Department Of Energy Safety Engineer in Germantown, Maryland

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As a Safety Engineer you will be responsible for performance of assessments in the areas of nuclear and industrial safety, cyber and physical security, and other critical functions; conduct enforcement functions in the areas of worker safety and health, nuclear safety, and security; be responsible for incorporating lessons learned from inspections, reviews, and assessments into safety and security training courses by providing an open and effective means of communicating and creating collaborative relationships within and outside the Department through it stakeholder outreach programs. You will meet and advise on all matters related to oversight, enforcement, safety and health training, and outreach activities across the complex, and you will conduct assessments to provide critical feedback and objective information on occupational safety and health programs and performance for protecting workers, the public, and the environment from the multiple hazards present at Department sites and operations.

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Responsibilities

As a Safety Engineer, you will:

  • Conducts assessments, reviews and special technical analyses and studies at DOE’s nuclear and non-nuclear facilities and laboratories. As assigned, leads or serves on teams which consist of one or more DOE employees, one or more contractor personnel, and represent such occupations as physicians, industrial hygienists, general engineers, physical scientists, safety managers and specialists, etc., concentrating on worker safety and health oversight. Provides guidance and advice; ensuring systematic, thorough, and professional performance of inspections, assessments, and special studies; validating findings and assuring that assessment conclusions are sound and based on facts; and collaborating with site management officials and their staff so that assessment efforts do not disrupt ongoing activities. Reviews corrective action plans submitted by line management for issued identified during assessments and reviews for adequacy. Conducts follow-up evaluations to determine the adequacy of implementation of corrective actions.
  • Lead and oversees teams in the collection and analysis of worker safety and health data, assessments and other technical and management data associated with DOE worker safety and health safety programs to identify and analyze hazardous conditions, exposures, and safety practices. Analyzes trends in worker safety and health issues at individual sites across the DOE complex to establish performance baselines and identify future appraisal activities. Assess compliance with DOE Orders and standards, was well as programmatic areas such as work control systems, construction safety, engineering controls, and quality assurance. Identifies systemic worker safety and health issues across the Department that need to be addressed by senior DOE managers. Provides recommendations to EA Managers on priority sites and topics for worker safety program plans to assess how well DOE sites are managing and mitigating risk.
  • Serve as a professional, expert advisor to Headquarters and field management officials on all issues related to oversight of DOE’s worker safety and health programs, developing and formulating recommendations for ES&H; approaches to this critical effort. Utilizes expert knowledge of the specialized principles and practices of worker safety and health systems in providing guidelines and operational procedures for oversight of DOE contractor safety programs. As an ES&H; expert technical advisor on these programs for the Director of ES&H; Assessments, advises senior officials on worker safety issues pertaining to nuclear and industrial operations and facilities. When requested, provides backup information in support of Congressional hearings and inquiries. May attend presentations before external review groups evaluating the performance of DOE and contractor line management. Advises other ES&H; appraisal teams on-site concerning worker safety and health issues and the status of operations. Utilizes knowledge of site activities to provide guidance and to expedite team efforts.
  • Develop and manage the Department’s incorporation of appropriate worker safety and health data collection into the ES&H; oversight activities for all Departmental elements and coordinates the requirements for worker safety and health data in the comprehensive agency-wide ES&H; oversight program. Exceptional judgment must be exercised to assure that the program provides adequate assurance of worker safety without unnecessary effect on mission funding and scheduling. Develops worker safety and health assessment methodologies, approaches, study designs, and analytical tools which enhance considerably applications to the scientific and practical needs of the Department’s long-term worker safety and health program. Ensures the implementation of these processes and procedures into existing and future long-term worker safety and health studies approved by the Department. Evaluates the adequacy of agency-wide objectives, policies, standards, and practices for the DOE worker safety and health program. Coordinates worker safety oversight with the oversight efforts of other Headquarters organizations.
  • Maintain awareness of current worker safety and health program measurement techniques, and other related research programs outside DOE. Contacts a variety of senior investigators at DOE laboratories, as well as universities, and other off-site institutions; senior health officials at other Federal agencies; and other eminent engineers in the national and international safety community. Represents the Department in various meetings, conferences, and committees, as required.
Travel Required

75% or less - More than 10 days a month travel may be required.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

15

Who May Apply
This job is open to…
  • Federal Employee
  • Merit Promotion
  • Agency Employee
  • Internal Employee
  • CTAP
  • ICTAP
  • Veterans Recruitment
  • 30% Disabled
  • Individuals with disabilities
  • VEOA
  • VRA

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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.

  • Financial disclosure statement, OGE-450 is required

  • Extensive Travel is REQUIRED
  • Obtain and Maintain a “Q” Level Security Clearance
  • Drug Testing is Required
  • Complete DOE technical qualification program
Qualifications

Education:

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.

