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Mining Engineer


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    This is an open-continuous announcement. Referral lists may be requested throughout the life of the announcement. Applications received after the cutoff date, may be considered on future referral lists.

    NOTE: FIRST CUT-OFF FOR PULLING APPLICATIONS IS 08/10/2018.

    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, Mine Safety and Health Administration, Pittsburgh Safety and Health Technology Center, Roof Control Division, in South Park, PA. The Division provides technical services to support Coal Mine Safety and Health and Metal and Non-Metal Mine Safety and Health enforcement activities, the mining industry, and other Governmental agencies. The Center is responsible to a great degree for the interpretation of Federal regulations as outlined in the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977, Public Law 91-173, as amended by Public Law 95-164, and for improving safety practices throughout the mining industry through advisory and consulting services, and by technical investigations of complex safety problems.

    This position is at the full performance level. This position is inside the bargaining unit. Additional selection may be made from this vacancy announcement. PCS expenses will not be paid.

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    Responsibilities

    Evaluates the needs of the mining industry regarding roof control technology and initiates programs to improve the state-of-the-art in this area.

    Performs field investigations of roof control problems in underground mines using existing rock mechanics techniques and methods of evaluating the performance of roof support systems currently being used. Consolidates resulting data to provide parameters useful to the mine operator and MSHA's inspections personnel in determining changes that can be made to improve the roof support system and/or mine roof control safety.

    Performs field investigations of automated temporary roof support systems to determine if they are technically sound for use as temporary supports and/or acceptable for use in lieu of canopy as defined in Section 75.1710(f). Provides parameters useful to the equipment manufacturer, the mine operator and MSHA's inspections personnel in determining changes that can be made to improve the roof support system.

    Designs laboratory investigations to determine the qualities of roof support systems that can be used to define their applicability to unique mining situations, leads a team of engineers and technicians in the execution of such studies, and prepares reports of subsequent findings in a timely manner.

    Conducts field investigations, evaluating the effectiveness of new roof support systems, in order to aid MSHA's inspection personnel in determining acceptability for underground use.

    Evaluates various types of commercially available rock mechanics instrumentation in order to upgrade the RCD's capabilities relating to in-mine data acquisition.

    Performs investigations dealing with ground control aspects of longwall mining.

    Attends meeting and conferences with Federal, State, and private organizations to obtain and provide information relative to roof control.

    Keeps abreast of technological developments in the field of roof and/or ground control through contacts with the mining industry and government agencies and through review of relevant literature.

    Travel Required
    Occasional travel - 25% of the time.

    Supervisory status
    No

    Promotion Potential
    12

    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.

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

  • Job family (Series)
    0880 Mining Engineering

  • Requirements
    Help Requirements Conditions of Employment
    • U.S. Citizenship.
    • Must be at least 16 years of age.
    • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
    • Subject to financial disclosure requirements.
    • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.


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

    Qualifications

    THIS POSITION HAS A POSITIVE EDUCATION REQUIREMENT.

    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. Or

    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

    IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ANY ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.

    In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-11, in the Federal Service. Examples of specialized experience include the following:

    1. Investigations of roof control problems;

    2. Performing investigations of automated temporary roof support systems;

    3. Designing laboratory investigations to determine the qualities of roof support systems.

    4. Conducts onsite inspections/investigations of the mine evaluating the effectiveness of new roof support systems.

    5. Working knowledge of longwall mining to perform investigations dealing with ground control.

    Education

    There is no education substitution for this grade level GS-12.

    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.

    Additional information

    Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION , ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION , FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES All MSHA employees and their spouses, and minor children are prohibited by regulation from having any interest, direct or indirect, in any mine or mining company which may be directly affected by the work of MSHA through its investigations, technical research, or other activities. These interests are prohibited under the Department of Labor's Supplemental Standards of Ethical Conduct Regulations at 5 CFR 5201.105. Certain MSHA employees are required to file a financial disclosure report. For questions, please contact the vacancy contact on this announcement.

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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.

    If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors below and will be placed into a category based on your vacancy question responses.

    Categories

    Category A - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying critical competencies required by this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity.

    Category B - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies required by this position.

    Category C - Meets the specialized experience described in the minimum qualifications requirements section of this announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies.

    Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:

    Analysis/Problem Solving: A working knowledge of underground mining equipment and the application of systems and cabs and canopies to such equipment. Knowledge of the use of roof monitoring instrumentation to determine the effectiveness of support systems. Skill in applying creativity and experienced judgement in extending and developing new methods or approaches when evaluating roof support systems and the causes of adverse ground conditions. Ability to research and evaluate technical papers, engineering texts, complex consultant's reports, and roof/ground control plans to find information related to problems.

