75% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position
- Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with Selective Service
- Primary U.S. residency for the last three years (additional details below)
- You may be required to pass a background investigation and/or polygraph
- Upon appointment, you may be required to undergo random drug testing
A. A degree in professional engineering (not engineering technology). 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, uch as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.
B. A combination of education and experience - Successful completion of 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:
- Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam or Puerto Rico.
- Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration.
- 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.
- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, aeronautics, computer sciences, mathematics or hydrology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least one (1) year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.
The ideal candidate would have experience with complex medium altitude long endurance unmanned aircraft and systems production, modification, maintenance, and operation.
You qualify at the GS-14 level if you meet the basic requirements listed above and possess one year of specialized experience.
Copies of your current registration, transcripts or degree must be submitted at the time of your application.
This is a senior level position that requires one year of specialized experience from which you have gained mastery of advanced professional engineering concepts and technology to manage the development and acquisition of complex, advanced technology aircraft and/or marine surveillance and investigative systems and equipment. Examples of such experience include: Serving as the technical expert on the utilization, modification and flight operations of unmanned aircraft and associated systems; Evaluating all major design changes and modifications to all ground and flight systems and approving test procedures to determine the operational suitability of these systems; Making recommendations and implementing actions involving highly complex technical problems, fielding, supporting and maintaining new technology designed for the integration with UAS for determining maximum operational effectiveness, airworthiness and technical reliability.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other 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 employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
You must meet all qualification requirements, including education if applicable to this position, subject to verification at any stage of the application process by 03/22/2019.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.
Background Investigation: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is a federal law enforcement agency that requires all applicants to undergo a thorough background investigation prior to employment in order to promote the agency's core values of vigilance, service to country, and integrity. During the screening and/or background investigation process, you will be asked questions regarding any felony criminal convictions or current felony charges, the use of illegal drugs (e.g., marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamines, ecstasy), and the use of non-prescribed controlled substances including any experimentation, possession, sale, receipt, manufacture, cultivation, production, transfer, shipping, trafficking, or distribution of controlled substances. For more information visit this link.
Residency: If you are not currently a CBP employee, you must meet one or more of the following primary residency criteria for at least three years prior to applying to this announcement:
- Resided in the United States or its protectorate or territories (excluding short trips abroad, such as vacations);
- Worked for the United States government as an employee overseas in a federal or military capacity; or
- Been a dependent of a United States federal or military employee serving overseas.
Probationary Period: All employees new to the federal government must serve a one year probationary period during the first year of his/her initial permanent federal appointment to determine fitness for continued employment. Current and former federal employees may be required to serve or complete a probationary period.
Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal Government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found here. You must submit the supporting documents listed in the "Required Documents" section of this announcement. In addition, to be considered well qualified under CTAP/ICTAP, you must be placed in the Well-Qualified category for this position, as described above.
Please see the Qualifications and Required Documents sections for more information if education is applicable to this position.
This position is not covered under the bargaining unit.
Security clearance: Minimum Secret clearance with the ability to clear a top Secret/SCI
Work Conditions: Work is performed while traveling and in an office setting. The work requires the ability to work in the field (airfield) overseeing maintenance and integration efforts, sometimes in inclement weather (heat and cold). The position also includes office work such as walking, bending and lifting of files or electronics (up to 25lbs).
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You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, we will use an online self-assessment questionnaire to place you in one of three categories based on your experience, education and training. Your entire application package will then be reviewed. The final determination will be based on all the information provided in your application package.
If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:
- Best Qualified: Applicants possessing knowledge, skills and abilities and/or competencies substantially exceeding the minimum requirements of the position.
- Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing knowledge, skills and abilities and/or competencies clearly exceeding the minimum requirements of the position.
- Qualified: Applicants possessing knowledge, skills and abilities and/or competencies meeting the minimum requirements of the position.
If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. To preview the job questionnaire, see https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10445931
Candidates who meet the minimum qualification requirements are required to possess certain Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, or Other Characteristics (KSAOs) in order to successfully perform the duties of this position. Candidates will be asked to demonstrate their attainment of these KSAOs in their resume. The KSAOs for this position are:
- Possess an Aerospace or Aeronautical Engineering degree to support the mastery aerospace engineering principles and concepts.
- Be able to resolve novel or obscure problems; extend and modify techniques and develop new approaches through a mastery of advanced aerospace engineering principles and a comprehensive knowledge of advanced flight techniques.
- Ability to provide technical assistance for the the acquisition, development, logistics, and deployment of high technology surveillance and reconnaissance systems and equipment.
- Ability to coordinate and oversee technical requirements and modifications to protect the government's interest during the acceptance, demonstration, and operation of aircraft, sensors, and ground support equipment.