Electrical Engineer, AST, Electrical Systems

Washington D.C.
Aug 09, 2017
Aug 25, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

The Applied Engineering and Technology Directorate (AETD), Electrical Engineer Division, EEE Parts, Packaging, and Assembly Technologies Branch (Code 562) is seeking an experienced candidate to serve as the principal electronic, electrical, and electromechanical (EEE) parts engineer and commodity expert for both active and passive parts for building spacecraft and instrument flight hardware. The incumbent will provide leadership in performing risk analysis for EEE parts in critical flight applications and developing appropriate mitigation schemes.


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  • A one-year probationary period may be required
  • Applicants must possess at least a Bachelor's Degree or equivalent
  • Occasional travel may be required
  • 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 serving as a leader and technical expert in a wide variety of EEE part commodities used in electrical flight hardware system or subsystems for space flight applications. It also includes experience of evaluating reliability risks of EEE parts, and working with manufacturers for developing new technology parts and testing techniques.

    Please list your General Schedule (GS) equivalency on your resume for every federal position you have held.

    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 an Electrical Engineer specializing in Electrical Systems you will direct and manage the procurement, screening, and qualification of large scale, new technology, and unusually complex EEE Parts evaluation and testing programs, including flight programs across multiple NASA centers, JPL, and/or of exceptional national or international significance. Develop cost effective parts programs to enable building of flight hardware for spacecraft and instruments for different risk categories as defined in NASA Mission Assurance documents. Manage and coordinate EEE Parts implementation programs with project resource analysts and other financial organizations.

    You will serve as an expert and authoritative source on EEE Parts Commodities, including device physics, material properties, device construction and manufacturing processes, failure modes, and testing methods. Provide engineering expertise to the strategic planning and implementation of EEE Parts selection criteria, evaluation methodologies, and standards development. Lead in resolution of inter-organizational evaluation methodology differences to ensure consistent EEE Parts Engineering approaches. Mentor junior staff in developing detailed understanding of EEE parts for space flight applications.

    You will provide in-depth technical guidance to principal flight hard-ware designers in the selection and application of EEE parts, as well as the applicable de-rating criteria essential for space applications. Serve as a leading authority and technical adviser to center management, other government agencies, and industry from EEE Parts Engineering perspectives. Work with manufacturers on evolving military, automotive and vendor specific high reliability part specifications for space applications. Provide insight into the development and management of policies and procedures for adaptation of new parts engineering processes for different risk categories of space flight Projects.

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