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Job Title:General Engineer, GS-0801-14

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement

Job Announcement Number:BSEE-DK-14-MM1058557(DEU)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$106,665.00 to $138,659.00 / Per Year


Monday, March 03, 2014 to Monday, March 24, 2014




Full Time - Permanent




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


United States Citizens


Public Trust - Background Investigation




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

This position is located in Field Operations (FO), Alaska BSEE Region, which is involved in all phases of energy resources development on the OCS. The position is directly related to the safety of operation, protection of oil and gas facilities, conservation of natural resources, and preservation of the environment. 

The position serves as the expert senior engineer and technical expert for the Regional Supervisor, Field Operations (RS/FO), in all engineering aspects, and provides team leadership in administering the post-lease regulatory program and setting national policies for Arctic operations.  

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

This is a Permanent, Full Time position located in Anchorage, Alaska.
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-14-MM1058558(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.


  • 25% or Greater
  • 1 to 5 Nights per month is required


  • Yes
  • Relocation IS Authorized


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.
  • You must submit ALL required documents and a completed questionnaire.


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

  1. The incumbent is the expert senior engineer and assistant to the Regional Supervisor, Field Operations (RS/FO).  In this capacity the incumbent exercises expert technical authority and team leadership in the review of documents submitted by industry for approval (exploration, development, production, right-of-ways, permits to drill, and other associated documents requiring BSEE approvals) between senior staff engineers, geologists, and geophysicists.  The incumbent is responsible for a comprehensive, coordinated review of all engineering design for technical and regulatory compliance.  The incumbent provides team leadership for special projects and task forces related to the engineering aspects of the offshore post-lease safety and environmental compliance programs.  The incumbent’s work is considered to be the final, expert authority. 
  2. The position serves as the assistant to the RS/FO and represents the RS/FO in senior management level meetings, serving as acting in his/her absence, provides technical oversight of FO staff, and provides recommendations on program and staff performance. 
  3. The incumbent represents the Alaska BSEE Region as the recognized Arctic offshore engineer at national, international, local committees, and other forums that will define and establish standards and guidelines for adoption into the BSEE national policy. 
  4. The incumbent develops regional policies, standards, guidelines, and procedures related to administering all aspects of oil and gas post-lease regulatory program for the offshore Arctic environment. 


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To qualify for this position you must meet the 1. Basic Educational Requirements AND 2. Specialized Experience  (There is no substitution of education allowed at the GS-14 level.)

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.
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.
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:
•  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.
•  Written Test-- Evidence of having succesfully 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.
•  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.
•  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.)

2.Specialized Experience Requirement:
To qualify for the GS-14 level, all applicants must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-13).
Specialized Experience:  must have experience in at least 2 or more of the following:

•  Provided engineering and technical analysis of complex oil and gas equipment and operations;
•  Leading teams of professionals (engineers, geologists, geophysicists, inspectors, etc.) who performed engineering and technical analysis of complex oil and gas equipment and operation proposals (i.e., permit applications from industry);
•  Served as lead team member, team leader, project manager or supervisor for special projects related to the oil and gas industry;
•  Developed policies, standards, guidelines, and procedures relating to administering all aspects of oil and gas post-lease regulatory program for offshore Arctic environment. 

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 (unofficial) as proof of meeting the requirements. Failure to provide the documents will result in you receiving an INELIGIBLE rating. Note: if you are selected, you must provide official educational transcripts before you start work.  More information on verification of education can be found here:

Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:

•  Technical - Expert knowledge of advanced principles and applications of engineering practices and engineering design documentation requirements. 
•  Regulatory - Expert knowledge of technical standards (e.g., American Petroleum Institute) and regulations that relate to oil and operations and activities. 
•  Leadership - Ability to lead a team of professionals including engineers, geologists, geophysicists, inspectors, and scientists. 
•  Communication - Ability to communicate both orally and in writing.


