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Mine Safety and Health Administration Electrical Engineer in South Park, Pennsylvania

Summary This position is located in Technical Support, Pittsburgh Safety and Health Technology Center (PSHTC), Mine Emergency Operations Division (MEO).The incumbent in this position provides advice to the Chief of MEO on technical and programmatic aspects of mine rescue and recovery activities, electrical systems, and computer equipment. This position is inside the bargaining unit. Responsibilities Oversees, evaluates and provides expert advice to others on mine emergency response operations and highly specialized equipment and systems used in mine emergencies. Makes recommendations on equipment, systems, and devices used in mine emergencies; coordinates mine emergency equipment, maintenance, operation and evaluation activities as appropriate. Oversees the surface and underground mine rescue communications and computer systems at each of MEO's four Mine Rescue Stations, including the deployment of this equipment and personnel. The incumbent is responsible for developing plans to manage the logistics related to all aspects of these systems from maintenance to upgrades to deployments. The incumbent continues to evaluate state ­of-the-art technologies and adapts these technologies to MEO applications and is recognized as the national expert in the field of mine emergency communication, computers, electrical systems, and their associated equipment and activities. The incumbent sets up, monitors, and maintains the MSHA seismic system, recommends potential improvements to the system, and implements those improvements as directed by the Center Chief. The incumbent promotes the system to mining industry through field tests, demonstrations, technical presentations, written manuscripts, and participation in meetings and trade shows, and conferences. Provides expert advice to other agency technical personnel including assisting the appropriate district managers during mine emergencies and works closely with the Accident Investigations program managers and other agency technical personnel to resolve differences of opinion, interpretation of guidelines and policies, or similar matters relating to the mine emergency response function. Represents the Agency at briefings, meetings, conferences, and serves on committees to review, develop, or resolve problems with the mine emergency function and to foster efficient and effective coordination of MEO programs and activities. Incumbent maintains liaison with other MSHA program areas, state mining agencies and the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) for coordination of mine emergency activities; participates in hearings regarding mine emergency operations; briefs others regarding mine emergency activities; and, may also testify as an agency expert on mine emergency response activities. Advises the Chief of MEO on training for agency enforcement personnel, including periodic refresher training, as well as, the development and execution of MERD exercises involving enforcement managers and supervisors nationwide. Coordinates training activities with other MSHA program areas; prepares training materials; serves as an instructor when necessary; and participates in training as appropriate. Requirements Conditions of Employment Appointment to this position may require a background investigation. Subject to financial disclosure requirements. Requires a valid drivers license. Requires medical exam and must maintain physical requirements. Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met. Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen. Applicants must meet time-in-grade, time-after-competitive-appointment and qualifications requirements within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy to be eligible for consideration for selection. Federal Employees Please Note: Your SF-50 must include enough information to be able to determine that time-in-grade requirements have been met and reflects your position title, pay plan/series/grade, tenure and the type of appointment (i.e. competitive/excepted). In some cases you may need to submit more than one SF-50. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements. Notification Concerning COVID-19 Vaccinations. As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal executive branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021, or before appointment or onboarding with the agency (if later than November 22, 2021). The agency will provide additional information regarding which forms of documentation can be accepted and how you can request a legally required exception from this requirement. Qualifications Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-12, in the Federal Service. To meet theBasic Educational Requirement, applicant must possess: A degree in 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: 1. Professional registration or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT)1, 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. 2. Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)2 examination or any other written test required for professionalregistration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. 3. 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. 4. 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. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.) For additional information on the education requirements, please visit: To meet theSpecialized Experience Requirement: In addition to the basic education requirement,applicants must possess 52 weeks of specialized experienceequivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-12, in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position being filled. Qualifying specialized experience is possessing knowledge of the principles of mining including mining equipment and state-of-the-art technology. Experience utilizing concepts, principles and practices of engineering, as they apply to surface and underground operations, with emphasis on mine safety and health that will enable the incumbent to investigate and provide engineering consultative services on the full range of problems arising in the group. Examples of such experience are: Working knowledge in applying the principles or experience directly related of mining, including mining equipment and state-of-the-art technology. Mastery of advance concepts, principles and practices of engineering, as they apply to surface and underground operations, with emphasis on mine safety and health that will enable the incumbent to investigate and provide expert engineering consultative services on the full range of problems arising in the group. Professional experience and working knowledge in the field of mine emergency communication, computers, electrical systems, and related activities. Working knowledge and experience of several occupational disciplines (mining and civil engineering, safety and health inspector/specialist, etc.) dominant in the mining industry sufficient to make substantive decisions relative to efforts with mine emergency operations. Experience using educational principles, concepts and methodology, and familiarity of education and training as it applies to the mining industry and mine emergency response functions. Please be sure these types of experience are evident in your resume. Education Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information. Transcripts must be in English. Additional Information Position Telework eligibility is determined by management based on position duties during the recruitment process. Employee participation in telework on a routine or situational basis is determined by management primarily based on business needs. Employees participating in telework are subject to the terms and conditions of the Department of Labor’s Telework Program. DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees’ differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential. All MSHA employees and their spouses, and minor children are prohibited by regulation from having any interest, direct or indirect, in any mine or mining company which may be directly affected by the work of MSHA through its investigations, technical research, or other activities. These interests are prohibited under the Department of Labor's Supplemental Standards of Ethical Conduct Regulations at 5 CFR 5201.105. Certain MSHA employees are required to file a financial disclosure report. For questions, please contact the vacancy contact on this announcement. Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION, FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES