Job Title: Railroad Safety Specialist (S&TC) -GS - 2121-13 (Open to U.S. Citizens) - BPJob Announcement Number: FRA.S-2014-0012
Department: Department Of Transportation
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration
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/ Per Year
Friday, November 15, 2013 to
Monday, December 02, 2013
SERIES & GRADE:
Full Time - -
WHO MAY APPLY:
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: FRA.S-2014-0011.
The Federal Railroad Administration’s mission is to enable the safe, reliable, and efficient movement of people and goods for a strong America, now and in the future. FRA promulgates and enforces rail safety regulations; consolidates government support of rail transportation activities; administers financial assistance programs; conducts research and development in support of improved railroad safety and efficiency, and national transportation policy, including improved intercity passenger service.
FRA is committed to fostering a diverse, highly skilled workforce capable of meeting or exceeding our strategic goals with efficiency, innovation, and a constant focus on better serving our customers.
This position is assigned to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Office of the Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety, Chief Safety Officer (Associate Administrator), Office of Safety Assurance and Compliance, Signal and Train Control (S&TC) Division Staff. You will address the regional oversight of the design and implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC) systems that are occurring within the S&TC discipline of railroad safety. Under the direction of the PTC Group Chief, you will provide advice and guidance within FRA, other agencies, industry signal engineering officials, manufacturers of signal equipment, and labor organizations on the requirements of Federal rules and regulations in this area of expertise.
This position is ideal for a mid-career professional who has experience in the design, construction, maintenance, testing, and use of railroad signal and train control systems in general, and PTC systems in particular.
PLEASE NOTE: There is only one position being filled. You must identify the location(s) for which you wish to be considered. This is a mobile work position, meaning the work requires the selectee to travel off site the majority of the time and use the selectee's home as his or her duty location. The Agency has determined that this duty location must be in the Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) of any of the listed cities.
This position is eligible for full-time telework, and the selectee must reside (or be willing to move at his/her own expense) within the geographic area(s) of the duty location(s) stated above. The duty location for a full-time teleworker is usually the residence or other approved telework site. Salary will be adjusted based on the duty location.
The 2013 Salary information can be viewed for specific locations by visiting, http://www.opm.gov/oca/13tables/index.asp.
- Applications will be accepted from any U.S. Citizen.
- Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
- Review How to Apply Section as documents are required by closing date.
- Position is eligible for Full-time Telework, see Benefits & Other Info Tab.
- Announcement also advertised merit promotion: FRA.S-2014-0011.
- Job announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days.
DUTIES:Back to top
The Railroad Safety Specialist (Signal & Train Control):
- Serves as regional PTC specialist and test monitor for the development and implementation of PTC systems includes both laboratory and field testing of PTC systems presently under development and test as well as future systems. Monitors the testing of PTC projects and reviews and provides recommendations on PTC systems as they are developed.
- Provides written reports of the status of PTC projects to the PTC Group Chief, S&TC Staff Director and other members of the team working on individual projects for appropriate handling and attend review meetings associated with the individual PTC projects and to provide written reports of these meetings.
- Provides information and advice to the PTC Senior Test Monitors, the PTC Group Chief, the S&TC Staff Director, and the Senior Technical Staff of the Associate Administrator, related to PTC system development and test results, and provides the railroads and system developers with technical advice on any problems found during testing.
- Provides advice on regulations pertaining to PTC performance standards and provides advice on issues involving the rules, standards, and instructions pertaining to these systems.
- Provides technical advice to the railroads and helps assure that the applicable Federal regulations are adhered to and that safety principles are appropriately applied to these projects and programs.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
To be basically qualified for a Railroad Safety Specialist (S &TC), you MUST have demonstrated knowledge and skill in the following areas:
IN ADDITION TO THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS,
- Broad knowledge of the railroad industry including economic and operating considerations and equipment;
- Knowledge of the general safety and health principles and practices applicable to the railroad industry;
- Knowledge of railroad accident investigation techniques;
- Skill in written and oral communication.
- Knowledge of the design, installation, maintenance, testing or inspection of signals and train control systems.
to meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the specialized experience requirements.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
||To qualify, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:
- Experience applying policies, guidance, and regulations used for evaluating performance of programs associated with the design, implementation, and test of software and hardware for processor-based/communication-based signal and train control systems, and/or, locomotive propulsion systems associated with, or that interface with, processor-based/ communication-based signal or train control systems.
- Experience using rules, regulations, and/or guidelines pertaining to the design, implementation, test, or certification of processor based/communication-based signal and train control systems (Positive Train Control).
- Experience using regulations and principles associated with conventional signal or train control systems.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
- SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
- INTERVIEW: Applicants may be required to demonstrate in a pre-employment interview that they possess the personal characteristics necessary for Railroad Safety work.
- DECLARATION OF FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT: The selectees for railroad safety positions will be required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.
- DRUG TEST: Railroad Safety Specialists have been determined to be a critical safety/security position as defined in the Department of Transportation (DOT) Order, DOT 3910.1D entitled "Drug and Alcohol-Free Departmental Workplace." Therefore, if selected for the position you will be required to submit to a pre-employment/pre-appointment drug test, you will also be subject to Random Drug Testing.
- TRAVEL: This position requires extensive travel. The travel is a condition of employment.
- DRIVER'S LICENSE: Railroad Safety Specialists travel frequently, which requires being away from the official duty station for several consecutive nights. All specialists are required to possess a valid state drivers license at all times while employed by the Federal Rail Administration (FRA) in order to perform the duties of their positions.
- GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD REQUIREMENT: 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.
- TRAVEL EXPENSES: Will not be paid for this position.
- DEU REQUIREMENTS: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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.
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HOW TO APPLY:Back to top
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.
If you are having difficulty applying online, please contact the DOT Automated Staffing Office during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET) at (202) 366-1298. You may also email us at Transjobs@dot.gov.
- To begin, click the "Apply Online" button on the job posting.
- Follow the directions to register, submit all required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.
- You may review your saved application(s) at https://my.usajobs.gov.
The following documents must
be provided by the closing date:
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.
- RESUME - Showing relevant experience and education and fully supporting the required specialized experience.
- COMPLETED QUESTIONNAIRE.
- 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: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/index.aspx
- SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS: If requesting concurrent consideration for: http://www.opm.gov/hr_practitioners/lawsregulations/appointingauthorities/index.asp#AppointmentsLeading 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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/qaspouse/index.aspx military spouse NC appointments or http://www.opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp" 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: www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ctap_guideline.pdf</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).
WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:
You may check your application status by logging into USAJobs.com. Within two weeks of the closing date, a Human Resources Specialist will evaluate your application. Ratings will be determined based on the documents and information received by the closing date. The most highly qualified candidates are then referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. If you are selected for an interview, the hiring manager will contact you directly. Once the position is filled, we will notify all applicants of their final status.