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  1. Overview
  2. Duties
  3. Qualifications & Evaluations
  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Petroleum Engineer. GS-0881-12/13

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement

Job Announcement Number:BSEE-DK-13-MM993212(DEU)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$79,966.00 to $117,343.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, November 08, 2013 to Monday, March 10, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0881-12/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Many vacancies in the following location:
Anchorage, AK View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) works to promote safety, protect the environment, and conserve resources offshore through vigorous regulatory oversight and enforcement.

PLEASE NOTE:  This announcement replaces BSEE-DK-13-MM944882(DEU).

Salary Update as of 1/3/2014  GS-12 $79,996-$102,735; GS-13 $90,264-$117,343

This position is in the Office of Field Operations (FO), Alaska BSEE Region and is directly related to safety of operations, protection of oil and gas facilities, conservation of natural resources and preservation of the environment.

 

At the full performance level of the position (GS-13) the incumbent will serve as a senior petroleum engineer to the RS/FO providing expert, technical expertise on offshore drilling, production, workover/completion, or other related operations on a regular basis on the most complex unconventional, state-of-the-art oil, gas and other mineral facilities under unique Arctic conditions in frontier offshore areas where new and unusual technology will be used. 

 

 

Please Note: This is an open continuous announcement.  The first referral certificate will be pulled 30 days after the announcement opened and will continue every 30 days until the announcement closes.  Once the announcement is closed, one last referral certificate will be pulled. 

 

Recruitment Bonus:  Recruitment bonuses may be authorized, which are in addition to the salary range indicated below.  When applicable requirements are met, the position may provide additional compensation through one or more of the following:
• Student Loan Repayment Program
• Recruitment Incentive
• Relocation Incentive
• Superior Qualifications


Salary Range Information: GS-12 $79,996-$102,735;  GS-13 $90,264-$117,343  First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lower salary range of the grade level.

BSEE has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

 

 

This vacancy is also announced as BSEE-DK-13-MM44883(MP) for those applicants who wish to apply and be considered under Merit Promotion procedures (i.e. current competitive service employees, have reinstatement eligibility for the competitive service, or who are eligible for special appointing authorities).  You must apply and submit required documents for both announcements if you wish to receive consideration under both Merit Promotion and Delegated Examining procedures.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation/determination
  • You must submit ALL required documents and a completed questionnaire.
  • Relocation expenses will be authorized.
  • Travel of 1-5 nights per month may be required.
  • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.

DUTIES:

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 Major Duties  (The duties described reflect the full performance level (GS-13) of this position.)

The major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Performs technical engineering review of request by operator’s for permits (i.e., Applicants for Permits to Drill (APDs), Applications for Permits to Modify, etc.) to determine if operations are safe and comply with regulations and industry standards.
  • Prepares technical engineering analysis and reports for activities such as:  production, drilling, and workover/completion, pipeline, site security, plugging and abandonment, environmental quality, H2S/sulphur, and other oil and gas operational activities.
  • Conducts inspections of oil and gas operations such as:  drilling, workover/completion, pipeline, site security, plugging and abandonment, environmental quality, H2S and sulphur operations and other oil and gas operational activities.
  • Conducts or leads accidents/incidents investigations occurring in oil and gas facilities.
  • Identifies safety, environmental hazards or violations of regulations and stipulations.  Determines if oil and gas operations should be shut in and takes appropriate action.  Prepares justifications for actions and proposes appropriate civil and criminal penalties.

 

 

Qualifications

To qualify for this position you must meet the 1. Basic Educational Requirements AND 2. Specialized Experience (or education substitution where applicable) for the grade to which you are applying. 

1. Basic Educational Requirements
Please Note: This position requires specific educational coursework to qualify. You MUST provide transcripts in order to verify that the educational requirements have been met. This information must be received by the closing date of the announcement. Failure to provide this information will result in you receiving an "INELIGIBLE" rating.

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.
OR
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:


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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

GS-12

Note: At the GS-12 level you may not substitute education for experience.

