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Grade: 13
* 1.[342] Choose the statement that best describes your specialized experience that qualifies you for this GS-13 position.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 as described in the vacancy announcement. This experience is well described in my application.
  2. I do not meet the one year specialized experience requirement as described in the vacancy announcement.


* 2.[1150] Select the response that best describes your education and experience in accordance with requirements for engineering positions.
  1. I have a professional engineering degree which included differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than 1st year physics/chemistry) in 5 of the following 7 areas of engineering science or physics: statics, dynamics, strength of materials, fluid mechanics, hydraulics, thermodynamics, electrical fields/circuits, nature and property of materials, or any comparable area of fundamental engineering science/physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.
  2. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree in engineering as demonstrated by current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.
  3. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor`s degree in engineering as demonstrated by passing the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) exam or required written test for professional registration administered by Boards of Engineering Examiners in any State, District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.
  4. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor`s degree in engineering as demonstrated by completion of 60 semester hours of courses in physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, including courses specified in Choice 1.
  5. I completed a curriculum leading to a bachelor`s degree in engineering technology or another appropriate field (e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology), and have at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.
  6. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.


* 3.[4986] Select the response(s) that describe(s) your experience interpreting pipeline safety laws, regulations, policies, procedures and applying them in routine and unique or unusual situations.
  1. I have reviewed appropriate documents, interpreted and applied them in response to requests dealing with investigating pipeline operation compliance with federal pipeline safety regulations
  2. I have reviewed appropriate documents, interpreted, and applied them to safety standards.
  3. I have reviewed appropriate documents, interpreted, and applied them to environmental requirements.
  4. I have reviewed appropriate documents, interpreted, and applied in developing enforcement cases.
  5. I have reviewed the appropriate documents, interpreted, and applied them to project design standards.
  6. I have reviewed appropriate documents, interpreted, and applied them to accident investigations.
  7. I have reviewed appropriate documents, interpreted, and applied them to determinations of state compliance with pipeline certification documents.
  8. None of the above.


* 4.[3059] Select the statement that that best describes your highest level of experience in conducting safety program reviews to determine if natural gas and/or hazardous liquid pipeline facilities are being operated in accordance with safety standards and Federal or State regulatory requirements.
  1. I have not had experience, education or training in conducting safety program reviews to determine if natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline facilities are being operated in accordance with safety standards and Federal or State regulatory requirements.
  2. I have had education or training that has prepared me to conduct pipeline safety program reviews to determine if natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline facilities are being operated in accordance with safety standards and Federal or State regulatory requirements, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have participated in pipeline safety program reviews of pipeline procedures, processes, records and facilities to determine if natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline facilities are being operated in accordance with safety standards and Federal or State regulatory requirements.
  4. I have trained others or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in the conduct of hazardous liquid and natural gas pipeline safety program reviews, am very familiar with Federal and State pipeline regulations, and can readily determine compliance with safety standards and Federal or State regulatory requirements.
  5. As a regular and recurring responsibility, I have independently conducted pipeline safety program reviews to determine if natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline facilities are being operated in accordance with safety standards and Federal or State regulatory requirements.


* 5.[7598] Select the process(es) where you have had direct experience with pipeline safety regulations.
  1. Design of pipeline facilities.
  2. Construction of pipeline facilities.
  3. Operation and maintenance of pipeline facilities.
  4. Integrity or risk management programs for pipeline facilities.
  5. Emergency activities (i.e. procedure developments, field implementation and verification, etc.) for pipeline facilities.
  6. Public awareness programs for pipeline facilities.
  7. Damage prevention programs for pipeline facilities.
  8. Operator Qualification
  9. Other
  10. None of the above


* 6.[3162] Select the type(s) of engineering analysis you have performed of safety issues to determine if a Federal or State safety regulation should be modified.
  1. I have performed an engineering analysis of a safety issue to determine if a Federal or safety regulation should be modified.
  2. I have performed an engineering analysis of a pipeline safety issue to determine if a Federal or safety regulation should be modified.
  3. None of the above.