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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* -- 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. For more information about EI and EIT registration requirements, please visit the National Society of Professional Engineers website at: http://www.nspe.org .
  2. * 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. The FE examination is not administered by the U. S. Office of Personnel Management. For more information, please visit: http://www.nspe.org/Licensure/HowtoGetLicensed/index.html .
  3. * 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.
  4. * 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. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)

Note: An applicant who meets the basic requirements as specified in A or B above, except as noted under B.1., may qualify for positions in any branch of engineering unless selective factors indicate otherwise.

For more information, please visit: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/files/all-professional-engineering-positions-0800.pdf

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

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, GS-14. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:

  • Experience with worker safety and health regulations, policies, and procedures in order to determine and measure conformance with required and accepted practices applicable to the design, construction, and operations of facilities.

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!

  1. Expert knowledge of worker safety and health program concepts, principles, and practices, as evidenced by an advanced degree to enable you to serve as a recognized expert.
  2. Mastery of advanced principles, practices, theories, techniques and methodology of safety engineering and/or industrial hygiene to the extent that you are capable of applying new developments and experienced judgment to solve novel or obscure problems.
  3. Knowledge of organizational development related to functions, procedures, and legislation of worker safety and health programs.
  4. Knowledge of related disciplines and subject matter areas and working knowledge of professional engineering and scientific work to serve as a technical authority with respect to the full range of work associated with the conduct of assessments, inspections, and special technical analyses and studies, as well as to provide advice on how to improve programs Department-wide.
  5. Working knowledge of Integrated Safety Management policy, guidance and implementation.
  6. Detailed knowledge of DOE, OSHA, EPA, NRC, or other agency or organization worker safety and health regulations, policies, and procedures in order to determine and measure conformance with required and accepted practices applicable to the design, construction, and operations of DOE facilities.
  7. Ability to lead, guide, direct and advise multidisciplinary teams engaged in the conduct of assessments and inspections and in the analysis and study of worker safety and health programs.
  8. Ability to extend and modify existing techniques and develop new approaches for use of other safety and health specialists in solving a variety of worker safety and health problems.
  9. Expert knowledge and skill to represent the agency in oversight matters in interagency meetings, conferences, and/or task groups.
  10. Excellent oral and written communication skills. "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

There is a positive educational requirement for this position, see Qualifications for details.

Additional information

The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

  • New employees to the Department of Energywill be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify.
  • Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.
  • If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.
  • More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
  • Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year.
  • Many positions require successful completion of a background investigation.
  • All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register. If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government. EEO Policy: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/EEOPolicyStatement Reasonable Accommodation Policy: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/ReasonableAccommodationPolicyStatement Veterans Information: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/VeteransInformation Telework: www.telework.gov Selective Service Registration: http://www.sss.gov/

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

The Department of Energy uses an application tracking system to evaluate the responses you provide in the applicant assessment questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications necessary for this position. Then, the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME) will conduct a quality review of your application and supporting documentation to determine if your qualifications meet the criteria for referral to the selecting official.

We will also verify that you are eligible for Merit Promotion positions by reviewing your previous Federal employment to ensure you meet Time-in-Grade requirements. If you are eligible to apply to Merit Promotion announcements based on Veteran or other non-competitive statuses, we will verify your supporting documentation prior to referral.

If you are eligible for career transition assistance plans such as ICTAP or CTAP, you must meet the definition of "well qualified" which is defined as having a score of 85 or better.

If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses you provided in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.

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Security clearance

Q - Sensitive

Drug test required

No

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Required Documents

HR Specialist - Modify this section only if special documentation is required which is unique to your agency and not listed below. Please do not modify this section otherwise. Make sure that if you list a document here, it is also selected in Step 6 of the Vacancy Builder process. Remove this note before posting!]

Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants. If you are unsure, click the link for each document type to read more.

ALL APPLICANTS: You must submit a resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.

  • Your resume should list all work experience (paid and unpaid); you must list the full name and address of the each employer.
  • For all types of work experience, you should indicate the start and end dates (include month, day, and year); you must also list the average number of hours per week that you worked.
  • For paid work experience, please indicate your starting grade/salary for each position and the highest grade/salary you earned (if different).
  • Your resume should also include any education and training you have completed (list the program title, subject area, number of hours completed, and completion date).
  • For more information about what to include in your resume, please view this USAJOBS Resume Tutorial video on YouTube. Most DOE offices will allow you to submit a resume in the format of your choice (as an attached document or as a USAJOBS Resume Builder format). However, some offices may require one specific format. You will be notified at the time you click 'Apply Online' which type of resume is acceptable. It is important that you are complete and thorough in your resume. If any of the above information is not included in your resume, we may not be able to fully credit you for your experience.

Current and former Federal employees: Most recent SF-50 (Standard Form 50 - Notice of Personnel Action).

To properly verify status eligibility, your SF-50 must show the following. If you do not submit an appropriate SF-50, we cannot verify your status eligibility!

