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Grade: 12

GS-12 Examples of specialized experience for the GS-12 level may include: Independently conducting marine inspections on a variety of towing and tug vessels covering the spectrum of inland towboats, non-self propelled dredges, harbor and ship assist tugs and coastal towing vessels as well as, ATB, ITB units, salvage tug and conventional deep sea towing assemblies; performing inspection examinations, providing technical guidance, advice, and recommendations to Coast Guard Inspectors determining compliance with laws and regulations. Act as proficient practitioner of the subject-matter and repository of best practices. Verify existence of proper vessel documentation, certification, and safe/proper operating order of systems; safe and proper operating order from largely previously uninspected inland towboat hulls and machinery arrangements to sophisticated ATB and ITB integrated towing units, and everything in between. This center will concentrate on the narrow safety margins the towing industry operates under and the highly environmentally affected vessel types comprising this diverse marine industry segment. This will include ascertaining the soundness and acceptable parameters of vessel structures; identifying hazardous conditions and violations; prescribing corrective measures; and writing analytical reports. Participates in the administration and delivery of an Inspection course; serves as a marine safety system and process auditor that involves the review and assessment of marine safety systems, identifies hazardous conditions and violations and prescribing corrective measures; writing analytical reports. Examines steel aluminum welds, applies standards to the inspection process, uses non-destructive testing and associated diagnostic methods and remote underwater video). Participates in the Coast Guard Mission Management System (MMS) audit oversight on Coast Guard units; becomes part of the audit team when tasked, provides preliminary analysis for audit reports under ISO 9001 and the newly implemented industry SMS. Takes part in qualification boards for host unit personnel and other CG unit personnel; incumbent contributes to unit training continuity and qualifications for trainee and junior host unit marine inspectors; Assists curriculum updates, exportable training syllabus, and contributes in curriculum development to address innovation to inspection SOP. Incumbents will provide input to program planning, and assisting on special, more complex projects.
1 GS-12 Choose the answer that best describes your experience as related to the basic qualification requirements for this position. Answer to this question is required
  • I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 that is in or directly related to the duties described in the vacancy announcement.
  • My experience does not match the choice above.
2 Have you had training in marine inspections, marine transportation, nautical sciences or marine engineering and received a qualification, certificate or diploma. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
3 Please list the training in marine transportation, nautical sciences or marine engineering courses that you have taken and the date you received the certificate or diploma. Maximum length of 8000 characters. Answer to this question is required
4 Which of the following statements best describes your experience determining that towing vessels are in compliance with current applicable regulations? Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
5 Select the one answer that best describes your highest level of experience providing guidance to towing vessel owners and operators on design, construction and operational items to help them operate safely and in compliance with various laws and regulations. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
6 Which of the following statements best describes your experience identifying hazardous conditions and violations aboard towing vessels, and prescribing acceptable alternatives for addressing these areas? Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
7 Which of the following statements best describes your experience evaluating crew competency and performance during emergency drills such as fire drills, abandon ship, steering and security drills in the enforcement of marine safety, pollution prevention, and vessel navigation and manning laws, regulations, treaties, international conventions and other directives: Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
8 From the following list of regulations and standards, please select those of which you have comprehensive knowledge, and have applied in work situations: Answer to this question is required
  • I have a comprehensive knowledge of International Classification Society (e.g., American Bureau of Shipping, Lloyds, etc.) Standards.
  • I have a comprehensive knowledge of Consensus Standards (e.g., ASME, ANSI, UL).
  • I have a comprehensive knowledge of the Code of Federal Regulations, Titles 33, 46, and U.S. Code Annotated Title 46, Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circulars and the Marine Safety Manual.
  • I have a comprehensive knowledge of Maritime International Treaties dealing with vessel/crew/cargo safety and security (e.g.: SOLAS, MARPOL, ILO, ISPS, STCW, etc.).
  • None of the above.
9 Which of the following statements best describes your experience with nondestructive testing procedures, destruction testing, and associated diagnostic methods (e.g., operational testing, dye penetrate, ultrasonic, remote underwater video, magnetic particle, radiographic) for the evaluation of piping, valves, pressure vessel, hull plating, joints, and equipment? Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
10 Please select all that you are in possession of: Answer to this question is required
