Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
NM Merit-2019-0031
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Supervisory Engineering Technician (Petroleum)
Open Period:
02/06/2019 - 02/19/2019 Format MM/DD/YYYY
GS - 0802A 12
USD $73,375 - USD $95,388
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Norman, OK, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Lisa Wells


Hiring Path:
• Competitive service
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All current or former federal employees with competitive/reinstatement eligibility and Veteran Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) eligibles; ICTAP/CTAP eligibles within the local commuting area.
Security Clearance Required:
Appointment Type
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.


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 Norman, Oklahoma.  Information about Norman and the Norman area can be found at Norman Chamber of Commerce

Physical Demands:  On-site inspection work requires continuous physical activity.

Work Environment:  Working primarily in field locations where it is necessary to wear appropriate safety equipment.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:

Travel and relocation expenses will be paid consistent with the Federal Travel Regulation, Chapter 302, and Departmental policy.  The use of a relocation service company and home marketing incentive will not be offered.  If offered, there is no assurance that you will receive a guaranteed offer for the sale of your home.  

Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Occasional travel required for meetings/trainings.


The Supervisory Petroleum Engineering Technician ensures that oil and gas operations being conducted on Federal and Indian lands are in compliance with all applicable rules, regulations and Onshore Orders by means of audits, incidents of non-compliance, inspections, and/or other agencies or individuals that may be involved.  This position works closely with the Field Station Manager to provide direct supervision, oversight, and guidance to a staff of approximately sixteen (16) Petroleum Engineering Technicians and four (4) Production Accountability Technicians, who have the responsibility to conduct regular inspections and reviews of drilling, workovers/completions, plug and abandonment, and production accountability.  This position is expected to prepare reports and to monitor data quality within the Automated Fluid Minerals Support System (AFMSS) in support of the annual Oil and Gas Inspection and Enforcement Risk Based Strategy directed by the Washington Office.  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 oil and gas volumes to account for production from Federal and Indian oil and gas leases, and other assignments.

Qualifications and Evaluations


This position does not have a positive education requirement, and there is no substitution of education for experience.  You must meet the Specialized Experience requirement to qualify for this position.

Key Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship 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
  • Background Investigation 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 qualified, your score may range from 70-100 points.   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 of well-drilling, production of oil and gas, and processes, methods and equipment utilized by the petroleum industry in the onshore exploration and development of oil and gas resources.

    • Knowledge of equipment and/or methods for oil and gas testing, production measurement and sales, gathering systems, safety and reporting.

    • Ability to document problems, determine and take corrective action.

    • 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.


    Specialized Experience Requirements:  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 (GS-11) of the position to be filled.   Examples of specialized experience which must be on resume:  independently monitoring the inspection and enforcement of the complex safety and environmental conditions of advanced/state-of-the-art oil, gas, and other mineral facilities and operations, and providing guidance and leadership in such inspection and enforcement activities.  In addition;  One year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-11 in the Federal Service, as a Lead Petroleum Engineering Technician or in a directly related position.  At this level, work of marked difficulty and responsibility requiring extended technical training, and is performed under general administrative supervision with wide latitude for the exercise of independent judgment. 

    You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.  Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the Time-In-Grade requirement in accordance with 5 CFR 300.604.  If you are a current Federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must have completed a minimum of 52 weeks at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled.

    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 factors will be rated not qualified: Full certification as a PET, valid State driver's license.  The Supervisory PET must be able to obtain a U.S. Government Motor Vehicle Operator's Identification Card and operate 4-wheel drive vehicles in order to perform site inspections. 

    Benefits and Other Info

    Agency 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:

    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.

    May require completion of a 1-year trial/probationary (choose one) period. 

    Supervisory Probationary Period: If you are selected for this position, you will be required to serve a one year supervisory/managerial probationary period, if one has not previously been completed.

    Travel and relocation expenses will be paid consistent with the Federal Travel Regulation, Chapter 302, and Departmental policy. The use of a relocation service company and home marketing incentive will not be offered. If offered, there is no assurance that you will receive a guaranteed offer for the sale of your home.

    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 receive a minimum score of 90 based on the rating criteria used for this position.

    BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants.

    The Bureau of Land Management has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

    If selected for this position, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450 within 30 days of reporting to duty.  You will be required to provide this information annually.A mandatory relocation incentive will be provided for currently employed Petroleum Engineering Technicians and Petroleum Engineers reassigned/relocated to the areas listed above from outside those locality pay areas. This incentive does not preclude payment of permanent change of station (PCS) costs.  Before a recruitment or relocation incentive is paid, the employee must sign a written service agreement to complete a one-year minimum period of service.  This service agreement may potentially extend the continuing service obligation for PETs.                                                                                     


    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; 2. Your resume; and 3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.

    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 you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact HR Specialist, Lisa Wells at 806-356-1034 or email lwells@blm.gov. 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 are required to submit the following forms:

    Copy of Transcripts 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 Foreign Education

    Current and former federal career and career-conditional employees: submit a copy of your recent (non award) SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, or equivalent document that verifies tenure (block 24, code 1 or 2) and Competitive Status (block 34, code 1).

    If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under other noncompetitive special appointing authorities, you MUST submit proof of this eligibility.

    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 thru Applicant Manager.  Do not use both options.

    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.

    Next Steps:

    You will be notified of the status of your application as the qualification review process is conducted.

    You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBs account.