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Job Title:General Engineer (Safety Standards), GS-0801-11 (Open to Status Candidates) BB

Department:Department Of Transportation

Agency:National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Job Announcement Number:NHTSA.NVS-2013-0025

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$62,467.00 to $81,204.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, February 05, 2013 to Thursday, February 14, 2013




Full Time - - Permanent




3 vacancies in the following location:
Washington, DC, USView Map


  • Current or former federal employees with status OR
  • Veterans eligible under VEOA
If you are NOT a status employee or VEOA eligible, you may wish to apply under announcement NHTSA.NVS-2013-0026, which is open to all U.S. citizens.


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is dedicated to achieving the highest standards of excellence in motor vehicle and highway safety. The agency strives to exceed the expectations of its customers through its core values of Integrity, Service and Leadership. Save lives, prevent injuries and reduce economic costs due to road traffic crashes, through education, research, safety standards and enforcement activity. Work for NHTSA.

You will serve as an engineer within the Light Duty Vehicle Division of the Office of Crashworthiness Standards.  The Office of Crashworthiness Standards (OCW) is responsible for developing and maintaining safety standards related to reducing the likelihood of death and injury during motor vehicle crashes.  The Light Duty Vehicle Division provides a focal point for the development of motor vehicle safety performance improvements and promulgation of any resulting Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, regulations and/or guidelines dealing with frontal crash protection, side impact protection, vehicle compatibility, seat belts, seat belt assemblies, advanced air bags, upper interior head protection, seat back strength, head restraints, ejection mitigation, and window glazing.

The ideal candidate for this position is highly self-motivated, possesses good engineering judgment, has excellent oral and written communication skills, and is capable of working cooperatively with others within NHTSA and organizations within the motor vehicle industry to accomplish the agency's goal of improved safety.

Writing samples may be requested during the interview process.


  • You must be a status candidate and meet specialized experience
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date
  • Provide all required documents by closing date
  • Position is telework eligible
  • Announcement also advertised to U.S. citizens: NHTSA.NVS-2013-0026
  • Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days


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A General Engineer (Safety Standards):


  • Must have thorough knowledge of mechanical engineering concepts, principles and practices applicable to mechanical engineering and structural design, strength of materials, dynamics, vibrations, mechanics, mathematical modeling and computer simulation.
  • Is responsible for assisting senior engineers and managers in specified portions of the development and management of the routine parts of complex engineering projects. Provides necessary but routine analyses in support of crashworthiness engineering aspects of rulemaking activities.
  • Develops detailed descriptions of proposed solutions to safety problems, documents evidence of feasibility, and evaluate possible effectiveness.
  • Assists in technical review of petitions to include analysis of material submitted, a search and survey of relevant information available to the agency, the collection of additional information, or a public hearing. Participates in drafting and coordinating the necessary documentation.
  • Assists in preparing and coordinating correspondence describing the progress, status, and proposed solutions to safety problems in response to letters and other means of inquiry from the public.
  • Responds to internal requests for review and comment on reports, correspondence, drafts of administrative procedures, and other proposed actions.


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To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must (1) meet the Education Requirement for the series, (2) provide a copy of transcripts for verification, AND (3) meet either the education or experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.


To qualify on Education, you must have:

To qualify on Experience, you must have one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:


3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree

  • Experience applying engineering concepts, principles and practices applicable to structural design, strength of materials, dynamics, vibrations, mechanics, mathematical modeling or computer simulation.

You can also qualify based on a combination of Education and Experience

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


All applicants must meet one of the following
requirements to qualify for consideration for an
engineering position:

  • Successful completion of a professional
    engineering degree at an accredited university
    or college


  • Have a combination of college level
    education or training AND technical experience
    that has 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. The adequacy of such
    background must be demonstrated by one of the
  1. Professional registration as a
  2. Evidence of Passing the Engineer-in-Training
    Written Test
  3. Successful documented completion of at least
    60 semester hours of courses in the physical,
    mathematical, and engineering sciences as
    described by OPM.
  4. Successful completion of a curriculum
    leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering
    technology or in an appropriate professional
    field and at least 1 year of professional
    engineering experience acquired under
    professional engineering supervision and

Please review the OPM page on specifics about
required curriculum and for more information on
qualifications, please visit GS-800:    
All Professional Engineering Positions


  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • You must complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • Government Travel Card - You must be able to obtain and retain a Government contractor-issued travel card to be used for official business as a condition of employment. If unable to obtain and/or retain a card, you may be subject to removal. Those who fail to meet this condition of employment will have our offer of employment rescinded.
  • Time-in-Grade - Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade requirements contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.



The Automated Staffing Office is ultimately responsible for determining your final rating. Please ensure that your resume and application provide enough detail to support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions. Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. Your answers to the Vacancy Specific questions, your self-determined rating, resume and supporting documentation are reviewed. If your resume and supporting documents do not support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions, your final rating may be modified.
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Benefits include health and life insurance, annual and sick leave, and retirement benefits. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal Employees here. This position is telework eligible.


Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition.

NHTSA is a Local 3313 bargaining unit agency.


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You must submit a complete application package (including resume, vacancy questions and supporting documents) no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.

  • To begin, click the Apply Online button on the job announcement.
  • Follow the directions to register, submit all required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.
  • You may review your saved application(s) at https://my.usajobs.gov.
If you are having difficulty applying online, send an email to transjobs@dot.gov or call us at (202)366-1298.


The following documents must be provided by the close date:

  • RESUME - Showing relevant experience and education and fully supporting the required specialized experience.
  • TRANSCRIPTS - Verifying that you meet the stated education requirements for the series OR an SF-50 showing that you have already qualified and worked in the federal service in this series. The transcripts need not be official. If you are qualifying based on possessing a current Professional Engineer (PE) license, or passing the Engineer in Training (EIT) exam, please provide a copy of PE license or written documented proof of passing the EIT.
  • SF-50 - Which verifies grade, full performance level of position, and eligibility for consideration as a status applicant
  • DD214 - Verifying military service and eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act.
  • SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS - If requesting concurrent consideration for Non-competitive (NC) appointment eligibility (e.g. military spouse or persons with disabilities), you must provide appropriate supporting documentation such as PCS orders describing move & marriage certificate; letter from VA or DD214 describing 100% disability of spouse; letter from State Vocational Office certifying disability, etc. For more information, visit military spouse NC appointments or Persons with Disabilities NC appointments. Documents are only required if requesting non-competitive consideration.
  • DISPLACED EMPLOYEE PLACEMENT DOCUMENTS - Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP/ICTAP. You must submit ALL of the following: (1) your most recent performance appraisal, (2) the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency, and (3) your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade. In addition, you must meet the well qualified standards for this vacancy (meeting minimum requirements for position and scoring at least an 85).
Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the vacancy will result in your removal from consideration for this position.


Automated Staffing Office
Phone: 202-366-1298
Fax: 571-258-4052
Email: TRANSJOBS@dot.gov
Agency Information:
Submit Application and Documents Online
1200 New Jersey Ave SE / HAHR - 50
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


You may check your application status by logging into your USAJOBS account. Within two weeks of the closing date, your application will be reviewed and rated. Ratings will be determined based on the documents and information received by the closing date. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. If you are selected for an interview, the hiring manager will contact you directly. Once a hiring decision is made, we will notify all applicants of their final status.

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Submit Application and Documents Online
1200 New Jersey Ave SE / HAHR - 50
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052

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Fax: 571-258-4052
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