General Engineer
US Department of Energy
Germantown, MD
Duties
Summary
The Office of Environment, Health, Safety and Security (EHSS) manages the Department of Energy's (DOE) major staff organizations responsible for health, safety and security policy development, programs and assistance. The office provides direction for the development and promulgation of the Energy Department's health, safety, environmental, and security policies and deployment of technical assistance to its sites.

Responsibilities

As a GS-0801-15 General Engineer, you will:
Support the Security Assistance mission by serving as a recognized authority and subject matter expert on DOE and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) security operations, implementation of the Department’s Design Basis Threat policy, design and function of physical security systems to include detection, delay, entry control, alarm communications and display, adversary neutralization and response elements, physical security system vulnerabilities to cyber-attacks, and security best practices within the government. The incumbent will formulate and promulgate technical solutions to emerging threats and site identified weaknesses.
Serve as an AU-52 technical lead for the development and subsequent updates of the Department’s DBT Policy and the Security Risk Management Technical Standard pertaining to cyber-attack vulnerabilities and mitigation options for physical security systems. The incumbent will represent the Department of Energy and AU-52 on inter-agency and international functions furthering cyber and security system technologies.
Develop Departmental staff assessments, policy papers, directives, management policies, standards, and procedures involving DOE protection program planning, site security plans (SSPs), vulnerability assessments, security risk assessments, generic threat assessments, and adversary capabilities to include cyber-based attacks on physical security infrastructure. Identify and resolve major issues relevant to policy and standards through discussions with responsible Headquarters and field managers to ensure that DOE safeguards and security programs are adequate for countering current and emerging threats to the DOE Headquarters and field establishments.
Lead multidisciplinary teams of security subject matter experts in the execution of Site Assistance Visits, Extent of Condition Reviews, Scenario Development Review Teams, Vulnerability Assessments, Risk Assessments and other such requests for field assistance by Program Offices or as mandated by the Secretary of Energy.
Maintain In-depth knowledge and understanding of the operations, processes, missions, physical security systems and technologies, and safeguards and security conditions at all DOE facilities to determine the current posture of safeguards and security; identify the weaknesses and strengths in protection systems; and provide consultation regarding physical security protection matters with Departmental elements and with other federal/state/tribal/international organizations.
Travel Required
Occasional travel - Travel will be required possibly 1 day a month.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
15

Job family (Series)
0801 General Engineering

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Requirements

Requirements
Conditions of Employment
You must be a United States Citizen.
This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.
Resume and question responses must be submitted online.
You must submit a Financial Disclosure.
This position requires a DOE "Q" Clearance.
If selected for this vacancy, you will be required to file the OGE Form 450 (Confidential Financial Disclosure Report) upon your appointment to this position and as necessary to meet regulatory guidance.

This position is a Testing Designated Position (TDP) and is subject to random drug testing. A negative drug test is required prior to being appointed to the position and will be subject to random testing thereafter.

Must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE "Q" level security clearance.

Qualifications
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:

Implementing or managing protection requirements specified in the Department of Energy’s Design Basis Threat (DBT) Policy, conducting vulnerability and risk assessments on physical security systems, evaluating security technologies against performance requirements, providing technical assistance to resolve site physical security issues.

Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position.

Knowledge of wide range of major nuclear safeguards and security (S&S) program areas with emphasis on physical security systems, technologies, and performance testing.

Expert knowledge of Department of Energy security risk and vulnerability analysis policies and technical standards.

Skill in the assessment of physical security systems design and technology performance related to the protection of nuclear weapons, nuclear weapon components, special nuclear material (SNM), other accountable nuclear material, personnel and other high value assets of the Department of Energy.

Ability in the development and implementation of Departmental level S&S threat policy relating to the protection of nuclear weapons, nuclear weapon components, SNM and other accountable nuclear material.

Knowledge of physical S&S theories, methods, and practices required to develop DOE standards, systems, guidelines, and policies for applicability to major physical security programs, particularly the physical security systems currently deployed throughout the complex.

