Computer Engineer, AST, Data Systems

Washington D.C.
Jul 12, 2017
Jul 28, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

The Applied Engineering and Technology Directorate (AETD), Mission Engineering and Systems Analysis Division (Code 590), is looking for a highly skilled individual to serve as a Computer Engineer. You will work in the Mission Engineering and Systems Analysis (MESA) Division, which is heavily dependent upon advanced Information Technology (IT) systems to perform its core mission. The MESA Division provides a wide range of services to Goddard flight projects and technology projects.

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  • Applicants must possess at least a Bachelor's Degree or equivalent
  • Occasional travel may be required
  • Selectee must complete a financial disclosure statement
  • In addition to the Basic Education Requirement, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-13), which has equipped you with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.

    Specialized experience is defined as applying IT security principles to security procedures as it relates to computer networking and data systems; and experience applying data management techniques, and system diagnostic techniques and methodologies to both large and small scale computer architectures.

    To receive consideration, your resume MUST contain your complete degree information (i.e., type of degree-received, year degree received, and major area of study). If you have received a degree in Computer Science, you MUST list all courses you have taken which meet the education requirements as stated in the qualification requirements section as well as the semester hours awarded. You MUST include the descriptive title, course code, and number of semester/quarter hours. (i.e., CMSC-435-Software Engineering, 3 Semester hours) If this information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position. Please note that degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position. If you are selected for this position, you will have to provide an official copy of your transcripts prior to entering on duty.

    Basic Education Requirement: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major study in Aeronautical Engineering, Aeronautics, Aerospace Engineering, Architecture, Astronautical Engineering, Astronautics, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Biomedical Engineering, Ceramic Engineering, Ceramics, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science*, Earth and Planetary Science, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Geology, Geophysics, Industrial Engineering, Materials Engineering, Materials Science, Mathematics (Pure or Applied), Applied Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Metallurgy, Meteorology, Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Engineering Physics, Oceanography, Optical Engineering, Physics, Applied Physics, Engineering Physics, Space Science, Structural Engineering, Welding Engineering or other appropriate physical science or engineering field. Degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position. *Note: Curriculum must include 30 semester hours of course work in a combination of mathematics, statistics and computer science. Of the 30 semester hours, 15 must be in any combination of statistics and mathematics which includes differential and integral calculus.

    Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs.

    Not Applicable


    As a Computer Engineer specializing in Data Systems, you will work in the Mission Engineering and Systems Analysis (MESA) Division, which is heavily dependent upon advanced Information Technology (IT) systems to perform its core mission. The MESA Division provides a wide range of services to Goddard flight projects and technology projects. Technical disciplines represented in the MESA Division include mission system engineering; propulsion engineering; flight dynamics analysis; guidance, navigation and control (GNandC) system engineering; and GNandC hardware development. The Division is also responsible for managing and directing the operation of the Flight Dynamics Facility (FDF).

    You will define and implement IT projects including task planning, projecting manpower and funding resource requirements, making budget estimates, setting up project milestones, developing procurement plans, and monitoring and directing work. You will serve as the task monitor for the contract personnel that provide IT support to the Division. These contract personnel perform a variety of duties including system administration, hardware maintenance, and software maintenance. You will guide and evaluate contractor efforts and assess technical progress in relation to the established data and systems implementation schedule and resources. You will review implementation plans, specifications, and cost estimates for technical adequacy.

    Also, you will serve as the MESA Division's expert in the computer engineering discipline. You will coordinate the acquisition and deployment of engineering tools and techniques to meet the needs of the Division. You will manage overall development efforts for a significant end product or a major subject-matter entity of extensive scope and variety. You will make substantial and continuing contribution to long-range project planning and to the formulation, modification, and determination of overall objectives. You will serve as an authoritative source of information for decisions and guidance concerning all matters of IT and IT security. You will represent the MESA Division on the AETD IT Steering Committee. You will support the Center IT Steering Committee (Federation), through the AETD representative, to ensure that the development of Center policy, procedures, and plans are fully responsive to the needs of the directorate and the division.

    You will manage MESA Division LAN/IT resources. This activity involves configuration control relating to both hardware and software, asset management, software licensing requirements, and compliance with federally mandated IT standards. Manages the procurement and usage of IT hardware and engineering software tools across the Division. You will prepare, maintain, and advocate the Division's overall IT budget requirements and manage IT resources not delegated to the MESA Division Branches. You will develop both short and long range budget plans and implementation/procurement strategies.

    You will be considered one of AETD's primary experts on IT security policy and must stay abreast of AETD and Center IT policies and enforce Center, AETD, and Division policies. You will consult with the Center and Directorate CSO and legal office on matters regarding misuse, computer hacking, software piracy, and other areas of impropriety. You will be responsible for the integrity, availability, and confidentiality of all of the IT systems used throughout the Division and provide the Division Chief with expert guidance on IT risk management. You will manage MESA Division IT security programs and initiatives including the preparation and implementation of security plans for the Flight Dynamics Facility (FDF) (a major agency infrastructure providing critical flight operations). You will ensure that Division security plans, including the FDF security plan, are adequate and up to date and you will stay on top of all security incidents. You will work with the FDF Operations Director to resolve security issues; provide an independent assessment of FDF IT security vulnerabilities, and interface with Directorate and Center management on FDF IT security matters.

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