* 7.[20988] Select the responses that describe the areas you have inspected for safety and/or regulatory deficiencies.
  1. Welding
  2. Corrosion control systems
  3. Hydraulics & Fluid Mechanics
  4. Computer-based control systems
  5. Strength of materials
  6. Environmental control
  7. Personnel skill qualifications
  8. Risk management programs
  9. Safety Systems
  10. None of the above


* 8.[22548] What certifications, licenses, or registrations do you hold?
  1. Professional Traffic Operations Engineer
  2. American Traffic Safety Services Association (e.g. workzone supervisor, etc.)
  3. International Municipal Signal Association (e.g. Signal Technician, etc.)
  4. National Association of Corrosion Engineers (e.g. corrosion technician, etc)
  5. American Petroleum Institute (e.g. API 653 tank inspector, etc.)
  6. American Welding Society (e.g. certified welding inspector, etc.)
  7. American Society for Nondestructive Testing (e.g. NDT technician, etc.)
  8. American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association (AREMA)
  9. Project Management Professional
  10. None of the above


* 9.[11093] Do you have experience analyzing and interpreting complex regulatory, legislative, and policy issues related to government programs?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 10.[2298] Select the statement that best describes your highest level of experience in providing engineering analyses and evaluation of potential pipeline safety regulatory deficiencies using engineering concepts, principles, and practices applicable to the design, construction, operation and maintenance of hazardous liquid and natural gas pipelines facilities.
  1. I have participated in the analysis and evaluation of potential pipeline safety regulatory deficiencies using engineering concepts, principles, and practices applicable to the design, construction, operation and maintenance of hazardous liquid and/or natural gas pipelines facilities.
  2. I have trained others or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in conducting engineering analyzing and evaluating potential pipeline safety regulatory deficiencies using engineering concepts, principles, and practices applicable to the design and construction of hazardous liquid and natural gas pipelines facilities.
  3. I have had education or training that has prepared me to detect potential pipeline safety regulatory deficiencies using engineering concepts, principles, and practices applicable to the design, construction, operation and maintenance of hazardous liquid and/or natural gas pipelines facilities, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  4. As a regular and recurring responsibility, I independently analyze and evaluate potential pipeline safety regulatory deficiencies using engineering concepts, principles, and practices applicable to the design and construction of hazardous liquid and/or natural gas pipelines facilities.
  5. None of the above.


* 11.[4584] Have you conducted or participated as a team member in the on-site inspection of natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline facilities involved in major accidents or failures?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 12.[6727] Select the statement(s) that demonstrate your experience performing engineering analyses of hazardous liquid and/or natural gas pipeline safety issues to support the development of Federal regulations and industry guidance.
  1. I have directly participated in joint work groups involving representatives from the Federal Office of Pipeline Safety or a State Pipeline Safety Office.
  2. I have prepared, or helped prepare, guidance or procedures to assure compliance with Federal or State hazardous liquid and/or natural gas pipeline safety requirements.
  3. I supported a company representative or Federal agency who directly participated in a joint work group involving representatives from the Federal Office of Pipeline Safety or a State Pipeline Safety Office.
  4. I have been an active member of an hazardous liquid and/or natural gas pipeline industry standards committee.
  5. I have developed or revised an industry standard referenced in the Federal hazardous liquid and/or natural gas pipeline safety regulations.
  6. On behalf of my company, or myself, I drafted comments to the Federal Office of Pipeline Safety or a State Pipeline Safety Program Office relating to a notice of proposed rulemaking.
  7. None of the above.


* 13.[6289] Select the statement(s) that demonstrate the communication/briefing skills you have used as a regular part of your job.
  1. Prepare presentation material for use by senior management
  2. Participate in interviews with external media representatives
  3. Communicate organizational strategies, goals, objectives, or priorities on a regular basis in writing
  4. Explain or justify decisions, conclusions, findings or recommendations
  5. Compose complex written work such as manuals, management reports or articles
  6. Persuade others to accept findings, recommendations, changes, alternative viewpoints, or to take a particular course of action
  7. Present technical material at professional organization meetings
  8. Present technical material at national professional transportation organization meetings
  9. Interview employees or managers to acquire specific programmatic and/or technical information
  10. Conduct training sessions with varied audiences with different levels of comprehension
  11. Review reports for accuracy, adherence to policy, organization of material, clarity of expression, and appropriateness for intended audiences
  12. Brief managers/executives outside of my employing organization
  13. Brief managers/executives within my employing organization
  14. Publications for academia
  15. Articles featured in transportation-related publications
  16. Articles appearing in statistical journals
  17. Articles appearing in non-statistical journals
  18. None of the above


