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Grade: 11
* 1.To meet the Basic Qualifications Requirements for Environmental Engineer, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  1. I have a PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING DEGREE from an accredited college or university under their school of engineering that included at least one curriculum that is recognized by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum obtained in the United States, District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.
  2. I have an ENGINEERING DEGREE that included DIFFERENTIAL and INTEGRAL CALCULUS (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in FIVE OF THE FOLLOWING SEVEN AREAS: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials; (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials; and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.
  3. I have a combination of EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE equivalent to a 4 year professional engineering degree in the ENGINEERING SPECIALTY FOR THIS POSITION and CURRENTLY REGISTERED as a PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER in the United States, District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.
  4. I have passed the ENGINEER-IN-TRAINING (EIT) examination and have a combination of COLLEGE-LEVEL EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE related to THIS POSITION demonstrated by a BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY (BET) from an accredited college or university with 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences.
  5. I have passed the ENGINEER-IN-TRAINING (EIT) examination and have a combination of COLLEGE-LEVEL EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE related to THIS POSITION demonstrated by a BET from a program ACCREDITED by the ACCREDITATION BOARD FOR ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (ABET) related to THIS POSITION.
  6. I have passed the ENGINEER-IN-TRAINING (EIT) examination and have a combination of COLLEGE-LEVEL EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE related to THIS POSITION demonstrated by at least ONE YEAR of ADDITIONAL EDUCATION or HIGHLY TECHNICAL WORK experience applying knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for professional engineering competence.
  7. I have a combination of COLLEGE-LEVEL EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE equivalent to a 4 year professional engineering degree with at least 60 SEMESTER HOURS of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering as described above.
  8. I have a (BET) or BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN A PROFESSIONAL FIELD (e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, geology, etc.) and at least ONE YEAR of PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING EXPERIENCE acquired under PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING SUPERVISION AND GUIDANCE.
  9. I do not meet any of the above.


* 2.GS-11: To meet the Additional Qualifications Requirements for Environmental Engineer, GS-11, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  1. I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-09 level in or related to the work of THIS POSITION that provided the specific knowledges, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of THIS POSITION.
  2. I have a PH.D. OR EQUIVALENT DOCTORAL DEGREE that provided the knowledges, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of THIS POSITION.
  3. I have 3 FULL YEARS OF PROGRESSIVELY HIGHER LEVEL GRADUATE EDUCATION that provided the knowledges, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of THIS POSITION.
  4. I have a combination of SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-09 level in or related to the work of THIS POSITION and GRADUATE LEVEL EDUCATION that provided the specific knowledges, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of THIS POSITION.
  5. I do not meet any of the above.


3.What experience do you have in regards to the Clean Air Act's New Source Review regulations?
  1. Writing
  2. Researching
  3. Enforcing
  4. Implementing
  5. None


4.What experience do you have writing legal or policy rationale?
  1. Air Programs
  2. Other Environmental Programs
  3. No experience


5.Assist in drafting new guidance, or revising existing guidance on the implementation of the Clean Air Act.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


6.Provide technical expertise and assistance in the development and evaluation of national policy options for the control of sources of pollution.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


7.What is your experience in Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD)modeling?
  1. Reviewing
  2. Analyzing
  3. Interpretation
  4. No experience


8.Do you have experience troubleshooting major New Source Review applicability issues?
  1. Yes
  2. No


9.Do you have experience writing New Source Review regulations or guidance?
  1. Yes
  2. No


10.Select the response that describes your level of experience implementing state or federal New Source Review regulations?
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


11.Which answer best describes your experience in establishing and implementing programs based on your knowledge of the Clean Air Act and Clean Air Act programs.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in this area.
  2. I have completed formal education or training, but I have not applied this knowledge or experience on the job.
  3. I have applied this knowledge and experience in a limited fashion, but under close supervision by supervisor, manager or senior employee, or input from Clean Air Act specialists.
  4. I have applied this experience and knowledge as a regular part of my job, independently and usually with little supervision or outside input.
  5. This function has been a core responsibility of my job. Management has used my information as input in an organization's decision-making process.


