U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

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Announcement Number:
UT-DEU-2017-0045
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Petroleum Engineering Technician
Open Period:
07/06/2017 - 07/13/2017 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Series/Grade:
GS - 0802A 07/08/09
Salary:
(USD) $47,735 - (USD) $75,909
Promotion Potential:
GS-11
Duty Location(s):
Few Vacancies in

Vernal, UT, US
For More Info:
Sheramie Nelsen
801-539-4188
smnelsen@blm.gov

Overview

Who May Apply:
All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.
Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Duration Appointment:
This is a permanent position.
Marketing Statement:
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.
Summary:
Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.

For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website.

This position is located in Vernal, Utah. Information about Vernal and the area can be found at Vernal, Utah.

Physical Demands and Work Environment: Work is primarily in a field location where it is necessary to wear appropriate safety equipment and walking, standing, crouching, and climbing will be required. Work environment involves exposure to extreme weather conditions, hazardous explosive fumes, 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, and/or ear protection equipment and cold weather gear may also be required.
 
Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Authorized:
No
Travel Required:
25% or less

At times, travel for field work, meetings and/or training will be required.

Conditions of Employment:

U.S. Citizenship is required. Security Clearance/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 Lands. Direct Deposit Required.

Duties

The position serves as a Petroleum Engineering Technician with the Bureau of Land Management’s Green River District, Division of Lands & Minerals. This a developmental position. The Engineering Technician (Petroleum), or PET, works in the supervision and regulation of oil and gas operations under the lease management program on Federal and Indian lands. The incumbent is trained in and performs inspections of oil and gas leases to enforce all appropriate laws, rules, and regulations as well as the terms and conditions specified in the various approvals. At the full performance level major duties include but are not limited to:

  • Perform on-site inspections of all phases of oil and gas drilling/workover operations and associated facilities.
  • Inspect all aspects of drilling operations to determine compliance with the approved Application for Permit to Drill (APD), Sundry Notices (SN), lease terms, Notice to Lessees, Onshore Orders, and applicable regulations.
  • Witness casing and cementing operations including the witnessing of pressure and casing integrity test.
  • Inspect blowout preventers and associated equipment for proper rating, installation, testing, and operation.
  • Verify production volumes, sales, and fuels used on leases and analyzes past production and operator records to resolve anomalies.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Education:
Requirements:
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
Evaluations:
After the vacancy closes, 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 qualified, your application will be placed in one of three categories:  Best Qualified, Well 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 job elements required to do the work of this position:

*Knowledge of oil and gas field producing and drilling operations and practices including application of measurement standards.
*Knowledge of oil and gas field abandonment operations and practices.
*Skill in application of plugging standards and approvals.
*Knowledge of Federal regulations, Onshore Orders, and enforcement tools.
*Skill in gathering information regarding operations to communicate with senior personnel and prepare reports of inspection findings.

On-line Questionnaire: Please make sure that your responses to the on-line questionnaire are supported in your resume.
Qualifications:
Selective Placement Factors: This position requires a special qualification that has been determined to be essential to perform the duties and will be used as a screen out element. If you do not provide evidence you possess the following selective factor(s) you will be rated not qualified. 
1. Skill in the use of mathematics at the high school algebra level to verify volume and height of cement and to calculate other drilling fluids and oil and gas volumes to account for production from Federal and Indian oil and gas leases.
2. Have a valid state driver's license. 

Conditions of employment: 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.

In addition to the selective placement factor, in order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume.  To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled.  

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.

To qualify for GS-07: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-6 as a petroleum engineering technician or directly related position.  Examples: experience in oil and gas exploration and development including drilling and development wells, running surface and production casing, casing cementing operations and well completion, and production, compliance and environmental experience; OR You must have completed at least 18 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); OR You must have an equivalent combination of the experience and education described above.   

To qualify for GS-08: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 as a petroleum engineering technician or directly related position.  Examples: experience in oil and gas exploration and development including drilling and development wells, running surface and production casing, casing cementing operations and well completion; experience with oil and gas production operations and sales methods and equipment; OR You must have completed at least 27 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); OR You must have an equivalent combination of the experience and education described above.

To qualify for GS-09: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-8 as a petroleum engineering technician or directly related position. Examples: experience in oil and gas exploration and development including drilling and development wells, running surface and production casing, casing cementing operations and well completion; experience with oil and gas production operations and sales methods and equipment, comprehensive knowledge/experience with well plugging and abandonment procedures/requirements. OR Education: You must have completed at least 36 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); OR Combination of Education and Experience:  You must have an equivalent combination of the experience and education described above.

Please see “Required Documents” of this announcement. IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your resume must contain enough information to show that you meet the specialized experience as defined in the announcement. In addition, your responses to the questions must be adequately reflected in your resume.

Benefits and Other Info

Benefits:
To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at Federal Benefits at USAJOBS.
Other Information:
This announcement may be used to fill additional positions.

This is a career ladder position. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor, and is contingent upon meeting regulatory and legal requirements for promotion, satisfactory performance and the availability of higher level work. Promotion is not guaranteed and no promise of promotion is implied.

The BLM has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.

Placement Policy:   The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion.  The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement.  Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

If selected for this position you will be required to complete and submit an OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment, prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for Federal employment and will be subject to completion of a favorable background investigation. Failure to satisfy the preliminary background check will result in cancellation of the tentative job offer. Failure to satisfy the full investigation requirements may be grounds for termination, once you are placed in the 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. 

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well-qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form. CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they earn a minimum score of well qualified on the rating criteria for this position.

Reemployment Priority List (RPL): The RPL is the mechanism agencies use to give reemployment consideration to their former competitive service employees separated by a RIF or who have fully recovered from a compensable injury after more than one year.  If you are currently on a Reemployment Priority List, you may be given priority consideration.

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 PET Certification Program and continue service in the Federal Government for 2 years from the date of obtaining PET certification.

How to Apply

How to Apply:
To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items: 

1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; AND 2. Your resume; AND 3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.

HOW TO APPLY:

We recommend you use the resume builder in USAJobs.

Click on the button "Apply Online" and login to MY USAJOBS. If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and upload, paste or type a resume into USAJOBS. If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the "Did you forget your username and/or password" link from the right side menu.

Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement. 

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.
Required Documents:
Resumes must show relevant experience and other information.  Your resume must list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week and salary information.  Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s).   You are welcome to submit a cover letter (optional).   If you wish to do so, include it with your resume.

In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you may be required to submit the following forms as applicable.

If you are claiming Veterans' Preference, you should indicate the level of Veterans' Preference you are claiming on your resume. If you are claiming 0-point Sole Survivorship Veterans’ Preference (SSP), please provide the documentation you received granting this preference. If you are claiming 5-point Veterans’ Preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, confirming dates spent on active duty and your character of military service. If you are claiming 10-point Veterans' Preference, in addition to your DD-214, you must submit documentation that supports your claim (e.g., an official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces certifying the existence of a service-connected disability; or receipt of a Purple Heart). Missing documentation may result in a change or removal of your claim for Veteran’s preference.  Additional information on Veterans' Preference can be found in the VetGuide. If you are currently on active military duty, you must provide certification from your command that you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date your application is submitted. Additional information regarding Veterans Preference or active duty military can be found here.

College Transcripts: If you are qualifying based on education or a combination of education and experience, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts or a list of college courses that include hours and grades. All qualifying education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. You can verify accreditation at http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at the time of application. If you are selected, official transcripts will be required prior to appointment date. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution See Foreign Education .

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. Uploading Documents: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures through Applicant Manager. 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.
What to Expect Next:
After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification will be sent to the email address you provided to notify you of your status. You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBs account.