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Grade: 15
* 1.[344] Choose the statement that best describes your specialized experience that qualifies you for this GS-15 position.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 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.[5860] Select the response(s) that describe(s) your experience with complex natural gas or hazardous liquid pipeline engineering problems.
  1. I have experience in addressing public safety and environmental concerns regarding pipeline projects.
  2. I have experience in resolving waivers to design operation and maintenance standards in pipeline projects.
  3. I have experience in resolving safety issues after an accident involving a pipeline construction.
  4. I have represented an organization as a technical expert at public meetings or industry meetings on complex technical pipeline design, operational, or maintenance issues.
  5. None of the above.


* 3.[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.


* 4.[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.


* 5.[2611] Have you served as a technical expert on hazardous liquid and/or natural gas pipeline issues during an enforcement, regulatory, or rulemaking proceeding?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 6.[5998] Choose the statement(s) that best demonstrate your ability to conduct accident investigations and recommend safety improvements to prevent a repetition of that accident.
  1. I have been trained to conduct mechanical failure or human error investigations.
  2. I have conducted mechanical failure or human error investigations.
  3. I have conducted a mechanical failure or human error investigation on a pipeline facility.
  4. I have worked with federal, state, or local emergency responders during an investigation.
  5. I have been trained to perform root cause analyses.
  6. I have performed root cause analyses.
  7. I have performed a root cause analysis of a pipeline failure.
  8. I have recommended safety improvements to prevent recurrence.
  9. None of the above


* 7.[2538] Select the one answer that best describes your experience applying your knowledge of current safety practices and operating procedures utilized by the pipeline industry to the review of the design and specifications for natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline systems under construction or repair to assure conformance with safety regulations.
  1. I have not had education, experience or training that has prepared me to review the design and specifications for natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline systems under construction or repair to assure conformance with safety regulations.
  2. I have had education or training that has prepared me to review the design and specifications for natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline systems under construction or repair to assure conformance with safety regulations.
  3. I have participated with higher-level staff in reviewing the design and specifications for natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline systems under construction or repair to assure conformance with safety regulations.
  4. I have independently and as a regular and recurring part of my job reviewed the design and specifications for natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline systems under construction or repair to assure conformance with safety regulations.
  5. I have trained others or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in the review of the design and specifications for natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline systems under construction or repair to assure conformance with safety regulations.


* 8.[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.


* 9.[5859] Select the statement that best describes your highest level of experience in identifying and resolving unique or complex Natural Gas OR Hazardous Liquid pipeline project problems or situations.
  1. I have assisted others in a team resolution of complex pipeline project problems or situations.
  2. I have led a team/task force to resolve a complex pipeline project problem or situation.
  3. I have led, and received approval for, the implementation of task force/review team recommendations to resolve a complex pipeline project problem or situation.
  4. I have led a team, oversaw/implemented recommendations, and evaluated results.
  5. None of the above.


* 10.[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.


* 11.[2167] Select the example(s) that match(es) your experience in representing your organization at briefings, meetings or conferences involving the following types of audiences.
  1. Federal agency representatives
  2. State agency representatives
  3. Local officials
  4. Federal or State elected officials
  5. Consultants
  6. Industry organizations
  7. General public
  8. None of the above.


* 12.[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


* 13.[1375] Select the statement(s) that describe your experience communicating effectively in-person.
  1. I have experience contacting others to obtain information.
  2. I have experience instructing others on procedural requirements.
  3. I have experience explaining technical and non-technical information.
  4. I have experience responding to inquiries or requests for information.
  5. I have experience serving as a liaison.
  6. I have experience explaining interpretive information to others.
  7. I have experience presenting data and information on a formal report.
  8. None of the above


* 14.[4121] Select the example(s) that describe your experience motivating others.
  1. Enabled others to acquire the tools and support they need to perform well
  2. Created culture that encouraged others to meet mission needs, and lead them successfully on projects, programs, or task groups
  3. Inspired others to incorporate vision, strategic planning, and elements of quality management into their day-to-day activities
  4. Influenced others to ensure that activities, services, or products contribute to mission, goals, and objectives accomplishments
  5. Led and convinced groups or individuals in the achievement of project goals and objectives.
  6. I have not had experience motivating others.


