Mine Safety and Health Administration Mine Safety and Health Inspector (Coal) in FEW vacancies Litchfield, Illinois

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Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Friday 1/1/2016 (300 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (65 day(s) away)

Job Overview

About the Agency

MSHA is establishing a standing register of qualified (UNDERGROUND, SURFACE AND ELECTRICAL) applicants to fill vacancies as they become available in MSHA's Coal Districts. Applicants are required to attend a MSHA Coal job fair to receive consideration. Applicants who apply to the vacancy announcement and are determined to be qualified will receive more specific information on the job fairs. DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

This position has promotion potential to GS-12 for Underground and Electrical Inspectors and the GS-11 for Surface Inspectors. Promotion Potential: There is no obligation to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and supervisory approval.

  • This position is inside the bargaining unit.

  • Relocation costs will not be paid.


MSHA Inspector job responsibilities include conducting on-site inspections or investigations of underground and surface mines in order to: Identify potential hazardous conditions to the safety and health of workers; Ensure proper mining equipment maintenance and use; Check mining practices for conformance with safety and health laws and regulations; Issue citations when violations and hazards are identified; Determine how accidents and disasters are caused and prevented; Help direct rescue and fire fighting operations after fires or explosions; Investigate safety and health complaints from mine personnel; and Discuss inspection/investigation findings and provide technical advice and assistance to mine management and personnel.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Entry level inspectors will spend approximately 21 weeks at the National Mine Academy in Beckley, WV for training during their first 2 years of service. All Inspectors travel to mine sites on a regular basis. Occasional overnight travel may be required.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Subject to frequent travel.
  • Requires a valid drivers license.
  • Subject to Pre- and Post- employment drug test and medical examinations.
  • Subject to Pre- and Post- employment background check.
  • For males between 18 and 25-Registration with the Selective Service System.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.

Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. Applicants must provide specific examples of the work they have performed. Failure to provide adequate information will delay a determination in your qualifications. For additional information on preparing an Inspector resume see http://www.msha.gov/inspectors/inspectorhiringprogram.asp. Candidates with surface only experience will be considered for surface positions at the GS-9 level only. The full promotion potential for Surface Inspectors is the GS-11 level. Candidates applying for Underground and Electrical positions at the GS-9/11 levels must have underground experience. The full promotion potential for Underground and Electrical Inspectors is the GS-12 level. At the GS-7 level: Specialized experience includes on-site safety/health inspection, analysis, monitoring, or evaluation work in occupational health, in mining or closely related industries, such as building construction, excavation, and heavy industrial plant settings. Examples of creditable experience in related non-mining work include work that provided the applicant with knowledge of ground control at building sites, safe work site practices, and/or environmental conditions that affect the health of workers at foundries, mills, and other inherently dangerous industrial settings. For example, performance of safety and health inspection work at a steel mill would qualify at this grade level, but agricultural inspection work would not. At the GS-9 level (Surface and Underground): specialized experience includes hands-on mining experience that has provided the applicant with knowledge of the transportation of materials and workers, ventilation in closed spaces, ground control, roof control (for underground positions), handling and storage of hazardous materials, work site safety practices, work site environmental conditions that affect the health of workers, and/or accident prevention. At the GS-11 level (Underground): specialized experience includes direct on-site inspection; special accident investigation; development of mine safety and health standards; data analysis and evaluation of operational mine safety and health programs; special assessments; and development of industry-wide training or safety and health awareness programs. At the GS-9 and GS-11 level (Electrical): Electrical candidates must have underground experience to qualify. In addition to meeting the above specialized experience requirement, electrical candidates must have experience in designing, installing, and/or maintaining a mine electrical system or electrical mining equipment. Experience as a certified mine electrician is qualifying. Education alone is not qualifying for these positions. Substituting Education for Experience: 2 full academic years of graduate level education or master's or equivalent graduate degree) levels: mining engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, environmental engineering, industrial hygiene, occupational health and safety, geology, chemistry, or other fields of study related to mine safety and health is qualifying at the GS-9 level.

If you wish to use your education as a basis for meeting the eligibility and/or minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must submit academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements. If specific course work is required to fulfill the eligibility and/or minimum qualification requirements, you must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit for that course work. See the 'Qualifications and Evaluations' section of this announcement for more details.

If you do not submit sufficient academic documentation necessary to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements described in this announcement, your application will be deemed incomplete and you will be ineligible for further consideration for this vacancy.

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.

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications. Qualified applicants will be notified of upcoming test sessions as they are finalized. After a test session, the most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. You will be notified of the outcome. A selection may be made at any time while this standing register is open.

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Other Information

Interview results are transferable within the discipline (i.e., Coal interview results are transferable to other Coal Districts). For more information concerning MSHA Inspector Hiring, please visit our web site at www.msha.gov and click on 'Mine Inspector Hiring Program Page'. Relocation expenses will not be paid. This position is included in the bargaining unit: NCFLL. When choosing the field offices applicants are interested in, they may select up to 4 offices per vacancy announcement. MSHA HR will take the top 4 rated field offices listed if an applicant selects more than 4 field offices. The materials you send with your application will not be returned. The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor. Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION, SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION, PROBATIONARY PERIOD, FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

All MSHA employees and their spouses, and minor children are prohibited by regulation from having any interest, direct or indirect, in any mine or mining company which may be directly affected by the work of MSHA through its investigations, technical research, or other activities. These interests are prohibited under the Department of Labor's Supplemental Standards of Ethical Conduct Regulations at 5 CFR 5201.105. For questions related to this prohibition, please contact the agency's point of contact listed in this vacancy announcement. All MSHA Inspectors are required to file within 30 days of entrance of duty, and annually thereafter, a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE Form 450.

Salary Range: $48,968.00 to $77,019.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-1822-09/11

Promotion Potential: 12

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens; ICTAP and CTAP eligibles in the local commuting area.

Control Number: 425214700

Job Announcement Number: DE-16-MSHA-COAL-9/11