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Grade: 11
* 1.[30210] Choose the statement that best describes your education and/or specialized experience that qualifies you for this GS-11 position.
  1. I possess one year of specialized experience matching what is described in the vacancy announcement. This matching experience is well described in my resume.
  2. I possess three full years of progressively higher-level graduate education or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree that has equipped me to perform the duties of this position. Transcripts have been provided with my application.
  3. I possess a combination of graduate level education, beyond the second full year of graduate level education and specialized experience as described in the vacancy announcement, that together meet the qualification requirements for this position. Transcripts have been provided with my application and the matching experience is well described in my resume.
  4. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.


* 2.[3150] Please identify which one of the following best describes how you have obtained your knowledge of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility design, tank design, pipeline design, and pipeline construction standards.
  1. I have work experience and on-the-job training relating to pipeline design and pipeline construction standards.
  2. I have received post college formal training (other than on-the-job training) relating to LNG facility design and construction standards.
  3. I have been trained or have work experience that may be similar to pipeline design and pipeline construction standards. I have a background in gas engineering, pipeline hydraulics, or cathodic protection, or metallurgy.
  4. None of the Above.


* 3.[3151] Select the response that best describes how you have obtained your knowledge of pipeline operation, maintenance, design and construction.
  1. I have formal college formal training (other than on-the-job experience).
  2. I have on-the-job work experience.
  3. I have been trained or have work experience that may be similar (i.e. petroleum engineering, pipeline hydraulics, cathodic protection or metallurgy).
  4. None of the above.


* 4.[5966] Select the statement that best describes your ability to apply engineering concepts, principles, and practices to suggest modifications to standard natural gas and/or hazardous liquid pipeline industry engineering practices and to solve potential safety related problems.
  1. Although I have never worked directly on pipeline facilities, I have applied engineering concepts, principles, and practices to solve problems at other industrial facilities.
  2. I have applied engineering concepts, principles and practices to solve problems on pipeline facilities.
  3. I have trained others or am often consulted as an expert to apply engineering concepts, principles and practices to solve problems on pipeline facilities.
  4. None of the above


* 5.[23268] Select the response that best describes how you obtained knowledge of pipeline operation, maintenance, design and construction.
  1. I have worked for a pipeline company.
  2. I have worked for a state or Federal pipeline regulatory agency.
  3. I have worked for a pipeline company, state, and Federal pipeline regulatory agency.
  4. I have been trained or have work experience that may be similar (i.e., petroleum engineering, pipeline hydraulics, cathodic protection or metallurgy).
  5. None of the above.


* 6.[5012] Select the statement that best describes your experience in conducting investigations designed to determine the root cause of the failure of a mechanical device or system to meet a criterion.
  1. I have acted as the lead engineer responsible for planning and managing an investigation, collecting and analyzing related data and recommending a course of action.
  2. I have acted as a junior engineer who has shared in the responsibility of planning and managing an investigation, collecting and analyzing related data and recommending a course of action.
  3. I have limited experience with conducting engineering investigations.
  4. None of the above.


* 7.[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.


* 8.[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


* 9.[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


* 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.[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


* 12.[6474] Select 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 conduct pipeline accident investigations.
  2. I have trained staff to perform root cause analyses.
  3. I have performed secondary and tertiary analyses of pipeline accidents.
  4. Most of the analyses I have conducted have resulted in major procedural changes.
  5. My accident investigations have resulted in procedural changes.
  6. None of the above


* 13.[1352] Select the engineering area(s) in which you have experience or education.
  1. Materials
  2. Geotechnical Engineering
  3. Highway Design
  4. Right-of-way
  5. Construction Engineering
  6. Structures
  7. Survey
  8. Hydraulics & Hydrology
  9. None of the above


* 14.[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


* 15.[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.


Grade: 12
* 1.[341] Choose the statement that best describes your specialized experience that qualifies you for this GS-12 position.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 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.[3061] Select the statement that best describes your ability to apply engineering concepts, principles, and practices to suggest modifications to standard natural gas and/or hazardous liquid pipeline industry engineering practices and to solve potential safety related problems.
  1. I have not had education or training in the application of engineering concepts, principles, and practices to suggest modifications to standard natural gas and/or hazardous liquid pipeline industry engineering practices and to solve potential safety related problems.
  2. I have had education or training that has prepared me to apply engineering concepts, principles, and practices to suggest modifications to standard natural gas and/or hazardous liquid pipeline industry engineering practices and to solve potential safety related problems.
  3. I have participated with higher level staff in applying engineering concepts, principles, and practices to suggest modifications to standard natural gas and/or hazardous liquid pipeline industry engineering practices and to solve potential safety related problems.
  4. I have independently and as a regular and recurring part of my job applied engineering concepts, principles, and practices to suggest modifications to standard natural gas and/or hazardous liquid pipeline industry engineering practices and to solve potential safety related problems.
  5. I have trained others or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in the application of engineering concepts, principles, and practices to suggest modifications to standard natural gas and/or hazardous liquid pipeline industry engineering practices and to solve potential safety related problems.


* 3.[5012] Select the statement that best describes your experience in conducting investigations designed to determine the root cause of the failure of a mechanical device or system to meet a criterion.
  1. I have acted as the lead engineer responsible for planning and managing an investigation, collecting and analyzing related data and recommending a course of action.
  2. I have acted as a junior engineer who has shared in the responsibility of planning and managing an investigation, collecting and analyzing related data and recommending a course of action.
  3. I have limited experience with conducting engineering investigations.
  4. None of the above.


