Electronics Engineer

Location
Des Plaines, IL; Indianapolis, IN; Kansas City, MO; Fort Worth, TX;Houston, TX; Albuquerque, NM; Elgin, IL; Oklahoma City, OK; Lenexa, KS; Brook Park, OH; Rosemount, MN, United States
Posted
May 31, 2023
Closes
Jun 21, 2023
Ref
728763900
Function
Engineer
Hours
Full Time
Summary

Incumbent performs multiple, varying, and complex assignments and plans the implementation of projects/programs under limited direction of a manager, project/program manager, or more experienced engineer. May act as a contributing specialist on large work activities or as a team leader for single or small work activities.

Duties

Applies experience and advanced knowledge of engineering principles, theories, and concepts applicable to his/her discipline to accomplish assignments and to develop plans and techniques to improve programs and policies. Requires an advanced knowledge of electronics engineering and specific knowledge of one or more complex NAS systems (RADAR, Instrument Landing Localizer, Glide Slope, Weather and Communications). Identifies and resolves National Airspace System (NAS) operational problems within their specialized area. The engineer analyzes impacts of Obstruction Evaluation/Airport Airspace Analysis (OE/AAA) and Non- Rulemaking Activity (NRA) on NAS operations. Communicates Internal and external concerns and recommends alternatives. Reviews National Change Proposal and provides input.

Defines, plans, and organizes assigned resources to accomplish organizational objectives. Allocates resources to accomplish small work-activities within established schedules.

The journeyman engineer researches and provides technical analysis of electronics problems that affects the NAS. The engineer provides solutions to systemic challenges in their discipline that cause a negative impact on NAS equipment. Reviews engineering plans and specifications for NAS modernization projects and provides comments to address maintainability issues.

Develops engineering solutions for operations projects and prepares briefing sheets describing technical problems and their solutions. Coordinates with all (Districts, Technical Support Groups, System Support Centers Air Traffic and Engineering Services) on issues associated with assigned projects and operational issues.

Prepares site adaptation of standard engineering designs to accommodate land, access, weather, utilities access, seismic consideration and community issues. Develops scope, cost estimate, schedule, and resource requirement for assigned projects and modifies as necessary. The engineer accomplishes project risk mitigation and provides technical support to specialist and engineers for testing, restoration and/or optimization of NAS facilities. Provides construction and installation support to engineers/specialists assigned construction installation projects.

Contacts are internal and external. May act as a key technical point of contact for assigned activities. Contributes to the preparation of management/technical reports or contractual documents. Coordinates support from the NAS Engineering Group, and other technical support organizations as required, and demonstrates independence in planning time and using pertinent resources to accomplish multiple assignments/projects. Assesses the impacts of changes to operations resulting from new requirements, technologies, and budget constraints/changes and takes action to mitigate the impact. Analyzes NAS performance trends and formulates recommend solutions.

Established policies/procedures provide guidance for most assignments but allow considerable discretion to select the most appropriate approach or to recommend new approaches. Assignments typically require solutions that are to be derived by interpreting and extrapolating from situations that were faced in the past.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must submit an SF50 (See Required Documents)
  • This position has a positive education requirement. Transcript(s) required.
  • Interviews will be conducted IAW applicable Collective Bargaining Unit Agreement and/or Agency Policy
  • A recent SF-50 is required (See Required Documents for requirements)
  • This position has a positive education requirement, transcripts must be provided if you are not in an
  • engineering position.


Qualifications

Basic Requirements:

A. Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.

OR

B. Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

1. Professional registration or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT)1, or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.

2. Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)2 examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

3. Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A.

4. Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor's degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)

To qualify for this position at the FV-I band, you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the FV-H, FG/GS-11/12 level. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.

Specialized experience Includes: Professional engineering knowledge and skill in applying advanced theories, concepts and principles practiced in the science of electronics engineering sufficient to conduct site surveys to ascertain terrain and other physical conditions which have a bearing on electronic instrumentation and test facilities. Experience with field implementation of electronics equipment and site adaptation for local conditions; experience initiating, modifying, and assessing task orders/work releases/contracts with others in response to changes in scope, performance, and cost.

