Electronics Engineer (DEU)
This position is also being announced concurrently under Merit Promotion (MAP) vacancy number: NTIA-OSM-2017-0037. Applicants who wish to be considered under MAP and DE must apply to both vacancies separately.
This position is located in National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA), Office of Spectrum Management (OSM), Spectrum Services Division (SSD). This division manages the processes by which federal agencies obtain authorization to access the radio spectrum resource. These processes include both the frequency assignment and spectrum certification activities. Within the SSD, the Systems Review Branch (SRB) provides engineering and technical support to the Spectrum Planning Subcommittee (SPS) of the Interdepartment Radio Advisory Committee. More specifically, the SRB reviews requests from federal agencies for certification of spectrum support for major radio communications systems. For systems under review, the SRB provides formal reports to the SPS documenting the results of its analyses to assist the subcommittee in advising OSM on conditions and constraints to support spectrum certification.
A probatinary period may be required.
This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other Electronic Engineer, GS-0855-09/11/12 positions within NTIA in the same geographical location with the same qualifications and specialized experience.
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
Applicants must meet ALL application requirements, to include a complete online resume, by 11:59 p.m. EASTERN TIME ZONE (ETZ) on the closing date of this announcement. Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at www.opm.gov/qualifications.
A one year probationary period may be required.
For the GS-9, applicants must have at least one year of experience equivalent to the GS-07 level is required. Specialized experience in applying a professional electrical engineering discipline and its theories, concepts, principles, and methodology to research, analyze, interpret, evaluate, and carry out assignments; to perform and interpret analyses and computations, and experience in wireless communication theory, signals and systems.
OR you can SUBSTITUTE SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE WITH EDUCATION --- 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree OR a combination of education and specialized experience.
For the GS-11, applicants must have at least one year of experience equivalent to GS-09 grade level is required. Specialized experience in interpreting policies and guidelines regarding the radio frequency spectrum; experience in assessing various radiocommunications systems using engineering software tools, and applying spectrum policies, and technical guidelines.
OR you can SUBSTITUTE SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE WITH EDUCATION --- 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR a combination of education and specialized experience.
For the GS-12, applicants must have at least one year of experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level is required. Specialized experience in electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) analyses of various radiocommunications systems including but not limited to: radar systems, land mobile systems, satellite systems and microwave systems and experience in using automated tools to predict potential interference among various wireless telecommunication systems.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and organizations (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 employments. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcement are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management website located at www.opm.gov/qualifications.
This position has a positive educational requirement.
Applicants must possess the following: Degree: professional engineering. 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 in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials; (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials; and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics. 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 theoretical and practical understanding 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.
Written Test - Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration.
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.
Related curriculum - Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.
The following links provide information on various hiring authorities that do not fall under competitive examining procedures; however, they may enable you to apply through merit assignment procedures, or be eligible for a non-competitive appointment.
- Veterans Recruitment Act (VRA)
- Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA)
- 30% or more disabled veterans
- Persons with disabilities
- Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)
- Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the job opportunity announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/ No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are "gold," "silver," and "bronze." Your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview. Candidates placed in the "gold" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview. How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed. Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold).
The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:
- Knowledge in interpreting NTIA/FCC policies and guidelines regarding the radio frequency spectrum.
- Skills in preparing written engineering reports, oral communications and working in a team-oriented environment.
- Skill in using databases and automated systems to retrieve sort, analyze data, and prepare reports.
- Skill in assessing various radio, spectrum policies, and technical guidelines to prepare engineering.reports and conducting electromagnetic compatibility analysis of various radiocommunication systems.
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