As a Materials Engineer (Manufacturing) (Metals), you will:
Provide expert advice on and reviews various coin programs, manufacturing practices and equipment specifications for process capabilities, suitability, and reliability potential. Performs analyses and tests and makes significant and innovative recommendations as to the practicability of established requirements; and develops standard methods and procedures that are utilized nationally. Determines when adjustments in coin production processes are necessary to improve cost, efficiency and/or product quality.
Provide expert advice to senior managers and colleagues on broad strategies of chemical treatment methods, equipment and advanced technology, and process management and control strategies for optimizing complex chemical processing of coin blanks and surfaces for both circulation and proof coining at all Mint field offices.
Individually or in leading a technical team, resolves complex problems while balancing the requirements of design, cost, schedule, maintenance, production, user requirements, environmental, energy and safety goals, and security policies. Applies breadth of insight and technical expertise to a wide range of materials and production process problems.
You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Specialized experience: For the GS-14, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes:
- Leading, implementing and managing continuous process improvements in a manufacturing setting with ferrous or non-ferrous metals; AND - Utilizing Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and X-ray Diffraction Spectrometer (XRF) to conduct elemental analyses; AND - Developing six sigma methods to design, analyze and solve multi-variable factor research and development challenges.
Basic Requirements: A. Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelors 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.
OR 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 bachelors 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.)
The education generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.