Electrical Engineer

Hampton, Virginia
Jul 17, 2019
Jul 24, 2019
Full Time


The Center Operations Directorate at NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) is currently seeking interested applicants for the position of Deputy Electrical Standard Practice Engineer in the Standard Practice & Environmental Branch (D406). Serves as senior technical contact for operations and maintenance projects for the installation, maintenance and repair of horizontal infrastructure, utilities, research systems and building systems.
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  • Plans, designs, or develops the electrical equipment or systems used to power or control research or development facilities, and the equipment or process systems which are integrated or associated with such facilities,
  • e.g., wind tunnels, test stands, scientific laboratories, space environment chambers, arc jets, and flight simulators. The work may also include modifying, constructing, maintaining or operating the facilities, equipment, and systems.
  • Performs electrical engineering development and design work for facilities, equipment, and/or systems for aeronautical projects.
  • Coordinates the development of designs for large multi-purpose, multiple-phase projects. Serves as lead engineer and designer for long-term tasks and projects in areas such as research facility controls and power.
  • Responsible for the design and construction of the electrical system to support experimental equipment, test systems, unique buildings, and facilities used for aerospace development activities.
  • Provides final designs where the requirements have been defined in terms of design criteria and preliminary design. Performs extensive and in-depth designs for new systems or modifications to existing systems or structures.
  • Applies an advanced technical knowledge of methods, precedents, and standards to a broad Subject-matter field. Resolves unusual demands caused by extraordinary urgency, public interest, economic constraints, or environmental requirements.
  • Serves as a senior design engineer for facilities, systems, or equipment that utilize new technology and are considered to advance the state-of-the-art in engineering design.
  • Performs product development engineering work. Serves as the technical specialist for the organization in the application of advanced theories, concepts, and principles to governmental or contract development work.
  • Plans, organizes, directs, and coordinates development programs requiring diverse creative and support efforts contributed by others such as laboratories, contractors, and design agents.
  • Tackles problems of a controversial or novel nature for which limited applied research and exploration has been previously accomplished.
  • Conducts studies to determine the feasibility of various advanced engineering approaches, and establishes requirements to meet new or inadequately fulfilled technical objectives.
  • Translates requirements into aerospace, electrical, electronic, or mechanical principles to describe and specify development and application programs.
  • Performs overall systems analysis and integration for complex equipment under development such as aircraft, missile, or communications network. Guides and evaluates the design and development activities of contractors and others.
  • Investigates/evaluates alternative development approaches and combinations of engineering characteristics. Balances most desirable application of engineering principles with the exigencies of costs, priorities, schedules, and supporting requirements.
  • Determines the need for further research/investigation, and alters approaches considered unfruitful or unsatisfactory. Confers with other engineers, scientists, and user organizations to develop objectives in more detail and to reconcile conflicts.
  • Represents the organization or agency in high-level conferences and meetings, explaining and interpreting policies and requirements to others, and negotiating important issues with other groups.
  • Serves on technical committees that develop and establish criteria and standards and plan joint investigations.
  • Represents the organization in presenting and justifying comprehensive proposals for major development efforts, evaluating proposals of others, and negotiating compromise in basic design requirements and characteristics.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

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


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

For the GS12: Examples of specialized experience include electrical engineering experience planning, commissioning, troubleshooting, designing, or modifying electrical equipment and systems that utilize and distribute power in an industrial setting. This experience should include familiarization with high voltage distribution systems, protective device coordination, and applying electrical codes and standards in the broad electrical discipline.

For the GS13: Examples of specialized experience include electrical engineering experience planning, commissioning, troubleshooting, designing, or modifying electrical equipment and systems that utilize and distribute power. This experience should include high voltage distribution systems, protective device coordination and knowledge with applying electrical codes and standards in the broad electrical discipline; and familiarization with the application of industrial controls and/or drive systems.


Basic Education Requirement: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major study in engineering, physical science, mathematics, computer science, or other appropriate field of engineering or physical science. Degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position.

Applicants must complete the following fields in USAJOBS Resume Builder, Step 2, Education section in order for education qualifications to be considered for this position: School Name, City/Town, Country, Degree/Level Attained, GPA, Completion date, Major, and Minor.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is comparable to the education received in accredited educational institutions in the U.S. If selected, a written evaluation of any foreign education must be provided to the Human Resources official making the offer. Please indicate in your resume that you have had your foreign education formally evaluated. For a listing of services that can perform this evaluation, see the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) website at http://www.naces.org/members.htm. Failure to provide this evaluation will result in your being found unqualified for the position.

PLEASE NOTE: If your foreign education has already been accepted by an accredited U.S. educational institution as part of a degree program with that institution, you do not need to provide an evaluation of foreign education but must submit a copy of the transcripts listing the degree from the U.S. accredited institution that accepted your foreign education if you are selected.

Position may be filled at either the GS-12 or GS-13 level. The full performance level for this position is GS-13. If selected at the lower level, employee may be non-competitively promoted to the next grade when qualified and recommended by management.

Deliberate attempts to falsify your application information may result in you being removed from consideration for this position. Your resume must include a clear and detailed narrative description, in your own words, of how you meet the required specialized experience. Copying portions of a position description, vacancy announcement, or other reference material constitutes plagiarism and may result in disqualification and losing consideration for the job.

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

Additional information

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.

Qualified NASA term employees who have term conversion eligibility under the NASA Flexibility Act of 2004 will be referred and considered equally with other NASA permanent employees under internal competitive placement procedures.

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.

Resumes will be rated by an automated system (Resumix) that matches the competencies extracted from the candidate's resume to the competencies identified by the selecting official for the position. Candidates will be evaluated on the competencies they possess that are directly related to the duties of the job, as described in this announcement. Candidates should refer to NASA's Applicant Guide for assistance in developing a complete resume. NASA will not accept separate KSA statement.

A category rating method will be used to evaluate candidates. All candidates will be assigned to either a 70, 80, or 90 pt. quality category based on the degree to which their competencies meet the position requirements. All candidates in the 90 pt group, which is the highest quality category, may be referred for consideration. A human resources specialist will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official. In certain instances when a large candidate pool exists within the highest quality category, additional weighting of scores may occur to further distinguish best qualified candidates. 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

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.

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.