Electronics Engineer - Senior Standards Engineer (RAN) (DHA)

Washington D.C.
Apr 12, 2017
Apr 27, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

FirstNet is responsible for developing and deploying a nationwide, interoperable public safety broadband network that will provide high speed wireless telecommunications services to more than 60,000 public safety organizations throughout the country, including fire fighters, police, emergency medical services, hospitals, ambulance services and other public and private entities with emergency response responsibilities.

This position is located in the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) and reports directly to the Director of Standards. As the Senior Standards Engineer (RAN),the incumbent will serve as a key subject matter expert related to FirstNet’s 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, including standards strategy, development of Radio Access Network (RAN) related standards, and alignment of standards efforts to the development of key public safety features and capabilities. This includes representation within 3GPP, OMA, PTCRB, ATIS, and other standards bodies as required.

  • 50% or Greater
  • Greater than 50% travel may be required for this position.

  • No

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Must be able to obtain a Secret Security clearance.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (www.sss.gov)
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period.
  • If selected you will be required to complete an OGE-450 form
  • This position is being advertised at the ZP-V, which is equivalent to the GS-15 level.

    Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 level (or equivalent pay band) in the Federal service.

    Specialized Experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Such experience includes:

    With a focus on Radio Access Network, work representing a carrier, vendor, government or other entity within a wireless communications technology standards body such as the 3rd Generation Partnership (3GPP). Also includes deploying and implementing wireless network standards related to mission critical public safety features and capabilities such as Mission Critical Push to Talk (MCPTT), Mission Critical Video and Mission Critical Data.

    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.

    This position has a positive education requirement which must be met in addition to the specialized experience outlined above.

    Basic Requirements: Degree in Professional Engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; 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 of 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) other comparable areas of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics or electronics.


    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: Professional registration-Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam or Puerto Rico. Written test - Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineering-in-Training (EIT)examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administrated by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. 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. 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 one year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance, an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., interdisciplinary positions.(The above examples of related curricula are not all inclusive).

    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. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html

    Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service or education that is recognized by the Secretary of Education from an accredited body http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/

    You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.


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