12.Have you written any Clean Air Act regulations or guidance?
  1. Yes
  2. No


13.What is your experience in providing technical support to permit staff in other federal, state, local or tribal programs?
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


14.I have reviewed major New Source Review permit applications in the following:
  1. Federal Agency
  2. State Agency
  3. Local Agency
  4. Tribal Agency
  5. None of the above


15.Evaluates contractor work scope, funding requests, performance schedules, milestones and/or deliverables for a program, project, or activity to ensure work is appropriate, well planned, and performed in a cost-effective manner.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


16.Select the response that describes your experience reviewing and/or interpreting legislative New Source Review permit programs.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


17.Develop, edit, and/or revise policy reports, correspondence, memoranda, and other written materials pertinent to air pollution policy issues or studies.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


18.Review and interpret the Clean Air Act, general environmental principles, and other federal environmental policy and guidance related to ambient air quality standards.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


19.Develop policy recommendations that reflect the needs and perspectives of different stakeholders.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


20.My regulation writing experience involved the following:
  1. Lead Writer
  2. Part of a team/wrote sections
  3. Both areas
  4. None


21.Do you have experience preparing and giving presentations to different stakeholder audiences, (industry, states, environmental groups)?
  1. Yes
  2. No


Grade: 12
* 1.To meet the Basic Qualifications Requirements for Environmental Engineer, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  1. I have a PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING DEGREE from an accredited college or university under their school of engineering that included at least one curriculum that is recognized by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum obtained in the United States, District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.
  2. I have an ENGINEERING DEGREE that included DIFFERENTIAL and INTEGRAL CALCULUS (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in FIVE OF THE FOLLOWING SEVEN AREAS: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials; (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials; and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.
  3. I have a combination of EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE equivalent to a 4 year professional engineering degree in the ENGINEERING SPECIALTY FOR THIS POSITION and CURRENTLY REGISTERED as a PROFESSIONAL ENGINEER in the United States, District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.
  4. I have passed the ENGINEER-IN-TRAINING (EIT) examination and have a combination of COLLEGE-LEVEL EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE related to THIS POSITION demonstrated by a BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY (BET) from an accredited college or university with 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences.
  5. I have passed the ENGINEER-IN-TRAINING (EIT) examination and have a combination of COLLEGE-LEVEL EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE related to THIS POSITION demonstrated by a BET from a program ACCREDITED by the ACCREDITATION BOARD FOR ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (ABET) related to THIS POSITION.
  6. I have passed the ENGINEER-IN-TRAINING (EIT) examination and have a combination of COLLEGE-LEVEL EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE related to THIS POSITION demonstrated by at least ONE YEAR of ADDITIONAL EDUCATION or HIGHLY TECHNICAL WORK experience applying knowledge, skills, and abilities needed for professional engineering competence.
  7. I have a combination of COLLEGE-LEVEL EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND/OR TECHNICAL EXPERIENCE equivalent to a 4 year professional engineering degree with at least 60 SEMESTER HOURS of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering as described above.
  8. I have a (BET) or BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN A PROFESSIONAL FIELD (e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, geology, etc.) and at least ONE YEAR of PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING EXPERIENCE acquired under PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING SUPERVISION AND GUIDANCE.
  9. I do not meet any of the above.


* 2.GS-12: To meet the Qualifications Requirements for Environmental Engineer, GS-12, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  1. I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-11 level in or related to the work of THIS POSITION that provided the specific knowledges, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of THIS POSITION.
  2. I do not meet the specialized experience requirement described above.


