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General Engineer

General Engineer- 0801- GS- 11-13

Open/Close Date: 12/05/2019 to 12/11/2019

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The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) regulates the manufacturing, marketing, and distribution of tobacco products. Our goal is to reduce the harm from all regulated tobacco products across the entire population, including: reducing the number of people who start to use tobacco products, encouraging more people to stop using these products, and reducing the adverse health impact for those who continue to use these products.  CTP's actions have significant public health and consumer protection impact and are among the most important issues faced by the Agency in its long and distinguished history. 

The Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) is responsible for implementing the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. This law gives FDA authority over tobacco products by adding a new chapter to the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. The Tobacco Control Act gives FDA the authority to regulate tobacco products and manufacturers based on the best available science and CTP is responsible for both assessing and fostering that science-base. CTP's actions have significant public health and consumer protection impact and are among the most important issues faced by the Agency in its long and distinguished history.

This Direct Hire position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), Office of Science (OS), located in Beltsville, Maryland.

We also encourage you to visit the CTP jobs page ( as well as USAJOBS ( for future opportunities.

In order be eligible for the position of General Engineer, (GS-0801-11/12/13), you must meet the following requirements...
A. 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.
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B. 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 or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT)1 , or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.
2. Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) 2 examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
3. Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A.
4. Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor's degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all inclusive.)
For further consideration for the General Engineer, GS-0801-11/12/13, in addition to the basic education requirement listed above, you must meet the following requirements for each grade level for which you wished to be considered.
A. Have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service or public and private sectors: preparing, presenting, and/or defending findings on scientific research results from engineering disciplines. Provide consultation to industry, academic and private laboratory scientists. Review scientific data and determine project technical needs.
B. Three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. in a related field.
C. Have a combination of experience as described in ""A"" above and graduate education as described in ""B"" above. When combining education with experience, first determine the applicant's total qualifying education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level; then determine the applicant's experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; finally, add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.
Have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service or public and private sectors: Evaluate the accuracy, precision, and/or reliability of project technical needs. Collaborate with other scientists, engineers, healthcare professionals within an organization/agency on a wide range of scientific and regulatory issues.
Have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service or public and private sectors: Advise on compliance and regulatory policy developments and/or implementation of activities related to project technical needs. Prepare and present briefings related to tobacco products and/or medical devices to senior level management and recommend program enhancements.

69,581 to $128,920 per year
Job Type
Full Time Experienced
Beltsville, Maryland United States
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