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National Nuclear Security Administration Demonstration Project

This position is covered by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Demonstration Project. The NN-04 pay band is equivalent to the GS-14-15 grade levels.
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As a Nuclear Engineer, you will:

  • Serves as the Group Head supervising the Propulsion Plant Pumps & Auxiliary Equipment Group.
  • Serve as a subject matter expert for the research, development, design, acquisition, specification, construction, inspection, installation, certification, testing, overhaul, refueling, operating practices and procedures, maintenance, supply support, and ultimate disposition of naval nuclear propulsion plants.
  • Provide engineering advice, guidance and assistance to program offices or site managers on the interpretation and application of technical requirements and policies, evaluation of modifications and/or alternative approaches, and corrective actions as required.
  • Develop internal policy guidance and other documents which may lead to changes in policy or program direction.
  • Participate in a technical advisory capacity and represent the interests and position of the office in meetings, panels, and conference with other federal agencies, state agencies, national laboratories, contractors, and/or other stakeholders to present briefings/speeches, evaluate and assess technical research and development reports and plans, and present issues, problems, impacts, and solutions.
  • Participate on ad-hoc teams comprised of other engineers in the government and the private sector in conducting broad policy studies.
  • Provide oversight and coordinating with diverse entities such as organizations within the Navy, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, reactor plant design laboratories, and shipyards.
  • Serve as a Supervisor/Group Head, providing both technical and administrative supervision including planning/assigning work, planning/setting priorities, developing performance elements, evaluating performance, and providing advice, counsel, or instruction on other work and administrative matters.

Travel Required

Occasional travel – 4-6 times per year

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • Males must be registered with the Selective Service, if applicable.


Drug Testing
The position is covered under the DOE Drug-Free Workplace Order 343.1. The tentative selectee must test negative prior to final selection for this position and will be subject to random testing thereafter.

Security Clearance
This position requires you to obtain and maintain a DOE 'Q' level security clearance/access authorization.

Financial Disclosure
Subject to Financial Disclosure OGE Form 450.


Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information:

  • Job Title (include series and grade if Federal Job)
  • Duties (be specific in describing your duties, we cannot make assumptions regarding your experience)
  • Employer's name and address
  • Supervisor name and phone number
  • Start and end dates including month, day and year (e.g. June 18 2007 to April 05 2008)
  • Start and end dates for each grade/pay level if you've held a federal position.
  • Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)
  • Salary

A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience at the GS-13 grade level (or equivalent) in the Federal service. Experience should include:

  • Professional knowledge of the theories, principles, practices, and techniques of nuclear propulsion, mechanical, electrical, and chemical engineering applicable to the full range of engineering duties concerned with the administration, management, planning, and evaluation of contractor activities involving health and safety precautions, propulsion plant design and ship construction.

Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). You are NOT required to provide a separate narrative response. Rather, your resume must describe how your past experience demonstrates the following KSAs.

  • Mastery of advanced engineering concepts, practices and principles of nuclear propulsion engineering sufficient to provide expert consultative service to the management of major development programs in the design and development of nuclear powered reactor systems and components.
  • High level technical knowledge of nuclear propulsion engineering aspects, other than assigned specialty area in order to apply new concepts, developments, and experienced judgment sufficient to solve a variety of highly complex technical problems.
  • Extensive knowledge of nuclear propulsion engineering sufficient to serve as a recognized consultant and expert in his/her own specialty area of nuclear engineering.
  • Detailed knowledge of related fields such as mechanical, electrical, or chemical engineering and physics sufficient to independently evaluate nuclear propulsion systems designs and development from a broad perspective.
  • Ability to serve as a recognized expert in submarine and aircraft carrier components including: diesel generators, propulsion plant pumps, air conditioning units, air compressors, biofouling control systems, and lube oil systems.
  • High level skill in managing technical programs and resources and the ability to independently resolve technical problems necessary to ensure the timely and successful completion of programs.
  • Detailed knowledge of, and ability to apply, administrative and fiscal policies, and procedures and practices sufficient to manage or assist in the management of technical problems.
  • Ability to effectively interact with senior government and contractor officials, representing agency interests.
  • Ability to discern the need for, formulate and implement new technical policies and standards for nuclear propulsion work.

"Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills; and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Time-In-Grade/Band: Current federal employees must meet time-in-grade/time-in-band requirements to be eligible for consideration.

CTAP/ICTAP Candidates: To be considered "well qualified", you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.

You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.



  • Bachelor's Degree (or higher) in Engineering OR
  • Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate professional field, provided you have had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. OR
  • Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum. OR
  • Current registration as a Professional Engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico allows eligibility only if your registration is within or closely related to nuclear engineering.

EDUCATION: You must provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the US Department of Education.

Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the US Department of Education. Foreign education special instructions: http: www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus/forrecoq.html .

For more information on qualification requirements, please click /index-Standards.asp">OPM Qualification Standards .

Additional information

The US Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links below or visit the FedsHireVets website.
If you are currently a military member on Active Duty, please refer to the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 to see what documentation should be submitted to be considered for appointment under a special Veterans hiring authority.
More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
Some positions may require completion of a probationary period.
If you believe you are eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM CTAP/ICTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the CTAP or ICTAP programs, your application score must achieve a numerical score of 85 points (not including veterans preference points) on the job specific questions portion of the online questionnaire. You must also submit a copy of the agency notice of separation or intended separation, a copy of your most recent Performance Rating and a copy of your most recent SF-50.
Male applicants born after 12/31/1959, who are required to register with the Selective Service under section 3 of the Military Selective Service Act , must be registered (or must have registered at the time they were required to do so) in order to be eligible for appointment.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

The Department of Energy uses an application tracking system to evaluate the responses you provide in the applicant assessment questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications necessary for this position. Then, the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME) will conduct a quality review of your application and supporting documentation to determine if your qualifications meet the criteria for referral to the selecting official.

We will also verify that you are eligible for Merit Promotion positions by reviewing your previous Federal employment to ensure you meet Time-in-Grade requirements. If you are eligible to apply to Merit Promotion announcements based on Veteran or other non-competitive statuses, we will verify your supporting documentation prior to referral.

If you are eligible for career transition assistance plans such as ICTAP or CTAP, you must meet the definition of "well qualified" which is defined as having a score of 85 or better.

If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses you provided in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Q Access Authorization

Drug test required

Required Documents

Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants. If you are unsure, click the link for each document type to read more.

All applicants: You must submit a Resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.
Your resume should list all work experience (paid and unpaid); you should list the full name and address of the each employer.
Your experience listing should show the start and end dates (include month, day, and year); you must also list the average number of hours per week that you worked.
Your resume should also include any education and training you have completed (list the program title, subject area, number of hours completed, and completion date).
For more information about what to include in your resume, please view this USAJOBS Resume Tutorial video on YouTube.
It is important that you are complete and thorough in your resume. If any of the above information is not included in your resume, we may not be able to fully credit you for your experience.

All Applicants: Documentation verifying your educational claims is required to qualify. This can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned, grade and degree conferred. Please see the Education Requirements section for more information.

Current/former Federal employees: Most recent SF-50 (to verify eligibility your SF-50 must list title, series, grade, tenure, SCD and position type occupied).

Displaced Federal employees: You will need to submit documentation verifying your involuntary separation and ICTAP/CTAP status. Please see the OPM Guide to Career Transition for more information.

All Veterans: You will need to submit VRA/VEOA eligibility documentation (DD-214 that includes character of service), or a Statement of Service letter that includes Character of Service, if currently Active Duty. A statement of service must meet the requirements outlined in the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 .

Disabled Veterans: In addition to your DD214 that includes Character of Service, please submit a SF-15 and the VA Disability letter that includes the percentage of disability.

Appointment of Certain Military Spouses:
Copy of military member's PCS orders and/or Death Certificate and Marriage License.

Persons with Disabilities: Proof of disability (if you are applying for a non-competitive appointment under Schedule A authority).

The preferred method for submitting your documents is to upload the document(s) from your computer, or from USAJobs. Alternatively, you may fax your documentation by generating a fax cover sheet within the online application.

After you submit your on-line resume, the automated system will prompt you to upload your supporting documents.

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