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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 position is located in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), Office of Science (OS), Division of Product Science (DPS), Engineering Branch.
Responsibilities/Job Duties:
  • Applies engineering knowledge to engineering scientific situations and participates in developing new approaches to difficult problems.
  • Reviews a wide range of tobacco products (e.g. cigarettes, vapes, pipes, etc.) to determine the adequacy of the results from engineering disciplines or other studies concerned with exposure and health determinations of product reports/applications.
  • Participates in the development of new and amended regulations, policies, and procedures. Prepares comprehensive synopses of reviews of reports/applications with recommendations for revision, acceptance, or rejection.
  • Provides advice and assistance to scientists and officials on a wide range of engineering matters.
  • Provides verbal and written conclusions to other Federal agencies, industry, universities, and state, local, and foreign governments.

The position of General Engineer falls under the 0801 occupational series. To qualify for this position at grade GS-11, you must meet all requirements by 11:59 pm EST on 03/30/2023. Only education and experience gained by this date will be considered. You must continue to meet all requirements throughout the entire hiring process.

Basic Requirements
Degree in 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 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 certifications.

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 above.

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.

NOTE: Applicants must submit all relevant transcripts that demonstrate you possess the required education to meet the Basic Qualifications.

In addition to the above Basic Requirements, applicants must also meet the below Minimum Qualifications requirement below.

Minimum Qualifications:
Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. The specialized experience must demonstrate one year of full-time work experience, or the equivalent if part-time (for example, an employee working 20 hours per week for a 12-month period should be credited with 6 months of experience.) Experience may have been obtained in either the federal service or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations.
Have one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 grade level or equivalent band level of responsibilities in the Federal Service, which includes: researching and applying engineering principles and practices to solve practical engineering problems; analyzing and determining the adequacy of design and manufacturing information; reviewing engineering and/or scientific data to determine project technical needs.
Have three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree; or Ph.D. degree; or equivalent doctoral degree in Engineering program.
Have a combination of specialized experience and graduate education as described above, when combined equal 100% of the total requirement. Only education in excess of two year of full-time graduate-level may be combined with experience to qualify under this option.

All qualification requirements must be met by 11:59 pm (Eastern Time) on 03/30/2023. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your responses when compared to your background information, you may be deemed ineligible. You must continue to meet all requirements through the hiring process.