This position is located in the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Office of Safety, Infrastructure & Operations (NA-50), Office of Safety (NA-51), Office of Worker Safety & Health Services (NA-513). The employee will serve as an technical consultant and management advisor to the NNSA's senior managers of Fire Protection.
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As a General Engineer/Physical Scientist (Fire Protection Engineer), you will:
- Provides technical support to NNSA’s Safety and Health Programs to meet or exceed fire protection compliance and program requirements in support of a revitalized enterprise and mission objectives;
- Provides support and authoritative guidance regarding fire protection for facilities and operations within NNSA nuclear and non-nuclear facilities;
- Provides specific Fire Protection control-related analyses and evaluations regarding engineered Fire Protection systems, plant protection systems, human factors, operating procedures, and maintenance procedures;
- Serves as a member of an Accident Investigation team assessing abnormal conditions in the Fire Protection or Life Safety Code areas to assure that corrective actions have been taken by the organization to prevent recurrence; and
- Working in coordination with the NNSA Site Offices and Headquarters Organizations provides technical assistance to assure adequacy and applicability of the DOE Directives, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Codes and Standards, Building Codes and 10 CFR 851, Worker Protection Rule.
25% or less - Employee will be required to travel approximately 25% or less of the time.
04 - The full promotion potential for this position is an EN-801/1301-04.
Conditions of Employment
- Subject to Random Drug Testing
- Must pass a pre-employment drug test.
- Favorable suitability determination required.
- Financial Disclosure is required.
- Must be able to obtain/maintain a Q level Security Clearance.
- You must be a United States Citizen.
- This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
- Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.
- Compliance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12) governing personal identity which will require that you provide two forms of identification.
- A two year trial period may be required.
- More than one position may be filled from this vacancy announcement.
- This position has been designated as a position subject to coverage under the DOE/NNSA Technical Qualification Program (TQP). This position requires the incumbent to acquire and demonstrate competencies identified in the TQP Safeguards and Security Functional Area Qualification and site specific standards and requires qualification on the competencies by NNSA supervision and TQP qualifying officials.
- Potential exposure to industrial (e.g., noise, high voltage, moving machinery, conveyances) chemical and radiological hazards
Selective Factor: The Selective Factors that are Required for this Position Applicants must meet the OPM minimum qualification standard and any identified selective factors. Applicants who do not meet the selective factor identified below will be rated ineligible for further consideration.
The selective factor for this position has been defined as: The applicant must meet the requirements of a "qualified fire protection engineer" as defined in 41 CFR 102-80.135. These requirements include a thorough knowledge and understanding of the principles of physics and chemistry governing fire growth, spread, and suppression, meeting one of the following criteria: - An engineer having an undergraduate or graduate degree from a college or university offering a course of study in fire protection or fire safety engineering, plus a minimum of four (4) years work experience in fire protection engineering; OR - A professional engineer (P.E. or similar designation) registered in Fire Protection Engineering; OR - A professional engineer (P.E. or similar designation) registered in a related engineering discipline and holding Member grade status in the International Society of Fire Protection Engineers.
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 NNSA pay band or GS grade level in the Federal Service i.e., EN-03/NN-03 or GS-13. Specialized experience for this position is defined as: Reviewing the application of the systems and components to prevent and mitigate the hazards that may prevent nuclear explosive, nuclear material and less hazardous facilities; evaluating proposed fire system and component functionality and reliability; evaluating performance of fire emergency response organizations.
Examples of Specialized experience:
- Evaluating safe operation of nuclear facilities including safety basis process requirements implementation requirements and flow down of approved safety basis documents.
- Evaluating personnel training and qualification and equipment readiness to respond to fires, accidents, medical emergencies, hazardous material incidents and other emergencies. Analyzing performance information, reports, contractor assessments and other data.
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!
- Professional knowledge of the principles, practices, theories and concepts in the field of fire protection engineering and fire protection response in order to provide experienced judgment and knowledge of new developments to solve novel, unique or obscure problems;
- Skill to make technically sound decisions and implement necessary actions related to the application of these codes, regulations, and standards is necessary;
- Knowledge of the concepts, principles, and practices of the engineering field that enables an understanding of those aspects related to fire protection design, fire safety, and the analysis of fire-related phenomena;
- Knowledge of health and safety management is sufficient to critically review management programs of a wide variety and complexity and to implement means of Improvement where appropriate; and
- Knowledge of local, state, DOE, and other federal codes, standards, and regulations as well as general practices and guidance in the occupational safety area to evaluate, interpret, and promulgate their application to NNSA facilities and operations.
"Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. 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.
You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
EDUCATION: 801 - Degree: professional engineering. The curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology 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. OR 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. For more information, please refer to the OPM Qualification Standards at Professional Engineering Positions. 1301 - A. Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics. For more information on the alternate methods of qualifying for Physical Scientist, please refer to the OPM Qualification Standards at Physical Science Positions
There are alternate methods to meeting the engineering educational requirement (e.g., holding current professional engineering registration, having passed the EIT examination, or having completed specified academic courses or a related degree). For more information on the alternate methods, please refer to the OPM Qualification Standards at Professional Engineering Positions. If qualifying on the basis of an alternate method, i.e., professional license, you must submit official documentation to support your claim with your application package.
You must provide documentation supporting your education claims. Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, see the Department of Education website. **If you are selected, official transcripts may be required.**
FOREIGN EDUCATION: Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside of the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the U.S. A written evaluation of any foreign education must be provided with your application in response to this vacancy announcement or be received by the closing date of this announcement. Failure to provide this evaluation will result in you being found unqualified for the position. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education, see the Department of Education website, and for a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, visit The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.
Please Note: If your foreign education has already been accepted by an accredited U.S. educational institution as part of a degree program with that institution, you do not need to provide an evaluation of foreign education but must submit a copy of the transcripts listing the degree from the U.S. accredited institution that accepted your foreign education.
- 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.
- More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
- Many positions require successful completion of a background investigation.
- All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register. If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
We will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements. If you meet the qualifications requirements, your application will be referred to the selecting official for further review.
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" or "not qualified".
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
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: You must submit a resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.
- Your resume should list all work experience (paid and unpaid); you must list the full name and address of the each employer.
- For all types of work experience, you should indicate the start and end dates (include month, day, and year); you must also list the average number of hours per week that you worked.
- For paid work experience, please indicate your starting salary for each position and the highest salary you earned (if different).
- Your resume should also include any education and training you have completed (list the program title, subject area, number of hours completed, and completion date).
- For more information about what to include in your resume, please view this USAJOBS Resume Tutorial video on YouTube.
- List all incentive awards on your resume.
Applicants using education to qualify (if allowed): Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and final grade. Education cannot be substituted for experience in some positions at higher grade levels. Please see the Education section for more information.
**NOTE: All Applicants are required to submit their last 2 performance evaluations.**
***You must provide transcripts with your application in order to receive consideration for this position.***
For Professional, Scientific and Engineering Positions: If qualifying on the basis of an alternate method, i.e., professional license, you must submit official documentation to support your claim with your application package.
Veterans: Veteran eligibility documentation (DD-214 Member #4 Copy, 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.
Displaced Federal employees who qualify for CTAP: If you are a former Federal employee who was displaced due to a Reduction-in-Force (RIF) or surplused by some other means, please submit a copy of the separation letter or RIF notice from your agency. To be selected under CTAP, you must still be found well-qualified for this position. Please see the OPM Guide to Career Transition for more information.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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The Federal Government offers a number of exceptional benefits that are unmatched by most other organizations. As a Federal employee, you will be eligible for health benefits from your choice of a wide variety of providers, long-term care insurance, generous sick and annual leave accruals with 10 paid holidays, a family-friendly work environment, flexible spending options, and a comprehensive retirement plan unparalleled by most private-industry organizations.
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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
To be considered for this position, you must submit your complete application no later than 11:59 pm U.S. Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement. If you do not submit a complete application prior to the closing time (regardless of when you started) the online 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 online application system displays a countdown timer at the top of the screen for your reference. For your security, your session in our online application system will "time-out" if you are inactive for a certain period of time. We recommend that you preview the assessment questions before you apply and prepare all of your information prior to beginning the application. If you do get "timed-out" you will have to log back in to USAJOBS and re-visit the vacancy announcement, you can then click "Update Application" to finish where you left off.
Steps to submit a complete application:
- You must have a USAJOBS account and be logged in.
- You must have a complete resume associated with your USAJOBS account. Please note that some DOE offices do not accept uploaded resumes and instead require that you submit a USAJOBS-formatted resume using the Resume Builder.
- You will be prompted to select a resume and any documentation you have attached to your USAJOBS account before you are transferred to the Department of Energy's online application system. Please be aware that any document you select before being transferred to our system, will not automatically be received. You must take steps to download your documents from USAJOBS during the "Documents" step within our online application system (see Step 6).
- If you are a first-time applicant to the Department of Energy, you'll be asked to register an account first. If you are a returning applicant, you will skip this step and go straight to the application portion.
- You must respond to all applicant assessment questions, carefully following all instructions provided.
- You will then be asked to upload additional supporting documentation. If you selected documents from USAJOBS prior to being transferred to our application system (Step 3), you will need to click the "USAJOBS" link to complete the transfer process. These documents ARE NOT automatically transferred! It is ultimately your responsibility to make sure all required documents are either faxed, uploaded, or transferred from USAJOBS successfully. If you are unsure that your documents went through, please contact the HR Specialist listed on the announcement BEFORE the vacancy closes.
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Agency contact information
AddressNational Nuclear Security Administration
P.O. Box 5400
ABQ, New Mexico 87185-5400
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