Supervisory Electronics Engineer (0855)

Howard County, Maryland
Jun 01, 2023
Jun 08, 2023
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time

Directs and evaluates the work of the Division. Uses engineering expertise to plan, direct and supervise the conduct of equipment authorization related activities of the Division, including establishing goals and objectives for these activities. Responsible for developing Division goals and objectives and implementing policies and procedures in coordination with the Deputy and Branch Chiefs. Reviews documents for regulatory sufficiency, technical accuracy and policy implications. Examines proposals for new or modified rules and regulations and recommends and defends Division and/or Office positions. Provides expert advice on policy and rules related to equipment authorization and compliance issues, technical and engineering standards concerning various FCC rules, in particular Parts 2, 15 and 18. Develops and supports policies to promote innovation and to ensure efficient use of the radio frequency spectrum. Develops or adapts test methodologies for assessing compliance of new technologies and devices with the Commission's RF exposure limits. Represents the Office and the Commission in negotiations with representatives of other countries with respect to technical standards and equipment authorization matters. Oversees preparation of the Division's KDB guidance publications, technical rules interpretations and stakeholder presentations. Researches technical standards, technology developments test procedures, and regulations. Plans, directs and supervises the conduct of special and highly complex projects of major technological issues with policy and regulatory significance. Works on projects for which there is little in the way of existing precedent; for which existing precedent is not clearly analogous; or that involve disagreements among different parties and government agencies that have arisen within multiple dockets over a long period of time. Oversees and provides guidance to the Telecommunications Certification Bodies regarding the equipment approval process. Oversees/manages all Contracting Officer Representatives (CORs) in the division to ensure the proper management of lab resources and adherence to federal acquisition regulations. Develops requirements and oversees the electronic Equipment Authorization System. Supports OET Continuity of Operation Plan (COOP) activities, including devolution scenarios, in the event of natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters. Performs other duties as assigned.


Conditions of Employment

  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.
  • US Citizenship.
  • May serve a one year probationary period (if applicable)
  • Suitable for employment as determined by a background investigation.
  • If selected, a financial disclosure statement may be required.
  • Current/former federal employees must provide SF-50 verifying grade/status
  • Current FCC employees must provide SF-50 verifying grade & status.
  • Education-Transcripts Required
  • Security Clearance Required

Please note your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the vacancy questions. Your resume is an integral part of the process for determining if you meet the basic qualifications of the position and determining if you are to be among the best qualified.

ALL CURRENT/FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES AND CURRENT FCC EMPLOYEES MUST provide a legible Personnel Action, SF-50, that verifies your status and highest permanently held grade. If an SF-50 is not submitted, the application will be rated as ineligible.

CURRENT FCC EMPLOYEES-To request a copy of your SF-50 please send an email to


Applicants must meet eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Current Federal employees asking to be considered under Merit Promotion procedures must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Candidates must meet all of the specialized experience requirements outlined below in order to be deemed as qualified.

Specialized experience for the GS-15 includes:
  • Experience overseeing, directing, supervising or managing a subordinate staff;
  • Planning and administering highly complex projects and proceedings of major policy and technical significance related to radio frequency spectrum technologies and equipment authorization related issues;
  • Experience providing technical expertise on radio frequency compliance measurement procedures and policies, including for emissions, human exposure and hearing aids;
  • Writing and directing others in writing detailed and complex technical procedures for equipment authorization and interpretations of technical rules and standards
  • Representing the organization in high-level meetings or conferences;
  • Providing guidance and advice to management and other stakeholders regarding engineering and regulatory issues.

You will be evaluated for this position on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs):Knowledge of day-to-day supervisory functions including the establishment of performance standards, the review of work performance, and the initiation of actions for promotions, reassignments, disciplinary measures and awards.
  • Knowledge of day-to-day supervisory functions including the establishment of performance standards, the review of work performance, and the initiation of actions for promotions, reassignments, disciplinary measures and awards.
  • Knowledge of the technical characteristics of telecommunications technologies, particularly wireless technologies.
  • Knowledge of radio frequency measurement methods for determining compliance with the Commission's rules applicable to equipment authorization regulated by the Commission.
  • Ability to present and defend Commission policies in frequent, and sometimes extensive, contacts with a wide variety of parties, including private industry, government agencies, Telecommunications Certification Bodies, test laboratories and international organizations.
  • Ability to relate economic and technical considerations to regulatory issues to evaluate divergent points of view and proposals and to present views, findings and recommendations in a clear and concise manner to higher level management.
  • Ability to analyze complex technical issues and where appropriate develop and carry out test programs and prepare reports to inform Commission decisions, surrounding major sectors of the communications industry.

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


Degree Professional Engineering. To view qualifying educational requirements and/or combination of education and specialized experience click on the following link:

If you are qualifying based on positive education, please provide a copy of your college transcript. The transcript may be unofficial or photocopy at time of application, but MUST provide the original if selected.

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order to receive credit towards qualifications. Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:

All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment.

Additional information

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Veterans Information

Legal and Regulatory Guidance

- Before hiring, an agency will ask you to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. The agency will also ask you to sign and certify the accuracy of all the information in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be fined or jailed. If you are a male over age 18 who was born after December 31, 1959, you must have registered with the Selective Service System (or have an exemption) to be eligible for a Federal job.

- If applicable, you will be required to serve a trial period of one year.

- In order for you to be employed at the FCC, there are certain Commission and Federal laws governing the financial interests of you and members of your immediate family. If selected for the position, you must submit a financial disclosure statement upon assuming the position.