Knowledge of physical S&S policy requirements sufficient to function as a technical authority in assignments requiring the application of innovative concepts to address DOE security system vulnerabilities for which traditional methods, technologies, or procedures are inadequate.
Knowledge sufficient to advise senior level DOE officials and program managers on new developments and advances in S&S technologies and techniques in various specialty areas to include capabilities to mitigate emerging cyber threats to physical security systems and methods for enhancing efficiency of S&S systems through modifications and applications of technology.
Knowledge of effective communication and conflict resolution techniques to ensure maximum objectivity and reduce the potential for friction resulting from the review process.

"Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills; and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Time-in-Grade: Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement to receive consideration.

CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.

You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Education
For the GS-0801, General Engineer, you must possess the following Basic Requirements:

A. Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor’s degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; 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

B. 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 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 or licensure - Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT), or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) 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 Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

Specified academic courses - Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A.

Related curriculum - Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor’s 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.

Transcripts must be submitted to be considered for this position. Transcripts must have degree conferred and date degree conferred in order to be valid for this position

EDUCATION:
Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.

Additional information
The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

New employees to the Department of Energy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify.
Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.
If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.
More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year.
Many positions require successful completion of a background investigation.
All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register. If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.
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Selective Service Registration: http://www.sss.gov/

How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

The Department of Energy uses an application tracking system to evaluate the responses you provide in the applicant assessment questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications necessary for this position. Then, the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME) will conduct a quality review of your application and supporting documentation to determine if your qualifications meet the criteria for referral to the selecting official.

We will also verify that you are eligible for Merit Promotion positions by reviewing your previous Federal employment to ensure you meet Time-in-Grade requirements. If you are eligible to apply to Merit Promotion announcements based on Veteran or other non-competitive statuses, we will verify your supporting documentation prior to referral.

If you are eligible for career transition assistance plans such as ICTAP or CTAP, you must meet the definition of "well qualified" which is defined as having a score of 85 or better.

If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses you provided in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.
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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Q Access Authorization

Drug test required
Yes

Required Documents

Required Documents
Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants.
If you are unsure, click the link for each document type to read more.

ALL APPLICANTS: You must submit a resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.

Your resume should list all work experience (paid and unpaid); you must list the full name and address of each employer.
For all types of work experience, you should indicate the start and end dates (include month, day, and year); you must also list the average number of hours per week that you worked.
For paid work experience, please indicate your starting grade/salary for each position and the highest grade/salary you earned (if different).
Your resume should also include any education and training you have completed (list the program title, subject area, number of hours completed, and completion date).
For more information about what to include in your resume, please view this USAJOBS Resume Tutorial video on YouTube.
Most DOE offices will allow you to submit a resume in the format of your choice (as an attached document or as a USAJOBS Resume Builder format). However, some offices may require one specific format. You will be notified at the time you click 'Apply Online' which type of resume is acceptable. It is important that you are complete and thorough in your resume. If any of the above information is not included in your resume, we may not be able to fully credit you for your experience.

Current and former Federal employees: Most recent SF-50 (Standard Form 50 - Notice of Personnel Action).

To properly verify status eligibility, your SF-50 must show the following. If you do not submit an appropriate SF-50, we cannot verify your status eligibility!

Full position title;
appointment type;
occupational series;
pay plan, grade, and step;
tenure code; and
service computation date (SCD).
If specific educational requirements are indicated for this vacancy: Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and final grade. Please see the Education section for more information.

Veterans: veteran eligibility documentation (DD-214 Member #4 Copy, VA Letter, Standard Form (SF) 15 as applicable). Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency to receive Veterans Preference under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.

Persons with Disabilities: Individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may apply for appointment through the Schedule A hiring authority. Certified verification of a disability from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or any Federal, state, or District of Columbia agency or U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits will be required.

Displaced Federal employees who qualify for CTAP/ICTAP: If you are a former Federal employee who was displaced due to a Reduction-in-Force (RIF) or surplused by some other means, please submit a copy of the separation letter or RIF notice from your agency. To be selected under I/CTAP, you must still be found well-qualified for this position. Please see the OPM Guide to Career Transition for more information.

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.

Benefits

Benefits
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.

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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.