* 14.[4620] Select the statement that best describes your experience in preparing written materials on engineering related issues such as technical reports, functional statements, statements of work, briefing papers, and correspondence (and other materials) to various individuals and audiences
  1. I have limited experience in preparing written documents, such as transmittal memos and e-mail, which cover routine issues, and recipients are usually within my immediate organization.
  2. I have experience in preparing written documents, such as technical reports, statements of work, and briefing papers, which cover routine issues, with some complex elements, and recipients are usually within my organization.
  3. I have experience preparing written materials on complex engineering related issues such as technical reports, functional statements, statements of work, briefing papers, and correspondence (and other materials) to individuals and organizations outside my own organization, including customers, middle or senior management within or outside of the organization.
  4. I have extensive experience in preparing a wide variety of complex written materials on engineering related issues such as technical reports, functional statements, statements of work, briefing papers, testimonies and correspondence (and other materials) involving issues or projects of a sensitive and controversial nature, and recipients are a wide range of individuals and groups both within and outside the organization.
  5. None of the above


* 15.[32069] Select the statement that best describes your highest level of experience in creating or reviewing design and construction for engineering practices and recommending improvements to current practice.
  1. I have not had education, training, or experience administering, working with, or performing this task or function.
  2. I have had education or training administering, working with, or performing this task or function, but have not yet used it on the job.
  3. I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function with close review and assistance from a supervisor, a senior employee, or a senior consultant.
  4. I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function as a regular part of a job and only in unique or unusual situations did I require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee, or senior consultant.
  5. I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function as a regular part of a job, even in unique or unusual situations. I do not require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee or senior consultant.
  6. Others regularly consult me for my expertise and assistance in administering, working with, or performing this task or function. I have trained or instructed others on this task or function.


* 16.[2305] Select the statement that best describes your role in attendance at pipeline industry technical conferences, symposia and meetings.
  1. As a participant to represent my agency or organization.
  2. As a participant to obtain information to improve my job performance.
  3. As a speaker presenting technical information related to the pipeline industry.
  4. As a technical expert and authority on safety issues related to the pipeline industry.
  5. None of the above.


* 17.[1653] Select the statement that best expresses your ability to develop written technical/engineering reports.
  1. I focus on the technical research, factual identification and engineering analysis. I prefer to develop a technically sound outline and allow others to "flesh" the outline into a written report. I like to focus on the technical and engineering aspects and let others do the writing.
  2. I pull together the technical research, factual identification and engineering analysis and prefer to develop a rough, but technically sound written report to be finalized by others. I like to focus on the technical and engineering aspects and also like to structure the written report.
  3. I prefer to gather technical information and analysis generated by others into a final written report. I like translating technical information into a non-technical format for others to comprehend.
  4. I prefer to conduct technical research, factual identification and engineering analysis and write and finalize the written report myself. I like to perform the technical aspects and write the report.
  5. None of the above


* 18.[9022] Select the statement that best reflects your experience in analyzing engineering-related problems and proposing solutions.
  1. I have no direct experience in this level of analysis or problem solving.
  2. I have assessed the accuracy of underlying data used by others to assess cost, schedule, or other important aspects of program development.
  3. I have conducted a full analysis of facts and data and developed options and recommendations for addressing significant problems during program development.
  4. I have done 2 and 3 above and also prepared written reports documenting the process.
  5. I have done 2, 3, and 4 above, and I have participated in the actual process of negotiating the implementation of recommendations designed to address significant problems during program development.


* 19.[4583] Choose the condition(s) or deficiency(ies) that you have identified in the performance of engineering analyses and evaluation during the conduct of safety program reviews of natural gas and/or hazardous liquid pipeline facilities to identify potential pipeline safety regulatory deficiencies.
  1. Welding or plastic pipe joining processes
  2. Operator Qualification (OQ) requirements
  3. Cathodic protection systems including rectifiers, groundbeds, test leads, and anodes
  4. Corrosion prevention program inadequacies which relate to internal corrosion issues including inhibitor records, contaminant and coupon monitoring.
  5. Cathodic protection inadequacies which relate to external corrosion including inadequate pipe-to-soil readings, stray current and interference monitoring or examination of pipe during excavation.
  6. Damage prevention issues including notification to excavators
  7. Pipeline Integrity Management Program (IMP) requirements
  8. Breakout tank systems including API inspection requirements
  9. Procedures, performance or records relating to routine natural gas and/or hazardous liquid pipeline maintenance of valves, overpressure protection facilities, appurtenances, or line pipe.
  10. Public awareness issues including liaison with public officials and notification to persons living along the pipeline right-of-way.
  11. None of the above.


