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"TN-19-GC-00199-DH" Vacancy Details

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Announcement Number:
TN-19-GC-00199-DH
Hiring Agency:
Department of Energy
Position Title:
General Engineer (Direct Hire)
Open Period:
04/18/2019 - 05/20/2019

Format MM/DD/YYYY

Series/Grade:
GS - 0801 13
Salary:
USD $99,172 - USD $128,920
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
GS-14
Duty Location(s):
few Vacancies in

Washington DC, DC, US
Telework Eligible:
Yes
For More Info:
Patricia Bledsoe
202-287-5252
Patricia.Bledsoe@hq.doe.gov

Overview

Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
U.S. Citizens

This position is being announced under the Government-wide Direct Hire authority for positions in the 0801 series.

***The first 50 applicants who are eligible will receive first consideration and be referred to the selecting official for consideration.***
Security Clearance Required:
Not Applicable
Appointment Type
Permanent
Marketing Statement:

The mission of the Office of Standard Contract Management in the Office of the General counsel includes components outlined in the President's Budget for FY 2011 to continue the core functions established by the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 (NWPA), as amended, that pertain to the Nuclear Waste Fund and the management of the Standard Contracts with the Government and nuclear utilities.

Summary:

The purpose of the position is to conduct technical reviews of the settlement claims from the nuclear industry for the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Energy (DOE), providing determinations regarding the claim to the nuclear utilities, DOJ and DOE senior management, and to plan and coordinate engineering analyses associated with the technical requirements that arise from the Department's responsibilities.

Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Approximately 10% or less overnight travel may be required in order to attend meetings, conferences and/or training.

Duties

This position is located in the Office of General Counsel, Office of Standard Contract Management.


As a General Engineer, you will:



  • Technically and administratively plan, develop, implement, manage, and evaluate the activities under the Nuclear Waste Policy Act that relate to the settlement of claims under the Standard Contracts between the Government and nuclear utilities.  This includes technical analysis of ongoing settlement claims with knowledge of contractual, engineering and technical requirements for storage of spent nuclear fuel under settlement agreements.

  • Independently review specific ongoing claims submitted for costs directly resulting from the Department of Energy's (DOE) delay in waste acceptance.  Conduct sufficiency review cataloging and evaluating the sufficiency of the claims.  Process relevant data, creates the DOE Review Master and catalogs claim submittal data, identifies and catalogs deficiencies in claim submittal, creates comprehensive written requests to the utilities for claim costs not sufficiently supported, catalogs issues which need to be examined further during the claim, and prepare material to support the determination related the claim submission.

  • Perform independent allowable reviews of claims using engineering expertise to assess whether modifications to existing plants, additional spent fuel pool storage, spent nuclear fuel dry storage systems, equipment, materials, studies, and analysis are allowable under the terms of the settlement agreement.

  • Represent the Department at settlement claim review meetings with the Department of Justice and nuclear utility representatives.  Preparation for discussions with Department of Justice and industry representatives involves presenting and formulating decisions relating to a broad range of technical issues.

  • Provide technical support, recommendations, oral and written reports, letters, staff papers in the preparation of responses to external and internal information requests and investigations from congress, the General Accounting Office, the Inspector General, owners and generators of nuclear and spent fuel, senior Office of the General Counsel and Department management, and other public entities relative to activities related to the Standard Contract under the Nuclear Waste Policy Act.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:


If you are a current federal employee, appointed under the direct-hire authority, you will be given a new appointment.


You will be required to serve a mandatory one (1) year probationary period unless you meet the exceptions in 5 CFR part 315.802.


This position is telework eligible, however, approval is at the discretion of the manager.


You must meet both positive educational requirements and specialized experience to be eligible for this position.

You must submit an unofficial or official transcripts by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.  NOTE: Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position.  


Under this Direct-Hire announcement, all applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements at the grade level they are applying will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for consideration.  Veteran's Preference, Schedule A, Category Rating, and other methods of consideration DO NOT APPLY for this announcement under a Direct-Hire Authority.


Appointment is contingent upon initial and continued compliance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-12) governing personal identity.

