General Engineer (Inspector) - DIRECT HIRE
US Department of Transportation
 Atlanta, GA
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Summary

The primary purpose of this position is the performance of Federal pipeline safety compliance inspections; evaluate intrastate and interstate pipeline operators subject to Federal authority; investigate pipeline failures; and represent the Office of Pipeline Safety in all matter related to pipeline safety before Federal, state and industry authorities.

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Responsibilities

As a General Engineer (Inspector), you will:

  • Conduct safety program reviews and provide engineering analyses and evaluations of potential pipeline safety regulatory deficiencies.
  • Interpret and apply Federal regulations and monitor the design, construction, operation and maintenance of gas and liquid pipeline systems.
  • Evaluate projects to determine compliance with existing Federal safety regulations.
  • Recognize discrepancies or inconsistencies between information reported or made available to the office of Pipeline safety and the true nature of the activity under review.
  • Participate in technical conferences, symposia and meetings as a technical expert and authority on safety issues related to the pipeline industry.

This position is perfect for a General Engineer who is seeking challenging assignments performing Federal pipeline safety compliance inspections; evaluating intrastate and interstate pipeline operators subject to Federal authority; investigating pipeline failures; and representing the Office of Pipeline Safety in all matters related to pipeline safety before Federal, state and industry authorities.

Travel Required

50% or less - This position requires occasional travel up to 50% of the time.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

13

  • Job family (Series)

0801 General Engineering

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Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
  • Provide all required documents by closing date.
  • Direct Hire Authority will be used to fill this position

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: This position involves travel. A government contractor-issued travel card will be issued and must be retained for official business only.
  • PROBATIONARY PERIOD: You must complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).

Qualifications

To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must (1) meet the Education Requirement for the series, (2) provide a copy of transcripts for verification, AND (3) meet either the education or specialized experience requirements for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

To qualify for the GS-11 on Experience, you must have one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the GS-09, which includes the following:

  • Experience creating or reviewing engineering design and/or construction proposals/specifications for compliance with procedural, regulatory or related requirements.

To qualify for the GS-11 on Education, you must have:

  • 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

You can also qualify based on a combination of education and experience.

To qualify For the GS-12 on Experience, you must have one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the GS-11, which includes the following:

  • Experience applying engineering concepts, principles, and practices applicable to duties concerned with the design, and construction of gas or liquid pipeline systems of operators.

You cannot substitute education for experience at this level, you must have experience.

To qualify For the GS-13 on Experience, you must have one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the GS-12, which includes the following:

  • Experience conducting safety program reviews and engineering analyses and evaluations of natural gas or hazardous liquid pipeline safety regulations deficiencies.
  • Experience reviewing design specifications for pipeline systems.
  • Experience providing technical determinations, and resolutions of compliance issues arising from pipeline safety enforcement inspections.

You cannot substitute education for experience at this level, you must have experience.

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.

Students enrolled in a qualifying degree program can apply if the anticipated graduation date is within six months of closing date of the announcement. Graduation transcript must be received before start date.

Other applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Education

MANDATORY EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:

All applicants must meet one of the following requirements to qualify for consideration for an engineering position:

  • Successful completion of a degree in engineering that: (1) has at least one program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET); or (2) that included differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced that first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials; (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials; 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 or training: college level education, training and/or technical experience that has 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).
  • 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.
  • Specified academic courses - Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences which included the courses as specified in Paragraph A above.
  • 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 had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. There should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering type experience. This must be clearly described in your resume.