* 20.[2632] Select the statement(s) that describe your experience in dealing with a variety of industry and public stakeholder groups and federal, state and local agencies that could have positive or negative input to a new initiative.
  1. I have demonstrated the ability to relate complex technical concepts easily to a non-technical audience.
  2. I have demonstrated the ability to be understood by a wide range of audiences.
  3. I have demonstrated the ability to facilitate groups and have an open exchange of ideas.
  4. I have demonstrated the ability to manage conflict and find common ground with a wide range of stakeholders.
  5. I have demonstrated the ability to recognize and balance the needs and interests of a wide range of stakeholders.
  6. I have demonstrated the ability to establish and maintain a highly productive working relationship with a wide range of stakeholders, including industry, communities, professional associations, and technical groups.
  7. I have demonstrated the ability to listen effectively.
  8. None of the above.


* 21.[2283] Select the statement that best describes how you have obtained your knowledge of natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline design and pipeline construction standards.
  1. I have work experience and on-the-job training relating to natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline design and pipeline construction standards.
  2. I have received post college formal training (other than on-the-job training) relating to natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline design and pipeline construction standards.
  3. I have been trained or have work experience that may be similar to natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline design and pipeline construction standards, such as vessel design or water pipeline experience.
  4. None of the above.


* 22.[2534] What types of evidence of regulatory violations have you gathered/produced during the conduct of natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline program safety reviews to support regulatory enforcement?
  1. Photographs of facilities
  2. Copies of company records or procedures
  3. Statements from company personnel
  4. My own signed statement attesting to my observations
  5. None of the above


* 23.[22549] Which of the following processes have you directly evaluated to determine conformance with pipeline safety regulations or industry standards?
  1. Welding processes
  2. Tie-in processes
  3. Construction of new Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facilities
  4. Water crossing installation, including directional drilling
  5. Repair of hazardous liquid or natural gas pipeline facilities, including LNG facilities
  6. Installation of cathodic protection equipment
  7. Construction of new hazardous liquid or natural gas pipeline facilities, except LNG facilities
  8. Construction or repair of metering facilities
  9. Construction or repair of compressor or pump station facilities
  10. Over the ditch coating or recoating processes
  11. Pipeline assessments involving Inline Inspection (ILI) technology
  12. Design installation of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems
  13. Design and installation of leak detection technologies
  14. Emergency response functions
  15. Integrity Management Programs (IMP)
  16. Operator qualification program
  17. Pipeline facility maintenance
  18. None of the above


* 24.[1623] Choose the statement(s) that best describe(s) your approach to problem solving.
  1. Routine and/or repetitive approach to activities where the solution requires application of simple choices based on available facts and information.
  2. Analytical approach to different activities where the solution requires research and analysis from a variety of available resources.
  3. Interpretive approach to diverse activities where the solution requires analysis and interpretation of data that is not readily available.
  4. Analytical, evaluative, and interpretive approach to varying activities where there are very few facts or data and a great deal of concept or situational analysis.
  5. Adaptive approach to emergency or critical situations requiring immediate decisions where options and consequences must be weighed and consequences may be critical (e.g,, safety situations).
  6. Inventive approach to relatively unknown or untried areas where the solution requires thinking in the abstract and the creation of new concepts.
  7. None of the above.


* 25.[8681] Select the responses that demonstrate the aspects of design and/or construction you have evaluated for good engineering practices.
  1. Welding
  2. Corrosion control systems
  3. Hydraulics & Fluid Mechanics
  4. Computer-based control systems
  5. Strength of materials
  6. Environmental controls
  7. None of the above.


Grade: 14
* 1.[343] Choose the statement that best describes your specialized experience that qualifies you for this GS-14 position.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 as described in the vacancy announcement. This experience is well described in my application.
  2. I do not meet the one year specialized experience requirement as described in the vacancy announcement.


* 2.[1150] Select the response that best describes your education and experience in accordance with requirements for engineering positions.
  1. I have a professional engineering degree which included differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than 1st year physics/chemistry) in 5 of the following 7 areas of engineering science or physics: statics, dynamics, strength of materials, fluid mechanics, hydraulics, thermodynamics, electrical fields/circuits, nature and property of materials, or any comparable area of fundamental engineering science/physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.
  2. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree in engineering as demonstrated by current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.
  3. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor`s degree in engineering as demonstrated by passing the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) exam or required written test for professional registration administered by Boards of Engineering Examiners in any State, District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.
  4. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor`s degree in engineering as demonstrated by completion of 60 semester hours of courses in physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, including courses specified in Choice 1.
  5. I completed a curriculum leading to a bachelor`s degree in engineering technology or another appropriate field (e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology), and have at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.
  6. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.


