Systems Engineer

Alexandria, Virginia
Apr 06, 2017
Apr 21, 2017
Full Time

Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.
The President has ordered a government-wide hiring freeze.  Although we are moving forward with the consideration of candidates, we will not make a selection for this vacancy announcement unless and until the position is no longer subject to the hiring freeze.

About the Position: This Systems Engineer NH-0801-03 position is located in the Program Executive Office, Intelligence Electronics Warfare and Sensors (PEO, IEW&S), Project Manager - Sensors Aerial Intelligence, Engineering Division at Alexandria, VA.


 ***This position is being filled under the Expedited Hiring Authority for Defense Acquisition Workforce Positions in accordance with 10 USC § 1705 (g).***

Program Executive Office, Intelligence, Electronics Warfare and Sensors (PEO IEW&S) headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD with offices at Ft Belvoir, VA; Ft Hood, TX; and Huntsville, AL develops network-centric IEW&S systems for the digitized Army and fields Joint IEW&S systems to provide Soldiers the most superior capabilities to completely and immediately understand their environment across the full spectrum of operations. PEO IEW&S is in a human resources demonstration project, offers competitive salaries, pay banding, and pay for contribution. Benefits program include alternate work schedule with flexible hours, pre-tax flexible spending accounts for certain health and dependent care expenses, health insurance, vacation time and sick leave, life insurance, and a three-tiered retirement plan.

PEO, IEW&S US Army Acquisition Support Center is participating in an alternative personnel system known as the Army Acquisition Demonstration. The NH-3 broadband is equivalent to the GS-12 step 1 to GS-13 step 10 level. In keeping with the Demonstration pay fixing policies, employees earning a salary that falls within the pay band equivalent, will not receive an immediate pay increase (promotion) if appointed to this position. Future pay increases within the broadband will be accomplished through the pay for performance management system.

Who May Apply:

  • 25% or Greater
  • 25% or more; Can be on short notice

  • No

In order to qualify, you must meet the education AND experience requirements described below.  Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience.  Your our transcripts are required as part of your application.  Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

Experience required: 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).  You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Your resume must describe at least one year of specialized experience which prepared you to do the work in this job. Specialized experience is defined as: 1) assisting with the development of systems engineering plans); 2) analyzing System Design Descriptions (SDD) that leverage network links and segments; and 3) designing and development of weapon system interfaces for sensor control at the NH-02 or GS-11 grade level in the federal service.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:

  • Knowledge of System Engineering concepts, disciplines, practices, regulations and policies.
  • Knowledge of DoD acquisition lifecycle and Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution (PPBE) policies and practices used for technical activities.
  • Knowledge of effective management and professional interaction.
  • Ability to Provide Technical Support.
  • Ability to Communicate Orally and in Writing

Basic Requirements:

A. Degree: Bachelor's degree (or higher) in engineering. To be acceptable, program must: (1) lead to a Bachelor's degree (or higher) in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology; 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 (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials; and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.


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 professional 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 - Current registration as a professional engineer 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 Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. Applicants who have passed the EIT examination and have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college or university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-5. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions that involve highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic requirements in A above. (3) Specified academic courses - Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A. (4) Related curriculum - Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a 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.

In addition to meeting the basic requirement, you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below:

You MUST submit college transcripts.

You must meet the specialized experience requirement AND this education requirement. 

There is no education substitute for this position.

Other Requirements: Click here for expanded definitions.

  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.
  • You will be required to undergo background investigation leading to the successful adjudication of eligibility for  Top Secret/SCI security clearance. Derogatory information developed during the background investigation, such as a criminal history could render the selectee ineligible for both the security clearance and continued employment in the position, if already appointed.
  • You are required to obtain and maintain Top Secret/SCI security clearance.
  • This position is a Testing Designated Position (TDP) subject to applicant testing and random drug testing. Tentatively selected applicants will be required to sign DA Form 5019 requiring participation in random drug testing.
  • This position is an Army Acquisition Technology, and Logistics Workforce position, requiring you to possess a Level II certification in the Acquisition Career field in Engineering or complete this certification within 24 months of appointment. Certification requirements may be found in the Defense Acquisitions University Catalog at
  • You are required to submit Financial Disclosure Statement, OGE-450, (per 5CFR Part 2634, Subpart I USOGE, 6/08) which must be completed upon entering the position and annually, in accordance with DoD Directive 5500-7-R, Joint Ethics Regulation, including Changes 1-7  (November 17, 2011). Any conflicts of interest will result in the withdrawl of job offer.
  • You are required to travel (TDY) away from the duty station 25% of the time.
  • This is a Career Program (CP) #16 position.
  • This position is a TERM position. It is temporary and may be extended up to a maximum of five years.
  • This position is a modified term appointment and is based on the term appointment authority that exists in the Civil Service system, but extends the time period to five years (rather than four) with an additional one-year approved extension.
  • Employees hired under the modified term appointment are in a non-permanent status but may be eligible for non-competitive conversion to a career-conditional (permanent) appointment.

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