General Engineer

US Department of Energy    Richland, WA
Job Description

A successful candidate in this position will lead, monitor, and evaluate the quality assurance performance of the contractor and the conditions and status of contractor activities throughout the Richland Operations Office. You will serve as the Senior Quality Assurance Engineer and make authoritative decisions on courses of action based upon application of professional judgment and a broad knowledge of quality assurance and integrated safety management philosophy and practices.


As a General Engineer, you will:

  • Serve as a senior quality assurance (QA) engineer and provide expert consultant services with technical advice and guidance in assigned areas to management on matters relating to the implementation of a compliant QA program. Recommend/develop corrective action plans where warranted to provide improvements in mission accomplishment.
  • Lead a team of QA professionals that oversee contractors’ performance including assignment and prioritization of work based upon contract and Federal QA requirements.
  • Evaluate contractor’s performance and provide comments/recommendations to management regarding technical and QA status. Coordinate, recommend, lead, and participate in reviews/audits/appraisals and surveillances of contractor performance to determine adequacy, satisfactory implementation and effectiveness of contractor’s implementation of QA requirements.
  • Provide required assistance in solving unusually complex and technical problems and/or controversial situations pertaining to assigned missions and develop specialized QA policies and procedures.
  • Prepare and approve audit/assessment reports, discuss and resolve issues with the senior contractor management. Identify and track issues, perform root cause analysis, and provide recommendations to senior management for continuous program improvements.
  • Provide authoritative technical interpretation of new and revised QA regulations, policies, and other releases. Make recommendations on methods for improvement and corrective actions that are required regarding operational processes, testing, inspection and audit procedures to contractor.
  • Develop plans and policies for oversight and vulnerabilities identification which can significantly affect project success based on analysis of reportable and non-reportable events, trends and overall knowledge of contractor performance.
  • Apply engineering expertise to identify where equipment, training, and operations practices vary from requirements.
  • Provide QA technical direction, advice, review and evaluation of contractual work in ensuring contractor programs comply with Federal, State and local regulatory requirements.
  • Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Travel may be required for training purposes.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0801 General Engineering

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  • Requirements

    RequirementsConditions 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.
  • Subject to satisfactory security and suitability determinations.

  • Incumbent must be able to obtain a Public Trust – Background Investigation
  • Incumbent will be required to participate in the Technical Qualification Program (TQP).
  • Incumbent will be required to submit a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report. For additional information, please visit the Office of Government Ethics .
  • A preliminary background check may be completed before a new employee can begin work. Current Federal employees or other individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check.
  • Only experience obtained at the time of the application will be considered; however, you can update your resume and application submission at any time during the opening period of this vacancy announcement.
  • Qualifications

    BASIC EDUCATION QUALIFICATION 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. ORB. 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: 1. 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. (Submit a copy of your current registration.) OR2. 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. (Submit a copy of your examination/written test). OR3. 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. OR4. 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. More complete information on basic education qualification requirements for this position can be found at: All Professional Engineering Positions. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTSA qualified candidate s online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-13) in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:

  • Experience with and ability to lead assessments, audits, investigations used to evaluate safety, health and quality assurance in operations sufficient to conduct root cause analysis, investigate operational events, and draft reports containing recommendations and corrective actions.
  • Knowledge of and experience with quality assurance standards (i.e., NQA-1, software QA, etc.), guides, and standard operating procedures sufficient to ensure compliance, facility operational readiness, and identify programmatic and facility specific deficiencies.
  • Experience in leading team that involves assignment of work and prioritization of work based on QA rules, policies, orders, and requirements.
  • 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. DO NOT write see resume in your application!

  • Expert knowledge of QA orders, standards and implementation guide in order to assure compliance with standards, contract specifications and standard operating procedures.
  • Strong ability to communicate orally and in writing in order to prepare and present briefings, prepare and deliver negotiation positions, and advise and represent senior level management and contract management on a variety of complex QA issues.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the practices, policies and procedures of related functional and administrative activities such as contract administration; engineering; and procurement in order to effect appropriate interface/coordination of QA plans and programs among these activities.
  • Ability to analyze a wide variety of complex nuclear and non-nuclear projects and equipment designs to assure safety, technical adequacy, and efficiency.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of principles and concepts of QA and Integrated Safety Management.
  • Knowledge of project management, strategic planning processes, project controls and integrated scheduling.
  • Knowledge and skill sufficient to provide expert technical leadership, coordination and consultation in program integration including formulating guidelines, implementing new developments and providing policy implementation.
  • Ability to lead and prioritize audit and assessment teams to evaluate implementation of QA principles and verify operational conformance with QA programs.
  • Knowledge of a variety of engineering disciplines in order to evaluate operational compliance with established procedures and recommend corrective actions. Knowledge of applicable QA rules and regulations governing environmental remediation, deactivation/demolition, construction activities.
  • Knowledge of assessment, audit, investigation, and evaluation principles and techniques used to evaluate quality in operations to conduct root cause analysis, investigate operational events, effect prudent corrective actions, and identify programmatic and facility specific deficiencies.
  • 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. 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.


    This vacancy has a mandatory education requirement (also known as a positive educational requirement ). Therefore, you must provide documentation supporting any education claims in your application. 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.
  • 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 Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) OR 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.
  • The duties described in this announcement do not necessarily reflect all of the duties of the positions to be filled; however, they are illustrative of the type of work to be performed.
  • Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year.
  • This position is eligible for telework, however, approval is at the discretion of the supervisor.
  • 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.
  • EEO Policy: Reasonable Accommodation Policy: Veterans Information: Telework: Selective Service Registration:

    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. 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 clearanceSecurity clearance


    Drug test required


  • 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.

    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 ICTAP/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


    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 .

    Review our benefits

    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.

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