  1. Full position title;
  2. appointment type;
  3. occupational series;
  4. pay plan, grade, and step;
  5. tenure code; and
  6. service computation date (SCD). If specific educational requirements are indicated for this vacancy: Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and final grade. Please see the Education section for more information.

Veterans: veteran eligibility documentation (DD-214 Member #4 Copy, VA Letter, Standard Form (SF) 15 as applicable). Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency to receive Veterans Preference under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.

Persons with Disabilities: Individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may apply for appointment through the Schedule A hiring authority. Certified verification of a disability from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or any Federal, state, or District of Columbia agency or U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits will be required.

Displaced Federal employees who qualify for CTAP/ICTAP: If you are a former Federal employee who was displaced due to a Reduction-in-Force (RIF) or surplused by some other means, please submit a copy of the separation letter or RIF notice from your agency. To be selected under I/CTAP, you must still be found well-qualified for this position. Please see the OPM Guide to Career Transition for more information.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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How to Apply

To be considered for this position, you must submit your complete application no later than 11:59pm U.S. Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement. If you do not submit a complete application prior to the closing time (regardless of when you started) the online application system will not allow you to finish! Requests for extensions will not be granted, so please begin the application process allowing yourself enough time to finish before the deadline. Our online application system displays a countdown timer at the top of the screen for your reference.

For your security, your session in our online application system will "time-out" if you are inactive for a certain period of time. We recommend that you preview the assessment questions before you apply and prepare all of your information prior to beginning the application. If you do get "timed-out" you will have to log back in to USAJOBS and re-visit the vacancy announcement, you can then click "Update Application" to finish where you left off.

Steps to submit a complete application:

  1. Click the "Apply Online" button. If you are not already logged in, you will need to do so.
  2. You must have a complete resume associated with your USAJOBS account. Please note that some DOE offices do not accept uploaded resumes and instead require that you submit a USAJOBS-formatted resume using the Resume Builder.
  3. You will be prompted to select a resume and any documentation you have attached to your USAJOBS account before you are transferred to the Department of Energy's online application system. Please be aware that any document you select before being transferred to our system, will not automatically be received. You must take steps to download your documents from USAJOBS during the "Documents" step within our online application system (see Step 6).
  4. If you are a first-time applicant to the Department of Energy, you'll be asked to register an account first. If you are a returning applicant, you will skip this step and go straight to the application portion.
  5. You must respond to all applicant assessment questions, carefully following all instructions provided.
  6. You will then be asked to upload additional supporting documentation. If you selected documents from USAJOBS prior to being transferred to our application system (Step 3), you will need to click the "USAJOBS" link to complete the transfer process. These documents ARE NOT automatically transferred! It is ultimately your responsibility to make sure all required documents are either faxed, uploaded, or transferred from USAJOBS successfully. If you are unsure that your documents went through, please contact the HR Specialist listed on the announcement BEFORE the vacancy closes.
  7. After reviewing your submission in the final step, you must click "Submit Application" at the bottom of the page. If you leave the application before clicking Submit, your application will not be received. If your resume does not support the responses in your application questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.

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  • If you experience any difficulties with the online application process (anything after you have clicked the 'Apply Online' button): contact the HR Office listed on this announcement between normal business hours. If you are receiving any kind of error message, please be ready to provide a screenshot or at a minimum, the error message text and number. If necessary, we will put you in touch with the technical support number if we are unable to assist you personally.
  • If you need help with USAJOBS (searching for jobs, account password/profile issues, or Resume Builder): please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center and select a topic of inquiry. Or, you may reach out to USAJOBS directly for support, by visiting the USAJOBS Contact Uspage. We regret that we are unable to support any issues with USAJOBS, as this service is not maintained by the Department of Energy.
  • If you are experiencing a significant hardship which hinders your ability to apply online please contact the HR Office listed on this announcement during normal business hours to discuss your situation.

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Kevin L Harris
Phone

513-744-4010

Fax

000-000-0000

Email

kevin.harris@hc.doe.gov

Address

Department of Energy 1000 Independence Ave SW Washington, District of Columbia United States

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After each step in the recruitment process, your status will be updated in our application tracking system. Once this happens, if you have elected to receive e-mail updates, you will be notified through your USAJOBS registered e-mail address. If you have not elected for e-mail updates, you can review your current application status in USAJOBS at any time. Please check that your USAJOBS profile contact information is current and correct each time you apply to a job--this will ensure we are able to contact you as quickly as possible.

In addition to changing your status online, we will send you e-mail notifications at each major step in the process, to include: application received, eligible or not eligible, referred or not referred, selected or not selected.

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Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/502051000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 06/12/2018 to 06/26/2018

Salary: $134,789 to $164,200 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 15

Work schedule: Full-Time - Full Time

Appointment type: Permanent