3.What experience do you have in regards to the Clean Air Act's New Source Review regulations?
  1. Writing
  2. Researching
  3. Enforcing
  4. Implementing
  5. None


4.What experience do you have writing legal or policy rationale?
  1. Air Programs
  2. Other Environmental Programs
  3. No experience


5.Assist in drafting new guidance, or revising existing guidance on the implementation of the Clean Air Act.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


6.Provide technical expertise and assistance in the development and evaluation of national policy options for the control of sources of pollution.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


7.What is your experience in Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD)modeling?
  1. Reviewing
  2. Analyzing
  3. Interpretation
  4. No experience


8.Do you have experience troubleshooting major New Source Review applicability issues?
  1. Yes
  2. No


9.Do you have experience writing New Source Review regulations or guidance?
  1. Yes
  2. No


10.Select the response that describes your level of experience implementing state or federal New Source Review regulations?
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


11.Which answer best describes your experience in establishing and implementing programs based on your knowledge of the Clean Air Act and Clean Air Act programs.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in this area.
  2. I have completed formal education or training, but I have not applied this knowledge or experience on the job.
  3. I have applied this knowledge and experience in a limited fashion, but under close supervision by supervisor, manager or senior employee, or input from Clean Air Act specialists.
  4. I have applied this experience and knowledge as a regular part of my job, independently and usually with little supervision or outside input.
  5. This function has been a core responsibility of my job. Management has used my information as input in an organization's decision-making process.


12.Have you written any Clean Air Act regulations or guidance?
  1. Yes
  2. No


13.What is your experience in providing technical support to permit staff in other federal, state, local or tribal programs?
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


14.I have reviewed major New Source Review permit applications in the following:
  1. Federal Agency
  2. State Agency
  3. Local Agency
  4. Tribal Agency
  5. None of the above


15.Evaluates contractor work scope, funding requests, performance schedules, milestones and/or deliverables for a program, project, or activity to ensure work is appropriate, well planned, and performed in a cost-effective manner.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


16.Select the response that describes your experience reviewing and/or interpreting legislative New Source Review permit programs.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


17.Develop, edit, and/or revise policy reports, correspondence, memoranda, and other written materials pertinent to air pollution policy issues or studies.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


18.Review and interpret the Clean Air Act, general environmental principles, and other federal environmental policy and guidance related to ambient air quality standards.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


19.Develop policy recommendations that reflect the needs and perspectives of different stakeholders.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


20.My regulation writing experience involved the following:
  1. Lead Writer
  2. Part of a team/wrote sections
  3. Both areas
  4. None


21.Do you have experience preparing and giving presentations to different stakeholder audiences, (industry, states, environmental groups)?
  1. Yes
  2. No


Grade: All Grades
1.Please look at the qualification requirements (both experience and/or education) that are stated in this vacancy announcement. Does your resume clearly contain this information in order to determine you are qualified for the position?
  1. Yes
  2. No


2.For each position listed on your resume, did you include the position title, company, salary, weekly hours worked, and your actual beginning and ending dates of employment?
  1. Yes
  2. No


3.Have you reviewed the vacancy announcement "How to Apply" and required documents section to determine what supplemental material that you must provide?
  1. Yes
  2. No


4.Are you aware that all applicants, including current EPA employees, must submit transcripts as part of your application package as outlined in the vacancy announcement? Failure to submit transcripts will be considered an incomplete application and it will be rated ineligible.
  1. Yes
  2. No


5.Are you aware that Foreign education must be evaluated by a private professional organization specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials or an accredited US educational institution in terms of equivalency to a degree acquired at an American college or university AND that a copy of the evaluation results must be included in your supplemental information?
  1. Yes
  2. No


6.Where did you learn about this EPA Position?
  1. Job Fair/Career Conference
  2. Referral from a Professional Organization
  3. Referral from a College/University Career Placement Office
  4. Referral from a Professor or Academic Advisor
  5. Referral from a current EPA employee
  6. Referral from a friend or family member
  7. EPA Internet Site
  8. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) USA Jobs Internet Site
  9. Referral from a State or Local government
  10. Referral from another Federal Agency/Employee
  11. Twitter
  12. Facebook
  13. USA Jobs iPhone/iPad Application
  14. Other (w/Branch)






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