Petroleum Engineer, GS-0881-09/11/12/13
Department Of The Interior - Camarillo, CA

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The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) works to promote safety, protect the environment, and conserve resources offshore through vigorous regulatory oversight and enforcement.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is responsible for the management and implementation of the provisions of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Lands Act associated with safe and environmentally sound development of the Federal offshore energy and mineral resources. These responsibilities provide that exploration, development and production of oil, gas and other minerals and non-mineral energy resources on the OCS and the protection of the environment from the effects of OCS development be properly and effectively accomplished.

This position serves as a mid- to senior-level Petroleum Engineer in the Regional Operations Section of the Office of Field Operations in the Pacific OCS Region. A primary objective of the Office of Field Operations is ensuring safe and environmentally sound operations: this objective is addressed through the Regional Operations Section technical reviews of project plans, reviews and approvals of pipeline and operations permits, strict inspection protocols for operations, facilities and pipelines, investigation of accidents and review of incidents for civil/criminal penalty actions.

This is a Permanent, Full Time position located in Camarillo, CA

This vacancy is also announced as BSEE-CW-13-MM786187 (MP) for those applicants who wish to apply and be considered under Merit Promotion procedures (i.e. current competitive service employees, have reinstatement eligibility for the competitive service, or who are eligible for special appointing authorities). You must apply and submit required documents for both announcements if you wish to receive consideration under both Merit Promotion and Delegated Examining procedures.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

You must be a U.S. Citizen.

You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation/determination

You must submit ALL required documents and a completed questionnaire.

Relocation expenses WILL be authorized.

Travel of 1-5 nights per month may be required.

You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.

DUTIES:
Major Duties : ( The duties described reflect the full performance level of this position.)

The major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

Reviews and evaluates Federal OCS oil and gas lessee-submitted Exploration Plans and Development & Production Plans, forwarded by Bureau of Ocean Energy Management for such reviews, to ensure compliance with regulations and other Pacific OCS Region policies from a technical standpoint and to identify engineering and pollution prevention hazards that may affect personnel safety or the environment.

Analyzes and acts as point of contact for offshore incidents involving personal injury, blowouts, explosions, fires or serious threats to personnel or the environment. May participate in potential/proposed civil penalty case reviews resulting from such incidents.

Serves as technical expert in petroleum pipeline systems and policies, including proper installation, inspections, maintenance, and repairs of pipelines.

Participates in evaluating, monitoring and auditing implementation of operators' Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS).

Serves as a technical expert in the review of proposed laws, regulations and industry standards affecting offshore oil and gas operations.

If selected at the GS-9 or 11 levels, you will perform the duties above under closer supervision and will receive more detailed instructions for responsibility of duties.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
BASIC MINIMAL QUALIFICATIONS:
To Qualify For This Position:
To qualify for this position you must meet the (1) Basic Educational Requirements AND (2) Specialized Experience (or education substitution where applicable) for the grade to which you are applying.

(1) Basic Educational Requirements:
Petroleum Engineer GS-0881

You must meet the description in either A or B below to qualify for this position.

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:

Professional registration --Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.

Written Test - Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

Applicants who have passed the EIT examination and have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college or university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-5. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions that involve highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic requirements in paragraph A.

Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least 1 year of additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT examination.

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. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A.

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. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)

(2) Minimum Qualification Requirements (Specialized Experience):

You may meet any one of the following to qualify for this position: (A) the specialized experience requirements for the grade level to which you are applying (B) a substitution of appropriate (as defined below) education for experience (where applicable) -or- (C) a substitution of an appropriate (as defined below) combination of experience and education (where applicable).