* 15.[6223] Select the statement that relates to your level of involvement in the development of any material reports, policies, standards, or guidance as it relates to pipeline safety.
  1. I have designed pipelines and pressure vessels according to appropriate codes of standard practice.
  2. I am familiar with advanced fracture analysis methodologies and solution development for piping and pressure vessels.
  3. I am familiar with all the codes of standard practice applicable to the structural design of pipelines and pressure vessels.
  4. I have performed analytical studies to determine the root causes of pipeline failures. My evaluations improved structural safety.
  5. None of the above.


* 16.[7163] Select the statement that best describes your demonstrated experience analyzing and interpreting pipeline safety-related rules, regulations, policies and procedures to make recommendations for resolving complex, technical, conflicting, ambiguous, or unprecedented regulatory issues.
  1. I have no education, training and/or work related experience in this functional area.
  2. I have an understanding of the concepts, principles, and processes gained from education and/or training in this functional area, but have little to no experience applying the knowledge in a work environment.
  3. I have direct experience applying the concepts, principles, and processes on common, routine tasks and assignments related to this functional area, but generally consult others for assistance and/or have my work reviewed.
  4. I have direct experience applying the concepts, principles, and processes on common, routine tasks and assignments related to this functional area and only require supervision or review when working on more complex assignments and/or tasks.
  5. I have direct experience applying the concepts, principles, and processes to the most complex assignments related to this functional area using creativity and independent judgment and require little or no supervision.
  6. In addition to having direct experience applying the concepts, principles, and processes to the most complex assignments related to this functional area using creativity and independent judgment, I am often consulted for my expertise and/or have trained others.


* 17.[684] Select the statement(s) that describe your demonstrated experience communicating through presentations.
  1. Persuade others to accept findings, recommendations, changes, alternative viewpoints, or to take a particular course of action.
  2. Effectively communicate technical information to external audiences.
  3. Effectively communicate technical information to internal audiences.
  4. Effectively communicate organizational strategies, goals, objectives, or priorities on a regular basis.
  5. Interview employees or managers to acquire specific programmatic and/or technical information.
  6. Conduct training sessions with varied audiences with different levels of comprehension.
  7. None of the above.


* 18.[5964] Select the one answer that best describes your experience applying knowledge of safety practices and/or regulations to evaluate company/facility compliance.
  1. I have evaluated facility or operation performance to determine compliance with safety practices or regulatory requirements.
  2. I have evaluated a pipeline facility or pipeline operations to determine compliance with pipeline industry standards, safety practices or pipeline safety regulations.
  3. I have interviewed personnel to evaluate their knowledge of and ability to implement safety practices or regulations.
  4. I have prepared written reports and made recommendations for improvement based on a safety evaluation I conducted.
  5. I have not yet had the opportunity to do any of the above.


* 19.[18210] Select the statements that represent the duties you have performed as a manager, supervisor, or team leader.
  1. Set team goals, made work assignments, and reviewed technical quality of deliverables.
  2. Reviewed the work of team members and provided guidance and training.
  3. Set program or project goals and objectives to be accomplished.
  4. Monitored and tracked program and organizational accomplishments.
  5. Established and tracked program-related performance measures.
  6. Established and monitored program delivery cost controls.
  7. Established and monitored quality control and quality assurance processes.
  8. Set due dates and ensured timeliness of deliverables.
  9. Prepared a budget for a division/field office and addressed budgetary issues regarding programs I have managed or overseen.
  10. Led a team or group with various levels of experience, skills, orientation, or perspective.
  11. Established and coordinated office policies, standard operating procedures, etc. for my work unit.
  12. Prepared schedules for completion of work.
  13. Assigned work to team members based on priorities.
  14. Evaluated performance and conducted performance reviews.
  15. Formulated, planned and adjusted work operations to meet changing requirements within available resources and with limited sacrifice of quantity or quality of work.
  16. None of the above