To qualify for the GS-12 level, all applicants must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-11).  Specialized Experience may include 3 or more of the following:
• Independently conducting and leading teams providing engineering analysis of oil and gas equipment and operations related to permit applications from industry; and advising applicants of needed revisions;
• Assisting in the development or changes to regulations or policy dealing with operational problem areas;
• Independently conducting and leading inspections and investigations of complex offshore oil and gas facilities introducing new technology developed specific to the Arctic environment;
• Independently shutting in operations with serious violations and recommending possible civil or criminal penalties;
• Conducting accident investigations with serious impact to the environment and safety violations resulting in loss of life or property.

GS-13

Note: At the GS-13 level you may not substitute education for experience.

To qualify for the GS-13 level, all applicants must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-12).  Specialized Experience:  may include 3 or more of the following: 

• Independently conducting and leading teams providing expert engineering analysis of complex oil and gas equipment and operations related to permit applications from industry containing new technology and that are developed specifically for the Arctic environment; and advising applicants of needed revisions;
• Independently providing expert engineering knowledge/experience while conducting and leading inspections and investigations of complex offshore oil and gas facilities introducing new technology developed specifically for the Arctic environment;
• Independently shutting in operations with serious violations and recommending possible civil or criminal penalties;
• Independently providing expert knowledge when conducting accident investigations with serious impact to the environment and safety violations resulting in loss of life or property, and testifying at a judicial hearing.

Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM’s 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.


BENEFITS:

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To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc .



OTHER INFORMATION:

If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit proof by the closing date of the announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. The proof includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty station. To be considered well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, you must earn a minimum score of 85 or above (prior to the assignment of veteran's preference) on the rating criteria for this position.
*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. 

** Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) is based on (1) class standing (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership.

1. Class standing -- Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses.
2. Grade-point average (G.P.A.) -- Applicants must have a grade-point average of:  3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or  3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.
3.  Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society -- Applicants can be considered eligible based on membership in one of the national scholastic honor societies. Membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision. face=Verdana>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.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, March 10, 2014 to receive consideration.

§  To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

§  Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

§  It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

§  To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

§  To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
   ·Resume
   ·Transcript

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·DD-214
   ·OF-306
   ·Other
   ·Other Veterans Document
   ·SF-15
   ·SF-50

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

1.   To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdfand provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is   993212

2.   Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, March 10, 2014 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

1.   Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire     View Occupational Questionnaire.

2.   Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.

3.   Fax all six pages of the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement and OPM qualification standards for each grade level(s) for which you are applying.  It is strongly recommended that you use the USAJobs Resume Builder as it was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed.  The Resume Builder is available at https://my.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/ResumeAndApplicationTips#icc

Your application package must include:
• Resume showing relevant experience as written in your own words.
• Completed online Assessment Questionnaire or faxed OPM Form 1203FX.
• College transcript is required for verification of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, an official transcript may be requested at a later time.
• Certificates, license, etc. (if applicable)
• Veterans Preference Documentation (if applicable)
      o If claiming 5 point preference:
         • DD-214 (member 4 copy or a copy that shows the nature of service)
         • If you are currently serving on active duty, an official Statement of Service from your command.

Current Active Duty members must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within the last 120 day.

OR
       o Other Official Documentation (e.g. copy of military orders, campaign documents such as: expeditionary award citation, etc.) that proves your military service was performed under HONORABLE conditions and that your service meets the OPM criteria for veterans preference to be awarded.
      o If claiming 10-point preference or greater:
         • DD-214 (member 4 copy or a copy that shows the nature of service) and;

An official statement dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying that the veteran (i.e., the applicant) has a service-connected disability of 10% or more.

 

NOTE: If you submit an incomplete application, you will be given credit only for the information you provide. You are responsible for submitting all required documentation in support of your application in order to receive full credit for your experience, education, training, and/or veterans’ preference.

For additional veterans’ employment information please visit http://www.archives.gov/, or call 1-800-827-1000.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

HR Assistant
Phone: (703)787-1446
Email: HUMAN.RESOURCES3@BSEE.GOV
Agency Information:
BSEE AOCSR
3801 Centerpoint Drive
Suite 500
Anchorage, AK
99503

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

If you are rated as one of the best qualified candidates, you will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. After a selection is made all applicants for this position will be notified of their status either by letter or e-mail.

 


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Job Announcement Number:

BSEE-DK-13-MM993212(DEU)

Control Number:

355119700