Interdisciplinary: General Engineer\Physical Scientist (Facility Representative)

Department Of Energy West Valley, NY
* Duties

Help Duties Summary

A successful candidate for this position will serve as an on-site facility representative with responsibility for evaluating contractor environmental, nuclear safety, operations, safety and health contract compliance within a specified Department of Energy (DOE) facility or facilities. The technical nature of the work requires the incumbent to make informed judgments needing an expert level of science and technical competence regarding safety of operations. In addition, the incumbent interacts with contractor staff at a variety of levels from staff up through senior management. Oversight is performed as informal operational awareness and formal assessments/surveillances of functional areas individually and in teams. These operations are conducted in highly complex, unique facilities whose hazards to workers, the public, and the environment are non-routine and where potentially harmful consequences are significant.

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At the full performance level, GS-14, you will:

* Conduct daily on-site performance based evaluations of facilities and operations from the standpoint of public/personal health and safety, industrial and nuclear safety, environmental protection, facility modification and maintenance, formality of operations and management areas. Ensures compliance with DOE Orders and standards through an inspection process.

* Review and evaluate the adequacy of DOE contractor engineering designs and design changes, facility modification packages and facility(s) construction projects, technical reports, performance indicators and other technical and management documents to ensure consistency with good facility operation practices, disciplined operations, maintainability of equipment and facilities, proper lock and tag controls, etc.

* Generate reports to communicate to local and DOE-HQ line management the current status of operations, maintenance, events and trends at the facility(s).

* Oversee shift turnover to ensure that procedures are established to ensure continuity of operations between shifts and their day-to-day observance by outgoing and incoming shifts, are sufficient to maintain continuous operation of the facility without compromise due to inadequate communication between shifts.

* Recommend formulation of, or revision to, policies, procedures, rules, regulations, and standards in use at facilities for which responsibility is held.

Travel Required

25% or less - Overnight travel of approximately 5 to 6 nights per month may be required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply This job is open to…

* Federal Employee

* Merit Promotion

* OPM interchange agreement eligibiles



* Veterans Recruitment

* 30% Disabled

* Individuals with disabilities



This position is also being advertised to all U.S. citizens via Delegated Examining procedures. The announcement number is: MP-18-CC-00088-DE.

Questions? This job is open to 5 groups.

* Job family (Series)

0801 General Engineering

1301 General Physical Science

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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.

* Must be able to obtain and maintain DOE "Q" clearance

* This position is exempt from the bargaining unit


The incumbent is required to obtain and maintain qualification under the Facility Representative Qualification Program in accordance with established requirements.

The incumbent maintains technical qualifications in accordance with Federal Technical Capabilities Program (FTCP) and completes assigned continuous training within established deadlines.

Work occasionally requires travel away from the normal duty station.

The incumbent may be required to work other than normal duty hours, which may include evenings, weekends, and/or holidays.

Shift work may be required.

The incumbent may be required to obtain and maintain the appropriate security clearance/suitability determination.

Incumbent may be required to file an OGE Form 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, upon appointment and as necessary to meet regulatory guidance.

The incumbent may be required to wear a dosimeter and receive annual physical exams.


For the GS-0801, General 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:

1. Professional registration or licensure

2. Written Test

3. Specified academic courses

4. Related curriculum

Additional information regarding GS-0801 qualifications can be found on the OPM website at General Engineer Positions.

For the GS-1301, Physical Scientist, you must possess the following Basic Requirements:

A. Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.


B. Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Additional information regarding GS-1301 qualifications can be found on the OPM website at General Physical Science Positions.

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


GS-13: A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-12) in the Federal service. Specialized Experience is defined as experience developing and conducting quality assurance compliance audits using ASME NQA-1 and/or ISO 9001, in a regulatory environment, that is process oriented and focuses on issue prevention; experience observing, evaluating, and reporting on the effectiveness of an operating contractor's performance at a nuclear or radiological facility in the areas of quality assurance, management controls, emergency response readiness activities, and assurance of worker health and safety; experience working with safety related electrical systems and components, process instrumentation and control systems, electrical prints, diagrams, GIS and schematics, as well as engineering fabrication, construction, and architectural drawings.

GS-14: A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-13) in the Federal service. Specialized Experience is defined as experience managing and evaluating the effectiveness of a contractor quality assurance program at a nuclear or radiological facility ensuring contractor processes are well defined and project/program methodology is appropriate; experience in developing and evaluating Corrective Action Plans for preventing conditions adverse to quality; experience in the application of Formal Root Cause analysis using an authoritative methodology to ensure adequate QA performance.

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 and skill in the application of advanced concepts, theories, principles, and practices of engineering or the physical science fields

* Knowledge of engineering designs and associated systems for assigned facilities

* Ability to provide expert advice and recommendations.

* Knowledge of quality assurance and physical security and surety sufficient for independent technical evaluations of all aspects nuclear and non-nuclear hazardous material facility design, construction, maintenance, and operation activities

* Knowledge of the principles, methods, and practices of program management review and appraisal techniques to review and evaluate contractor plans, policies, and proposed procedures necessary for implementation of operational policies and procedures.

"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.



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.

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