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Industrial Specialist, GS-1150

Education and Experience Requirements

The following table shows the amounts of education and/or experience required to qualify for Industrial Specialist positions. Click here for information on how experience and education may be combined.


Education OR Experience








4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major study in business administration, industrial management, engineering, applied sciences, or other fields related to the position.

3 years, 1 year of which was equivalent to at least GS-4



1 full year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement


1 year equivalent to at least GS-5


master's or equivalent graduate degree

or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree

or LL.B. or J.D., if related


1 year equivalent to at least GS-7


Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree

Or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree

Or LL.M., if related


1 year equivalent to at least GS-9

GS-12 and above



1 year equivalent to at least next lower grade level

Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for all grade levels for which both education and experience are acceptable.


Undergraduate Education: One year of full-time undergraduate study is defined as 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours in an accredited college or university .

Graduate Education: Education at the graduate level in an accredited college or university in the amounts shown in the table meets the requirements for positions at GS-7 through GS-11. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1-year of full-time study requirement.

Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended.

General Experience: Experience in administrative, technical, or trades work that provided (1) a general understanding of industrial production operations, (2) ability to express clearly, orally or in writing, ideas and information concerning technical subjects, (3) skill in personal contacts that involved coordinating assignments with other interested persons and activities, furnishing information and assistance, and (4) ability to analyze the effectiveness of production practices.

Specialized Experience: Experience that demonstrated a practical knowledge of the methods, materials, machinery, and facilities used in industrial production operations (which may include exploration, extraction, refining, manufacturing, or processing). This knowledge may have been gained in work such as:

  • Management or supervision of production operations.
  • Industrial planning, industrial engineering, or plant engineering, involving determination of facilities and layout.
  • Process or methods development involving production practices associated with chemical, mechanical, electronic, textile, or food industries.
  • Development of specifications to define product requirements.
  • Sales engineering or buying that required a comprehensive knowledge of production operations.
  • Planning and administering industrial quality control and inspection systems and programs.
  • Comprehensive survey and analysis of industrial operations, organization, capacity, etc.
  • Interpreting and applying contract clauses and government acquisition regulations.
  • Development of plans to determine material requirements and/or schedules for production management

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