Railroad Safety Inspector-Motive Power and Equipment

Department Of Transportation Omaha, NE
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FRA is committed to fostering a diverse, highly skilled workforce capable of meeting or exceeding our strategic goals with efficiency, innovation, and a constant focus on better serving our customers.

You will serve as a Railroad Safety Inspector (Motive Power & Equipment). As a Motive Power & Equipment (MP&E) inspector you will be assigned territory covering potentially several states. The inspector has the responsibility for the improvement and advancement of railroad safety in areas related to design, construction, inspection, testing, maintenance and use of railroad rolling stock and other related appurtenances. The demands of the position require skills in the evaluation, fact-finding, report writing; requires comprehension and application of technical and regulatory standards, as well as the ability to gain cooperation of individuals and organizations.

This position is perfect for a mid-level professional with strong technical background in applying current Federal railroad safety standards pertaining to Motive Power and Equipment, as well as strong analytical and communication skills; and experience to conduct inspections pertaining to power brake systems, locomotives, railroad cars, and their related mechanical and electrical components and their capabilities and limitations; mission focused, and is looking for great health benefits and a stable work-life environment.

PLEASE NOTE: There is 1 position which will be filled in either of the advertised duty locations. The difference in the salary is determined by the locality pay in each location. Salaries for all areas are available on the OPM website at: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2018/general-schedule/

This position is eligible for full-time telework, and the selectee must telework within the geographic area of the duty location stated above. The duty location for a full-time teleworker is usually the residence or other approved telework site. The actual duty location is subject to approval by the Regional Administrator. Salary will be adjusted based on the duty location.

A writing sample will be requested from applicants who are determined as qualified and referred to the selecting official.

This vacancy may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days for this location.

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As a Railroad Safety Inspector (Motive Power & Equipment) you will:

* Plan and carry out periodic inspections and observe test pertaining to railroad cars, locomotives, railroad rolling stock, and other motive power and equipment are operational and in compliance with Federal safety standards.

* Review existing and proposed motive power and equipment designs, construction, operations, maintenance, repair, and test methods to ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulations, standards, orders and procedures.

* Conduct investigations to determine probable cause of collisions, reportable derailments, or other accidents resulting in serious injury to person(s) or to the property of a railroad, and investigates complaints alleging unsafe conditions or non-compliance with motive power and equipment, safety appliance and power brake regulations.

Travel Required

75% or less - This position requires extensive travel.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply This job is open to…

Applications will be accepted from any U.S. Citizen.

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

* Job family (Series)

2121 Railroad Safety

* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* You must meet specialized experience.

* Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.

* Position is eligible for Full-time Telework, see Benefits & Other Info Tab.

* You must meet the Selective Factors to qualify.

* Announcement also advertised Status & VEOA Applicants: FRA.R6-2018-0056.


* SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.

* INTERVIEW: Applicants may be required to demonstrate in a pre-employment interview that they possess the personal characteristics necessary for Railroad Safety work.

* DECLARATION OF FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT: The selectees for railroad safety positions will be required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.

* DRUG TEST: This position has been determined to be a critical safety/security position as defined in the Department of Transportation (DOT) Order, DOT 3910.1D entitled "Drug and Alcohol-Free Departmental Workplace." Therefore, if selected for the position you will be required to submit to a pre-employment/pre-appointment drug test, you will also be subject to Random Drug Testing.

* RELOCATION EXPENSES: Expenses related to relocation (e.g. travel and transportation) will not be paid.

* DRIVER'S LICENSE: Railroad Safety Inspectors travel frequently, which requires being away from the official duty station for several consecutive nights. All Railroad Safety Inspectors are required to possess a valid state drivers license at all times while employed by the Federal Rail Administration (FRA) in order to perform the duties of their positions.

* GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: This position involves travel. A government contractor-issued travel card will be issued and must be retained for official business only.

* DEU REQUIREMENTS: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).


To be qualified for a Railroad Motive Power & Equipment Inspector, the Qualifications Standard state you MUST have demonstrated knowledge in the following areas:

* Railroad industry, including economic and operating considerations and equipment.

* General safety and health principles and practices applicable to the railroad industry.

* Railroad accident investigation techniques.

* Communication in writing and orally.

* Design, maintenance, or inspection of various types of locomotive and freight cars currently in use and their capabilities and limitations, as well as safety appliances and power brakes.

* Installation, maintenance, or testing of railroad safety appliances and power brakes, their capabilities and limitations.

* Federal laws and regulations pertaining to inspection and testing of locomotives, freight cars, safety appliances, and power brakes.

In addition for the GS-12, you must meet the following Selective Factors:

* Experience applying Federal railroad motive power and equipment safety standards/regulations for the purpose of providing maintenance, testing and inspection of rolling stock equipment.

* Experience in the railroad industry that has provided you with knowledge of general railroad safety health principles and practices; as well as railroad investigation and inspections techniques.

To qualify for the GS-12, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-11, it must include:

* Experience in design, maintenance, testing, and inspections of various types of locomotive and freight cars and their capabilities and limitations, as well as safety appliances and power brakes.

* Experience analyzing data used in conducting railroad inspections, or used to determine probable cause of railroad related collisions, derailments, or other accidents/incidents.

* Experience writing and presenting information pertaining to motive power & equipment.

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.

For additional information about applying to Federal positions, please click on the following link: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-policies/#url=e4

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.