Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Engineering Technician (Petroleum)
Open Period:
02/25/2016 - 03/10/2016 Format MM/DD/YYYY
GS - 0802A 05/06/07/08
USD $38,154 - USD $68,039
Work Schedule:
Full-time - This is a full-time position.
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
5 Vacancy in

Dickinson, ND, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Branch of Human Resources


Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.
Security Clearance Required:
Q Nonsensitive
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
This is a permanent position in the competitive service.
About the Agency
BLM is seeking dynamic and energetic individuals to join our team and serve as Engineering Technicians (Petroleum) in the Eastern Montana/Dakotas District Office, North Dakota Field Office, Division of Mineral Resources.  These positions will be located in Dickinson, North Dakota.  Information about the Dickinson area can be found at the Dickinson Chamber of Commerce website. 

These positions are also being advertised at the GS-7/8/9/10/11 levels MT Merit-2016-0076.  The full performance level of each position is GS-11.  

Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.  The BLM manages more land - 245 million surface acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western States, including Alaska. The BLM, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. For additional information about the BLM, please visit our website.
Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:

RELOCATION EXPENSES:  Travel and relocation expenses will be paid consistent with the Federal Travel Regulation and Departmental policy.  The use of a relocation service company and home marketing incentive will not be offered.

Travel Required:
25% or less

Frequent overnight travel will be required approximately 10-15 days per month. Travel will require extended hours of driving.  Driving may be required in all weather conditions, at any time of the day or night, and/or in isolated areas.  


This is a career-ladder position with potential to the GS-11 level. At the GS-05 through GS-10 levels, the incumbent will perform progressively more difficult duties at a reduced level of responsibility while receiving on-the-job and other appropriate training that will prepare him/her for promotion to the next higher grade level.  This position requires a considerable amount of math at the high school algebra level to verify volume and height of cement and other drilling fluids and gas volumes to account for production from Federal and Indian oil and gas leases, and other assignments.  At the full-performance level, the incumbent performs complex and responsible petroleum engineering technician work involving all aspects of drilling and production inspection and enforcement activities, and is responsible for performing a variety of duties including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Performing on-site inspections and preparing reports on all phases of oil and gas drilling/work-over operations and associated facilities.
  • Ensuring that operator’s equipment, safety systems, and operations are in compliance with the approved Application for Permit to Drill (APD), Sundry Notices (SN), lease terms, Notices to Lessees, Onshore Orders, and applicable regulations.
  • Witnessing and preparing reports on casing and cementing operations to ensure proper procedures and types of casing are run as approved.
  • Inspecting, witnessing, and preparing reports on plugging and abandonment operations to ensure all minerals and water zones are properly protected.
  • Documenting problems and determining corrective action, obtaining voluntary compliance, wherever possible through contact with operations.
  • Issuing assessments, civil penalties, and shut–in orders when continued operations could result in adverse impacts to public health and safety, the environment, or royalty income, coordinating with all officials as appropriate.
Physical Demands and Work Environment: Work is primarily in a field location where it is necessary to wear appropriate safety equipment. Work environment involves exposure to extreme weather conditions, hazardous explosive fumes, poisonous gasses, toxic chemicals, high frequency noises, high-pressure equipment, and moving machinery. Work involves climbing up and down ladders and steep stairways. A large part of the time is spent driving to work sites that are located in isolated areas. This work environment requires the use of hard hats, hard-toe boots, safety glasses, ear protection equipment and cold weather gear and/or a respirator may also be required.

Qualifications and Evaluations


1. Certification: “
Selectees must successfully complete BLM's required National Oil and Gas Certification program and must obtain certification within 3 years after employment.  Failure on the employees part to obtain certification within 3 years may result in disciplinary action, up to and including removal from Federal service based on the lack of required qualifications to perform specified duties. 

2.  Service Agreement:  The selected incumbent must enter into a Service Agreement as a condition of employment for this position. He or she must successfully complete the Bureau of Land Management Petroleum Engineering Technician (PET) Certification Program and continue service in the Federal Government for 2 years from the date of obtaining PET certification. 

