General Engineer

Department Of Labor South Park , PA 15129

Posted 4 months ago

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Help Duties Summary

This position is located in the Department of Labor, Mine Safety and Health Administration, Pittsburgh Safety & Health Technology Center (PSHTC), Ventilation Division, in South Park, PA. The Division provides technical services to Safety and Health activities, the mining industry, and other Governmental agencies.

This position is being filled through Direct Hire Authority. Traditional rating and ranking of applications does NOT apply. Veteran's preference does not apply.

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This position is inside the bargaining unit.

Additional selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.

PCS Expenses will not be reimbursed.

Major Duties include:

GS-12: Provides advisory and consultation services to Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) District personnel and industry mining officials on problems which require the attention of a mine and tunnel ventilation specialist. Many of the problems encountered may require the conduct of special investigations to arrive at a safe and economical solution. Typical problems involve all phases of mine ventilation such as evaluating the efficiency of the auxiliary ventilation systems in delivering air to the immediate face and their effectiveness in dilution of methane and control of respirable dust generated by the mining operation. The incumbent is responsible for the investigation of mine ventilation problems, determining the plans for possible solution, conducting the investigation, coordinating the work of others assigned to assist him/her in the investigation, and preparing a complete report including conclusions and recommendations. Such results are often used to evaluate and recommend guidelines and interpretations for enforcement of the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977.

Responsible to the mining industry for the dissemination of any information which may prove valuable or lead to the improvement and effectiveness of the mine ventilation systems. The information, a correlation of data published in the technical press or obtained personally from special investigations, is often disseminated in the form of MSHA publications.

Prepares data obtained from field surveys for entering into a digital Mine Ventilation Model by which the effect of major systems changes, shaft locations, extensive projections, and changes in fan operation can be analyzed. Accurate analysis by mathematical means or Network Analysis is essential as major ventilation changes affect the health and safety of underground employees, systems efficiency, and entail large financial investments.

The employee will be assigned to assist the Ventilation Division during mine emergency responses. Serves as a member of the Center's Mine Emergency Response Team.

Performs other duties as assigned and is incidental driver of government vehicles.

GS-11: This is a developmental position to the full performance of a GS-12. As an engineer in the Ventilation Division, conducts engineering investigations that involve combinations of complex problems or issues. Uses engineering theories and applied research techniques in the solution of problems related to mine ventilation. Examples if assignments include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Planning Surveys and Investigations: Performs surface, underground, and office studies in the field of mine and tunnel ventilation, conducts such mathematical review of data as may be required, and prepares an analysis and evaluation of the results of such studies. Plans or assists in planning the methods to be used and the scope of the activity. In addition, separates into proper sequence, evaluates, and prepares data of mathematical analysis; prepares such engineering graphs or flow distribution drawings as may be necessary.

  • Conducting Surveys and Investigations: Plans and conducts underground absolute pressure-air quantity surveys of complex mine ventilation systems. Participates in specialized mine ventilation investigations dealing with specific problems in ventilation and dust control in the immediate working place, pillared areas and other critical areas. Assists during mine emergency responses, and serves as a member of the Center's Mine Emergency Response Team.

  • Reporting on Surveys and Investigations: Prepares or assists in the preparation of a report of findings or systems evaluation.

Travel Required
25% or less

  • Subject to frequent travel.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

  • There is no obligation to provide future promotions if you are selected. Promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, meet all the performance requirements, and supervisor's recommendation to the next grade.
  • Job family (Series)
    0801 General Engineering

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  • Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship. Must be at least 16 years of age.

  • Subject to frequent travel. Requires a valid drivers license.

  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.

  • Subject to financial disclosure requirements.

  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.

  • Requires a pre and post physical examination. Drug Testing.

This position is being filled through Direct Hire Authority.

Traditional rating and ranking of applications does NOT apply.

Veteran's preference does not apply.

Subject to drug test prior to appointment.


This position has an Individual Occupational Requirement (IOR) that must be met in addition to meeting the specialized experience.

  • Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.


  • Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following: (1) Professional registration, (2) Written Test, (3) Specified academic courses, (4) Related curriculum.


In addition to the basic individual occupational requirement, applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal Service.

GS-11: Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 in the Federal Service. The applicant must demonstrate experience;

  • performing underground studies in the field of mine and tunnel ventilation,
  • conductings mathematical review of data,
  • preparing an analysis of data and evaluating of the results of ventilation studies,
  • planning and conducting pressure-air quantity surveys.

GS-12: Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 in the Federal Service. In addition to the GS-11 specialized experience, the applicant must demonstrate experience;

  • providing advisory and consultation services on ventilation problems,
  • determining possible solutions for ventilation problems,
  • conducting investigations and preparing reports including conclusions and recommendations,
  • experience in underground mine ventilation system evaluations.


Education Substitution: In addition to meeting the basic entry education requirements, applicants must have directly related education for the following Grades:

GS-11: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree

GS-12: There is no education substitution at this grade level.

College Transcript and Evaluation of Foreign Education

  • The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from unauthorized secondary schools or post-secondary institutions that are not accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Department of Education. Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.
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