Materials Engineer

Fort Belvoir, Virginia
Jul 07, 2017
Jul 18, 2017
Full Time

America’s Combat Logistics Support Agency

The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) agency. DLA provides worldwide logistics support for the missions of the Military Departments and the Unified Combatant Commands under conditions of peace and war. It also provides logistics support to other DoD Components and certain Federal agencies, foreign governments, international organizations, and others as authorized.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Some travel may be required

  • No

  • See Conditions of Employment for requirements related to this position.

Recent Graduate Eligibility

To be eligible, applicants must meet ONE of the following requirements:

·A person who was awarded a degree by an institution of higher education not more than two years before the date of the appointment


·A person who has completed a period of obligated service in a uniformed service of more than four years, and was awarded a degree by an institution of higher education not more than four years before the date of the appointment.

You must provide supporting eligibility documentation (i.e., transcript or other official documentation of showing the date you completed the requirements for a diploma, degree, or certificate; and, veterans' documents (including DD-214), if applicable)

To qualify for a Materials Engineer, your qualifications must include

A.  Basic Requirements, Education:   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. YOU MUST UPLOAD TRANSCRIPTS TO SHOW AWARDED DEGREE. 


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 succesfully 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. To qualify at the GS-07 level, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 grade level. Specialized Experience is experience that 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. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level or equivalent under other pay systems in the Federal service, military or private sector. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements, minimum qualifications and any other regulatory requirements by the cut-off/closing date of the announcement. Examples of creditable specialized experience are:

GS -07: Performing preliminary analysis of engineering factors (ie Mechanical, Physical, and Material Properties) impacting the cost of manufactured items, knowledge of manufacturing practices and processes to access estimated costs, knowledge of basic quality assurance practices and policies.

C.  Education:  Applicants may not qualify for this position based on education in lieu of specialized experience.

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

·        Knowledge of Stockpile procedures, policies, and programs

·        Knowledge of strategic and critical materials criteria, issues, and policies

·        Ability to communicate orally and in writing planning long-term acquisition, upgrading, substitution, recycling/recovery, and disposal strategies and policies with regard to the type, form, quality, properties, and uses of Stockpile materials

Work Schedule: Full Time
Tour of Duty: Set Schedule
Overtime Work: Occasionally
Security Requirements: Non Critical Sensitive with Secret Access
Drug Testing Designated Position: Yes
Fair Labor Standards Act: Exempt
Bargaining Unit Position: No
Emergency Essential: No
For an explanation of the conditions of employment, please review the definitions at

NOTE: This position is being filled at the GS-07 Level, but is targeted to the full performance GS-13 level without further competition.



This notice is issued under the direct-hire authority. Using Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved government-wide direct hire authorities, agencies may appoint candidates directly to jobs, without regard to the provisions of Title 5 U.S.C. 3309 through 3318, for which OPM determines that there is a severe shortage of candidates or a critical hiring need.

DUTIES:  As a Materials Engineer, you will be responsible for the following duties:

·        Collaborates with other engineers, scientists, and economists to identify material issues impacting raw material supply chains and DOD programs.

·        Reviews studies, reports, and other information concerning strategic and critical materials and Stockpile activities.

·        Oversees studies, investigations, and research to determine solutions to strategic and critical materials supply chain risks.

·        Recommends specifications and material grades for materials being acquired for the stockpile.

·        Provides advice, guidance, and recommendations to Management for planning longterm acquisition, upgrading, substitution, recycling/recovery, and disposal strategies and policies with regard to the type, form, quality, properties, and uses of Stockpile materials.

·        Serves as subject matter expert on general processing and manufacturing techniques required for materials utilized in the defense industrial base.

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