* 4.[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.


* 5.[8868] 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. Corrosion prevention program inadequacies which relate to external or internal corrosion issues including inhibitor records, contaminant and coupon monitoring.
  4. 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.
  5. Damage prevention issues including notification to excavators
  6. Pipeline Integrity Management Program (IMP) requirements
  7. Breakout tank systems including API inspection requirements
  8. Procedures, performance or records relating to routine natural gas and/or hazardous liquid pipeline maintenance of valves, overpressure protection facilities, appurtenances, or line pipe.
  9. Public awareness issues including liaison with public officials and notification to persons living along the pipeline right-of-way.
  10. None of the above.


* 6.[26608] Select the statement that best describes your highest level of experience in design, operation and maintenance of natural gas or hazardous liquid pipelines.
  1. I have no knowledge or experience related to the design, operation AND maintenance of natural gas or hazardous liquid pipelines.
  2. I have experience assisting others in the pipeline projects.
  3. I have experience reviewing pipeline project designs for conformance with acceptable standards and safety requirements.
  4. I have designed, operated and maintained pipelines
  5. I have acted as a senior inspector/team leader in inspecting for the federal pipeline safety codes


* 7.[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.


* 8.[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.


* 9.[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.


* 10.[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.


* 11.[5816] Select the area(s)/issue(s) in which your experience would enable you 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. Cathodic protection 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 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.


* 12.[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.


* 13.[8490] Select the response that best describes your highest level of experience ensuring the safety of liquid and natural gas facilities and pipelines during an emergency situation.
  1. I have not had education, training, or experience in ensuring the safety of liquid and natural gas facilities and pipelines during an emergency situation.
  2. I have had education or training in ensuring the safety of liquid and natural gas facilities and pipelines during an emergency situation, but have not yet used it on the job.
  3. I have experience ensuring the safety of liquid and natural gas facilities and pipelines during an emergency situation with close review and assistance from a supervisor, a senior employee, or a senior consultant.
  4. I have experience ensuring the safety of liquid and natural gas facilities and pipelines during an emergency situation 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 experience ensuring the safety of liquid and natural gas facilities and pipelines during an emergency situation 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 ensuring the safety of liquid and natural gas facilities and pipelines during an emergency situation. I have trained troubleshoot and solve potential safety related problems.


* 14.[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


* 15.[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.


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.[2287] Choose the statement(s) that demonstrate your ability to apply the principles, theories, and concepts of materials engineering to the design and analysis of pipelines and pressure vessels.
  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


* 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.[3566] Select the task(s) you have performed in support of Natural Gas and Liquid pipelines and LNG facilities design review.
  1. Lead design team
  2. Operated a pipeline or LNG facility
  3. Developed organizational and maintenance manuals
  4. Supervised construction
  5. None of the above


* 5.[3896] Select the response(s) that describe your experience providing guidance and support for improving the management of liguid and natural gas facilities and pipelines.
  1. Designed methodology to ensure safety of new liguid and natural gas pipeline
  2. Performed technical analysis and evaluation of physical, mechanical, operational and thermal phenomena to improve reliablility and service of liguid and natural gas facilities and pipeline
  3. Constructed techniques and operating criteria to ensure safety of new pipeline
  4. None of the above


* 6.[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.


* 7.[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


* 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.[3898] Select the response(s) that describe your experience and technical expertise in the design, construction, and repair of the liquid and natural gas systems/equipment.
  1. Served as construction supervisor
  2. Involved in new design
  3. Involved in design modification and developed specifications
  4. Review design specification for compliance
  5. Developed operating and maintenance manuals
  6. None of the above


* 10.[7164] Select the statement that that best describes your highest level of experience in conducting safety compliance 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 compliance 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 compliance 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 compliance 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 compliance 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 compliance 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.


* 11.[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.


* 12.[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


* 13.[2612] Choose the statement that best describes your experience expressing technical ideas in writing, including writing and editing engineering test reports and test procedures.
  1. I have no experience expressing technical ideas in writing. I have not authored any test reports or test procedures.
  2. I have not authored any engineering reports or test procedures but I have prepared other types of reports or technical correspondence.
  3. I have authored technical reports and given presentations at conferences or to large audiences.
  4. I have experience in written communication dealing with railroad and/or vehicle/track safety. I have authored technical reports and developed test procedures related to railroad and/or vehicle/track safety. I have given presentations at conferences or to large audiences.


* 14.[4029] Select the statement that best describes your experience in presenting technical information.
  1. I do not have experience in presenting technical information.
  2. I have experience in presenting technical information in my academic program.
  3. I have experience in presenting technical information to peers as a part of a job.
  4. I have experience in presenting technical information to senior managers as a part of a job.
  5. I have experience in presenting technical material related to crash test dummy rulemakings to senior managers as a part of a job.


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Please also be sure that your preference regarding contacting your current supervisors is shown in the User Information area.

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


* 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.[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


* 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

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

       Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 6.[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


For all positions requiring travel, potential applicants must be able to obtain and retain a Government contractor-issued travel card to be used for official business as a condition of employment.

For those employees who enter on board and find that they are unable to obtain a card based on their credit history or who do not retain their card during employment may be subject to removal from the Federal service.

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.

* 7.[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.