You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
Key Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Background Investigation is required.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" sections.
  • You cannot hold an active real estate license, nor can you
  • have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land.
  • Direct Deposit Required.
  • Education Requirements:
    Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume.  If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories:  Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified.  Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.  In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position.  The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored.  The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills, and abilities required to do the work of this position:
    • Knowledge and skills necessary to calculate volumes and capacities associated with: 1) well control kill procedures; 2) circulation of drilling fluids; 3) fill and displacement volumes for casing, cementing, and abandonment operations; 4) oil measurement for tank gauging and Lease Automatic Custody Transfer (LACT) meters; and 5) gas measurement using orifice meter systems.
    • Knowledge of well-drilling, production of oil and gas, and processes, methods, and equipment utilized by the petroleum industry in the onshore exploration and development.  
    • Knowledge of equipment and/or methods for oil and gas testing, production measurement and sales, gathering systems, safety, and reporting.
    • Knowledge of the regulations and land management policies and procedures and of the various statutes governing the exploration and development of fluid minerals.
    • Skill in written and oral communication to gather information regarding operations, explain operating requirements and regulations, to resolve problems with industry personnel, and prepare reports of inspection results.
    On-line Questionnaire:
    Please make sure that your responses to the on-line questionnaire are supported in your resume.
    Selective Placement Factors:  This position requires special qualifications that have been determined to be essential to perform the duties and will be used as screen out elements.  Those who do not provide evidence they possess the following selective factor(s) will be rated not qualified: 
    • A valid state driver's license.
    • Demonstrated skill and ability in the use of mathematics at the high school algebra level.
    In addition to the selective placement factors:

    For GS-05:  One year of specialized experience, equivalent to GS-4 in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as performing technical work in areas such as drafting, surveying, construction estimating, physical science, mathematics, aerospace, architecture, chemicals, electrical or mechanical systems, mining, petroleum, or nuclear systems; or experience in a trade or craft that provided intensive knowledge of engineering principles, techniques, methods, and precedents; - OR - A bachelor`s degree with major study in an appropriate field of engineering, construction, or industrial technology; or (b) that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as engineering, engineering or industrial technology, construction, physics, drafting, surveying, physical science, or mathematics.

    For GS-06:  One year of specialized experience, equivalent to GS-5 in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as performing work as a Petroleum Engineering Technician (PET), or similar position, as a trainee inspecting well production equipment, production handling, and surface activities; - OR - 9 semester hours of GRADUATE level education directly related to the work of a petroleum engineering technician (i.e., major study in petroleum engineering or a related field).

    For GS-07: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-06 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as performing work as a Petroleum Engineering Technician (PET), or similar position, involving most phases of drilling and production inspection and enforcement activities following established methods and processes;  - OR - One year (18 semester hours) of graduate level education DIRECTLY related to the work of the position.

    For GS-08: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal service. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include service such as a Petroleum Engineering Technician or related position where work is concerned with the discovery, development, production, or conservation of petroleum and natural gas. At this level, the work requires specialized training and experience and comprehensive knowledge of petroleum operations. Such work must have provided a practical knowledge of technical petroleum engineering methods in order to carry out standard procedures, inspect and test a variety of equipment and materials, recognize and report errors, inconsistencies and other deficiencies, etc. - OR - One and a half years (27 semester hours) of graduate education DIRECTLY related to the work of the position.

    Specialized Experience:  Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.  To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled.

    Equivalent combinations of post-high school education and specialized experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements.  

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits URL:
    Review our Benefits
    Agency Benefits:
    To explore the benefits typically offered to most federal employees in permanent positions, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at the above link.
    Other Information:
    • Passage of a Pre-employment physical is required.
    • Appointment is subject to meeting one-year probationary requirements.
    • BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants.  The incentives that may be offered include Student Loan Repayments, Relocation Incentives and/or Recruitment Incentives.
    • This position requires working outside the normal core hours, including nights and weekends.
    • Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.
    • You must possess a valid automobile driver's license at the time of appointment and at all times during their appointment in this position.
    • SELECTIVE SERVICE:  Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.  To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.  


