Safety Engineer

Department of Labor Washington, DC
* Duties

Help Duties Summary

DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

This position is located in the Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Directorate of Enforcement Programs (DEP). The Directorate of Enforcement Programs establishes and maintains comprehensive occupational safety and health enforcement guidance and assistance programs, administers a national occupational safety and enforcement program for general industry and agriculture, and promotes improvement in Federal agency occupational safety and health programs.

This position is at the full performance level of GS-14.

* This position is inside the bargaining unit.

* This position is at the full performance level and there is no promotion potential.

* PCS expenses may be authorized.

* This position is also being advertised via Merit Promotion under MS-18-HRC-OSHA-113

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* Provide professional advice focused on developing, recommending, and refining enforcement strategies, evaluating guidance developed in significant enforcement actions, interpreting standards, and applying the General Duty Clause.

* Represent the agency with the Office of the Solicitor (SOL) to provide advice and background information needed to support settlement negotiations and litigation regarding complex safety engineering and Chemical Process Safety (CPS) issues.

* Prepare directives, letters of interpretation, and memoranda that clarify safety standards and ensure that the intent of the standard is enforced within current policy and judicial precedents.

* Review and evaluate field interpretations, such as proposed citations, for accuracy and supportability.

* Evaluate and resolve CPS and other safety engineering problems arising from enforcement operations.

* Review and evaluate inspection and investigation reports to identify significant compliance issues.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply This job is open to… U.S. Citizens; Interagency Career Transition Assistance Prog and Career Transition Assistance Prog eligibles in the local commuting area.

Also being advertised as job announcement # MS-18-HRC-OSHA-113 for status applicants and VEOA eligibles; to be considered for each, apply to BOTH jobs.

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

* Job family (Series)

0803 Safety Engineering

* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* U.S. Citizenship.

* Must be at least 16 years of age.

* Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.

* Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.


This position has a minimum education requirement. In order to be considered qualified for this position, applicants must have a degree in 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 the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (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.


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 professional 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 -- Current registration as a professional engineer 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)2 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 in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A.

* Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a 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. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)

In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements in paragraphs above, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education in the amounts shown below: Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal Service.

Specialized Experience is defined as experience with process safety management standards and its application in chemical processing, refining, flammable liquids, and ammonia refrigeration industry sectors; performing risk assessments; leading multi-functional incident investigation and/or engineering project teams; AND assessing chemical processing safety problems and post-incident conditions.


If you wish to use your education as a basis for meeting the eligibility and/or minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must submit academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements. If specific course work is required to fulfill the eligibility and/or minimum qualification requirements, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit for that course work. See the 'Qualifications and Evaluations' section of this announcement for more details.

If you do not submit sufficient academic documentation necessary to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements described in this announcement, your application will be deemed incomplete and you will be ineligible for further consideration for this vacancy.

College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from unauthorized secondary schools or post-secondary institutions that are not accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Department of Education. Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.