Civil Engineer
Department Of Labor - Bruceton, PA

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Opportunities are Open! Begin a challenging career with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and you will help shape the workforce of tomorrow. DOL offers rewarding opportunities to contribute to a noble mission; to serve and protect American workers, prepare them for new and better jobs, and to ensure the safety and fairness of American workplaces.

This position is located in the Department of Labor with the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), Pittsburgh Safety and Health Technology Center (PSHTC), Directorate of Technical Support in Bruceton, PA. The Division provides technical services and consultation for Federal and State mining officials, industry, management, labor organizations and others on complex safety issues relating to the handling and disposal of mined waste and other safety associated problems.

MSHA's mission is to protect the safety and health of the Nation's miners by determining compliance with federal safety and health standards through inspections and investigations and working cooperatively with the mining industry, labor, and the States to improve training programs aimed at preventing accidents and occupationally caused diseases.
  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Subject to financial disclosure requirements.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Subject to frequent travel. Requires a valid drivers license.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Requires a medical examination.

DUTIES: The incumbent serves as a Senior Engineer under the Chief of the Mine Waste and Geotechnical Engineering Division (Mine Waste Division) and serves as the principle expert and advisor to the Division Chief in areas pertaining to dam engineering and mine waste handling and disposal. The incumbent is responsible for providing dam engineering expertise and guidance to the Division, Agency, government agencies, and private interests. Because of the significant diversification of Division activities, expert capabilities are essential in the disciplines related to dam design, construction, and operation, including soil mechanics, soil dynamics, hydrology, and hydraulics. Incumbent employs the most advanced engineering technology, developed from advanced course-work and extensive experience, in executing duties and transferring the results of highly theoretical studies into practical applications. (continuous during all assignments); Advises the Division Chief of developing issues related to dam engineering, trends that may be identified, or potential problems in the field. Upon identifying a developing issue or trend, develops an Agency position or strategy to reduce recurring safety problems. Performs the technical review of highly specialized and complex dam designs and detailed plans as well as design and construction specifications prepared by consulting engineers or others concerning earthwork associated with mining operations. Performs investigations and engineering analyses of the more complex issues to determine the cause of dam related safety problems and accidents. Provides practical solutions to resolve the problems. Develops and deliver technical training, reports, articles, papers, and speeches for publications and presentations at regional and national meetings, workshops, and conferences. This will also involve serving on national technical and evaluation panels as Agency representative and national expert. Reviews and analyze highly technical, complex, sensitive, and confidential reports, including accident reports. Develops executive summaries, briefing papers, and technical reports for use by the Division Chief and higher level officials and recommend engineering and other actions or positions to be taken to improve safety. Leads or serves on committees developing or revising enforcement standards. Serve as an expert witness in both civil and criminal litigation to provide engineering expertise and services to defend the Agency's position.

Serves as a coordinator, advisor, and editor of manuals and handbooks specifying engineering and other related requirements applicable to the Division's responsible areas. The manual and handbooks are essential tools for Agency enforcement personnel and are used as reference material by the mining industry to effectively improve the safety of mining operations. Plans, performs, or reviews pertinent laboratory testing. This includes involvement in problem evaluation, selection of appropriate tests, formulation of analysis, and preparation of results and conclusions in report form. Prepares administrative or other reports to document work produced by the Division. Locates and evaluates available data to identify areas for Division improvement and recommend actions to increase Division efficiency. Reviews and edits draft documents and accident investigation reports prepared by Division personnel to ensure such reports are properly written and the contents accurately describe and address engineering and related causes of the accident and/or disaster. Reviews the work of staff engineers in the Division to ensure their work is accurate.


Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level,GS-12. Examples of specialized experience include: In-depth knowledge of engineering sciences applicable to Civil Engineering with particular experience in the area of dam safety/civil engineering, especially in the following areas: engineering geology, soil and rock mechanics, soil dynamics; hydrology, hydraulics, dam instrumentation, subsidence analysis and analyzing mine conditions related to breakthrough potential or inundation. Advance knowledge in the fields of dam safety, construction and operation techniques. In depth knowledge of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977, Title 30, U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, Agency Policies. Advance knowledge of the mining and milling industries, systems, equipment, technology, and solutions to difficult engineering and technological problems facing the mining industry. Experience with coordinating or conducting accident and field investigation. Providing technical and engineering advice.

