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Job Title:General Engineer

Department:Department Of Energy

Agency:Department of Energy

Hiring Organization:Office of Fossil Energy

Job Announcement Number:DOE-HQ-FE-14-00142-CR

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$106,263.00 to $138,136.00 / Per Year


Monday, June 23, 2014 to Wednesday, July 9, 2014




Full-Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
District of Columbia, DC View Map


All U.S. Citizens

This position is also advertised to status candidates as a Merit Promotion announcement, vacancy # DOE-HQ-FE-14-00142-MP.


Not Applicable




About the Agency

This position is located in the Office of Fossil Energy (FE) within the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Clean Coal and Carbon Management and reports to the Director, Division of Large Carbon Management Projects. The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary is responsible for providing headquarters oversight, program management and direction on large carbon management projects, including Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) demonstration programs.

A successful candidate in this position will:

  • Oversee and evaluate the development and demonstration of advanced technologies.
  • Plan, direct, and coordinate of all phases of the financial, procurement and budget process within areas of responsibility.
  • Provide day-to-day programmatic leadership for all large carbon management initiatives and projects.


  • Occasional Travel
  • 5 days per month


  • Yes
  • MAY be paid. Not a definite.


  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program
  • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.


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As a General Engineer, you will:

  • Serve as a recognized authority on, and is the key strategic and technical policy advisor and analyst dealing with Carbon Capture and Storage Demonstration Program (CCSDP) projects and maintains an in-depth, up-to-date, knowledge of all technical, financial, procurement, and other issues being encountered by the CCSDP projects and is responsible for resolving all arising issues.
  • Be responsible for the development, coordination and integration of activities into program strategic plans including NEPA strategies, budget development, metrics and tracking systems, project management principles for major projects, system acquisitions, assessment of cost-share arrangements, issues resolution and agreements with industry, State and foreign partners. This involves development of negotiating strategies, and development of joint participation in cost-shared projects involving the utilization of clean energy systems that will benefit the U.S. through the deployment of high efficiency, environmentally superior, cost-effective technologies.
  • Ensure the execution of all CCSDP projects in compliance with applicable regulations and laws (NEPA,EPACT 2005, etc), and must ensure that a set of clearly defined, agreed upon milestones, schedules and deliverable for the CCSDP projects are instituted to accomplish the overall goals and objectives of the Office of Advanced Fossil Technology Systems programs, initiatives and priorities.
  • Formulate and justify CCSDP budgets and provide budget defense of all CCSDP outlays; maintain up-to-date information concerning all aspects of the CCSDP and provide HQ guidance on major and key milestones, goals, and recommendations on resources for achieving goals. He/she assures consistency and compliance of CCSDP implementation with Headquarters program policies and DOE regulations.
  • Be responsible for interfacing with a variety of organizations (both domestic and international) to ensure planned activities are carried out and meet the requirements of the Office of Advanced Fossil Technology Systems, Fossil Energy, DOE, Office of Management and Budget, Congress, customers and stakeholder.
  • Prepare and coordinate technical and policy strategy, briefings, and present analyses to high level Departmental and foreign officials as needed; interact and organize meetings, conferences and symposia within and outside the Department as required, and provide lead coordination with other Federal agencies (e.g. Dept. of Commerce, State, etc), industrial, State, non-governmental, and international organizations and foreign government agencies.
  • Represent the Division Director, and FE in negotiating technical program scope for exchanges on major clean energy projects and initiatives with designated foreign countries, and ensure that the economic and technical interests of the U. S. and U. S. competitiveness (e.g. intellectual property rights provisions) are upheld.
  • Develop and analyze quid pro quo associated with international exchanges in major clean energy and zero emissions energy projects and initiative areas in support of the domestic mission of FE; protects U.S. taxpayer investments and enhance U.S. industry opportunities, while at the same time providing the foreign interest with value received for their co-investment with the U.S.
  • Coordinate and analyze cost-shared cooperative agreements and recommend cost-effectiveness measures for achieving return on investment to U.S. taxpayers within the overall program goals of achieving maximum related public benefits through the application of business management concepts and empirical analysis.