Applicants must include examples of specialized experience in their work history.

Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs): As a part of the Federal-Wide Hiring Reform Initiative, the FAA is committed to eliminating the use of the Knowledge, Skills and Ability (KSA) narratives from the application in the hiring process for all announcements. Therefore, as an applicant for this announcement, you are NOT required to provide a narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA.

In lieu of providing a KSA narrative response, in your work history, please include information that provides specific examples of how you meet the response level or answer you choose for each KSA. Your work history examples should be specific and clearly reflect the highest level of ability. Your KSA answers will be evaluated further to validate whether the level that you selected is appropriate. Your answers may be adjusted by a Human Resources Specialist as appropriate.

Your KSA answers will be evaluated further to validate whether the level that you selected is appropriate based on the work history and experience you provided. Your answers may be adjusted by a Human Resource Specialist as appropriate. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: score order, category grouping, or alphabetical and referred to the selecting official for consideration.

Education

This position has a positive education requirement: Applicants must submit a copy of their college or university transcripts(s) and certificates by the closing date of announcement to verify qualifications. If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. You may upload these documents with your application in USAJOBS or fax it to fax number provided in the announcement (please include announcement number on each page).

Failure to do so will result in loss of consideration.

Schools must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Accreditation may be verified at the following website: www.ed.gov/accreditation.

Foreign education must be evaluated by a private professional organization specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials or an accredited U.S. educational institution in terms of equivalence to a degree acquired at an American college or university. A copy of the evaluation results must be included, otherwise your foreign education will not be considered.

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Additional information

We may use this vacancy to fill other similar vacant positions.
Position may be subject to a background investigation.
A one-year probationary period may be required.

The person selected for this position may be required to file a financial disclosure statement within 30 days of entry on duty. FAA policy limits certain outside employment and financial investments in aviation-related companies. www.faa.gov/jobs/working_here/financial_disclosure_requirements

The U.S. Department of Transportation strives to ensure that equity, transparency, accountability, collaboration, and communication permeate all that we do for the betterment of the Department, the traveling public, and our nation. As such, DOT values a highly diverse workforce of persons who promote a culture of belonging by respecting the personal dignity and worth of each individual and fostering a positive environment where all feel safe and welcome. If these commitments coincide with your personal ideals and professional aspirations, please consider joining the DOT family.

Selections from this announcement will be placed in AJW-C24A or AJW-C24B.

SALARY INFORMATION

Salary Range without Locality Pay

FV-I Minimum $71,925 - Maximum $111,473

Salary range with Locality Payment:

Albuquerque, NM 17.63%- Band minimum-$84,605 Band maximum-$131,126

Des Plaines, IL 29.79%-Band minimum-$ 93,351 Band maximum-$144,681

Rosemount, MN 26.39 %-Band minimum-$90,906 Band maximum-$140,891

Ft. Worth, TX 26.37%-Band minimum-$ 90,892 Band maximum-$140,868

Houston, TX 34.47%-Band minimum-$96,718 Band maximum-$149,898

Indianapolis, IN 17.57%-Band minimum-$84,562 Band maximum-$131,059

Kansas City, MO 18.18%-Band minimum-$85,001 Band maximum-$131,739

Oklahoma City, OK-16.50%-Band minimum-$83,793 Band maximum-$129,866

Brook Park, OH- 21.69% -Band minimum-$87,526 Band maximum-$135,651

Elgin, IL-29.79%- Band minimum-$93,351 Band maximum-$144,681

Lenexa, KS- 18.18% -Band minimum-$85,001 Band maximum-$131,739

Security Requirement: Moderate Risk (5). This position requires completion and favorable adjudication of a background investigation prior to appointment, unless a waiver is obtained. Subject to a 5 year period reinvestigation.

Interview Statement: If the Agency decides to interview any qualified employee on the selection list, then all on the list who are qualified must be interviewed. If the selection list is shortened to a best qualified list through a comparative process, then the best qualified list shall be considered to be the selection list.

