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Job Title:  General Engineer (Safety Standards), GS-0801-11/12 (Open to U.S. Citizens) DM
Department:  Department Of Transportation
Agency:  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Job Announcement Number:  NHTSA.NVS-2014-0013

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$63,091.00 to $98,305.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 to Friday, August 22, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy - Washington DC, DC   View Map
Applications will be accepted from any U.S. Citizen.

This job is also 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: NHTSA.NVS-2014-0012.
Q - Nonsensitive


About the Agency

Serves as a recognized expert engineer and technical consultant with the Vehicle Dynamics Division in the Office of Crash Avoidance Standards. The Office of Crash Avoidance Standards is responsible for developing safety standards related to reducing the likelihood that vehicles become involved in crashes. The Vehicle Dynamics Division provides a focal point for the development of motor vehicle safety performance improvements and promulgation of any resulting Federal motor vehicle
safety standards, regulations, and/or guidelines dealing with crash avoidance characteristics of motor vehicle braking, steering, tires, and wheels. The Vehicle Dynamics Division also identifies, recommends, and on occasion, conducts research, development, and testing needed to support the development or modification of standards.

The ideal candidate for this position is highly self-motivated, possesses good engineering judgment, has excellent oral and written communication skills, and is capable of working cooperatively with other offices within NHTSA and organizations within the motor vehicle industry to accomplish the agency's goal of improved tire safety.

NHTSA is seeking a candidate who can combine a project's elements from research and development, compliance testing, and safety benefits analyses to develop, with excellent writing skills, a reasoned case in rulemaking support documentation for the recommendations of the program.

PLEASE NOTE: All offers for Federal appointments will be made at Step 1 for each grade level. Salaries are available on the OPM website at


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  • Applications will be accepted from any U.S. Citizen.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date
  • Provide all required documents by closing date
  • Position is telework eligible
  • Position also advertised merit promotion as: NHTSA.NVS-2014-0012
  • Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days


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As a General Engineer (Safety Standards), you will:

  • Assemble, evaluate and document, in coordination with other NHTSA staff, information and data in support of NHTSA positions in congressional and public hearings, judicial reviews or litigation in which standards, proposed standards or other agency programs are at issue. Assist and independently develop position papers and rulemaking support documentation which forms the basis for drafting notices, preambles, rules, and regulatory analyses.
  • Work toward independently identifying, analyzing, and quantifying safety problems. Survey the crash and vehicle related data and information available to NHTSA in search of appropriate and adequate solutions. Work to identify the research requirements for specific rulemaking action plans. Formulate requirements and assist in developing task descriptions in support of NHTSAs rulemaking actions.
  • Be primarily concerned with rulemaking activities for all types of motor vehicles associated with FMVSS No. 109, 110, 117, 119, 120, 129, & 139. These standards include the performance and labeling requirements for tires used on motor vehicles. The incumbent works with other safety standards engineers in motor vehicle safety standards preparation and standards implementation and maintenance.
  • Manage, monitor and review the activities and results of research, development, and analyses conducted by expert individuals or organizations, both within and outside NHTSA. Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of the state-of-the-art in such areas as motor vehicle tire design and performance to ensure safe use on roadways; and evaluate the applicability of such knowledge to NHTSAs activities.


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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 either the education or experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

On Education, you must have:

  • Three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to Ph.D. degree OR equivalent graduate degree.
On Experience, you must have at least one year of equal or equivalent experience at the (GS-9) level. It must include:
  • Experience applying Federal motor vehicle safety standards to activities associated with motor vehicle or vehicle equipment safety.
  • Experience evaluating safety performance of motor vehicles and tires.
You can also qualify on a combination of higher level graduate education and matching experience. This experience and education must be fully documented in your resume. If using education to qualify, you must provide supporting graduate level transcripts.


On Experience, you must have at least one year of equal or equivalent experience, it must include:

In addition to the GS-11:
  • Experience implementing motor vehicle safety initiatives, including the specification of necessary research activities to support rulemaking initiatives.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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

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
  • 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 a 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.


  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • DEU REQUIREMENTS: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully 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 who have provided supporting documents will receive selection priority over non-veterans. 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.
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Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition.

NHTSA is a Local 3313 bargaining unit agency.


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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.
  • 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, send an email to or call us at (202)366-1298.


The following documents must be provided by the close date:
  • RESUME - Showing relevant experience and education and fully supporting the 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 preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. If you are claiming compensably disabled preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference. Additional information on veterans' preference is available in the Vet's Guide at:
  • 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).
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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