Fire Protection Engineer

Department Of Energy Lemont, IL
* Duties

Help Duties Summary

A successful candidate in this position will...

* Serve as the Subject Matter Expert to the Office of Science, Integrated Support Center (ISC) on Fire Safety and Fire Protection engineering issues.

* Provide advice, oversight, and supervision in the investigation or development of fire protection projects.

* Review and provide oversight of design, construction, inspection, testing, operation, or maintenance of firefighting or fire protection apparatus, appliances, devices and systems, or the testing of fire resistant materials.

This position is also being advertised to all U.S. citizens via Delegated Examining procedures. The announcement number is: SE-18-OR-00040-DE.

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As a Fire Protection Engineer, you will:

* Serve as a Fire Protection Engineer and Subject Matter Expert providing expertise on the application of fire protection engineering, technical standards and practices.

* Serve as an advisor on all matters related to fire protection construction problems, resolve conflicts in design and actual field conditions, review value engineering proposals and reviewing shop drawings.

* Keep abreast of changes to codes, regulations, consensus standards, standards, products and design features and applying this knowledge to the development of design criteria.

* Perform assessments and investigations and oversee contractor Systems Engineering programs to confirm that safety systems meet established safety and mission requirements.

* Advise management on the status of fire protection programs, issues, assessment findings, and other matters involving communicating and interfacing with multiple entities.

Travel Required

25% or less - Travel will be required to attend meetings, training, conferences, and/or performance of assigned oversight duties.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply This job is open to…

* Federal Employees



* Veterans Recruitment

* 30% Disabled

* Individuals with disabilities



There is one position available which will be filled in one of the identified locations, which will be negotiable upon selection.

Questions? This job is open to 4 groups.

* Job family (Series)

0804 Fire Protection Engineering

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* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* You must be a United States Citizen.

* This employer participates in the e-Verify program.

* Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.

* Resume and question responses must be submitted online.

* Must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE "L" security clearance.

* Must pass pre-employment drug test and random testing thereafter.


* This position has been designated as a Testing Designated Position (TDP) subject to testing for illegal drug use. The selectee must test negative prior to being appointed to this position and will be subject to random testing thereafter. Failure to pass or refusal to take subsequent tests could result in disciplinary action, up to and including removal from the Federal service.

* This position is included in the Department of Energy Technical Qualification Program (TQP). The TQP was established as a result of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board Recommendation 93-3 and requires the incumbent to be competent in his/her technical discipline as demonstrated by education, professional certification, examination, or on-the-job performance. Positions in the TQP are subject to periodic evaluation to ensure that it meets the needs of the Department and the mission(s) of the office in accordance with the TQP.

* This position is designated as a Safety System Oversight (SSO) position. The incumbent is a key technical resource qualified to oversee contractor management of safety systems and is responsible for overseeing assigned systems to ensure they will perfom as required by the safety basis and other applicable requirements. The incumbent performs assessments and investigations and oversees contractor Systems Engineering programs to confirm performance of assigned safety systems in meeting established safety and mission requirements related to these systems. Position requires a working knowledge of assigned systems and the contractor's application of the Cognizant System Engineer concept and safety program management.

* Depending on the location of the position, this position may be covered under a Bargaining Unit.


Basic Education Requirement:

For the GS-0804, Fire Protection Engineer , you must possess the following Basic Requirements:

A. 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.


B. 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.

* 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 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.

* 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.


A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized Experience is defined as providing consultative services and/or making surveys concerning fire protection engineering; advising on the concepts, designs and quality in the broad area of fire protection engineering; modifying techniques and developing new approaches to solve a variety of problems and provide experience with the development and maintenance of Facility Fire Hazard analysis; and designing, commissioning and maintenance of fire protection systems and environment, health requirements associated with fire protection program implementation.

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!

* Knowledge of the practices, concepts, and principles of fire protection engineering to solve novel and obscure problems.

* Ability to modify techniques and develop new approaches to solve a variety of problems with the development and maintenance of Facility Fire Hazard analysis.

* Ability to conduct assessments and investigations to ensure safety and mission requirements are met.

* Knowledge in technical evaluations of facility design, code compliance, construction, water supplies, fire alarm systems, and maintenance and operations.

* Skill in presenting information and decision briefings and report on findings and conclusions orally and in writing.

* Knowledge of requirements related to fire department operations.

* Knowledge of protecting high risk facilities and operations, such as accelerators, nuclear facilities, hazardous waste facilities, laboratories, and underground occupancies.

"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.

Time-in-Grade: Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement to receive consideration.

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.



This position has a positive education requirement and transcripts must be provided.

Your transcripts must be submitted with your application to be considered for this position.

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.