Engineer (AST, Mission Support Requirements and Development)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Greenbelt, Maryland
Posted
Jun 13, 2019
Closes
Jun 21, 2019
Function
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

Serves as a Mission Director for the Earth Science Missions Operations (ESMO) Project in the Software Engineering Division of the Engineering and Technology Directorate at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, responsible for the safe operation of spacecrafts/instruments as well as oversight of/direction to the Flight Operations and Engineering Teams engaged in operations and/or training.

As identical vacancies are identified, additional selections may be made.
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Responsibilities

  • Serves as a backup Mission Director, expected to fully understand the duties of the job and prepared to step in as primary mission director with little notice. Over time, the individual will be expected to learn multiple earth science missions.
  • Plans/directs complex spacecraft mission planning and operations activities to verify spacecraft subsystem/instrument performance. Plans/coordinates projects, develops new and innovative cost reduction techniques and approaches, and manages risks.
  • Performs workstation-based simulations; evaluates results; leads evaluations of out-of-family flight anomalies. Oversees/controls facilities for spacecraft command and control as well as simulations and training.
  • Evaluates new technologies and processes; develops, reviews, and recommends proposed project requirements, expected results, and budgetary estimates. Analyzes/consolidates Project approaches and resource requirements.
  • Conceives/develops new methods that provide technical or operational impact; manages new, advanced, and upgraded systems technology and capability development.
  • Expert consultant to projects/programs with national impact; serves as an authoritative source of information by the Agency, other agencies, and at a national level about unique technical problems, latest developments/trends, and other matters.
  • Duties described above are for full-performance level. Duties assigned at the lower grade level will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity; duties will be commensurate with the grade of selected employee.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel may be required for training or other work-related duties

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Applicants must possess at least a Bachelor's Degree or equivalent
  • Position subject to pre-employment background investigation
  • A one-year probationary period may be required
  • Selectee must complete a financial disclosure statement
  • This is a bargaining unit position


Qualifications

Applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the the next lower grade, which has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.

Specialized experience at the GS-13 grade level is defined as one-year of professional experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level that included the following:

* Developing, testing and/or operating spacecraft, ground and/or instrument systems to support spaceflight and mission operations functions, or spaceflight operations/mission operations functions.

Specialized experience at the GS-14 grade level is defined as one-year of professional experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level that included the following:

* Experience that demonstrates ability to perform the mission director functions with little oversight

* Experience leading teams in support of the development, testing, and/or operation of spacecraft, ground and/or instrument systems for spaceflight and mission operations functions, or spaceflight operations/mission operations functions.

* Preferred (but not required): Experience leading: (1) Spacecraft Anomaly Management; (2) remotely located mission operation contractors; (3) International Payload Instrument Operations; (4) Spacecraft laser conjunction processes; and (5) High Interest Event Conjunction Assessment and Risk Mitigation Maneuver.

You may lose consideration for the position if your application does not include all the information
requested on the vacancy announcement. The USAJOBS Resume must include a clear and detailed
narrative description, in your own words, of how you met the required specialized experience. Experiences
copied from a position description, vacancy announcement or other reference material constitutes plagiarism
and may result in disqualification and losing consideration for the job.

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Education

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.

Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. Most foreign education is not accredited by an accrediting body that is recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.

Additional information

Any applicant tentatively selected for this position may be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation. Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. See 'How You Will Be Evaluated' for definition of well qualified. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP consideration must indicate their eligibility when applying for a position. The USAJOBS resume asks you to identify your ICTAP eligibility; the NASA Supplemental Information asks you to identify your CTAP eligibility. If you are selected for the position, you must be prepared to submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.

As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. In order to receive preference in hiring, you must clearly identify your claim for veterans preference on your resume.

NASA's Applicant Guide provides the information needed to assist you in determining whether or not you can claim 5 or 10 point veterans preference. You should not submit documents to prove your eligibility for veterans preference at this time. However, you must be prepared to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form) as requested by the Human Resources Office. Veterans preference will only be considered based on what is supported For instance, if you claim 10-point preference, but are only able to document 5-point preference, you will be considered accordingly. If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.

Your USAJOBS account asks you to assign a name to each of your resumes. When you apply to a NASA position, we will show you the text of the resume you have submitted, but we do not maintain the name you have assigned to that resume. If you wish to keep track of that information, we recommend you make note of it at the time you apply.

Fair Employment Opportunities for Applicants
NASA Credit for National Service

The payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

NASA uses an automated system (Resumix) that matches the competencies extracted from your resume to the competencies identified by the selecting official for the position. Based on the competencies you match, you are placed in one of three categories identified as 90, 80, or 70 pt. quality categories, which are defined as:

90 pt. Category - Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and has experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.

80 pt. Category - Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.

70 pt. Category - Fails to meet criteria described in the 80 pt. category.

Additional application guidance is available in NASA's Applicant Guide .

Information for Veterans : The Category Rating Process protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed at the top of the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.

For the purpose of the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), candidates rated in the top quality category are considered well-qualified

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

NASA's application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for the information we absolutely need to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility. In order to apply for this position, you only need to submit your resume and answer the screening questions and supplemental information. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. (For example you need not submit narrative 'KSA' statements; they are not required and will not be evaluated.) In this way we allow you to focus on preparing a resume that best describes your background and abilities. For assistance in preparing your resume, consult the Applicant Guide . Nothing further is required until requested by the Human Resources Office. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume. For example, we may ask you to provide academic transcripts or proof of Federal employment status. If you are claiming veterans' preference, we may ask you to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form). If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.

To receive consideration, you must submit a resume and answer NASA-specific questions. The NASA questions appear after you submit your resume and are transferred to the NASA web site. If you successfully apply, USAJOBS will show your application status as 'Received'. If your status is 'Application Status Not Available', you have not successfully applied. Do not rely on a USAJOBS email to confirm successful application. Only an email from NASA confirms a successful application.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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