year of appropriate professional experience is qualifying at GS-9. 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree also qualifies at the GS-9. At the GS-11, 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree is qualifying.
This position has a positive education requirement. If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your résumé and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using the on-line assessment to place you in one of three categories. The necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities to perform this job are:
1. Knowledge of mechanical engineering related calculations required to design modifications and repairs to machinery, ship structure and other shipboard equipment.
2. Knowledge of vessel propulsion and power systems, auxiliary systems, their maintenance requirements and standard repair methods.
3. Knowledge of concepts and principles of mechanical engineering to resolve problems, extend and modify techniques, develop new approaches.
4. Knowledge of contracts and preparation of statements of work for engineering and technical services.
If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:
1. Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
2. Well Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.
3. Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Your resume and responses to the self-assessment questions are an integral part of the process for determining your qualifications for the position. Therefore, you must support your responses to the self-assessment questions by providing examples of past and present experience in your resume.
Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they are qualified. Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. For information on veterans' preference, click here.
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