This position is covered by the FAA Core Compensation plan. Additional information about core compensation is available at: http://jobs.faa.gov/FAACoreCompensation.htm

This is a bargaining unit position. This position is represented by NATCA: Engineers & Architects.

Links to Important Information: Locality Pay , COLA

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.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

IMPORTANT: Applicants may be rated on the extent and quality of experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position(s). All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated. Ensure that your application package/resume supports your responses.

Benefits

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Required Documents

As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits. Your benefits depend on the type of position you have - whether you're a permanent, part-time, temporary or an intermittent employee. You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure you're eligible under their policies.

Applicants must apply on-line to receive consideration for this vacancy announcement. Faxed, mailed or e-mailed applications cannot be accepted.

Only supplemental documentation, e.g. SF-50, DD-214, SF-15, etc, will be accepted in combination with your on-line application. These documents must be received on or before the closing date of this announcement. All submitted documents should reference the announcement number.

This position has a positive education requirement; college transcripts are required for ALL candidates newly appointed to the FAA in the 0800 (Engineering) series.

College transcripts must be submitted from current FAA employees applying for internal vacancies if they have never held a position in the 0800 (Engineering) series with the FAA.

College transcripts are not required from current FAA employees who are currently occupying an 0800 (Engineering) series.

If selected, official transcripts are required prior to employment.

If you are an FAA employee, you MUST provide a copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) containing information in Blocks 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, and 24 so it can be used to verify your position title, series, grade, tenure, and organization of record by the closing date of the announcement. You may fax your SF-50 or upload it into the on-line application. If faxing the SF-50, please ensure you include the vacancy announcement number on the faxed copy.

If you are an FAA employee, you can access and print your SF-50 from the eOPF system https://eopf.opm.gov/dot/.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

How to Apply

Supplemental documentation can also be faxed to (817) 222-5852 on or before the closing date of this announcement. Please include your name and the vacancy announcement number on each of your faxed pages. We cannot guarantee timely receipt or assume responsibility for the quality or legibility of any faxed documents. Regardless of the method of delivery, all supporting documentation MUST be received in the servicing Human Resources Office prior to the closing date of the announcement.
You must apply online to receive consideration. Your application must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the Close Date for it to be accepted. If you are applying for positions associated with FAA registers, your application must be submitted at the time a referral list is created in order to receive consideration for positions associated with a register.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR WORK EXPERIENCE AND/OR EDUCATION, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE OR EDUCATION.

We strongly encourage applicants to utilize the USAJOBS resume builder in the creation of resumes.

Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information:
  • Job Title (include series and grade if Federal Job)
  • Duties (be specific in describing your duties)
  • Employer's name and address
  • Supervisor name and phone number
  • Start and end dates including month and year (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008)
  • Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)
  • Salary

Determining length of General or Specialized Experience is dependent on the above information and failure to provide ALL of this information may result in a finding of ineligible.

You may upload completed documents to your USAJOBS Account. This will provide you the opportunity to utilize the uploaded information again when applying for future vacancies. Please see this guide, Document Upload Guide, for more information on uploading and re-using the documents in your applications.

Agency contact information

Saray Hoskins

Phone

1 (817) 222-5869

Fax

1 (817) 222-5852

Email

saray.v.hoskins@faa.gov

Address

Federal Aviation Administration
ASW Regional HR Services Division
10101 Hillwood Parkway
AHF-C300
Fort Worth, TX 76177
US

Next steps

Once we receive your complete application, the Human Resources Office will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications. Eligible and qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. You will be contacted directly if selected for an interview.

For instructions on how to check the status of your application, please go to: USAJOBS Help Guide.

Important - If you make any changes to your application, you must resubmit it. If you make changes to your application and do not resubmit it, your changes will not be considered part of your application package, and only your previously submitted application will be evaluated.

All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or other non-merit factors. DOT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency contact listed in the Agency Contact Information section of this announcement or the hiring manager. An employee with a disability must notify the decision-maker of the accommodation request. Job applicants and employees are required to follow up oral requests in writing. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Additional information on reasonable accommodations procedures or on EEO Programs is available on Office of Civil Rights (ACR) or by contacting the local FAA Civil Rights Office.