Join the team! This position is located in the Division of Mechanical Engineering, Directorate for Laboratory Sciences, Office of Hazard Identification and Reduction. The Division is responsible for the mechanical, electrical, and thermal testing and evaluation of consumer productions that are under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
The CPSC is seeking recent graduates under the Pathways Program. This position is provided for recent graduates with a desire to work in the consumer product safety field and/or public sector and assignments are designed to complement the graduates educational field while meeting the expressed needs of the agency and CPSC organizations.
The engineer performs mechanical engineering functions associated with consumer product testing and evaluation. He/she has the responsibilities for small, relatively routine tasks and projects or designated portions of large, complex projects under the direction of a higher grade engineer. The primary duties associated with this position involve the engineering aspects associated with combustion appliances and indoor air quality. As such, the selectee will be responsible for the following:
Reviews approved test plans, test directives, and available engineering data. Develops plans on how to accomplish the assignment the most efficient, safe and economical manner.
Designs and fabricates test fixtures required for conduct of test.
Evaluates products for possibly substantial or imminent hazards by designing mechanical test programs, in coordination with staff from other disciplines such as electrical engineers, or chemists. Conducts compliance or enforcement test on any product which may be subjected to a Commission regulation.
Obtains analyzes, and evaluates test data and assures that data are valid and complete with respect to fulfilling the requirements of the test. Writes comprehensive reports and makes oral presentations concerning the results of the test.
Supports other technical staff members in the laboratories by providing mechanical engineering knowledge and expertise necessary to conduct the tests or experiments.
Uses personal computers for laboratory data acquisition and analysis for presentation of data analysis and for generating reports.
Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required for this position.
Job family (Series)
0830 Mechanical Engineering
Conditions of Employment
Must be a U.S Citizen.
Must meet Pathways Recent Graduate program requirements.
Must meet education requirements.
This is an appointment under the CPSC Recent Graduate program. You must have graduated within the past two years, from a qualifying educational institution or certificate program. The program duration is two years. Upon successful completion of the program and at the agency's discretion, the appointee may be converted to a permanent position in the competitive service. Appointee must sign a Participant Agreement. Recent Graduates will enter a formal training program with a mentor and execute an Individual Development Plan outlining training requirements and program expectations. The entire duration of the Recent Graduate Appointment constitutes a trial period.
This is a Public Trust Position. Employment in this position requires a background investigation. If you are selected and cannot obtain a favorable security determination within a reasonable period of time due to disclosed or undisclosed background issues, the tentative employment offer may be withdrawn.
Selectees will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment", (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine their suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. False statements or responses on your resume or questionnaire can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.
If you are a male 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. Please see http://www.sss.gov for more information.
The selectee will be required to complete a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the I-9 Form. We will compare information provided on the I-9 Form to records available from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The system confirms employee’s identity and eligibility to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.
Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements to participate in this program:
You must have a final cumulative Grade Point Average of at least a 3.0.
Current Students may apply up to 90 days prior to their graduation date.
Recent graduates who have completed, within the previous two years, a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution.
Veterans unable to apply within two years of receiving their degree, due to military service obligation, have as much as six years after degree completion to apply.
May submit unofficial transcript(s). Official transcript(s) will be required, if applicant is selected for a position.
Mandatory Education Requirement. All applicants must the following requirements to qualify:
Successful completion of a professional engineering degree from an accredited university or college.
You must have a combination of college-level education or training, AND technical experience that furnished you with (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. Please review the OPM page on specifics about required curriculum and for more information on qualifications, please visit GS-0800: All professional Engineering Positions qualifications. Engineering Qualifications
GS-09: Applicants must have a Master’s or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree. The area of study for graduate degree must be in engineering.
All applicants MUST submit a copy of their college transcripts with the degree conferred date. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable during the application process. Official transcripts will be required upon appointment.
All materials must be submitted by the closing date of this announcement.
All education claimed by applicants will be verified.
CPSC provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please contact the Human Resources Specialist listed in this vacancy announcement.
All the information you provide will be verified by a review of the work experience and/or education as shown on your application, by checking reference and through other means, such as the interview process. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for not hiring you or for firing you after you begin work.
Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your application includes: (1) Your resume, (2) Responses to the online questions, and (3) Required supporting documents.
After the vacancy closes, we will review your application package to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. Your resume must support your responses to the job specific assessment questionnaire, level of education claimed, experience, and/or training. To remain in consideration for this position, please ensure your resume covers this requirement and that your application has been successfully submitted as part of your on-line application. Creation of this package includes completing the on-line assessment questionnaire, uploading your resume, and uploading any required supporting documents.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Moderate Risk (MR)
Trust determination process
In addition to your resume, the following documents are required for this position:
If you are a Veteran claiming 5-point Veterans' Preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other proof of eligibility. If you are a Veteran claiming 10-point Veterans' Preference, you must submit a SF-15, Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference, plus the proof required by that form. You can find additional information about Veterans' Preference.
You must submit your college transcripts (unofficial are acceptable).
If you are graduating in the Summer of 2020, you must provide proof of graduation before appointment.
All supplemental documents must be submitted electronically before the closing date of this vacancy announcement. You have three choices for submitting your supplemental documents:
1. Download from your USAJOBS account; or
2. Upload your file(s); or
3. Fax using the online Fax Cover Sheet.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
CPSC offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes: paid vacation, sick leave, 10 paid holidays per year, life and health insurance, Long Term Care insurance, dental and vision insurance, flexible spending account program, and retirement savings and investment plan similar to 401(k) (Thrift Savings Plan).
CPSC also offers a broad array of work-life flexibilities and services to employees such as, flexible work schedules, teleworking, transit subsidies, fitness center, and employee assistance and wellness programs.
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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
This job is open to
Individuals who have graduated from an accredited educational institute or certificate program within the last 2 years or 6 years for Veterans.
Clarification from the agency
Recent graduates from a qualifying educational institution having completed an academic program within the preceding two years. Note: Veterans who were precluded by their military service obligation from applying for Pathways Recent Graduate jobs will have up to six years from date of graduation and two years from date of separation from the military to apply.