Job Title: General Engineer, GS-0801-12/13/14 (Open to Status and VEOA Applicants) JACJob Announcement Number: FRA.RPD-2014-0009
Department: Department Of Transportation
Agency: Federal Railroad Administration
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/ Per Year
Thursday, March 27, 2014 to
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
SERIES & GRADE:
Full Time - -
WHO MAY APPLY:
Current or former Federal employees with status OR Veterans eligible under VEOA
If you are NOT a status employee or VEOA eligible, you may wish to apply under announcement FRA.RPD-2014-0008, which is open to all U.S. citizens.
Q - Nonsensitive
About the Agency
PLEASE NOTE: THIS VACANCY IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 100 APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AND WILL CLOSE AT MIDNIGHT ON THE CLOSING DATE OR AT MIDNIGHT ON THE DAY WE RECEIVE THE 100TH APPLICATION, WHICHEVER COMES FIRST.
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.
Under the administrative direction of the Chief Train Control and Communications Division, you will serve as the program manager for Grade Crossing Protection and Trespass Prevention, Communication, and Train Control technologies. The Research and Development program deals with reliability and system safety issues for freight, commuter, intercity passenger, and high-speed passenger railroads. The employee conceives, initiates the development of new technology, and identifies the most fruitful approaches for implementation in these program areas and also in aspects of positive train control and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). Work assignments at the lower grades are designed to introduce the employee to the full range of duties and responsibilities required at the full performance level.
The ideal candidate for this position has experience in program and project management, provide technical guidance in matters concerning the implementation of a comprehensive research and development program related to signaling, train control, and communication design, testing, and implementation.
The salary for the duty locations are as follows:
- GS-12 $69,477-$90,344
- GS-13 $82,642-$107,434
- GS-14 $97,657-$126,949
PLEASE NOTE: There is only one position, which can be filled in either of the duty locations advertised. The difference in the salary is determined by the locality pay in each location. Salaries for all areas are available on the OPM website at http://www.opm.gov/oca/13tables/
- GS-12 $75,621-$98,305
- GS-13 $89,924-$116,901
- GS-14 $106,263-$138,136
- Occasional Travel
- Travel requirement is %10 or less.
- Must be an eligible status candidate and meet specialized experience.
- Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM ET on the closing date
- Provide all required documents by closing date
- Position is eligible for [Telework], see Benefits & Other Info Tab
- Announcement also advertised open to US Citizens: FRA.RPD-2014-0008
- Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days
DUTIES:Back to top
At the full performance level, the General Engineer:
- Conceives, formulates, proposes, and plans advanced engineering studies including extensive research, development, demonstration, test, and evaluation programs. These programs and projects address the development of new and advanced train control systems using state-of-the-art technology in train tracking, wireless communication, computer networking and microprocessor processing and control.
- Conducts, manages, and/or directs R&D investigations covering theoretical design of analysis methods and procedures for testing and demonstrations of the various train control systems with different configurations and their sub-components.
- Provides technical management of R&D projects including work at the Transportation Technology Center, the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, other Government organizations and laboratories, contractor facilities and various universities.
- Selects and prioritizes research program elements within available resources as defined by the Division Chief and the Office Director, and makes technical decisions to ensure that overall program and project scope, objectives, and requirements are met.
- Conducts detailed technical reviews of reports and literature from contractors, Government agencies, and other research organizations, both domestic and foreign, and maintains cognizance over new developments and requirements.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must (1) meet the Education Requirement for the series, (2) provide a copy of transcripts for verification, AND (3) meet the experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.
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 in project management including planning, developing and evaluating research projects.
- Experience applying statistical analysis.
- Experience using computers or microprocessors for simulation or engineering analyses.
- Experience with Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS).
- Experience designing, testing, commissioning, or project management of train control systems or grade crossing protection systems.
- Experience designing, testing, commissioning, or project management of communication systems for the rail industry.
- Experience in engineering design and analysis methods pertinent to assessment of reliability and safety issues related to train control systems, railroad operating rules, mechanical equipment, and rail integrity.
- Experience planning and/or directing engineering programs or projects involving railroad signals, train control, and level crossings systems, subsystems, or related components.
- Experience leading or participating in industry and/or government teams addressing railroad related issues.
MANDATORY EDUCATION REQUIREMENT:
All applicants must meet one of the following requirements to qualify for consideration for an engineering position:
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.
- 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:
- Professional registration as an engineer.
- Evidence of Passing the Engineer-in-Training Written Test.
- Successful documented completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences as described by OPM
- 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.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
- Selective Service: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
- Probationary Period - You must complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
- Government Travel Card - 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.
- TIME-IN-GRADE: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade requirements contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
The Automated Staffing Office is ultimately responsible for determining your final rating. Please ensure that your resume and application provide enough detail to support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions. Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. Your answers to the Vacancy Specific questions, your self-determined rating, resume and supporting documentation are reviewed. If your resume and supporting documents do not support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions, your final rating may be modified.
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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.
- To begin, click the Apply Online button on the job announcement.
- 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.
If you are having difficulty applying online, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (202)366-1298.
The following documents must
be provided by the close 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
- 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.
- SF-50 - Which verifies grade, full performance level of position, and eligibility for consideration as a status applicant
- DD214 - Verifying military service and eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act.
- 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 (meeting minimum requirements for position and scoring at least an 85).
WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:
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. The most highly qualified candidates in the top group 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.