Interdisciplinary Engineer
Department Of Labor - Triadelphia, WV

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This position is located in the Department of Labor, Office of the Chief, Quality Assurance and Materials Testing Division, Approval and Certification Center (A&CC) in Triadelphia, WV. This Division is responsible for developing and implementing programs related to the quality assurance provisions of Title 30, Code of Federal Regulations (30 CFR) pertaining to mining products for which an approval action is required.
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Subject to occasional travel
  • Requires a medical examination.

DUTIES: GS-09: The person conducts products and manufacturing site audits in order to determine product defects and their causes. Applies his/her knowledge of engineering theory in developing and recommending practical solutions to a variety of engineering problems associated with a broad range of products. The person performs engineering analysis, and identifies changes needed to a manufacturers’ quality control manual, Factory Inspections Forms, and Quality Control System in order to minimize future manufacturing problems. The person applies his/her knowledge of engineering principles and methods and practices by conducting investigations into a variety of safety and health concerns associated with defective products and/or unauthorized changes in the design specifications of MSHA approved/accepted/certified equipment and products. The person performs duties which are designed to develop his/her skills in the use of standard engineering principals, methods, and practices related to MSHA quality assurance requirements, investigative techniques, manufacturing processes, product audit procedures, and mining. The person develops contacts and consult with personnel involved in the mining industry, manufacturing, and other government organizations to discuss requirements and specifications, witness tests of products and equipment, and to observe production processes. Develops understanding of 30 CFR regulations pertaining to the coal mining industry and a familiarity of the products and equipment used in the industry. Participates in engineering projects and research activities designed to collect data for statistical analysis of product discrepancies and improve the effectiveness of quality assurance programs.

The Interdisciplinary Engineer at the GS-05 and GS-07, are trainee positions.


In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education in the amounts shown below. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position being filled. Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level.

GS-09: Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, 07. Qualifying specialized experience for this position is professional engineering work that demonstrates experience conducting products and manufacturing site audits to determine product defects and their causes. Demonstrate professional engineering work in developing and recommending solutions to engineering problems. Experience performing engineering analysis, and identifying changes needed – e.g. control manuals, inspection forms, Quality Control Systems – to minimize manufacturing problems. Conduct investigations into safety or health concerns associated with defective products and/or unauthorized changes in the design specifications. Collecting data for statistical analysis of product discrepancies.

GS-07: Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, 05. Experience providing support during work phases such as design, analysis, investigation, studies, and/or surveys of mining systems, materials and equipment; experience developing simple work plans and preliminary conclusion.

GS-05: Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, 04. This is a trainee engineer. Experience providing support during work phases such as design, analysis, investigation, studies, and/or surveys of mining systems, materials and equipment.

Basic Requirement: Degree: 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;

OR 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 professional 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 : Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. (2) Written Test - Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration. (3) Specified academic courses : Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. (4) Related curriculum: Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.

Education substitution directly related to the position : In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements: GS-07 level: 1 year of graduate-level education or superior academic achievement; GS-09: 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree. 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.

Pre-employment physical required. Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. 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):
Engineering : Knowledge of the concepts, principles and theories of engineering and their practical applications. Knowledge of the concepts, principles, theories and methods related to planning, designing, developing, testing, or evaluating thermodynamics, mechanical, electromechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic, or structural equipment, systems, models, tools, or specialized mechanical devices. Technical Competence : Use of knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on the job experience to perform one's job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues. Writing: Uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling to communicate thoughts, ideas, information, and messages in writing. Oral Communication : Makes clear and convincing oral presentations to individuals or groups; listens effectively and clarifies information as needed; facilitates an open exchange of ideas and fosters atmosphere of open communication. Customer Service : Works with clients and customers to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.
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".

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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: This position is inside of the bargaining unit. Additional selections may be made from this announcement. Selections for this vacancy may be made at any of the grades advertised based on the level of experience of the applicant selected. This position has a promotion potential to GS-12. Promotion to the full performance level of GS-12 is neither guaranteed nor implied, this will be based on job performance and at management's discretion.

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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