BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team to serve as an Engineering Technician (Petroleum) in the Eastern Montana/Dakotas District Office, North Dakota Field Office, Division of Mineral Resources, Dickinson, North Dakota. Information about the Dickinson area can be found at the Dickinson Chamber of Commerce website.
Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource. The BLM manages more land – approximately 253 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. For additional information about the BLM, please visit our website .
This position is also being advertised under vacancy announcement MT Merit-2013-0085. Currently there is only one vacancy available; however, in the event of new vacancies additional selections may be made from these announcements. KEY REQUIREMENTS
U.S. Citizenship is required.
Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.
Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" sections.
You cannot hold an active real estate license, nor can you
have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land.
Direct Deposit Required. DUTIES:
The incumbent performs complex and responsible petroleum engineering technician work involving all aspects of drilling and production inspection and enforcement activities. At the full performance level, the incumbent is responsible for performing a variety of duties including, but not limited to, the following:
Performing on-site inspections of all phases of oil and gas drilling/work-over operations and associated facilities.
Inspecting all aspects of drilling operations to ensure that operator’s equipment, safety systems, and operations are in compliance with the approved Application for Permit to Drill (APD), Sundry Notices (SN), lease terms, Notices to Lessees, Onshore Orders, and applicable regulations.
Witnessing casing and cementing operations to ensure proper procedures and types of casing are run as approved.
Inspecting and witnessing plugging and abandonment operations to ensure all minerals and water zones are properly protected.
Documenting problems and determining corrective action, obtaining voluntary compliance, wherever possible through contact with operations.
Issuing assessments, civil penalties, and shut –in orders when continued operations could result in adverse impacts to public health and safety, the environment, or royalty income, coordinating with all officials as appropriate.
Preparing reports on all inspections, witnessing, and/or compliance.
This position requires a considerable amount of math at the high school algebra level to verify volume and height of cement and other drilling fluids and oil and gas volumes to account for production from Federal and Indian oil and gas leases, and other assignments.
Physical Demands and Work Environment: Work is primarily in a field location where it is necessary to wear appropriate safety equipment. Work environment involves exposure to extreme weather conditions, hazardous explosive fumes, poisonous gasses, toxic chemicals, high frequency noises, high-pressure equipment, and moving machinery. Work involves climbing up and down ladders and steep stairways. A large part of the time is spent driving to work sites that are located in isolated areas. This work environment requires the use of hard hats, hard-toe boots, safety glasses, ear protection equipment and cold weather gear and/or a respirator may also be required. The incumbent must possess a valid state driver’s license. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Selective Placement Factors: This position requires special qualifications that have been determined to be essential to perform the duties and will be used as screen out elements. Those who do not provide evidence they possess the following selective factor(s) will be rated not qualified:
A valid state driver's license.
Demonstrated skill and ability in the use of mathematics at the high school algebra level.
In addition to the selective placement factors:
For GS-04: Six months of general experience and six months of specialized. General experience shows the ability to perform petroleum engineering technician work OR experience that provided a familiarity with engineering technician work. Specialized experience is directly related experience equivalent to GS-3 in the Federal service. Examples: draftsperson, surveying technician, construction estimator, physical science technician, or mathematical technician work. - OR- Two years of study above high school that included 12 semester hours in courses such as engineering, engineering or industrial technology, construction, physics, drafting, surveying, physical science, or mathematics.
For GS-05: One year of specialized experience, equivalent to GS-4 in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include work as a petroleum engineering technician or in a directly related position where difficult and responsible work was performed under general supervision, such as supporting higher level engineers in oil and gas (fluid minerals) field operations. - OR - A bachelor's degree with major study in an appropriate field of engineering, construction, or industrial technology; or (b) that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as engineering, engineering or industrial technology, construction, physics, drafting, surveying, physical science, or mathematics.
For GS-06: One year of specialized experience, equivalent to GS-5 in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include work as a petroleum engineering technician or in a directly related position in support of the discovery, development, production and conservation of petroleum and/or natural gas. Examples: application of oil & gas operating regulations, knowledge of equipment and materials used in oil & gas drilling and production operations or similar work. - OR - 9 semester hours of GRADUATE level education directly related to the work of a petroleum engineering technician (i.e., major study in petroleum engineering or a related field).
For GS-07: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-06 level in the Federal service. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include service such as a Petroleum Engineering Technician or related position where work is concerned with the discovery, development, production, or conservation of petroleum and natural gas. At this level, the technician carries out successive steps and handles problems and deviations in the work assignments in accordance with instructions, policies, previous training or accepted practices. Such work is completed with the guidance of higher graded technicians or engineers. - OR - One year (18 semester hours) of graduate level education DIRECTLY related to the work of the position.
