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Supervisory General Engineer


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    This position is located in the Office of Railroad Research, Development and Technology (RD&T), Rolling Stock Research Division. You will provide supervisory professional engineering services, program management and technical guidance in matters concerning the implementation of a comprehensive research and development program for evaluating the safety of railroad rolling stock equipment systems and component systems.

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    Responsibilities

    As a Supervisory General Engineer, you will:
    • Supervise a team of Engineers in conceiving, initiating, and managing Research & Development projects in support of the assurance of rolling stock safety and provide oversight of complex research, development, test and evaluation efforts related to rail cars and locomotives and the technology associated with rolling stock.
    • Work with research Program Managers and the Director of RD&T to determine which safety and performance issues within the Division's areas of responsibility should be addressed by FRA RD&T efforts and to create and implement a set of research programs that will maximize the benefits received from the expenditure of limited R&D resources.
    • Also assess the feasibility of various avenues of research that will decrease the number of rolling stock related railroad accidents, improve rail system performance and reliability, and reduce the regulatory impact on the industry.
    • Conceive, initiate, and manage the conduct of railroad equipment, components and hazardous materials research programs requiring cooperative efforts by FRA, other Government agencies, the railroad industry, universities and other private research and development (R&D) organizations.
    • Advise the Office Director, Associate Administrator and other Offices of FRA and DOT of developments in his/her field of research. Continually maintain an awareness of developments in research and issues within the Division's areas of responsibility both in the United States and abroad through personal contacts, attendance at professional gatherings, review of literature surveys to assess concurrent programs and by arranging and participating in conferences with various program managers in the Office, FRA and DOT
    • Make recommendations to the Office Director and Associate Administrator regarding budget requirements, program plans, workforce staffing allocations, workforce planning, and effective position management. Implement improved work processes and business practices to ensure maximum productivity within employment ceilings and funds.
    • Establish program goals and provide guidance to the program managers concerning the most effective action to attain the Division's RD&T objectives. Review project documentation such as plans, progress reports, and summaries of contract results, and redirect or terminate work as required .Plan work to be accomplished and set priorities for staff based on workload and abilities. Plan and assign work to be accomplished, give advice, counsel and mentoring to employees.

    The ideal candidate for this position has experience with supervising a staff of program managers, program and project management and is a subject matter expert in the areas of research, development, test and evaluation of rolling stock and hazardous materials research; is an experienced professional who is comfortable in a fast-paced work environment with regular interactions with senior leadership; exhibits creativity, sound judgment, discretion, attention to detail, and sensitivity to protocol, deadlines and timetables; has the ability to manage multiple projects and competing priorities; possesses a strong work ethic, strong logic and reasoning skills and a demonstrated ability to accurately interpret literal and thematic subject matter; has experience supervising research and development programs and program management staff: is diplomatic, responsive, and comfortable working within a diverse, multicultural, rapidly evolving organization.

    Travel Required
    Occasional travel - Some travel is required.

    Supervisory status
    Yes

    Promotion Potential
    15

  • Job family (Series)
    0801 General Engineering

  • Requirements
    Help Requirements Conditions of Employment
    • You must meet specialized experience to qualify.
    • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
    • Review Required Documents Section as documents are required by closing date
    • Announcement also advertised U.S. Citizens: FRA.RPD-2018-0027.


    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
    • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
    • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: This position involves travel. A government contractor-issued travel card will be issued and must be retained for official business only.
    • SUPERVISORY PROBATIONARY PERIOD: You must complete a one-year supervisory probationary period (unless already completed).
    • RELOCATION EXPENSES:Expenses related to relocation (e.g. travel and transportation) will not be paid.
    • TIME-IN-GRADE: - Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.


    Qualifications

    To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the MANDATORY EDUCATION AND SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS.

    To qualify for the Grade 15, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the GS-14, it must include:
    • Experience conducting varied types of technical analyses that involve any of the following: railroad operation, railroad safety processes and procedures, railroad safety equipment, the development of new passenger railroad rolling stock and locomotives.
    • Experience leading or participating in industry and/or government teams addressing railroad related issues.
    • Experience supervising program managers in conceiving, initiating, and managing research & development projects in support of the assurance of rolling stock safety, hazardous materials transportation, and passenger and freight rail cars and locomotives and the technology associated with rolling stock.
    • Experience in program management (i.e., making decisions utilizing research program output such as progress reports, and technical results).


    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.






    Education

    MANDATORY EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:

    All applicants must meet one of the following requirements to qualify for consideration for an engineering position:

    A. Successful completion of a degree in engineering that: (1) has at least one program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET); or (2) that included differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced that first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials; (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials; 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 or training: college level education, training and/or technical experience that has 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).
    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.
    3. Specified academic courses - Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences which included the courses as specified in Paragraph A above.
    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 had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. There should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering type experience. This must be clearly described in your resume.

    For more specifics, please see the OPM qualifications standard for GS-800: All Professional Engineering Positions qualifications at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/files/all-professional-engineering-positions-0800.pdf

    Additional information

    Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition .

    EEO STATEMENT: The Department of Transportation (DOT) maintains a model federal work environment that is free of discrimination. DOT ensures equal employment opportunity for employees and applicants for employment, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, or protected activity.

    This vacancy may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days for these locations.

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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.

    DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE: PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/ application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). Your resume must contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make a qualification determination. Please ensure that your resume contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, average number of hours worked per week, and if the position is/was in the Federal government, you should provide the position series and grade level.

    If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be scored based upon your responses to the vacancy questions. The top rated applications will be reviewed for the quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position.

    Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. The answers you select in the on-line process must be substantiated in your application package. If upon review, it is determined that your described work history, competencies, and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, your application may be updated or you may not be referred to the selecting official. Please ensure that your work history provides enough details to support your answers. If referred, all relevant documents including performance appraisals and awards submitted with your application package will be forwarded to the hiring official for review. The Automated Staffing Office is ultimately responsible for determining your final rating.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Public Trust - Background Investigation

    Drug test required
    No

  • Required Documents
    Help Required Documents

    ALL Applicants must provide a resume created within USA Jobs Resume Builder and respond to the vacancy questions by the closing date of the vacancy.

    The following is a list of documents that are only required based on the type of position for which you are applying.

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

    TRANSCRIPTS - Transcripts are REQUIRED as there is a stated education requirement for the series. The transcripts need not be official, but must show that you meet the stated education requirements, including specific major or class requirements.
    • If you are applying to an engineering position and are qualifying based on possessing a current Professional Engineer (PE) license, or passing the Engineer in Training (EIT) exam, please provide a copy of PE license or written documented proof of passing the EIT.
    • If you have previously held a government position in the same series as this position, you may be able to provide an SF-50 showing that you have already qualified and worked in the federal service in this series.

    PERFORMANCE APPRAISALS/INCENTIVE AWARDS: If applicable, performance appraisals and/or Incentive award documentation may be submitted and will be forwarded to the selecting official as support in consideration of your application in the evaluation process. To receive due weight, you must submit a recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable (do not submit a performance plan) and/or incentive award documentation dated within the last 18 months (i.e. superior performance awards, special act or achievement awards, quality step increases, etc.).

    VETERANS: Your last DD214, Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, that shows the type of discharge and all dates of active duty is required to verify your eligibility. It need not be official.
    • If you are applying to a vacancy opened to all US Citizens under category rating and wish to be considered as a preference eligible, you need to submit a copy of your DD214.
    • If you are claiming preference eligibility as a disabled veteran, you must submit proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally a valid letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. An SF-15 is desired, but not required.
    • If you are applying to a vacancy opened Status and you are requesting consideration under Veteran's Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) ( https://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/#veoa ), you need to provide a copy of your last DD214, which verifies your military service dates, reason for separation, OR certification of separation that shows a discharge date within 120 days of the closing of this announcement, and eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act.

    STATUS APPLICANTS: If seeking eligibility consideration as status/agency/DOT employee, you must provide proof of eligibility in the form of an SF-50. Your SF-50 must verify the highest grade held competitively, full performance level of position, and eligibility as a status applicant. Please do not submit an Award SF-50, as these are often incomplete and do not verify grade or status eligibility.

    NON COMPETITIVE APPLICANTS: If requesting concurrent consideration for Non-competitive (NC) appointment eligibility, you must provide the appropriate SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS, such as PCS orders (military spouse) describing move & marriage certificate; letter from VA or DD214 describing 100% disability of spouse; letter from State Vocational Office certifying disability (schedule A), etc. For more information, visit military spouse NC appointments or Persons with Disabilities NC appointments.

    DISPLACED EMPLOYEES: If requesting consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency CTAP program (ICTAP), you must meet the well qualified standards for this vacancy (meeting minimum requirements for position and scoring at least an 85 or falling in the Gold Category) and provide all of the following documents:
    • your most recent performance appraisal,
    • the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency, and
    • your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade.


    Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the vacancy will result in your removal from consideration for this position. Please review your application prior to final submission and ensure you have submitted all appropriate documents. Uploading documents to USAJobs does NOT ensure inclusion with your application to our system. You must verify that the documents are in the system with your application prior to final submission.

    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
    Help Benefits

    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 .

    Benefits include health and life insurance, annual and sick leave, and retirement benefits. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal Employees here .

    This position is eligible for ad hoc telework (on a supervisor approved intermittent basis) in accordance with FRA's Telework Policy (FRA Order 3600.3b) and implementation plans.

    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

    You must submit a complete application package (including resume, vacancy questions and supporting documents) no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.
    • To begin, click the "Apply Online" button on the job announcement posting.
    • Follow the directions to register, submit all required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.
    • You may review your saved application(s) at https://my.usajobs.gov.
    If you are having difficulty applying online, please contact the DOT Automated Staffing Office via email at: Transjobs@dot.gov

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    Phone
    000-000-0000
    Fax
    000-000-0000
    Email
    TRANSJOBS@dot.gov

    Address

    DOT, FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION
    Submit Application and Documents Online
    1200 New Jersey Ave SE / HAHR - 50
    Washington, District of Columbia 20590
    United States

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    Next steps

    You may check your application status by logging into USAJobs.com. (Select "My USAJOBS" and click "Applications"). Within two weeks of the closing date, a Human Resources Specialist will evaluate your application. Ratings will be determined based on the documents and information received by the closing date. Qualified candidates will be assigned a category, not including points that may be assigned for veterans' preference. If the vacancy is advertised under status, your application will be scored on a scale between 70 - 100. The most highly qualified candidates are then referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. If the vacancy was advertised under category rating, then the appropriate veteran's preference will be applied. If you are selected for an interview, we will contact you directly. Once the position is filled, we will notify all applicants of their final status.

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  • Fair & Transparent
    Fair & Transparent
    The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
    Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

    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.
    • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

    Read more Reasonable Accommodation Policy

    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.


    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.

    Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov . For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/510444800 . Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Company
Federal Railroad Administration
Posted
09/18/2018
Type
Full time
Location
Washington DC, DC, US