* 3.[4986] Select the response(s) that describe(s) your experience interpreting pipeline safety laws, regulations, policies, procedures and applying them in routine and unique or unusual situations.
  1. I have reviewed appropriate documents, interpreted and applied them in response to requests dealing with investigating pipeline operation compliance with federal pipeline safety regulations
  2. I have reviewed appropriate documents, interpreted, and applied them to safety standards.
  3. I have reviewed appropriate documents, interpreted, and applied them to environmental requirements.
  4. I have reviewed appropriate documents, interpreted, and applied in developing enforcement cases.
  5. I have reviewed the appropriate documents, interpreted, and applied them to project design standards.
  6. I have reviewed appropriate documents, interpreted, and applied them to accident investigations.
  7. I have reviewed appropriate documents, interpreted, and applied them to determinations of state compliance with pipeline certification documents.
  8. None of the above.


* 4.[3059] Select the statement that that best describes your highest level of experience in conducting safety program reviews to determine if natural gas and/or hazardous liquid pipeline facilities are being operated in accordance with safety standards and Federal or State regulatory requirements.
  1. I have not had experience, education or training in conducting safety program reviews to determine if natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline facilities are being operated in accordance with safety standards and Federal or State regulatory requirements.
  2. I have had education or training that has prepared me to conduct pipeline safety program reviews to determine if natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline facilities are being operated in accordance with safety standards and Federal or State regulatory requirements, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have participated in pipeline safety program reviews of pipeline procedures, processes, records and facilities to determine if natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline facilities are being operated in accordance with safety standards and Federal or State regulatory requirements.
  4. I have trained others or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in the conduct of hazardous liquid and natural gas pipeline safety program reviews, am very familiar with Federal and State pipeline regulations, and can readily determine compliance with safety standards and Federal or State regulatory requirements.
  5. As a regular and recurring responsibility, I have independently conducted pipeline safety program reviews to determine if natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline facilities are being operated in accordance with safety standards and Federal or State regulatory requirements.


* 5.[7598] Select the process(es) where you have had direct experience with pipeline safety regulations.
  1. Design of pipeline facilities.
  2. Construction of pipeline facilities.
  3. Operation and maintenance of pipeline facilities.
  4. Integrity or risk management programs for pipeline facilities.
  5. Emergency activities (i.e. procedure developments, field implementation and verification, etc.) for pipeline facilities.
  6. Public awareness programs for pipeline facilities.
  7. Damage prevention programs for pipeline facilities.
  8. Operator Qualification
  9. Other
  10. None of the above


* 6.[3162] Select the type(s) of engineering analysis you have performed of safety issues to determine if a Federal or State safety regulation should be modified.
  1. I have performed an engineering analysis of a safety issue to determine if a Federal or safety regulation should be modified.
  2. I have performed an engineering analysis of a pipeline safety issue to determine if a Federal or safety regulation should be modified.
  3. None of the above.


* 7.[2632] Select the statement(s) that describe your experience in dealing with a variety of industry and public stakeholder groups and federal, state and local agencies that could have positive or negative input to a new initiative.
  1. I have demonstrated the ability to relate complex technical concepts easily to a non-technical audience.
  2. I have demonstrated the ability to be understood by a wide range of audiences.
  3. I have demonstrated the ability to facilitate groups and have an open exchange of ideas.
  4. I have demonstrated the ability to manage conflict and find common ground with a wide range of stakeholders.
  5. I have demonstrated the ability to recognize and balance the needs and interests of a wide range of stakeholders.
  6. I have demonstrated the ability to establish and maintain a highly productive working relationship with a wide range of stakeholders, including industry, communities, professional associations, and technical groups.
  7. I have demonstrated the ability to listen effectively.
  8. None of the above.


