Reference U.S. OPM Individual Occupational Requirements for Professional Engineering Positions https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/files/all-professional-engineering-positions-0800.pdf in conjunction with the Group Qualification Standard for Professional & Scientific Positions https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=GS-PROF.
A. Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor’s degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; 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.
B. 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 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 or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT)1, or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.
2. Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)2 examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
3. Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A.
4. Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor’s degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive).
TO QUALIFY FOR THIS POSITION AT THE FV-G level, you must meet the Basic Requirements as stated above.
TO QUALIFY FOR THIS POSITION AT THE FV-H level, in addition to the above Basic Requirements you must demonstrate in your application you possess one (1) year of Specialized Experience equivalent to FV-G (FG/GS 5/7/9) level.
Specialized Experience* may include but is not limited to: select or adapt equipment to obtain the required voltages, controls; performing work involving airfield night and navigational lighting; experience with electrical circuits, circuit elements, equipment, systems, and associated phenomena concerned with electrical energy for purposes such as motive power, heating, illumination, or production of magnetic fields.
EDUCATION SUBSTITION: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, gained from an accredited college or university. The education should provide the knowledge and skills required to do the work of the position.
Combination Education and Experience may be qualifying for this position.
TO QUALIFY FOR THIS POSITION AT THE FV-I level in addition to the above Basic Requirements you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the FV-H (FG/GS 11/12) level.
Specialized Experience* may include but not limited to: experience investigating and troubleshooting electrical power systems; testing equipment, solving operating problems; developing time and cost of engineering projects; and conducting site surveys and site adaptation of standard engineering designs.
TO QUALIFY FOR THIS POSITION AT THE FV-J level in addition to the above Basic Requirements you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the FV-I (FG/GS 13) level.
Specialized Experience* may include but not limited to:experience designing, interpreting and justifying electrical system designs, plans, drawings and schematics to meet agency/local building codes; conducting technical research and development of electrical propulsion and electrical systems in aviation or similar systems; experience planning, executing, and monitoring complex technical programs that have area-wide impact; and assessing the interoperability of electrical systems as they relate to buildings, computer systems, and electronic equipment.
TO QUALIFY FOR THIS POSITION AT THE FV-K level in addition to the above Basic Requirements you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the FV-J (FG/GS 14) level.
Specialized Experience* may include but not limited to: experience in designing and inspecting electrical systems and equipment such as those found in power distribution systems or power plants; developing, issuing and advising on agency policy, guidance and engineering standards; providing expert electrical engineering advise or consultation regarding priorities in implementing agency design and construction activities.
*Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, & abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that are typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.
Applicants should include examples of Specialized Experience in their work history.