Electronics Engineer

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Jul 05, 2017
Closes
Jul 20, 2017
Function
Engineer
Hours
Full Time
JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

Introduction: This position is located in the Broadcast Technologies Division (T/EB) of the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB), Office of Technology, Services, and Innovation (T), Engineering and Transmission Directorate (T/E), Spectrum Management Branch. The Directorate is charged with providing worldwide engineering support for the establishment and maintenance and repair of IBB transmission systems.

The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), an independent federal agency, is an exciting, multi-cultural organization that encompasses all U.S. civilian international broadcasting. The BBG is comprised five networks broadcasting in 61 languages including the Voice of America, the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (Radio and TV Marti), and three grantee organizations - Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty; the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa), and Radio Free Asia along with the International Broadcasting Bureau which provides transmission, administrative, and other support services; and three grantee organizations. Our staff of dedicated professionals serves as an example of a free and independent media, reaching a worldwide audience of 215 million people with news, information, and relevant discussions.

This position is covered by a Bargaining Agreement

The Broadcasting Board of Governors is conveniently located within walking distance to the Green, Yellow, Orange, and Blue Metro lines.

NOTE: Budgetary conditions may delay or otherwise affect filling this vacancy. However, all interested candidates should apply now.

NOTE: YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS DE VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT WILL ONLY ALLOW CONSIDERATION FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. WE CANNOT ELECTRONICALLY OR MANUALLY MOVE YOUR APPLICATION TO THE CONCURRENTLY ADVERTISED STATUS/MERIT PROMOTION ANNOUNCEMENT. PLEASE ENSURE YOU ARE APPLYING UNDER THE CORRECT ANNOUNCEMENT.

This vacancy is being advertised under delegated examining procedures and is open to all U.S. citizens. The vacancy is being concurrently advertised under merit promotion procedures for status applicants under announcement ST-10024529-17-RD. Status applicants are those individuals who are currently serving on a career or career-conditional appointment, individuals who are eligible for reinstatement, or individuals who are applying under the VEOA program. Applicants who wish to be considered under both delegated examining and merit promotion procedures MUST apply to both vacancy announcements.


TRAVEL REQUIRED:
  • Occasional Travel
  • You may be expected to travel internationally, including to remote and underdeveloped areas, for this positon.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS:
  • U.S. citizenship required.
  • Candidates MUST meet all qualification requirements by closing date.
  • Applicants must complete online questionnaire.
  • This is a sensitive or national security position.
  • If selected, this position requires the completion of the SF-86.
  • A - Basic Qualification for Professional Engineering positions:

    Degree: 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 for 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 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

    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. 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.
    • 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 of 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 paragraph A.

    Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least 1 year of additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT examination.
    • 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 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.)
    B - Specialized Experience - In addition to Basic Qualification Requirement for Professional Engineering positions, your resume MUST demonstrate the following specialized experience:

    For GS 13 LEVEL
    - One year experience equivalent to GS-12;examples of experience meeting this requirement include positions with most of the following elements:
    • Comprehensive knowledge of ionospheric radio wave propagation, frequency usage, facility capabilities, and program requirements and an understanding of how these variables affect the master schedule for broadcasts throughout the world.
    • Familiarity with radio communications regulations both national and international relating to broadcasting.
    • Professional and scientific aptitude and interest in the research, development and system design aspects of radio communications/broadcasting.
    • Comprehensive knowledge of a variety of communications equipment, such as FM, AM, and SW transmitters, testing techniques such as those used for acceptance testing of transmitters and antennas and the ability to analyze test performance data and draw authoritative and technically sound conclusions.
    • Serving as a COR or managing contractors and subcontractors in constructing, leasing, maintaining, or managing Broadcast Transmission facilities.
    For GS 14 LEVEL - One year experience equivalent to GS-13; examples of experience meeting this requirement include positions with most of the following elements:
    • Expert level knowledge of ionospheric radio wave propagation, frequency usage, facility capabilities, and program requirements and how these variables affect the master schedule for broadcasts throughout the world.
    • Expert level knowledge of radio communications regulations both national and international relating to broadcasting.
    • Demonstrated outstanding professional judgment and technical perception, to ensure timely and innovative incorporation of new performance needs and new technological advances into the steady evolution of the IBB.
    • Expert knowledge of a wide variety of complex and sophisticated communications equipment used in broadcasting, testing techniques and the ability to analyze test performance data and draw authoritative and technically sound conclusions.
    • Serving as a COR or managing contractors and subcontractors in constructing, leasing, maintaining, or managing Broadcast Transmission facilities.

    Position requires a professional engineering degree, as discussed under the basic qualifications above.

    Applicant cannot substitute education for experience.

    Suitability Determination: If selected, you will be subject to a security investigation to establish your suitability for federal employment. The security investigation will include, among other aspects, a review of your credit and legal history.

    Transcripts are required at the time of application.

    Selectee must have or be able to obtain Officer Representative (COR) Level II certification within a reasonable time period after appointment.

    This position may require you to serve a 1-year probationary period.

    Q - Sensitive


    DUTIES:

    Duties include but not limited to: The incumbent operates in a cross functional status performing spectrum management and engineering design functions in support of broadcast transmission network operations and evolution. More specifically, the duties include:

    • Develops and implements technical transmission schedules for all IBB Transmitting Stations and represents the Branch and Division as a customer liaison to all BBG broadcast entities to provide all necessary services to implement the schedules
    • Evaluates performance of IBB transmissions and determines modifications necessary to improve effectiveness. Plans such modifications to improve reception, reduce costs, or expand facilities.
    • Leads or participates in transmission studies and analyses focused on the evolution of the broadcast network to meet changing audience media consumption preferences and Agency budget constraints.
    • Participates in the development and design of broadcasting systems, subsystems and technical facilities world-wide to meet IBB global objectives. Recommends modifications, applications and advances which will enhance the reliability and maintainability of IBB's global broadcasting network.
    • Serves as a Contracting Officer Representative (COR) for multi-million dollar contracts for broadcast leases or transmission facility construction
    • Performs extensive analysis of engineering objectives to determine projects scope, design criteria, special requirements and constraints. Reviews, evaluates and analyzes proposals.