* 20.[4541] Choose the statement(s) that apply(ies) to your experience leading employees to accomplish organizational goals.
  1. I have experience achieving organizational objectives through products and service production.
  2. I have experience influencing employees to ensure that products and services reflect organizational goals and objectives.
  3. I have experience supervising employees in meeting mission needs through the operation of projects, programs or task groups.
  4. I have experience leading employees in the achievement of organizational goals and objectives to incorporate vision, strategic planning and elements of quality management into activities.
  5. None of the above


* 21.[4995] Select the statement that best matches your experience motivating others under your leadership.
  1. Created culture that encouraged others to meet the organization`s mission, and led them successfully on projects, programs or task groups.
  2. Inspired others to incorporate vision, strategic planning, and elements of quality management into their day-to-day activities.
  3. Enabled others to acquire the tools and support their need to perform well.
  4. I have not had experience motivating others under my direct supervision.


* 22.[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.


* 23.[879] Select the statement that best describes your experience developing strategic plans, identifying policy issues, and defining alternatives and recommendations.
  1. I have no experience in such work.
  2. I have completed formal training or courses covering the topics.
  3. Working independently, I have had experience developing strategic plans, identifying policy issues, and making recommendations to top management.
  4. Working under close supervision, I have had experience developing strategic plans, identifying policy issues and providing alternatives and recommendations to higher management.
  5. Working independently, I was the leader of a group responsible for the development of strategic plans and issues; for making recommendations or defining alternatives; and for developing analyses and evaluations used by the agency.


* 24.[5201] Choose the statement(s) that best describe the communication / briefing skills you use as a regular part of your job, as necessary to support agency goals and the agency leadership.
  1. Explained or justified agency decisions, conclusions, findings or recommendations to technical audiences.
  2. Explained or justified agency decisions, conclusions, findings or recommendations to management audiences.
  3. Briefed managers outside the organization on agency goals and objectives
  4. None of the above


* 25.[32850] Do you have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to preparing reports and giving presentations to a variety of groups and individuals?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 26.[35932] Select the type(s) of written products you have produced as a regular part of your job in an engineering environment.
  1. I have written products for briefings, meetings, or conferences.
  2. I have written products to explain basic policies or programs.
  3. I have written policy and procedural materials for public dissemination.
  4. I have written program policies, reports, and guidelines on technical issues, and/or drafted presentations on technical issues.
  5. I have reviewed written material, and suggested improvements, for technical accuracy, adherence to policy, organization of material, clarity of expression, and appropriateness for intended audiences.
  6. My written products have been recognized as high-quality, e.g., through performance appraisal and/or awards.
  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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Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete all questions.

High self-assessment in the application questions that is not supported by information in your resume may prevent you from being found best qualified, in which case your application will not be referred to the selecting official.



* 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


[31648] When you are finished with the question phase of this announcement, you will be shown a list of documents that may include documents that do not apply to you. Review the list and the required documents section of the vacancy to determine which, IF ANY, are required for your application to be considered a complete application. Please do not submit documents that are not requested.
  • If you are not a veteran, the DD-214 and the SF-15 do not apply to you.
  • If you are not applying to an engineering position, the P.E. license or EIT exam does not apply to you.
  • If you are not requesting consideration under a special appointing authority, the special appointing authority documents do not apply to you.
If any of the requested documentation pertains to you, you have the option to fax using the fax coversheets provided, upload to this system or you may transfer the documentation from your USAJOBS account. Please note documents are NOT automatically transferred from USAJobs. Contact the office no later than the closing date, if you require assistance.

* 2.[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


* 3.[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


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


* 5.[586] How did you initially hear about this position?
  1. Email notification
  2. Agency website
  3. USAJobs (OPM) website
  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

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