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. Your responses to the online assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for this position. You are being evaluated under the Category Rating method, which means, if you are determined to be qualified, you will be placed into the Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified Category.  Veterans’ preference rules for category rating will be applied.


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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.

To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at .


A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work with the U.S. Department of the Interior.  The preliminary background check consists of a search of Office of Personnel Management and Department of Defense background investigation files and an FBI National Criminal History Fingerprint Check; it may take up to 3 weeks to complete.  If selected for this position, you will be extended a tentative offer of employment pending a satisfactory background check.  Current Federal employees or individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check; these will be handled on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the Bureau security office. 

Important Note: All Department of the Interior (DOI) employees are subject to the conflict of interest restrictions imposed upon all employees of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report. In addition, DOI employees, GS-15 and above, who work in the Office of the Secretary; along with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) employees (at ALL grade levels), are further restricted concerning their interests in Federal lands and resources administered or controlled by the Department of the Interior. This includes holding stock in energy corporations which lease Federal lands (e.g.: oil, gas, coal, alternative energy resources, etc.). If you have any such investments you should contact the DOI, BOEM or BSEE Ethics Office before accepting employment. DOI employees are held to the highest level of integrity. Employees must be objective and impartial in the performance of their work. All potential issues (e.g.: work-related interactions with friends, family members, or previous employers) must be disclosed at the time of application or during the interview process.
If you are a status applicant (current career or career-conditional Federal employee or former permanent Federal employee with reinstatement eligibility in the competitive service), or are eligible under a special appointing authority and you are selected under this vacancy, you may be subject to serving a new one-year probationary period.
Beginning January 1, 2010, agencies must seek prior approval from OPM before they can appoint a current or recent political appointee to a competitive or non-political excepted service position at any level under the provisions of title 5, United States Code.  If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employee in the executive branch, you MUST disclose that to the Human Resources Officer.


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Your resume must clearly support your self-elected responses to the assessment questionnaire associated with this vacancy announcement. In the event your self-elected responses to the assessment questionnaire cannot be verified within the contents of your resume, you may be placed in a lower quality category and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

To apply for this position, you must complete the assessment 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 24, 2014 to receive consideration.
All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·Other Veterans Document

Applying Online
To begin the application process, click Apply Online to the right of this screen, follow the prompts to log-in/register, submit all required documents, and complete the assessment 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 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date of this announcement.
To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. 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.

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.  If you cannot apply online you can fax your complete application package.
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 assessment questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
1.   To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is   1058557
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 24, 2014 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.
To complete the assessment questionnaire and submit via fax:
1.   Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire    View Occupational Questionnaire.
2.   Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the assessment questionnaire items
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.


Documents to be submitted online or by fax:
• Resume showing relevant experience as written in your own words.
• Completed online Assessment Questionnaire or faxed OPM Form 1203FX.
• College transcript for verification of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable;
• Certificates, license, etc. (if applicable)
• Veterans Preference Documentation (if applicable) – DD-214 Member 4 copy, VA Letter, and SF-15, if applicable; active duty military submit statement of service from commanding officer documenting dates of active duty and any campaign medals/badges; include character of service.  For additional veterans’ records information please visit, or call 1-800-827-1000.
• Displaced Federal employees under ICTAP/CTAP – copy of your most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, tenure, and duty station. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. Well-qualified is a score of 85.  
Are you a Displaced Federal Employee? If so, please read the Required Documents and visit our website for additional information


HR Assistant
Phone: (703)787-1446
Agency Information:
3801 Centerpoint Drive
Suite 500
Anchorage, AK


You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJobs account. You will receive an acknowledgement from USAJobs that your submission was successful, once we have received your on-line assessment questionnaire, resume and any supporting documentation.  You will be notified of the status of your application via your USAJobs account after we conduct a qualification review of your complete application package.  You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required.  Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for employment consideration.  We may verify all information you provide in your resume and questionnaire responses, through reference and/or background checks, and/or verification of your education.  If you are selected, you will be contacted personally by the Human Resources Office posting this announcement.

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