* 8.[11093] Do you have experience analyzing and interpreting complex regulatory, legislative, and policy issues related to government programs?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 9.[2298] Select the statement that best describes your highest level of experience in providing engineering analyses and evaluation of potential pipeline safety regulatory deficiencies using engineering concepts, principles, and practices applicable to the design, construction, operation and maintenance of hazardous liquid and natural gas pipelines facilities.
  1. I have participated in the analysis and evaluation of potential pipeline safety regulatory deficiencies using engineering concepts, principles, and practices applicable to the design, construction, operation and maintenance of hazardous liquid and/or natural gas pipelines facilities.
  2. I have trained others or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in conducting engineering analyzing and evaluating potential pipeline safety regulatory deficiencies using engineering concepts, principles, and practices applicable to the design and construction of hazardous liquid and natural gas pipelines facilities.
  3. I have had education or training that has prepared me to detect potential pipeline safety regulatory deficiencies using engineering concepts, principles, and practices applicable to the design, construction, operation and maintenance of hazardous liquid and/or natural gas pipelines facilities, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  4. As a regular and recurring responsibility, I independently analyze and evaluate potential pipeline safety regulatory deficiencies using engineering concepts, principles, and practices applicable to the design and construction of hazardous liquid and/or natural gas pipelines facilities.
  5. None of the above.


* 10.[4584] Have you conducted or participated as a team member in the on-site inspection of natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline facilities involved in major accidents or failures?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 11.[2283] Select the statement that best describes how you have obtained your knowledge of natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline design and pipeline construction standards.
  1. I have work experience and on-the-job training relating to natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline design and pipeline construction standards.
  2. I have received post college formal training (other than on-the-job training) relating to natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline design and pipeline construction standards.
  3. I have been trained or have work experience that may be similar to natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline design and pipeline construction standards, such as vessel design or water pipeline experience.
  4. None of the above.


* 12.[6727] Select the statement(s) that demonstrate your experience performing engineering analyses of hazardous liquid and/or natural gas pipeline safety issues to support the development of Federal regulations and industry guidance.
  1. I have directly participated in joint work groups involving representatives from the Federal Office of Pipeline Safety or a State Pipeline Safety Office.
  2. I have prepared, or helped prepare, guidance or procedures to assure compliance with Federal or State hazardous liquid and/or natural gas pipeline safety requirements.
  3. I supported a company representative or Federal agency who directly participated in a joint work group involving representatives from the Federal Office of Pipeline Safety or a State Pipeline Safety Office.
  4. I have been an active member of an hazardous liquid and/or natural gas pipeline industry standards committee.
  5. I have developed or revised an industry standard referenced in the Federal hazardous liquid and/or natural gas pipeline safety regulations.
  6. On behalf of my company, or myself, I drafted comments to the Federal Office of Pipeline Safety or a State Pipeline Safety Program Office relating to a notice of proposed rulemaking.
  7. None of the above.


* 13.[6289] Select the statement(s) that demonstrate the communication/briefing skills you have used as a regular part of your job.
  1. Prepare presentation material for use by senior management
  2. Participate in interviews with external media representatives
  3. Communicate organizational strategies, goals, objectives, or priorities on a regular basis in writing
  4. Explain or justify decisions, conclusions, findings or recommendations
  5. Compose complex written work such as manuals, management reports or articles
  6. Persuade others to accept findings, recommendations, changes, alternative viewpoints, or to take a particular course of action
  7. Present technical material at professional organization meetings
  8. Present technical material at national professional transportation organization meetings
  9. Interview employees or managers to acquire specific programmatic and/or technical information
  10. Conduct training sessions with varied audiences with different levels of comprehension
  11. Review reports for accuracy, adherence to policy, organization of material, clarity of expression, and appropriateness for intended audiences
  12. Brief managers/executives outside of my employing organization
  13. Brief managers/executives within my employing organization
  14. Publications for academia
  15. Articles featured in transportation-related publications
  16. Articles appearing in statistical journals
  17. Articles appearing in non-statistical journals
  18. None of the above


* 14.[4620] Select the statement that best describes your experience in preparing written materials on engineering related issues such as technical reports, functional statements, statements of work, briefing papers, and correspondence (and other materials) to various individuals and audiences
  1. I have limited experience in preparing written documents, such as transmittal memos and e-mail, which cover routine issues, and recipients are usually within my immediate organization.
  2. I have experience in preparing written documents, such as technical reports, statements of work, and briefing papers, which cover routine issues, with some complex elements, and recipients are usually within my organization.
  3. I have experience preparing written materials on complex engineering related issues such as technical reports, functional statements, statements of work, briefing papers, and correspondence (and other materials) to individuals and organizations outside my own organization, including customers, middle or senior management within or outside of the organization.
  4. I have extensive experience in preparing a wide variety of complex written materials on engineering related issues such as technical reports, functional statements, statements of work, briefing papers, testimonies and correspondence (and other materials) involving issues or projects of a sensitive and controversial nature, and recipients are a wide range of individuals and groups both within and outside the organization.
  5. None of the above