GS-9

(A) Specialized Experience Requirements

All qualified applicants for this position MUST possess one or more years of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-7 level). Specialized experience is defined as demonstrates knowledge and experience in petroleum engineering related to the regulation (30 CFR part 250) of OCS oil, gas, and mineral operations and;

To be considered for a Grade 09 Petroleum Engineer, the successful candidate must demonstrate a minimum of one (1) experience that shows:

developing and/or reviewing oil and gas processing facility design in an offshore environment;

developing policies, procedures, and guidelines for implementing laws and regulations pertaining to energy and minerals programs;

ensuring integrity of energy and mineral resource development and production;

negotiating and working effectively with individuals, agencies and groups and leading and coordinating multi-disciplinary teams formed to review plans and project proposals, and developing strategies to achieve goals and objectives established by management.

  • OR-
(B) A Substitution of Appropriate Education For Experience

You may substitute education for experience at the GS-9 level if you have achieved:

2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree.

(C) *A Substitution of an Appropriate Combination of Experience and Education For Experience

Only education in excess of the first year of progressively higher level graduate education toward a master’s degree or the equivalent graduate degree may be used toward this combination.

  • OR-
A combination of ***Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A.) and 1 year of appropriate professional experience is qualifying at GS-9.

  • OR-
Successful completion of a 5-year program of study of at least 160 semester hours leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering and 1 year of appropriate professional experience is qualifying at grade GS-9.

  • To determine whether your combination of experience and education is "appropriate":
First determine your total qualifying education as a percentage of the education required for this grade level; then determine your experience as a percentage of the experience required for this grade level; finally, add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal 100 percent to qualify.

GS-11

(A) Specialized Experience Requirements

All qualified applicants for this position must have at least one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-9 level). Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience utilizing expertise in petroleum engineering related to the regulation (30 CFR part 250) of OCS oil, gas, and mineral operations, in a position that demonstrates mid-level technical knowledge and experience to management, industry, or governmental personnel and;

To be considered for a Grade 11 Petroleum Engineer, the successful candidate must demonstrate a minimum of two (2) experiences that shows:

developing and/or reviewing oil and gas processing facility design in an offshore environment;

experience developing policies, procedures, and guidelines for implementing laws and regulations pertaining to energy and minerals programs;

ensuring integrity of energy and mineral resource development and production;

negotiating and working effectively with individuals, agencies and groups and leading and coordinating multi-disciplinary teams formed to review plans and project proposals, and developing strategies to achieve goals and objectives established by management, AND my resume clearly shows this.

  • OR-
(B) A Substitution of Appropriate Education For Experience

You may substitute education for experience at the GS-09 level if you have achieved:

A Ph.D. or equivalent graduate degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or an LL.M. if related

(C) *A Substitution of an Appropriate Combination of Experience and Education For Experience

Only education in excess of the first two years of progressively higher level graduate education toward a Ph.D. or the equivalent graduate degree may be used toward this combination.

  • To determine whether your combination of experience and education is "appropriate":
First determine your total qualifying education as a percentage of the education required for this grade level; then determine your experience as a percentage of the experience required for this grade level; finally, add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal 100 percent to qualify.

GS-12

Note: At the GS-12 level you may not substitute education for experience.

(A) Specialized Experience Requirements

All qualified applicants for this position MUST possess one or more years of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-11 level). Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience utilizing expertise in petroleum engineering related to the regulation (30 CFR part 250) of OCS oil, gas, and mineral operations, in a position serving as a principal technical expert and/or advisor to mid- and upper-level management, industry, or governmental personnel and;

To be considered for a Grade 12 Petroleum Engineer, the successful candidate must demonstrate a minimum of three (3) experiences that shows:

developing and/or reviewing oil and gas processing facility design in an offshore environment;

experience developing policies, procedures, and guidelines for implementing laws and regulations pertaining to energy and minerals programs;

ensuring integrity of energy and mineral resource development and production;

negotiating and working effectively with individuals, agencies and groups and leading and coordinating multi-disciplinary teams formed to review plans and project proposals, and developing strategies to achieve goals and objectives established by management.