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SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS Your resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-13) in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:

  • Leading or managing demonstration projects/programs in advanced coal combustion power generation technologies (e.g., pre-combustion, post-combustion, oxy-combustion, non-power carbon capture and storage technologies); and
  • Industry experience in using project management tools.
Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application! 1. Knowledge of advanced coal combustion power generation technologies. 2. Ability to manage complex technological development and demonstration engineering projects/programs. 3. Ability to develop performance metrics, program strategies and evaluate major programs. 4. Ability to formulate and defend budgets and strategically plan and develop resources. 5. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. 
You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

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.


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.
You must provide documentation supporting any education claims in your application. Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.


  • A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work. Current Federal employees or other individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check.
  • Status and non-status applicants from outside DOE may be required to serve a mandatory one (1) year probationary period.
  • A DOE career status employee selected for this position may be required to serve a new one (1) year probationary period, pursuant to 5 CFR 315.802.
  • ALL supplemental documentation MUST be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.
  • Applicants MUST meet ALL eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
  • This position is in the bargaining unit covered under NTEU.


Your application will be rated by our application system using the Category Rating procedure. A quality review will then be conducted by the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME). Your application is rated based on the extent and quality of your experience, education (if applicable to the job), and training described in your online resume/questionnaire as related to the duties of this position. The quality categories are usually defined as "Best Qualified", "Well Qualified" and "Qualified". Veterans Preference eligibles will be listed at the top of whichever category your rating places you in. CP/CPS veterans are placed at the top of the highest category for all positions except professional and scientific positions at GS-9 and higher.
If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses you provided in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted.
To preview questions please click here.


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You can review our benefits at:


  • The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.
  • If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the 'How you will be evaluated' section.
  • More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
  • Some positions may require completion of a probationary period or a background investigation.
  • All males must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register.


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To be considered for this position, you must submit a complete application no later than 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete application prior to the closing time (regardless of when you started) the application system will not allow you to finish. Requests for extensions will not be granted, so please begin the application process allowing yourself enough time to finish before the deadline. Our application system displays a countdown timer in the top-left corner of the screen for your reference.  

Steps to submit a complete application:
  1. You must have a USAJOBS account and be logged in.
  2. You must have a completed resume. (Please note that some DOE offices do not accept uploaded resumes and require that you have a completed resume within your USAJOBS profile using the Resume Builder).
  3. Once you are logged in and all of your application materials ready, click the 'Apply Now' button.
  4. You must respond to all applicant assessment questions, carefully following all instructions provided.
  5. You will then be asked to upload additional supporting documentation, which may include (but is not limited to) transcripts, portfolio samples, certifications, and verification of veteran status.
  6. IMPORTANT: In the final step of the application process you will be shown a copy of your resume and all the information you entered during the application process. You must click the 'Finish' button at the bottom of this final page and receive confirmation that your application has been received. If you do not click 'Finish', your application will not be received.
If your resume does not support the responses in your application questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.
Steps to modify or withdraw your application:
  1. Return to USAJOBS and log in.
  2. In the "My Account" screen, click "Application Status" in the left-hand column.
  3. You will see a table list of all the jobs you've applied to, click on the title of the application you want to modify.
  4. If the announcement is still open the button which normally says "Apply Now" will instead say "Edit Application", click that button. (If you want to withdraw your application from consideration after the closing date, contact the HR Specialist listed on the announcement.)
  5. You will be directed to the application where you can make changes or you can click "Withdraw Application" to delete your application.
  • If you experience any difficulties with the application process (anything after you have clicked the Apply Now button), please contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement between normal business hours from 8:30-5:00.
  • If you are having trouble with USAJOBS (searching for jobs, account profile issues, or Resume Builder help, please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center or e-mail
  • If you are experiencing a significant hardship which hinders your ability to apply online please contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement during normal business hours.


Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants.
If you are unsure, click the link for each document type to read more.
  • ALL APPLICANTS: Resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.
  • If specific educational requirements are indicated for this vacancy: Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and grade. Please see the Education section for more information.
  • Veterans: veteran eligibility documentation (DD-214, VA Letter, Standard Form (SF) 15 as applicable). Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency to receive Veterans Preference under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.
  • Persons with Disabilities: Individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may apply for appointment through the Schedule A hiring authority. Certified verification of a disability from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or any Federal, state, or District of Columbia agency or U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits will be required.


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Human Resources Office
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