* 15.[32069] Select the statement that best describes your highest level of experience in creating or reviewing design and construction for engineering practices and recommending improvements to current practice.
  1. I have not had education, training, or experience administering, working with, or performing this task or function.
  2. I have had education or training administering, working with, or performing this task or function, but have not yet used it on the job.
  3. I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function with close review and assistance from a supervisor, a senior employee, or a senior consultant.
  4. I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function as a regular part of a job and only in unique or unusual situations did I require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee, or senior consultant.
  5. I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function as a regular part of a job, even in unique or unusual situations. I do not require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee or senior consultant.
  6. Others regularly consult me for my expertise and assistance in administering, working with, or performing this task or function. I have trained or instructed others on this task or function.


* 16.[2305] Select the statement that best describes your role in attendance at pipeline industry technical conferences, symposia and meetings.
  1. As a participant to represent my agency or organization.
  2. As a participant to obtain information to improve my job performance.
  3. As a speaker presenting technical information related to the pipeline industry.
  4. As a technical expert and authority on safety issues related to the pipeline industry.
  5. None of the above.


* 17.[9022] Select the statement that best reflects your experience in analyzing engineering-related problems and proposing solutions.
  1. I have no direct experience in this level of analysis or problem solving.
  2. I have assessed the accuracy of underlying data used by others to assess cost, schedule, or other important aspects of program development.
  3. I have conducted a full analysis of facts and data and developed options and recommendations for addressing significant problems during program development.
  4. I have done 2 and 3 above and also prepared written reports documenting the process.
  5. I have done 2, 3, and 4 above, and I have participated in the actual process of negotiating the implementation of recommendations designed to address significant problems during program development.


* 18.[4583] Choose the condition(s) or deficiency(ies) that you have identified in the performance of engineering analyses and evaluation during the conduct of safety program reviews of natural gas and/or hazardous liquid pipeline facilities to identify potential pipeline safety regulatory deficiencies.
  1. Welding or plastic pipe joining processes
  2. Operator Qualification (OQ) requirements
  3. Cathodic protection systems including rectifiers, groundbeds, test leads, and anodes
  4. Corrosion prevention program inadequacies which relate to internal corrosion issues including inhibitor records, contaminant and coupon monitoring.
  5. Cathodic protection inadequacies which relate to external corrosion including inadequate pipe-to-soil readings, stray current and interference monitoring or examination of pipe during excavation.
  6. Damage prevention issues including notification to excavators
  7. Pipeline Integrity Management Program (IMP) requirements
  8. Breakout tank systems including API inspection requirements
  9. Procedures, performance or records relating to routine natural gas and/or hazardous liquid pipeline maintenance of valves, overpressure protection facilities, appurtenances, or line pipe.
  10. Public awareness issues including liaison with public officials and notification to persons living along the pipeline right-of-way.
  11. None of the above.


* 19.[20988] Select the responses that describe the areas you have inspected for safety and/or regulatory deficiencies.
  1. Welding
  2. Corrosion control systems
  3. Hydraulics & Fluid Mechanics
  4. Computer-based control systems
  5. Strength of materials
  6. Environmental control
  7. Personnel skill qualifications
  8. Risk management programs
  9. Safety Systems
  10. None of the above


* 20.[22548] What certifications, licenses, or registrations do you hold?
  1. Professional Traffic Operations Engineer
  2. American Traffic Safety Services Association (e.g. workzone supervisor, etc.)
  3. International Municipal Signal Association (e.g. Signal Technician, etc.)
  4. National Association of Corrosion Engineers (e.g. corrosion technician, etc)
  5. American Petroleum Institute (e.g. API 653 tank inspector, etc.)
  6. American Welding Society (e.g. certified welding inspector, etc.)
  7. American Society for Nondestructive Testing (e.g. NDT technician, etc.)
  8. American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association (AREMA)
  9. Project Management Professional
  10. None of the above