  • I possess a current Coast Guard issued unlimited Merchant Mariner's deck or Engineer license.
  • I am a certified marine surveyor.
  • I am a qualified CG marine inspector or have been in the past
  • I possess a current Coast Guard issued limited Deck or Engineers license.
  • I possess a Coast Guard issued Able bodied Seaman or Qualified Member of the Engineering Department Merchant Mariner's Document.
  • I possess a U.S. Army (or foreign military) Marine License applicable for use on U.S Army tugs, towing vessels and small craft or their foreign equivalent.
  • I have worked an an unlicensed engineer with a Designated Duty Engineer document.
  • I have worked as an unlicensed engineer.
  • I have military small vessel and/or tug experience.
  • I do not possess any of the above licenses or certifications.
11 Please provide a narrative specifying type of license, include any endorsements, tonnage and issue date. Maximum length of 2000 characters. Answer to this question is required
12 Have you ever worked as a Port Captain or Port Engineer for towing vessels? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes, as a Port Captain
  • Yes, as a Port Engineer
  • No
13 Have you ever worked aboard a commercial towing vessel? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes, as a Master
  • Yes, as a Mate
  • Yes, as a Engineer
  • Yes, as an unlicensed member of the deck or engineering dept
  • No, never worked on a towing vessel, but have experience as Mate or Master or Engineer of non-towing commercial vessels
  • No, never worked on a commercial towing vessel, but have experience on a military towing vessel.
  • No, never worked on any towing vessel
14 If you answered “1, 2, 3, 4, or 5” above, please provide a narrative supporting your answer, including information on the circumstances, the complexity of the work, the length of time, and the organization where the work was performed. Maximum length of 2000 characters. Answer to this question is required
15 I have a comprehensive knowledge of the following: Answer to this question is required
  • All types of towing vessels and activities
  • Maneuvering, construction, stability and operational characteristics of towing vessels and equipment.
  • Vessel firefighting system standards.
  • Vessel lifesaving system standards.
  • Propulsion and auxiliary engineering system standards.
  • Occupational safety and health directives and guidelines, including occupational safety management and industrial hygiene practices, pertinent to towing vessels and shipboard inspection and repair activities.
  • Resolving inspection disputes, issues concerning acceptable comparable technology for corrections, and other similar unique, complex or controversial issues.
  • Utilizing technical software applications to collect, analyze, and report on data concerning towing vessel examinations, investigations, and trends.
  • None of the above.
16 What sector of the towing vessel industry are your experiences based on? Answer to this question is required
  • East / West Coast
  • Great Lakes
  • Inland Rivers
  • Gulf coast
  • None
17 Which of the following best describes your experience in evaluating the implementation of effective Safety Management Systems for ensuring the safe manning and operation of vessels related to the crew competency, effective operation and material condition of vessel critical systems such as deck and navigation equipment, firefighting and lifesaving and engineering systems such as steering, propulsion, and pollution prevention equipment? Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
18 Which of the following statement best describes your experience as a project manager and supervisor in the area of towing vessel new construction / modification: Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
19 Which of the following statements best describes your experience providing project leadership in the enforcement or compliance of marine safety, pollution prevention, and vessel navigation and manning laws, regulations, treaties, international conventions governing towing vessels operating in U.S. navigable waters: Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
20 Which of the following statements best describes your experience developing field office policies and instructions relative to towing vessel inspections or audits? Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
21 Which of following statements best describes your experience writing analytical reports, inspection documentation, and orders (e.g. change, repair, operational limitations)? Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
22 Which of the following statements best describes your experience resolving complex safety and health hazards that have an impact on the towing vessel industry? Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
23 Please choose the answer that best describes your experience designing and developing formal lesson plans, curriculum, course materials, guides, visual aids, and instructional methods. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
24 Which of the following statements best describes your experience developing training and qualification programs for enforcement or compliance of towing vessel safety activities? Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
25 Do you hold any specific qualifications or certifications relative to the classroom training environment? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
26 Which of the following statements best describes your experience training employees in maritime safety topics, vessel vital systems, accident investigation or accident prevention, including classroom training and on-the-job skill building: Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.

Grade: All Grades

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