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Job Title:  Senior General Engineer (Project Manager), GS-0801-13/14, (Open to All U.S. Citizens) DB (S)
Department:  Department Of Transportation
Agency:  Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
Job Announcement Number:  PHMSA.PSRG-2014-0012

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$93,174.00 to $143,129.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 to Thursday, April 03, 2014
Full Time - - Permanent
1 vacancy - Houston, TX   View Map
Applications will be accepted from any U.S. citizen.

A separate job announcement is 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-2014-0013.


About the Agency

The purpose of this position is to perform pipeline safety compliance responsibilities and manage national program policy within the Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) Regional Office. You will conduct system-wide Federal pipeline safety compliance inspections; evaluate interstate and intrastate pipeline operators subject to Federal authority; conduct comprehensive investigations of individual pipeline failures; and represents the Office of Pipeline Safety in all matters related to pipeline safety before Federal, state and industry authorities. You will manage national program projects and initiatives under the scope of the Director of Policy, Regulations and Training for the design, testing, and evaluation of risk-based approaches which address pipeline safety and environmental issues cost effectively. As such, manages partnerships between federal and state agencies and the regulated industry to cooperatively develop, implement and evaluate pipeline integrity applications. In addition, you will work with state and pipeline industry officials to increase the security of the nation's pipeline infrastructure.

This position is perfect for an experienced Senior General Engineer who is looking for challenging assignments providing compliance inspections; conducting comprehensive investigations of pipeline failures and representing the Office of Pipeline Safety in all matters related to pipeline safety before Federal, state and industry authorities. Additionally, will manage partnerships between Federal and state agencies and the regulated industry to cooperatively develop, implement and evaluate pipeline integrity applications, as well as to increase the security of the nation's pipeline infrastructure.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Some travel may be required – up to 50% of the time


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen & meet specialized experience.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
  • Provide ALL required documents by closing date (see How to Apply Tab).
  • Telecommute and telework options may be considered.
  • Announcement also advertised as Merit Promotion:PHMSA.PSRG-2013-0013.
  • Job announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days.


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As a Senior General Engineer (Project Manager), you will:

  • Interpret and apply Federal regulations and monitor requirements to the design construction, maintenance and operation of gas and liquid pipeline systems of operators. Conduct safety program reviews and perform engineering analyses and evaluations of potential pipeline safety regulatory deficiencies.
  • Develop and recommend to the Director of Policy, Regulations and Training, initiatives and strategies for implementation at the national level to address identified pipeline safety and environmental problems.
  • Determine resource requirements, performance-based standards, and innovative regulatory approaches to institutionalize policies and procedures that address those problems specifically.
  • Identify needs for training of both Federal and industry pipeline regulatory and compliance personnel to improve use of risk-based principles and management system approaches.
  • Periodically review training programs to ensure their continuing relevance to contemporary pipeline operating and maintenance practices.


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To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

LEVELTo qualify, your experience should include at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the following:
  • Experience conducting safety program reviews and performing engineering analyses and evaluations of potential pipeline safety regulatory deficiencies.
  • Experience providing recommendations and modifications to standard pipeline industry engineering practices and provide alternatives to safety related problems.
  • Experience providing engineering and project management assistance to program managers, senior staff and grantees in the form of construction techniques, solutions to problems, and innovations in procurement.
  • Experience applying pipeline transportation policies, concepts, practices and principles to analyze problems, draw conclusions, and develop recommendations to improve program operations, and objectives.
  • Experience independently conducting safety program reviews and performing engineering analyses.
  • Experience managing the development of programs and projects for the purpose of determining overall objectives, and long range project planning related to pipeline safety and environmental issues.

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

MANDATORY EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: 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.

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


  • 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.
  • DRUG TEST: Preemployment drug test required and random drug testing afterwards.
  • TRAVEL: Some travel may be required - up to 5% of the time.
  • You must 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 nonveterans. 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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Displaced employees may be eligible for CTAP or ICTAP 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 posting.
  • 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, 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


The following documents must be provided by the close date:
  • RESUME - showing relevant experience and education and fully supporting 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 a preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD214. Your DD214 need not be official but must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. If you are claiming preference eligibility as a disabled veteran, you must submit proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally a valid letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability.
  • SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS - If requesting concurrent consideration for 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 CTAP/ICTAP. You must submit ALL of the following: (1) your most recent performance appraisal, (2) the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency and (3) your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade. In addition, you MUST meet the well qualified standards 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.


Automated Staffing Office
Phone: 202-366-1298
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
Submit Application and Documents Online
1200 New Jersey Ave SE / HAHR - 50
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


You may check your application status 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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