For GS-08: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal service. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include service such as a Petroleum Engineering Technician or related position where work is concerned with the discovery, development, production, or conservation of petroleum and natural gas. At this level, the work requires specialized training and experience and comprehensive knowledge of petroleum operations. Such work must have provided a practical knowledge of technical petroleum engineering methods in order to carry out standard procedures, inspect and test a variety of equipment and materials, recognize and report errors, inconsistencies and other deficiencies, etc. - OR - One and a half years (27 semester hours) of graduate education DIRECTLY related to the work of the position.
For GS-09: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-08 level in the Federal service. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include service such as a Petroleum Engineering Technician or related position where work is concerned with the discovery, development, production, and conservation of petroleum and natural gas. At this level, the technician performs very difficult and responsible work requiring considerable specialized training and experience. The work was carried out using independent judgment. Such work must have provided thorough knowledge of processes, methods and equipment used by the petroleum industry in the onshore exploration and development of oil and gas resources. This includes familiarity with oilfield operations, involving drilling procedures such as well casing and cementing operations, well control equipment and procedures, and plugging operations, along with production operations involving oil measurement (ex. LACT meters) and natural gas measurement (ex. Electronic flow computers). - OR - Two years (36 semester hours) of graduate level education DIRECTLY related to the work of the position.
For GS-10: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include service such as a Petroleum Engineering Technician or related position where work is concerned with the discovery, development, production, and conservation of petroleum and natural gas. At this level, the technician performs very difficult and responsible work requiring extended specialized training and specialized experience that has demonstrated capacity for sound independent work. Such work must have provided a thorough and in-depth knowledge of processes, methods and equipment used by the petroleum industry in the onshore exploration and development of oil and gas resources. This includes knowledge of oilfield operations, involving drilling procedures such as, well casing and cementing operations, well control equipment and procedures, and plugging operations, along with production operations involving oil measurement (ex. LACT meters) and natural gas measurement (ex. Electronic flow computers). - OR - Two and a half years (45 semester hours) of graduate level education DIRECTLY related to the work of the position.
Specialized Experience: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. See examples above.
Equivalent combinations of post-high school education and specialized experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements.
Conditions of employment:
If selected as an Engineering Technician (Petroleum), you must successfully complete BLM’s national Oil and Gas Certification program. New hires must obtain certification within 18 months after employment. Failure on the employee’s part to obtain certification within the 18 months may result in disciplinary action, up to and including removal from Federal service based on the lack of required qualifications to perform specified duties. The selected incumbent must enter into a Service Agreement as a condition of employment for this position. He or she must successfully complete the Bureau of Land Management Petroleum Engineering Technician (PET) Certification Program and continue service in the Federal Government for 2 years from the date of obtaining PET certification.
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills, and abilities required to do the work of this position:
Knowledge and skills necessary to calculate volumes and capacities associated with: 1) well control kill procedures; 2) circulation of drilling fluids; 3) fill and displacement volumes for casing, cementing, and abandonment operations; 4) oil measurement for tank gauging and Lease Automatic Custody Transfer (LACT) meters; and 5) gas measurement using orifice meter systems.
Knowledge of well-drilling, production of oil and gas, and processes, methods, and equipment utilized by the petroleum industry in the onshore exploration and development of oil and gas resources to resolve difficult but recurring issues.
Knowledge of equipment and/or methods for oil and gas testing, production measurement and sales, gathering systems, safety, and reporting.
Knowledge of the regulations, Onshore Orders, policies, practices and industry standards governing oil and gas operations on Federal and Indian land leases to recognize violations and take appropriate enforcement action.
Skill in written and oral communication to gather information regarding operations, explain operating requirements and regulations, to resolve problems with industry personnel, and prepare reports of inspection results.
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To explore the benefits typically offered to most federal employees in permanent positions, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc OTHER INFORMATION:
At times, occasional travel may be required.
Appointment is subject to meeting one-year probationary requirements.
RELOCATION EXPENSES: Travel and relocation expenses will be paid consistent with the Federal Travel Regulation and Departmental policy. The use of a relocation service company and home marketing incentive will not be offered. To view FAQ regarding PCS click here .
BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants. The incentives that may be offered include Relocation Incentives and/or Recruitment Incentives, Service Credit for Non-Federal Work Experience Toward Annual Leave Accrual Rates, and Student Loan Repayments.
This position requires procurement duties. Applicants selected for this position must sign a certification of compliance with the requirement of Public Law 101-189.
This position requires working outside the normal core hours, including nights and weekends.
Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.
Passage of a pre-employment physical is required
You must possess a valid automobile driver's license at the time of appointment and at all times during their appointment in this position.