Lead General Engineer – DIRECT HIRE

US Government, Department of Transportation

The Office of Defects Investigation is responsible for the identifying and conducting investigations into alleged safety defects in motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment within the meaning of Chapter 301 of Title 49 of the United States Code.


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Job Grade: 14
Total Openings: Many


As a Lead General Engineer, you will: Participates and is responsible for technical information analysis and trend analysis activities which facilitate technical evaluation, petition analysis, and the development of supporting test programs to be utilized in the identification of potential or alleged safety related defects in motor vehicles and equipment.
Analyzes and provides guidance to their team on the analysis of technical aspects of manufacturers’ designs, testing, research studies, statistical reports, service bulletins, automotive periodicals, and field performance as indicated through warranty claims, field complaints, operator complaints, and field reports.
Performs and provides guidance to their team on the sophisticated technical analysis to conduct a technical evaluation and analysis of alleged safety defects in motor vehicles and equipment while exercising technically mature judgments so in each case a determination can be made as to whether additional investigation or a corrective action is warranted.
Prepares written reports of the results of technical evaluations or investigations and recommends appropriate further action, in addition to providing guidance and minor edits or feedback to team members.
Conducts investigations or programs involving selected vehicles or items of motor vehicle equipment to establish or identify any potential safety defects in design, construction or performance while providing guidance and feedback to team members on this concept.
Participates in the design, development, implementation, and review of various safety defect trend determinations and analyzes all source of data to determine safety defect trends. The ideal candidate will serve as a Team Lead for one of the two teams in the division, carrying out the day-to-day monitoring of work flow within the team, coaching and mentoring team members, providing data on the progress of team member on a weekly basis, and providing feedback to the Chief on the efficiency and effectiveness of the team. The ideal candidate should possess advanced knowledge and application of the statues, regulations, and policies governing the investigation of potential safety related defects and analysis of data alleging safety defects, as well as the internal business processes necessary to support the division’s core function to identify, investigate, and remedy potential safety related defects.


To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must (1) meet the Mandatory Education Requirement for the series, (2) provide a copy of your transcripts or other applicable documentation for verification, AND (3) meet the specialized experience requirements for each grade. Please review the following information before proceeding with the application process:
(1) All applicants must meet the education requirements under A or B to qualify for applying to an engineering position:
A.Successful completion of a degree in engineering that: (1) has at least one program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET); or (2) that included differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced that first year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials; (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials; and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics;
B.Combination of education or training: college level education, training and/or technical experience that has 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).
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 which included the courses as specified in Paragraph A above.
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 had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. There should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering type experience. This must be clearly described in your resume. For additional information, please refer to the OPM qualifications standard for GS-800: All Professional Engineering Positions qualifications at:https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/files/all-professional-engineering-positions-0800.pdf.
(2) Upload the appropriate document(s) to your application for verification purposes. (Refer to ‘Required Documents’ section for additional guidance)
Students enrolled in a qualifying degree program can apply if the anticipated graduation date is within six months of the closing date of this announcement. If selected, the final transcript must be received before your start date. Other applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
(3) Specialized Experience:
To determine which grade(s) you are eligible for, review the following grade specific details. You will be asked questions as part of your application but make sure to verify how you meet this experience in your resume or you may be deemed ineligible.
To qualify for the Grade 14, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the GS-13, it must include: Experience planning, initiating, and working on mechanical, electrical, and/or engineering programs.
Experience conducting reviews, examinations or testing of motor vehicles and equipment, or the testing of other complex mechanical systems and the evaluation and reporting of test results.
Experience conducting investigations to determine root cause analysis. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas: Knowledge and experience in motor vehicles, motor vehicle subsystems, and motor vehicle equipment,including the design of such products, production methods, product defects, failure analysis and defecttrend identification.
Ability to seek out and investigate technical evidence (from a variety of sources including consumers,regulated entities, industry, police officers, insurance companies, forensic experts, other Government agencies, engineering laboratories and technical experts) and to assemble and organize technicalinformation for investigative support of formulated positions.
Ability to plan, implement, and conduct evaluations and investigations.
Ability to communicate complex, technical ideas orally and in writing, prepare technically persuasivereports and present the contents both in writing and orally to individuals, higher management, andpanels and to produce personally completed staff work in a timely fashion.
Working knowledge of PC based computer software, data storage/retrieval systems, networks,software and engineering applications. For all types of consideration, experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). 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.For additional information about applying to Federal positions, please click on the following link: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-policies/#url=e4All applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Job Requirements:

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
TELEWORK ELIGIBILITY:This position is approved for occasional telework. The number of telework days approved is determined by the agency policy, emergency situations, the approval of your immediate supervisor, and if applicable, approval of additional officials. You are required to report to the office on a regular basis since this is not a full-time telework position, or approved as a remote work position.
DEU REQUIREMENTS:Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: You will be required to complete a background/security investigation and meet preliminary requirements prior to onboarding.
This position may be eligible for Remote Work. Remote work is an arrangement in which an employee works at an approved alternative worksite (e.g., from home) that is at a location away from the agency worksite. Remote work location will be determined upon/after selection and may affect locality pay. The difference in salary is determined by the locality pay in each location. Salaries for all areas are available on the OPM website at: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2022/general-schedule/

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