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    This position is located in the Weighing Branch, Dust Division, Pittsburgh Safety and Health Technology Center (PSHTC), Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).  The incumbent processes respirable dust samples and participates in surveys of health conditions in the mining industry.

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    This is a developmental position; the duties described below are at the full performance level, GS-12.  If selected at the GS-09 or GS-11 grade level, the incumbent will serve in a developmental capacity, wherein the work is less complex in nature and the supervisor or a senior level employee provides specific instruction and guidance.

    • Designs, plans and conducts tests to determine performance and characteristics of particulate testing and sampling equipment and respective component parts through tests, studies of design, and various other methods, and makes interpretations of test findings.
    • Determines the need for modifications or designs peripheral circuits and programs for commercially-available and in-house developed dust sampling and analysis equipment for both production use and atypical applications of assessing underground mine environments and for the development of improved enforcement procedures.  Researches and implements modifications of new designs based on evaluation of the specifications and MSHA requirements.
    • Utilizes research and data initiated by the incumbent to prepare technical manuscripts that document test results, equipment modification procedures, calibration procedures, repair manuals, and any other information essential to establish or improve the standardization, accuracy, and reliability of respirable dust testing and sampling procedures used form the enforcement of employee exposure limits set by law and MSHA policy.
    • Develops automated data reports through the use of complex computer programs and queries of MSHA enforcement databases.  Utilizes various sophisticated computer program languages to communicate with a wide array of laboratory equipment. 
    • Leads lower grade technicians during the performance of the tests and the modification or fabrication of equipment.
    • Researches, designs, and recommends procedures for laboratory and underground testing and evaluation of particulate sampling and testing instrumentation and equipment.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional Travel may be required to attend meetings or training that is not located at the Pittsburgh Safety and Health Technology Center.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential

    12 - There is no obligation to provide future promotions if you are selected. Promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, meet all the performance requirements, and supervisor’s recommendation to the next grade.

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