This position is in the Systems Engineering Division, Time Service Department, U.S. Naval Observatory (USNO), Washington, DC.
- Occasional Travel
- Must be able to travel for long periods of time, up to 2 months per year, and two weeks at a time.
In order to qualify for this position, your resume must provide sufficient experience and/or education, knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are being considered. Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your experience.
Applicants must meet the following basic education requirements of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Standards Manual:
Successful completion of a professional engineering degree. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree 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.
Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT) , or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) 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 more information about EI and EIT registration requirements, please visit the National Society of Professional Engineers website at: http://www.nspe.org
Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. The FE examination is not administered by the U. S. Office of Personnel Management. For more information, please visit: http://www.nspe.org/Licensure/HowtoGetLicensed/index.html.
Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under in the first option for meeting the Basic Education Requirement. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in in the first option for meeting the Basic Education Requirement.
Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, (e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology) may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor's degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least one year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. NOTE: If you qualify under this option, you must provide a copy of your engineering training plan, OR identify where in your resume you've documented several years of prior professional engineering type experience. Additionally, you must indicate where you worked and the name of your supervisor when you gained your professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.
For the GS-7: In addition to the Basic Education Requirements for this position, your resume must also demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-05 grade level or pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. Specialized experience must demonstrate the following:
- Applying electronic and electrical engineering concepts, theories, principles and practices applicable to the maintenance of complex electronics systems.
- Applying electronics systems and standards to communication systems.
- Utilizing a working knowledge of atomic frequency standards, their design and theory of operation.
- Applying statistics to complex sets of data.
- Applying electronic and electrical engineering concepts, theories, principles and practices applicable to the design construction and maintenance of Precise Time and Time Interval (PTTI) systems.
- Applying PTTI systems and standards to navigation and communication systems with special emphasis on time transfer and carrier-phase two-way satellite time transfer (TWSTT) applications.
- Designing and troubleshooting unique and complex electronic systems and equipment.
- Utilizing specification writing for unique systems and equipment.
Additional qualification information can be found from the following Office of Personnel Management website:
You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (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.
Substitution of education for Specialized Experience:
GS-7: One year of directly related graduate level education or superior academic achievement.
GS-9: Two years of directly related higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree, or master's, or equivalent graduate degree.
Combination of education and experience:
GS-7 and GS-9: Directly related education and experience may be combined by meet the requirements.
Additional Experience and Training Provisions for Graduates of Engineering Programs:
a. Superior academic achievement at the baccalaureate level in an engineering program is qualifying for GS-7.
b. A combination of superior academic achievement and 1 year of appropriate professional experience is qualifying at GS-9.
c. Applicants with an engineering bachelor's degree who have appropriate experience as a technician equivalent to grade GS-5 or higher may have such experience credited for grade GS-7 only on a month-for-month basis up to a maximum of 12 months.
d. Successful completion of a 5-year program of study of at least 160 semester hours leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering is qualifying at GS-7. Completion of such a program and 1 year of appropriate professional experience is qualifying at grade GS-9.
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the qualification requirements if the applicant can provide documentation indicating that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide such evidence when applying for further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
See the Office of Personnel Management's General Policies for information on crediting education.
All qualifications requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement and clearly documented in your resume.
If you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, you must submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of college courses which includes equivalent information from the transcript (course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned) in your resume. See OPM's General Policies for information on crediting education.
Within the Department of Defense (DoD), the appointment of retired military members within 180 days immediately following retirement date to a civilian position is subject to the provisions of 5 United States Code 3326.
Must be able to obtain an interim and/or final Top Secret/SCI security clearance prior to entrance on duty AND must be able to maintain the required level of clearance while employed in the subject position. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a job offer or removal.
Successful completion of a pre-employment drug test is required. A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the applicant fails to report to the scheduled drug test appointment. Incumbents of drug testing designated positions will be subject to random testing. Drug test results will be provided to the employing activity/command.
The successful selectee will perform the following duties:
- Develops new or significantly enhanced Measurement, Time Transfer and other Precise Time and Time Interval (PTTI) Systems.
- Initiates and develops significant improvements to major operational PTTI systems involving time transfer systems, the electronic infrastructure supporting the Master Clock, and their full environmental stabilizing systems, including their associated electrical and HVAC systems.
- Prepares specifications for the development and procurement of specialized equipment and acts in an advisory and technical liaison capacity to contractors and other agencies.
- Prepares detailed projection regarding ramifications, costs, performance probabilities and potential problems involved in modifying, eliminating or introducing new technologies into GPS, two-way satellite time transfer (TWSTT), and other PTTI systems.
- Implements methods to reduce environmental dependence, increase the accuracy and precision, and maintain the calibration of key systems.