New job Training Instructor in West Virginia

Training Instructor

Company : US Mine Safety and Health Administration
Salary : $92,143 - $119,787 a year
Location : West Virginia

Full Description



This position is with the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA)/Education and Policy Directorate (EPD)/National Mine Health and Safety Academy located in Beaver, WV. The Academy plans, develops and conducts a variety of education and training programs in the subjects of mine health and safety hazards, their detection, evaluation and control. The incumbent provides training related to metal and non-metal mining (underground and surface) systems.

Position is inside the Bargaining Unit.


Typical duties for a Metal / Non-Metal Training Instructor:

  • Develops and teaches mine safety subjects at advanced levels to Federal and State compliance personnel, supervisors and managers in Federal and State agencies, and safety officers from other industry and labor organizations.
  • Develops, updates, and upgrades policies, instructional work guides, lesson plans, laboratory exercises, criterion-referenced instruction, learner-centered instruction, tests, diagnostic evaluations, and other materials related to mining systems with emphasis on mine ventilation, mine rescue, methods of preventing mine fires and explosions, and miners’ health, to developing course material.
  • Consults with various members of industry or academic groups in advancing the state-of-the-art with respect to mine safety.
  • Conducts technical and policy reviews of draft publications in areas of ventilation, mine rescue and the prevention of fires and explosions and miners’ health, resolving technical interpretations, and clearing the final manuscript before publication.
  • Provides expert level technical expertise to MSHA and the industry in the areas of ventilation, mine rescue, the prevention of fires and explosives, miners’ health, and mining systems.
  • Performs research to stay abreast of new or proposed changes in regulations and policies. Often determines need for publications and prepares justifications for their development.
  • Serves as subject matter expert in addressing technical publications or training materials.
  • Conducts specialized highly technical studies requiring in-depth engineering analysis of special safety and health problems in mining; prepares reports of findings and recommends action to be taken.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required to attend meetings or training not available at the Academy or to travel to mine sites.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

13 - Position is at the full performance level (GS-13).

  • Job family (Series)

    1712 Training Instruction

  • Requirements


    Conditions of Employment

    • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
    • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
    • Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen.

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


    Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-12, in the Federal Service.

    For this position, Specialized Experience is defined as experience that has 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 position to be filled. To qualify for this position, the incumbent possess experience that demonstrates a practical knowledge of the subject area of the position and of the methods and techniques of instruction.

    Examples of qualifying specialized experience for the 1712 occupational series include:

    • Teaching or instructing in an adult education program, secondary school, college, military installation, or industrial establishment in the appropriate field(s);
    • Supervising or administering a training program;
    • Development or review of training/course materials, aids, devices, etc., and evaluation of training results; and,
    • Work in the occupation or subject-matter field of the position to be filled that required training or instructing others on a regular basis.

    This position is responsible for providing training/instruction in all aspects of metal and non-metal mining (underground and surface) systems, with emphasis on metal and non-metal mining processes, including electrowinning, autoclaves, cement and lime plants, and other special processes used at metal operations. Serves as a technical authority providing expert advice and direction in mine safety and health matters and the review of policy and technical publications.

    In addition to the above requirements, examples of specialized experience pertaining to Metal/Non-Metal Mining systems include, but are not limited to:

    • Experience applying Title 30 Code of Federal Regulations;
    • Experience utilizing organizational and planning skills;
    • Experience working independently and within a team environment;
    • Experience working with computer software, to include Microsoft Office Suite;
    • Experience presenting technical subject information to a variety of audiences;
    • Experience evaluating technical information and/or training data and reporting results; and,
    • Experience conducting mine inspections and utilizing a computerized inspection system to document results.

    Please be sure these types of experience are evident in your resume.

    There is no educational substitute in lieu of Specialized Experience for the GS-13 grade level.


    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    Additional information

    Position Telework eligibility is determined by management based on position duties during the recruitment process. Employee participation in telework on a routine or situational basis is determined by management primarily based on business needs. Employees participating in telework are subject to the terms and conditions of the Department of Labor’s Telework Program.

    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.

    Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION, ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors below and will be placed into a category based on your vacancy question responses.


    Category A - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying critical competencies required by this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity.

    Category B - Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies required by this position.

    Category C - Meets the specialized experience described in the minimum qualifications requirements section of this announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies.

    Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:

    • Education and Training - Knowledge of teaching, training, researching, making presentations, lecturing, testing and other instructional methods.
    • Mine Safety & Health- Knowledge of mine safety and health principles and practices, techniques and procedures, regulations, and standards as they apply to conducting inspections/investigations, identifying and evaluating unsafe conditions, and recommending methods to correct unsafe conditions.
    • Oral Communication - Expresses information (e.g., ideas and facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (e.g., technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues and responds appropriately.
    • Teaching Others - Helps others learn through formal or informal methods; identifies training needs; provides constructive feedback; coaches others on how to perform tasks; acts as a mentor.
    • Technical Competence - Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one's job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues.

    The information you provide on your resume may be verified by a review of your work experience, employment start/end dates/hours worked and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). The examining Office of Human Resources (OHR) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions. If not, the OHR may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume. Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)

    INFORMATION FOR ICTAP/CTAP ELIGIBLE(S) ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration. ICTAP/CTAP eligible(s) who are placed into Category B or higher will be considered "well-qualified." Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility Questions #24 to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP or CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation. Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information.

    To preview questions please click here.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process


  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. Also, do not upload password-protected documents.

    - Resumes are required - provide a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one from your profile. To receive full consideration for relevant and specialized experience, please list the month, year, and the number of work hours worked for the experience listed on your resume. We also suggest that you preview the vacancy questions, and confirm that your resume supports your question responses.
    • Veterans Documents (if applicable): To be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. To claim 10-point preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. (For active duty service members expecting honorable or general discharge or release within 120 days, click Active Duty). Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference. For more information, go to
    • Displaced Employee Placement Documents – Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP or ICTAP eligibility.
    • Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted. Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship, and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.

  • Benefits


    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

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    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.


This job is open to

  • Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

    Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.

  • The public

    U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Clarification from the agency

Open to U. S. Citizens and, individuals eligible under CTAP or ICTAP in the commuting area of Beaver, WV. Also advertised as job #MS-21-DAL-MSHA-179 for status applicants, VEOA eligible, 30% or more compensable disabled veterans; Sch A eligibles; Peace Corps (PC) or AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteers or PC Employees. To be considered for each vacancy, apply to BOTH jobs.

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