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Job Title:  Cost Estimator
Department:  Department Of Energy
Agency:  Department of Energy
Job Announcement Number:  14-EMCBC-J003-DE

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$69,497.00 to $111,565.00 / Per Year
Friday, July 25, 2014 to Friday, August 8, 2014
Full-time - Permanent
3 vacancies in the following location(s):
Cincinnati, OH View Map
Aiken, SC View Map
All US Citizens
  • Veterans' Preference applies to this vacancy.
NOTE: This position is being advertised concurrently with 14-EMCBC-J003-MP.
Not Applicable


About the Agency

One position is with the Department of Energy, Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center. The EMCBC is located in Cincinnati, home of the 2015 MLB All Star game. The mission of the Office of Environmental Management (EM) is to complete the safe cleanup of the environmental legacy brought about from five decades of nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored nuclear energy research. Two positions are with the Savannah River site. DOE-Savannah River Operations Office is located in Aiken, S. C. The largest city close to the site is Augusta, GA - "Home of the Masters Golf Tournament."

At the full performance level, a successful candidate in this position will serve as a Cost Estimator, providing a wide range of cost and schedule estimation and cost analysis functions in support of the EM mission.


  • Occasional Travel
  • 1 to 5 days per month


  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses may be paid in accordance with Federal Travel Regulations, pending funding availability.


  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.
  • A Q clearance will be required for positions located at Savannah River.


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As a Cost Estimator at the full performance level, you will:

  • Develop independent government cost and schedule estimates for proposed environmental cleanup acquisitions
  • Develop programmatic life-cycle cost estimates or project cost estimates to support environmental cleanup programs
  • Evaluate the validity and accuracy of cost estimates prepared by contractors for proposed projects
  • Coordinates cost estimating work with engineering and technical disciplines, planning teams, independent project teams, procurement teams, source evaluation boards, and construction management specialists
  • Applies risk management processes to conduct risk planning, assessment, identification, and perform risk analysis to assess cost and schedule risk for any DOE or EM cleanup program or project
  • Performs Life-cycle cost analyses (LCCA) to assess the total cost of facility ownership or evaluate the overall costs of project alternatives necessary to select the design that ensures the project will provide the lowest overall cost of ownership consistent with its quality and function
  • Conducts variance analyses to understand why actual project costs deviated from estimated program or project costs
  • Forecasts price trends, economic factors, and efficiencies in production


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SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. This experience may have been obtained in either the private or public sector. Specialized experience for this position:

For GS-12: one or more years of demonstrated experience in each of the following:

  • preparing program and project life cycle cost estimates;
  • developing project or program schedules;
  • writing reports explaining methodology of cost and schedule estimating used and interpreting results;
  • performing data analysis; and
  • using cost estimating software.
For GS-13: one or more years of demonstrated experience in each of the following:
  • independently preparing program life-cycle cost estimates or project cost estimates;
  • writing reports interpreting and justifying methods;
  • using cost estimating and scheduling software;
  • evaluating the validity of cost estimates, prepared by others; and
  • conducting variance analysis to determine why actual costs deviated from projected costs
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following competencies. 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. Cost Estimating and analysis – Understands the fundamentals of cost analysis.
  2. Cost Risk Analysis -- determine the likelihood of finishing the project on budget and estimate the requisite contingency reserve needed to provide the desired amount of certainty about achieving the cost plus reserve.
  3. Decision Making: Makes sound decisions that take into account program or project objectives, risks, implications, and agency and governmental regulations.
  4. Influence and Negotiation: Uses persuasion to gain the support and cooperation from EM’s Small Sites, EM Field Offices, and DOE EM HQ Program Offices, and contractors to achieve a desired course of action consistent with the organization’s strategic goals and objectives.
  5. Communication: Delivers clear, effective communication and takes responsibility for understanding others.
  6. Project Management -- The discipline of planning, organizing, and managing resources to bring about the successful completion of a specific project.
You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

If this vacancy specifically states that certain educational requirements must be met (also known as a "positive educational requirement"), 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.

Positions at the Savannah River site will require a Q clearance.


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". Within each category, veteran preference eligibles will be listed at the top of the category. 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 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.
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  • 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.
  • 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.


  • 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.


Michelle Litmer
Phone: 513-246-0514
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
Department of Energy
250 East 5th Street
Cincinnati, OH
Fax: 000-000-0000


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