Key Requirements:
  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.
  • Must complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure, OGE-450 Form.
  • Resume and question responses must be submitted online.
  • May be required to complete a one-year probationary period.
  • Education Requirements:

    EDUCATION:


    This position has a positive education requirement. Therefore, you MUST provide documentation supporting any education claims in your application. If you do not do so, your application will be considered incomplete and you will be removed from consideration.  This documentation can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and final grade.  If selected, official transcripts may be requested. 


    Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
    Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.

    Evaluations:

    Under this Direct-Hire announcement, all applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements at the grade level they are applying will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for consideration. Veteran's Preference, Schedule A, Category Rating, and other methods of consideration DO NOT APPLY for this announcement under Direct-Hire Authority regulations.


    Selections made under this announcement will be processed as new appointments to the Civil Service. Current Civil Service employees would, therefore, be given new appointments to the Civil Service. Status and Non-Status applicants from outside DOE selected for this position may be required to serve a mandatory one (1) year probationary period, if not already completed.


    The Department of Energy uses an application tracking system to evaluate the responses you provide in the applicant assessment questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications necessary for this position. Then, the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME) will conduct a quality review of your application and supporting documentation to determine if your qualifications meet the criteria for referral to the selecting official.

    We will also verify that you are eligible for Direct Hire Authority positions by reviewing your previous Federal employment to ensure you meet Time-in-Grade requirements. If you are eligible to apply to Merit Promotion announcements based on Veteran or other non-competitive statuses, we will verify your supporting documentation prior to referral.

    If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses you provided in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.

    Qualifications:

    Basic Requirements:

    To receive consideration for the GS-0801, General Engineer, you must possess the following Basic Requirements:
     
    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.

    - OR -

    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:



    • Professional registration or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT), 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; or

    • Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) 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; or

    • 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; or

    • 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.


    For additional information regarding education requirements described above for the GS-0801, General Engineer can be found at following website: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/general-engineering-series-0801/

    In addition to meeting the "Basic Requirements" described above, you must also meet the "Specialized Experience Requirements" described below.

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: Specialized Experience is 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.
     
    A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:
     Experience in translating technical engineering and nuclear plant operational data into economic terms, conditions, and priorities associated with the management of the various elements and requirements of the Standard Contract; experience in nuclear waste management system engineering principles and processes; nuclear facility plant design and layout, capabilities, fuel types and specifications, reactor storage systems designs, high-level waste specifications and plant operations, spent nuclear fuel transport casks and spent nuclear fuel storage systems to integrate the contractual, scientific, engineering and technical expertise for reviews of annual claims and settlement reviews related to the Standard Contract.


    Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application!



    1. Knowledge of the terms and conditions of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act (NWPA), the Standard Contract for the Disposal of Spent Nuclear Fuel and/or High Level Radioactive Waste (10 CFR 961) (Standard Contract), and experience related to the NWPA.

    2. Knowledge of Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) storage of spent nuclear fuel regulations and NRC nuclear safety regulations, practices, and procedures to provide technical input in the claim review process.

    3. Skill to evaluate engineering deficiencies or areas of improvement to the technical aspect of claim review guidance and present options and recommendations to senior management.

    4. Knowledge of waste packaging and storage engineering concepts, practices, and principles sufficient to analyze the regulatory impact of the packaging, handling, storage, and transportation.  This requires a sound knowledge of both institutional and technical aspects of the spent nuclear fuel storage and overarching concepts.

    5. Ability to communicate orally.

    6. Ability to communicate in writing.


    "Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. 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.

    CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.

    You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits URL:
    Review our Benefits
    Other Information:

    The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



    • New employees to the Department of Energy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify

    • Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.

    • If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.

    • More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.

    • Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year.

    • Many positions require successful completion of a background investigation.

    • All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register. If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.


    EEO Policy: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/EEO_Policy_Statement
    Reasonable Accommodation Policy:  https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Reasonable_Accommodation_Policy_Statement
    Veterans Information: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Veterans_Information  
    Telework:  www.telework.gov
    Selective Service Registration: http://www.sss.gov/

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    To be considered for this position, you must submit your complete application no later than 11:59pm U.S. Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement. If you do not submit a complete application prior to the closing time (regardless of when you started) the online application system will not allow you to finish! Requests for extensions will not be granted, so please begin the application process allowing yourself enough time to finish before the deadline. Our online application system displays a countdown timer at the top of the screen for your reference. 