THIS IS A POSITIVE EDUCATION POSITION, IN ORDER TO COMPETE ALL APPLICANTS MUST HAVE THE FOLLOWING EDUCATIONAL CREDENTIALS: A degree in professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; 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.

College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education - Transcripts (in English) must be submitted if (a) a degree is required for the position, and/or (b) education is used as the basis for qualifying for this position. The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from schools that are not accredited by an accrediting institution 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 courses were taken at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, or from several different colleges or universities, you must submit all the necessary transcripts. 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.

Applicants must meet time-in-grade and time-after-competitive-appointment requirements, as well as qualifications requirements, within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy announcement to be eligible for consideration for selection. Please reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: 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.

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 (click Evaluation Tools for information):
Analysis/Problem Solving: Advanced knowledge and experience in dam/civil engineering, especially in the following areas: engineering geology; soil and rock mechanics; soil dynamics; hydrology; hydraulics; dam instrumentation; subsidence analysis; and analyzing mine conditions related to breakthrough potential or inundation. Advanced knowledge and experience in the field of dam safety engineering, including construction and operation techniques. Advanced knowledge and experience in the field of earthquake science and the evaluation of mining dams for seismic stability and deformation. In-depth knowledge of laboratory and field tests used in the geotechnical engineering and rock mechanics fields. Advanced knowledge of the mining and milling industries, systems, equipment, technology, and solutions to difficult engineering and technological problems facing the mining industry. In-depth knowledge of several occupational disciplines (e.g. mining and civil engineering, mine safety & health inspectors/specialists, hydrology, hydraulics, subsidence, etc.) sufficient to make substantive decisions regarding Technical Support’s enforcement support activities.

MSHA Knowledge: In-depth knowledge of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977, Title 30, U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, with emphasis on Parts 56/57.200010; Part 56, Subpart B – Ground Control; Part 77, sections 214, 215, and 216; and Part 77, Subpart K – Ground Control. Registration as a Professional Engineer is highly desirable. In-depth knowledge of MSHA, Center, and Division policies, practices, and procedures as they pertain to investigations, plan reviews, reports, etc. Knowledge of MSHA organizational structure

Consulting: Ability to represent the Agency in a professional and effective manner when consulting or coordinating within the Agency or external organizations on projects. Skill in presenting testimony as an expert witness in civil or criminal litigation.

Interpersonal: Ability to work on a team and reach consensus. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Communication: Strong skills in written and oral communications. Knowledge of technical writing methods. Proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). 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. Skill in making oral 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, such as the interview process. Also, one or more additional assessment tools may also be applied (e.g., a structured interview, panel review, written test, work sample, etc).The examining Human Resources Office (HRO) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. It is essential that your resume provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses in the self-assessment vacancy questions. If your responses are not adequately substantiated by your resume, the HRO will amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency that is 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 such as an interview.

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 ELIGIBLES ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration. ICTAP 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. the content of your resume.

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BENEFITS: The Department of Labor (DOL) offers a great benefit package to eligible employees. The benefit package includes but is not limited to health benefits, supplemental dental and vision plans, flexible spending accounts, 13 days paid sick leave per year, vacation leave and 10 paid holidays per year. We offer a variety of employee benefit options, a family-friendly work environment, a child care subsidy program, transit subsidy program, career assistance program, health services and fitness programs, access to LifeCare, a resource and referral service and more. For a comprehensive site about all federal benefits, please refer to OPM . For specific DOL benefits information, please refer to DOL BENEFITS .

OTHER INFORMATION: No Relocation or PCS incentives are authorized for this vacancy.

This is a Bargaining Unit Position.

This position is at the full performance level fo GS-13.

Additional selections may be made from this announcement.

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. The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor. Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION , ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION , SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION , FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES - 17 months ago - save job - block
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