    Consulting: Ability to represent the Agency in a professional and effective manner when consulting or coordinating within the Agency or external organizations on projects.

    Interpersonal/Communication: Ability to work in a team and reach consensus.

    Writing: Proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite and AutoCad. Ability to write technical reports based on information gathered from field investigations, lab tests, and literature searches incorporating tables, graphs, and diagrams. Skill in preparing multi-media presentations.

    The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions. If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume. Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)

    INFORMATION FOR ICTAP/CTAP ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles who are placed into Category B or higher will be considered "well-qualified".

    Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Q - Nonsensitive

    Drug test required
    No

  • Required Documents
    Help Required Documents

    The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Follow the instructions: click How To Submit Supplemental Documentation Document . You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. Also, do not upload password protected documents.

    - Veterans Documents (if applicable): To be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. To claim 10-point preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. (For active duty service members expecting honorable or general discharge or release within 120 days, click Active Duty ). Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference. For more information, go to: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/index.aspx

    - Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP or ICTAP eligibility.

    - Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted

    Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship , and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.

    - Unofficial Transcript(s) (in English) - submit if using education as a basis for qualifying for this position. If so, you must submit all applicable academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements (ex. BA/BS, MA, JD, PHD, etc). If specific course work is required to qualify, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit.

    You may upload your transcript(s) as one document (3 MB size limit). If over 3 MB, please submit via fax feature.

    OFFICIAL Transcripts MUST BE RECEIVED prior to selection and report date. Reference the "Education Section" for College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education.

    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.

  • Benefits
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    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .

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    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply
    Help How to Apply

    Follow the steps below to apply. Your application and ALL required supplemental documents MUST be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the vacancy closing date to receive consideration. Paper applications and supplemental documents submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the vacancy contact will not be considered. Click here for information on Reasonable Accommodations.

    SAVE your information before the 30 MINUTE TIMEOUT! For help, go to https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/.

    STEP 1 - Create USAJOBS Account on www.usajobs.gov, including Resume and Saved Documents
    Your resume must provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions. If not, HR may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the competency indicated by resume content. FOR EACH EMPLOYMENT PERIOD, include: start/end month & year and note full-time or part-time (if part-time, include # of hours worked per week); otherwise, your application may be considered incomplete.

    STEP 2 - Complete the 1st part of the application process (USAJOBS)
    Once you have identified a job on www.usajobs.gov that you wish to apply for, click on the title and click the Apply button . For questions about the vacancy, contact the Agency Contact at the bottom of the announcement. Click "Start Application" and proceed through 5 steps noted at the top of the USAJOBS page. You will be able to select a resume and documents from your USAJOBS Account that you can submit as a package as part of your DOL application. At Step 5, click "Continue to Agency Site".

    STEP 3 - Complete the 2nd part of the application process (DOL)
    On the Department of Labor (DOL) page, create a DOL Account if you have not already and click "APPLY TO THIS VACANCY". Continue through the 7 progress steps indicated by circles at the top of the DOL page. The 3rd progress step is where you answer the vacancy specific questions. The 4th progress step "Documents" is where you submit required documents (only if applicable to you) specified in the "Required Documents" section of this vacancy. If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.

    STEP 4 - On the "Review and Submit" step, click "Submit Application"
    The last "Confirmation" step will turn green noting that your application was submitted successfully.

    STEP 5 - Edit Application as needed by 11:59 pm ET of Closing Date by returning to USAJOBS, clicking the vacancy, then "Update Application".

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    Agency contact information Jysaira Martinez

    Phone
    215-861-5118
    TDD
    215-861-5096
    Fax
    215-861-5089
    Email
    Martinez.Jysaira@dol.gov

    Address

    Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration
    The Curtis Center
    170 S. Independence Mall West
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
    United States

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    Next steps

    Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and refer candidates for selection consideration. Candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome. A selection is expected to be made within 30 calendar days from the issuance date of the certificate.

    For instructions on how to check the status of your application, go to Step 7 on: Using DOORS and USAJOBS Help Guide . To sign up for Application Status Updates via email: Click Here for instructions .

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    The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
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    Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

    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.


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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov . For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/504516200 . Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Company
Mine Safety and Health Administration
Posted
09/16/2018
Type
Full time
Location
South Park, PA, US