    For your security, your session in our online application system will "time-out" if you are inactive for a certain period of time. We recommend that you preview the assessment questions before you apply and prepare all of your information prior to beginning the application. If you do get "timed-out" you will have to log back in to USAJOBS and re-visit the vacancy announcement, you can then click "Update Application" to finish where you left off.

    Steps to submit a complete application:
    1. Click the "Apply Online" button. If you are not already logged in, you will need to do so.
    2. You must have a complete resume associated with your USAJOBS account. Please note that some DOE offices do not accept uploaded resumes and instead require that you submit a USAJOBS-formatted resume using the Resume Builder.
    3. You will be prompted to select a resume and any documentation you have attached to your USAJOBS account before you are transferred to the Department of Energy's online application system. Please be aware that any document you select before being transferred to our system, will not automatically be received. You must take steps to download your documents from USAJOBS during the "Documents" step within our online application system (see Step 6).
    4. If you are a first-time applicant to the Department of Energy, you'll be asked to register an account first. If you are a returning applicant, you will skip this step and go straight to the application portion.
    5. You must respond to all applicant assessment questions, carefully following all instructions provided.
    6. You will then be asked to upload additional supporting documentation. If you selected documents from USAJOBS prior to being transferred to our application system (Step 3), you will need to click the "USAJOBS" link to complete the transfer process. These documents ARE NOT automatically transferred! It is ultimately your responsibility to make sure all required documents are either faxed, uploaded, or transferred from USAJOBS successfully. If you are unsure that your documents went through, please contact the HR Specialist listed on the announcement BEFORE the vacancy closes.
    7. After reviewing your submission in the final step, you must click "Submit Application" at the bottom of the page. If you leave the application before clicking Submit, your application will not be received.
    If your resume does not support the responses in your application questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.


    NEED HELP?
    • If you experience any difficulties with the online application process (anything after you have clicked the 'Apply Online' button): contact the HR Office listed on this announcement between normal business hours. If you are receiving any kind of error message, please be ready to provide a screenshot or at a minimum, the error message text and number. If necessary, we will put you in touch with the technical support number if we are unable to assist you personally. 
    • If you need help with USAJOBS (searching for jobs, account password/profile issues, or Resume Builder): please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center and select a topic of inquiry. Or, you may reach out to USAJOBS directly for support, by visiting the USAJOBS Contact Us page. We regret that we are unable to support any issues with USAJOBS, as this service is not maintained by the Department of Energy.
    • If you are experiencing a significant hardship which hinders your ability to apply online please contact the HR Office listed on this announcement during normal business hours to discuss your situation.
    Required Documents:

    Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants.  If you are unsure, click the link for each document type to read more.

    ALL APPLICANTS: You must submit a resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.



    • Your resume should list all work experience (paid and unpaid); you must list the full name and address of the each employer.

    • For all types of work experience, you should indicate the start and end dates (include month, day, and year); you must also list the average number of hours per week that you worked.

    • For paid work experience, please indicate your starting salary for each position and the highest salary you earned (if different).

    • Your resume should also include any education and training you have completed (list the program title, subject area, number of hours completed, and completion date).

    • For more information about what to include in your resume, please view this USAJOBS Resume Tutorial video on YouTube.


    Most DOE offices will allow you to submit a resume in the format of your choice (as an attached document or as a USAJOBS Resume Builder format). However, some offices may require one specific format. You will be notified at the time you click 'Apply Online' which type of resume is acceptable.  It is important that you are complete and thorough in your resume. If any of the above information is not included in your resume, we may not be able to fully credit you for your experience.

    Specific educational requirements are indicated for this vacancy: Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and final grade. Please see the Education section for more information.

    Next Steps:

    After each step in the recruitment process, your status will be updated in our application tracking system. Once this happens, if you have elected to receive e-mail updates, you will be notified through your USAJOBS registered e-mail address. If you have not elected for e-mail updates, you can review your current application status in USAJOBS at any time. Please check that your USAJOBS profile contact information is current and correct each time you apply to a job--this will ensure we are able to contact you as quickly as possible.

    In addition to changing your status online, we will send you e-mail notifications at each major step in the process, to include: application received, eligible or not eligible, referred or not referred, selected or not selected.