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Transportation Operations Series 2150

Transportation Operations Series, 2150

Individual Occupational Requirements


Undergraduate and Graduate Education: Major study - accounting, business administration, business or commercial law, commerce, economics, engineering, finance, industrial management, statistics, traffic management, transportation, motor mechanics, nautical science, marine affairs, marine engineering, marine transportation, or other fields related to the position. For Marine Transportation Specialist positions, education obtained in a Federal, State, or other accredited Merchant Marine Academy is qualifying.



General Experience (for GS-5 positions): For positions in this series other than Marine Transportation, experience that provided a general knowledge and understanding of traffic or transportation programs or operations. For Marine Transportation positions, experience must have been related to determining the terms and conditions for shipping cargo, coordinating storage, scheduling and shipment of goods and ship logistic requirements, such as berths, bunkers, crane service, and computing costs for cargo shipment.

Specialized Experience (for positions above GS-5):

For positions other than Marine Transportation, experience in maintaining, retailing, purchasing, or procurement of automotive, rail, air, bus, or other transportation equipment or services, or in the operation of a commercial transportation facility or terminal. This experience must have demonstrated knowledge of fleet operations; familiarity with Federal, State, and municipal regulations governing the use of transportation vehicles; and the maintenance of inventories and cost computations.

For Marine Transportation positions, experience in:

  1. Planning, directing, and supervising cargo or bulk petroleum movements such as:
    • Embarkation and debarkation, cargo loading and discharge.
    • Formulating marine transportation itineraries and routings according to commercial cost factors and tariffs.
    • Formulating marine transportation traffic plans for personnel and cargo.
    • Scheduling ships.
    • Developing, analyzing, or evaluating cargo lift capabilities.
    • Preparing statistics for planning operations of ships, or formulating budgetary estimates of cargo transportation costs.
    • Serving as a licensed merchant marine deck or engine officer or naval deck or engine officer.


  2. Ship chartering negotiation or administration, such as:
    • Chartering commercial ships and space.
    • Reviewing and approving ship operating and damage expenses and marine insurance premiums.
    • Investigating ocean carrier claims for ship damage.
    • Reviewing and recommending action on cargo shortage and damage claims.
    • Analyzing and applying appropriate precedents and regulations.
    • Establishing rates with commercial carriers for special cargoes according to market conditions.
    • Analyzing statements of ship operating costs, and preparing estimates to adjust rates or determine the most economical method of transportation.
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