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Job Title:Interdisciplinary Engineer (Recorder Specialist)

Agency:National Transportation Safety Board

Job Announcement Number:RE-1164053-DM

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$42,631.00 to $116,901.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, July 11, 2014 to Thursday, July 24, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0830/0861-07/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

14

DUTY LOCATIONS:

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

WHO MAY APPLY:

US Citizens and Status Candidates

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Not Applicable

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

 THIS POSITION IS BEING ADVERTISED UNDER MULTIPLE ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBERS. PERMANENT CHANGE OF DUTY STATION (PCS) IS NOT AUTHORIZED UNDER THIS ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER.  ALTERNATIVELY, YOU MAY APPLY FOR RE-1163485-DM FOR WHICH PCS IS AUTHORIZED.

 

NTSB: Independently Advancing Transportation Safety.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent U.S. Federal agency responsible for investigating significant accidents in the various modes of transportation--aviation, railroad, highway, marine, and pipeline. The NTSB determines the probable cause of each accident investigated and issues safety recommendations to prevent future accidents.  

Since our inception, we have investigated over 100,000 aviation accidents and surface transportation accidents and over 80% of our safety recommendations have been implemented. A career at NTSB offers the opportunity to contribute to advancing public transportation safety. Become a member of a unique and dynamic organization where you can make a difference in the transportation industry! 

This position is located in the Office of Research & Engineering, Vehicle Recorder Division. 

WHO MAY APPLY:  US citizens, current and former Federal employees serving under competitive appointments and those eligible under special hiring authorities.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel is required.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Relevant experience/eligibility requirements (see Qualifications in Tab 3)
  • Bargaining Unit Position (If applicable)
  • Financial Interest in transportation enterprises is prohibited
  • Suitable for Federal employment

DUTIES:

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Duties may include:

  • Provides engineering advice on vehicle recorders in one or more modes of transportation.
  • Serves as Group Chairperson of a team of experts conducting vehicle recorder investigations.
  • Recovers recorded information and prepares reports to achieve maximum use of information for accident prevention and to achieve Safety Board objectives.
  • Assures technical quality and capability of the Division's laboratories and related systems.
  • Operates and assists with the Division's laboratories and develops new methods and technologies.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To minimally qualify for the GS-13 level, applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience at the GS-12 level or equivalent. Specialized experience demonstrates mastery of engineering theories and methods sufficient to develop new procedures to address novel/complex investigation scenarios; the ability to apply industry-accepted principles, techniques and practices of engineering to conduct complex analyses of recorded data, audio, or video; and the ability to resolve technical challenges in extraction of recorded data, audio or video when standard methods are not successful or available.

To minimally qualify for the GS-12 level, applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience at the GS-11 level or equivalent. Specialized experience demonstrates the ability to apply industry-accepted principles, techniques and practices of engineering to conduct complex analyses of recorded data, audio, or video; and the ability to resolve technical challenges in extraction of recorded data, audio or video when standard methods are not successful.

To minimally qualify for the GS-11 level, applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience at the GS-09 level or equivalent. Specialized experience demonstrates the ability to apply industry-accepted principles, techniques and practices of engineering to conduct analyses of recorded data, audio, or video; and the ability to extract recorded data, audio or video using standard methods OR 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph D or equivalent doctoral degree. To be creditable, your education must be directly related to the position being filled.

To minimally qualify for the GS-09 level, applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience at the GS-07 level or equivalent. Specialized experience demonstrates the ability to apply industry-accepted principles, techniques and practices of engineering to conduct analyses of recorded data OR 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's or equivalent degree. To be creditable, your education must be directly related to the position being filled.

To minimally qualify for the GS-07 level, applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience at the GS-05 level or equivalent. Specialized experience demonstrates knowledge of industry-accepted principles, techniques and practices of engineering as they relate to data acquisition and analysis OR 1 year of graduate-level education or superior academic achievement. To be creditable, your education must be directly related to the position being filled.


In addition you must possess a bachelor's or higher degree in 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 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 and physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.