GS-13

(A) Specialized Experience Requirements

All qualified applicants for this position MUST possess one or more years of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-12 level). Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience utilizing expertise in petroleum engineering related to the regulation (30 CFR part 250) of OCS oil, gas, and mineral operations, in a position serving as a senior-level technical expert, manager, and/or advisor to upper-level management, industry, or governmental personnel and;

To be considered for a Grade 13 Petroleum Engineer, the successful candidate must demonstrate experience that shows:

developing and/or reviewing oil and gas processing facility design in an offshore environment;

experience developing policies, procedures, and guidelines for implementing laws and regulations pertaining to energy and minerals programs;

ensuring integrity of energy and mineral resource development and production;

negotiating and working effectively with individuals, agencies and groups and leading and coordinating multi-disciplinary teams formed to review plans and project proposals, and developing strategies to achieve goals and objectives established by management.

Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM’s website: https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/num-ndx.asp

Education: If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide transcripts as proof of meeting the requirements. Failure to provide the documents will result in you receiving an ineligible rating.

Foreign Education: Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the specific educational requirements as stated above. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp .

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service system, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. http://www.sss.gov .

Veterans Preference: If you are entitled to veteran's preference, indicate the type of preference you are claiming on your resume, and in the occupational Online Questionnaire Your veteran's preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your resume and responses to the self-assessment questions are an integral part of the process for determining your qualifications for this position. Therefore, it is important that your resume supports your responses to the assessment questions.

There are several parts of the application process that affect the overall evaluation of your application:

1. Your resume which is part of your USAJOBS profile
2. Your responses to the online questionnaire
3. Your required and supporting documents, as outlined in the announcement

Category Rating will be used in the ranking and selection process for this position. The categories are Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. Veterans’ preference rules for category rating will be applied.

Once the application process is complete, we will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume, supporting documentation, and responses to the ( Online Questionnaire ) will be made. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position. Our review of your resume and/or supporting documentation must support your responses to the Online Questionnaire to accurately reflect your abilities.

Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

As part of the application process, you are required to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Petroleum Engineering Technical Knowledge/Experience

Environmental and Oil/Gas Laws and Regulations

Inspection and Investigation Experience

Communication Skills (Written & Oral)

BENEFITS:
To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc .

OTHER INFORMATION:
Important Note : All Department of the Interior (DOI) employees are subject to the conflict of interest restrictions imposed upon all employees of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report. In addition, DOI (Office of the Secretary) and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) employees are further restricted concerning their holdings of Federal lands and resources administered or controlled by the Department of the Interior. This includes holding stock in corporations engaged in mining activities on Federal lands (e.g.: oil, gas, coal, alternative energy resources, etc.). Please refer to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement webpage for Ethics located at: www.boemre.gov/adm/ethics.html for additional information. BOEMRE requires the highest level of integrity. Employees must be totally objective and impartial in the performance of their work. All potential issues (e.g.: work related interactions with friends, family members or previous employers) must be disclosed at the time of application or during the interview process.

If you are a status applicant (current permanent Federal employee or former permanent Federal employee with reinstatement eligibility), or are eligible under a special appointing authority and you are selected under this vacancy, you may be subject to serving a new one-year probationary period.

Beginning January 1, 2010, agencies must seek prior approval from OPM before they can appoint a current or recent political appointee to a competitive or non-political excepted service position at any level under the provisions of title 5, United States Code. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employee in the executive branch, you MUST disclose that to the Human Resources Officer.

If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit proof by the closing date of the announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. The proof includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty station. To be considered well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, you must earn a minimum score of 85 or above (prior to the assignment of veteran's preference) on the rating criteria for this position.

Recruitment methods and selection procedures will be based solely on merit after fair and open competitive, and will be made without regard to political, religious, or labor organization affiliation or non-affiliation, marital status, race, color, sex, national origin, non-disqualifying disability, sexual orientation, or age.

A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work with the U.S. Department of the Interior. The preliminary background check consists of a search of Office of Personnel Management and Department of Defense background investigation files and an FBI National Criminal History Fingerprint Check; it may take up to 3 weeks to complete. If selected for this position, you will be extended a tentative offer of employment pending a satisfactory background check. Current Federal employees or individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check; these will be handled on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the Bureau security office.

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