Civil Engineer
Department Of Energy - Atlanta, GA

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, is an independent agency that regulates the interstate transmission of natural gas, oil, and electricity. FERC also regulates natural gas and hydropower projects. As part of our goal, we are seeking highly skilled individuals to assist in carrying out the mission of this agency. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission assists consumers in obtaining reliable, efficient and sustainable energy services at a reasonable cost through appropriate regulatory and market means. To learn more about the Commission, please visit www.ferc.gov .

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is seeking highly motivated and qualified candidates for exciting full-time permanent positions within the Division of Dam Safety and Inspections in the Office of the Office of Energy Projects. This position is located in the Atlanta Regional Office.

The incumbent will work as a civil engineer and must be knowledgeable in the investigation, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of dams and hydroelectric power facilites, applying one or more of the following disciplines of civil engineering to the investigation, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of dams and hydroelectric power facilities: structural, hydrologic, geotechnical and/or engineering geology. Assignments may require substantial travel and can involve hiking in mountainous terrain, climbing steeply inclined faces of dams, and descending into dam galleries, penstocks, and tunnels. The ability to communicate effectively with others is also important.

More than one selection may be made from this announcement and the office for that selection may vary.

Position is included in the Bargaining Unit

Please note - Only your resume and cover letter will be forwarded to the selecting official. KEY REQUIREMENTS

Must be a U.S. Citizen
Must meet specialized experience
One year probationary period may be required
Generally, male applicants must be registered with the Selective Service
A background investigation is required
Must submit transcripts at time of application; unofficial are accepted DUTIES:

The incumbent of this position performs:
  • Inspection, engineering evaluation and analyses of hydroelectric projects including dams to ensure the safety of the projects
  • Inspection, engineering evaluation and analyses of hydroelectric projects to ensure compliance with the terms of the license, the provisions of the Federal Power Act, and the Commission's regulations
  • Prepares engineering reports to establish and document the dam safety, public safety and environmental and license compliance of the hydroelectric project. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Candidates must meet the educational requirements for Engineer; additionally, candidates at the GS-12 level must have one full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-11 level. Candidates at the GS-13 level must have one full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-12 level. Specialized Experience is defined as: Experience in applying one or more of the following disciplines of civil engineering to the investigation, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of dams and hydroelectric power facilities: structural, hydrologic, hydraulic, geotechnical, and engineering geology.

To be considered, candidates must meet the educational requirements for an Engineer. The link to the OPM Qualification Standard for Engineers is: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/gs0800/0800.htm

You must meet these educational requirements by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

**If you are using a combination of education and experience to qualify for this position, you must meet the educational requirements above by the closing date of the vacancy closing.

CANDIDATES MUST PROVIDE TRANSCRIPTS IN ORDER FOR COURSEWORK TO BE VERIFIED; FAILURE TO INCLUDE TRANSCRIPTS WILL RESULT IN CANDIDATES NOT BEING CONSIDERED; TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE SUBMITTED AT TIME OF APPLICATION.

Your resume must clearly document how you meet the specialized experience in order to meet the minimum qualification requirements for this vacancy. Transcripts must be submitted at time of application. All required documents must be received by the closing date of this announcement. If you do not submit a required document (e.g. transcripts, etc.) your application will be considered incomplete and you will not receive further consideration.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: If selected for this position, you will be required to: - Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment. - Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer. - Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S. HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

We will review your resume, responses to the questionnaire and required documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your resume must address the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the Qualifications Section. If you meet basic qualification requirements, your application will be further evaluated based on your answers to the on-line assessment. Your responses to the on-line assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position. You are being evaluated under the category rating method which means, if you are determined to be qualified, you will be placed into the 'Best Qualified', 'Well Qualified', or 'Qualified' Category. We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than what is supported by your application materials, your responses may be excluded from consideration for this job. We will evaluate your qualifications and eligibility and notify you if you meet minimum qualification requirements. NOTE: We do not require a separate statement responding to the competencies, also referred to as Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs). However, your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies. The Occupational Questions are used to evaluate your relevant educational and work experience. The questions are related to competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities such as:

1. Demonstrated knowledge of geotechnical, structural, hydrologic, hydraulic, seismic, risk assessment, risk informed decision making and other civil engineering disciplines involved in the dam safety design, inspection, remediation, construction, and operation of hydropower projects.

2. Demonstrated skills in analyzing dam safety engineering and compliance matters related to the design, construction, inspection, remediation, operation and environmental impacts of hydroelectric projects.

3. Demonstrated ability to prepare and present clear, concise and well-organized engineering reports, both orally and in writing.
To preview questions please click here .

BENEFITS:
We offer a workplace that is respectful, fair, and values diversity. Our comprehensive benefits are very generous - helping you to reach your personal goals by supporting your professional growth, health, well-being, and your family needs. Our benefits package includes: Challenging work, opportunities for advancement, competitive salaries, bonuses and incentive awards; Ten paid holidays, 13 days of sick leave, and 13 to 26 days of vacation time each year; Access to insurance programs that may be continued after you retire; A wide choice of health insurance plans, and coverage for pre-existing conditions. We pay a substantial amount (up to 75%) of the health insurance premiums; Flexible spending accounts for health care and for dependent care, employee assistance programs, flexible work schedules, and health and fitness programs. Learn more about Federal benefits programs by clicking here . OTHER INFORMATION:

When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval. You must submit all required information by the closing date. The materials you send with your resume will not be returned. If you are selected at a grade lower than the highest shown in this listing, you will be placed under a career development plan and can be non-competitively promoted when you successfully complete the requirements for the higher grade. Before entering on duty, you may be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450. You will need to provide the information annually. Relocation expenses will not be paid; travel required.

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