OR

A combination of education and experience which includes successful completion of one of the following as defined by the Office of Personnel Management: Professional Registration, Written Test, Specified academic courses or Related curriculum. More information regarding the above alternative methods may be found at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/IORs/gs0800/0800.htm

Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

We will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  Applicants meeting the basic qualifications requirements will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Occupational Questionnaire.  The Occupational Questionnaire collects information on your education, training, and experience related to critical competencies/ksas, such as:

  • Skill with processing and analyzing recorded information such as parametric data recorded in vehicle data recording systems, vehicle tests, or a laboratory test environment, including knowledge of signal processing hardware and software.
  • Knowledge of accident investigation processes, practices, and methods, including the extraction of information from on-board data, audio, or video recording devices.
  • Ability to lead teams composed of technical personnel drawn from different organizations in accomplishing desired goals.
  • Ability to prepare technical reports and make oral presentations especially as they relate to expressing complex technical matters in terms easily understood by a non-technical audience.
  • Knowledge of aircraft or surface vehicle operations or systems (such as controls, navigation, engines, etc.) in a civilian or military environment.

NOTE: We do NOT require a separate statement responding to each of these competencies.  However, your resume should CLEARLY show possession of these competencies.

 

For Competitive Applicants/All US Citizens (Delegated Examining): Applicants will be rated using the Category Rating System.  If you meet the eligibility and specialized experience requirements for this position you will be rated on your possession of the competencies listed above.  Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the Screening Questions/Occupational Questionnaire for consistency. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience.  Based on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training in relation to these competencies, you will be placed into one of the following three categories:

Highly Qualified – Applicants with a background that demonstrates a superior level of possession of all competencies.·

Well Qualified – Applicants with a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of possession of the competencies.·

Qualified – Applicants possessing the specialized experience described above and any education or selective factor if also required.

The Category Rating Method does not add Veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three", but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Documented Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% will be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher.

For Merit Promotion Applicants: If you meet the minimum requirements and your application is among the top candidates you will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration.


BENEFITS:

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You can review our benefits at: http://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/fastfacts/quickguide.pdf

The Federal Government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. We offer a broad array of benefits programs and family friendly flexibilities to meet your needs, as well as your family's needs. These benefits include, but are not limited to: health care, life insurance, flexible spending and dependent care accounts, annual and sick leave, long term care insurance, and retirement savings plans.



OTHER INFORMATION:

    • Moving expenses associated with permanent change of station (PCS) ARE NOT authorized for this position.
    • If you left Federal Employment and received a buy out and you are selected for this position, you may be required to repay the full amount of the payment.
    • Multiple and subsequent vacancies may be filled from this announcement.
    • If you are an eligible Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 90 or above on the rating criteria for this position. ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456. 
    • Veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces and were separated under honorable conditions may be eligible for veterans' preference. Veterans' preference does not apply to positions in the Senior Executive Service or to internal agency actions such as a reassignment or promotion. When claiming preference, veterans must provide a copy of their DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other acceptable documentation. Applicants claiming 10 point preference will need to submit Form SF-15, Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference. If you have questions about the applicability of veterans' preference for a particular vacancy please contact the agency posting the announcement. To learn more about veterans' preference, special veteran appointing authorities, and other veteran related topics, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov.
    • All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications
    • Telework may be approved on a case-by-case basis.

 



HOW TO APPLY:

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It is your responsibility for the complete application package to be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, July 24, 2014 to receive consideration.

 

  • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational 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 the closing date. 
  • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. 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.

 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following 1164053. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144. If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire , View Assessment Questions

2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf, and

3. Fax 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.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

COMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGE: To fully determine eligibility, all applicable documents listed below must be submitted. Failure to submit any of the below documentation may result in your disqualification from further consideration.

  • Resume
  • Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire
  • Veterans Preference documentation (DD-214 or equivalent; SF-15 and VA Letter if applicable. 
  • A copy of your most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" listing your Position Title, Series and Grade and Step, Tenure and Position Occupied to verify eligibility (if you are a current or former federal employee), if applicable.
  • A copy of your most recent performance rating of record (if you are a current of former Federal employee), if applicable.
  • A copy of all applicable transcripts from an accredited college or university.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Human Resources Division
Phone: (202)314-6230
TDD: (202)314-6206
Email: HUMANRESOURCESDIVISION@NTSB.GOV
Agency Information:
NTSB Office of Administration
Human Resources Division
AD 30
490 L Enfant Plaza East SW
Washington, DC
20594
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After a review of your resume, required documents and assessment questionnaire is complete, you will be notified of your application status. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

NEED HELP??? If you are experiencing problems establishing an account within USA Staffing, please contact the Application Manager Help desk at ApplicationManagerHelpDesk@opm.gov. If you are experiencing difficulties while applying to a specific job announcement, please contact the USAJOBS Help desk at https://my.usajobs.gov/home/contactus.

To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select My Applications, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

The National Transportation Safety Board does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

The National Transportation Safety Board provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the National Transportation Safety Board directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


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Job Announcement Number:

RE-1164053-DM

Control Number:

375127300