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Nuclear Materials Courier Series 0084

Nuclear Materials Courier Series, 0084

Individual Occupational Requirements

Experience Requirements

For all positions in this series applicants must have had 1 year of experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level that demonstrated the ability to:

  • Learn, comprehend, and apply courier rules, regulations, laws, general and special orders, and administrative procedures relating to protection and security systems; and
  • Communicate effectively in person-to-person contacts.

Qualifying experience may have been gained in armed guard or security work. Such experience must have involved protecting property against the hazards of fire, theft, damage, accident, or trespass; maintaining law and order; protecting lives; or similar duties.


Applicants may be required to appear for an interview to determine whether they possess the personal characteristics needed to perform the duties of the position.

Motor Vehicle Operation Requirements

All courier positions require the operation of Government-owned motor vehicles, including tractor-trailers. Therefore, applicants must:

  • Possess or acquire a valid State motor vehicle operator's license prior to appointment;
  • Have a satisfactory driving record; and
  • Continue to qualify after appointment for authorization to operate motor vehicles in accordance with applicable Federal regulations.

Personnel Assurance Program Requirements

Applicants are subject to pre-employment drug testing, and may be required to undergo a psychological assessment prior to appointment with the Department of Energy.

Medical Requirements

General: The health of applicants and employees must be such that the individuals have the capacity to meet demands for performance in the position and for human reliability. Before entrance on duty and periodically during employment, applicants for and employees in these positions must undergo a medical examination and be physically and medically capable of performing the essential duties of the position efficiently and without hazard to themselves or others. Failure to meet any of the required physical or medical qualifications will usually be considered disqualifying for employment, except when substantial evidence is presented that the individual can perform the essential functions of the job efficiently and without hazard to himself/herself or others, with or without reasonable accommodation.

Vision: Distant visual acuity must be no worse than 20/70 (Snellen or equivalent) in either eye without corrective lenses, and visual acuity separately corrected to no worse than 20/20 (Snellen or equivalent) with corrective lenses; distant binocular acuity must be 20/20 (Snellen or equivalent) with or without corrective lenses. Near visual acuity must be corrected to at least 20/30 (Snellen; Jaeger, J-4; Snellen Metric, .75). Individuals must have the ability to distinguish colors (red, green, amber, blue, black, brown, yellow); normal visual function in the full visual field; normal depth perception; and be free from chronic or congenital disease of the eye, including glaucoma.

Hearing: Individuals must have no hearing loss greater than 30 decibels at 500, 1000, and 2000 Hz levels in either ear, and must demonstrate normal vestibular function by standard physical examination techniques.

Speech: Individuals must be free from conditions that interfere with distinct speech.

Respiratory: Individuals must have no established medical history or medical diagnosis of respiratory dysfunction likely to interfere with the ability to perform courier duties, including no recent history or likelihood of symptomatic recurrence of chronic lung disease. Use of medication for symptom control is not approved if such medication would cause side effects that may adversely affect performance.

Metabolic: A clinical diagnosis of diabetes mellitus will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine if the individual can safely and efficiently perform the duties of the position.

Genitourinary: Individuals must have no chronic symptomatic disease or condition of the genitourinary tract.

Gastrointestinal: Individuals must have no chronic symptomatic disease or condition of the gastrointestinal tract.

Cardiovascular: A clinical diagnosis of myocardial infarction, angina pectoris, coronary insufficiency, coronary thrombosis, or any other cardiovascular disease or congenital defect of the cardiovascular system accompanied by syncope, dyspnea, collapse, sudden incapacitation, or congestive cardiac failure is disqualifying. Individuals must have no clinical diagnosis of uncontrolled hypertension. Three separate blood pressure readings of 150/90 (taken on separate days without medication) will be considered presumptive evidence of uncontrolled hypertension. Applicants or employees may provide results of cardiovascular evaluation for consideration in final determination of qualifications.

Psychiatric: Individuals must have no mental, nervous, organic, or functional psychiatric disorder likely to interfere with courier duties. The determinations will be based on medical case history (including past social and occupational adjustment) and supporting findings by board-certified psychiatrists and clinical psychologists, including such psychological tests as may be required as a part of the medical evaluation.

Nervous System: Individuals must have no neurological condition that is likely to cause loss of conscious-ness or sudden incapacitation.

Structural/Functional: Individuals must have no established medical history or clinical diagnosis of rheumatic, arthritic, orthopedic, muscular, neuromuscular, or vascular disease that would interfere with the ability to perform courier duties. Individuals must have no deformity or disease that would interfere with range of motion or dexterity, or that is severe enough to affect adversely the full performance of courier duties.

Continuing Position Requirements

The Department of Energy requires that persons employed in courier positions meet on a continuing basis its Personnel Assurance Program requirements, physical requirements, weapons qualifications, and first aid training requirements.

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