    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    If you need assistance in applying online, please call or email the contact listed on this vacancy.  If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.  PLEASE NOTE:  If you have access to a public library, State Job Service Office, etc., you must use these resources to apply online.
    You must follow the steps described below to complete the application process:1)YOU MUST CREATE A PROFILE in USAJOBS under My Account.  If you already have a registered profile in USAJOBS you do not need to register again.  Your profile must contain a current resume for submission.   In order to receive proper consideration, your resume should include the following information:
    • Personal contact information
    • Work experience (paid or unpaid) including - starting and ending dates (month and year), employer's name and address, job title (include job series and grade if Federal), duties and accomplishments, supervisor's name and telephone number, indicate if supervisor may be contacted, hours per week, and salary.
    • Education and job-related training including  - school name, type and year of degrees/diploma received, credits earned and majors; title of training course and year of completion.
    • References  - personal and professional
    • Additional information - skills (languages, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.), certificates or licenses (current only), and/or honors, awards, and special accomplishments (recognition, professional memberships, publications, leadership activities, etc.).
    Insufficient information could result in an ineligible rating.  The USAJOBS Resume Builder was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed.  The Resume Builder is an available tool when you login to your USAJOBS account.
    2) COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION, including responses to all application questions, by clicking on the “APPLY ONLINE” button that appears on this announcement.
    3) SUBMIT SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTATION as applicable.  See “Required Documents” section below.
    It is your responsibility to ensure that a complete application (including a resume, on-line questionnaire, and applicable supplemental documentation) is received before by 11:59 PM  Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of the vacancy announcement.   NOTE:  Technical problems may take at least 1 business day to resolve; therefore, you are highly encouraged to complete the application process prior to the closing date.
    Required Documents:
    All applicable supplemental documentation must be uploaded or faxed (with generated fax cover sheets) to: 571-258-4052, and received before by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date of this announcement. See important information regarding uploading and faxing supplemental documentation below.
    1) College Transcripts:  If you believe you qualify based on your education, or a combination of education and experience, you must submit a copy of all college transcripts (undergraduate/graduate) or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university.  If your degree is from a Foreign Institution see click here to see Foreign Education requirements.  Note: Transcripts must be submitted to each announcement as applicable. 
    2) Veterans Preference DocumentationIf you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the level of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume.  Your veterans' preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide.  Missing documentation may result a change or removal of your claim for Veteran’s preference.  If you are claiming preference as a TP Veteran your profile must contain a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release, or Discharge from active military service showing all dates of service, as well as character of service (Honorable, General, etc., and reason for separation)- the member 4 copy is preferable.  If you are claiming preference as a CP, CPS, or XP, your profile must also contain a Standard Form (SF-15), Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, with all applicable supporting documentation as instructed in the SF-15.  If you are claiming preference based on sole survivorship (SSP), provide the documentation you received granting this preference.  More information regarding Veteran's preference click here. 
    3) CTAP/ICTAP Documentation:  If you are a CTAP or ICTAP Eligible applicant: Provide 1) a copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location; and, 2) proof of eligibility. It must be indicated in your application that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. Note: CTAP/ICTAP documents must be submitted to each announcement as applicable.  Current or former Federal employees eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must fall within the Well Qualified or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.  For CTAP and ICTAP, well-qualified means that the applicant meets the qualification standard and eligibility requirements for the position, meets minimum educational and experience requirements, meets all selective factors, where applicable, and is able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP.
    Uploading and Faxing Supplemental Documentation:
    You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile.  Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.  The opportunity to do this will be provided during the application process by a pop-up message option to generate an auto-requested fax cover sheet.  Each document type must use the appropriate generated fax coversheet and be faxed in a separate transmission.  Uploading Documents: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager (3MB is the maximum size allowed for a document).  Do not use both options, only one document can be saved in each section, and only the latest document will be maintained in the system.  Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application.  Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
    Checking Application Status and Materials:
    Hint: Do this before the announcement closes.  After you have completed your application, to check the status of your application materials log in to your USAJOBS account, select the “Applications” tab, check under the “Application Status” for this vacancy, once your resume and on-line questionnaire have been received it will state “Resume Received.”  Any other application status may indicate that you did not complete the application process and/or your application has not been submitted. Please note: A status of “Resume Received” reflects that your resume and on-line questionnaire have been received; applicable supplemental documentation may still need to be submitted (see required documents above).
    Next Steps:
    You will receive notification via email, generally within 2 weeks of the closing date of the announcement, as to whether or not your name was referred to the selecting official.