* 21.[1653] Select the statement that best expresses your ability to develop written technical/engineering reports.
  1. I focus on the technical research, factual identification and engineering analysis. I prefer to develop a technically sound outline and allow others to "flesh" the outline into a written report. I like to focus on the technical and engineering aspects and let others do the writing.
  2. I pull together the technical research, factual identification and engineering analysis and prefer to develop a rough, but technically sound written report to be finalized by others. I like to focus on the technical and engineering aspects and also like to structure the written report.
  3. I prefer to gather technical information and analysis generated by others into a final written report. I like translating technical information into a non-technical format for others to comprehend.
  4. I prefer to conduct technical research, factual identification and engineering analysis and write and finalize the written report myself. I like to perform the technical aspects and write the report.
  5. None of the above


* 22.[2534] What types of evidence of regulatory violations have you gathered/produced during the conduct of natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline program safety reviews to support regulatory enforcement?
  1. Photographs of facilities
  2. Copies of company records or procedures
  3. Statements from company personnel
  4. My own signed statement attesting to my observations
  5. None of the above


* 23.[22549] Which of the following processes have you directly evaluated to determine conformance with pipeline safety regulations or industry standards?
  1. Welding processes
  2. Tie-in processes
  3. Construction of new Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facilities
  4. Water crossing installation, including directional drilling
  5. Repair of hazardous liquid or natural gas pipeline facilities, including LNG facilities
  6. Installation of cathodic protection equipment
  7. Construction of new hazardous liquid or natural gas pipeline facilities, except LNG facilities
  8. Construction or repair of metering facilities
  9. Construction or repair of compressor or pump station facilities
  10. Over the ditch coating or recoating processes
  11. Pipeline assessments involving Inline Inspection (ILI) technology
  12. Design installation of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems
  13. Design and installation of leak detection technologies
  14. Emergency response functions
  15. Integrity Management Programs (IMP)
  16. Operator qualification program
  17. Pipeline facility maintenance
  18. None of the above


* 24.[1623] Choose the statement(s) that best describe(s) your approach to problem solving.
  1. Routine and/or repetitive approach to activities where the solution requires application of simple choices based on available facts and information.
  2. Analytical approach to different activities where the solution requires research and analysis from a variety of available resources.
  3. Interpretive approach to diverse activities where the solution requires analysis and interpretation of data that is not readily available.
  4. Analytical, evaluative, and interpretive approach to varying activities where there are very few facts or data and a great deal of concept or situational analysis.
  5. Adaptive approach to emergency or critical situations requiring immediate decisions where options and consequences must be weighed and consequences may be critical (e.g,, safety situations).
  6. Inventive approach to relatively unknown or untried areas where the solution requires thinking in the abstract and the creation of new concepts.
  7. None of the above.


* 25.[8681] Select the responses that demonstrate the aspects of design and/or construction you have evaluated for good engineering practices.
  1. Welding
  2. Corrosion control systems
  3. Hydraulics & Fluid Mechanics
  4. Computer-based control systems
  5. Strength of materials
  6. Environmental controls
  7. None of the above.


Grade: All Grades
[16869] Please note that ALL candidates must submit a resume online and complete the entire application (Resume, Core Questions, Vacancy Questions) process.

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* 1.[31608] I understand the resume I have submitted for this position will be thoroughly reviewed to determine whether my experience and/or educational background is sufficient to meet basic and/or specialized experience requirements as outlined in this announcement. I also understand that if the information provided in my resume is not sufficient to support my responses to the vacancy announcement questions, it will affect the overall assessment of my application package.

  1. Yes
  2. No


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* 2.[31609] I understand that if I do not submit all REQUIRED documents by the closing date, it will affect the overall assessment of my application package.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.[3057] By responding to this question, you acknowledge that you have reviewed the Required Documents section of this announcement to determine which documents, if any, you need to provide in support of this application.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.[620] My most recent work performance evaluation was satisfactory or better (includes pass in pass/fail systems).
  1. True
  2. False


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Applicants (who have Federal employment experience) will be required to certify in writing that they have not previously had their travel card suspended or cancelled. Those who fail to meet this condition of employment will have our offer of employment rescinded.

* 5.[588] Have you ever held a government travel card?

  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.[577] Do you certify that you have not previously had your travel card suspended or cancelled?
    1. Yes
    2. No
  2. No


* 6.[586] How did you initially hear about this position?
  1. Email notification
  2. Agency website
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  4. Newspaper advertisement
  5. Magazine advertisement
  6. Commercial employment site (i.e. Careerbuilder, Monster)
  7. Placement office (Federal, State, College or University)
  8. Friend or relative
  9. Job Fair
  10. Minority professional network
  11. Other

        BRANCHED: * 1.[5063] Please indicate how you heard about this position.

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