Electrical Engineer

Greenbelt, Maryland
Aug 23, 2019
Aug 27, 2019
Full Time


Serves as an Electrical Engineer in the Operations and Maintenance Branch of the Facilities Management Division at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD; oversees operation/maintenance of facility electrical systems such as HVAC, steam, chiller water and chiller/boiler plants, sewage, compressed gases, vacuum, fire detection, fire protection, special process systems, power plants, spaceflight tracking facilities, clean rooms, and special purpose laboratories.
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  • Oversees/monitors contractor performance in operating/maintaining electrical systems for electrical substations, generating plants, motor controller centers, chiller plants, transformers and uninterpreted power supplies.
  • Manages and oversees corrective actions for electrical systems resulting from mishaps, audits, inspections, trouble calls, and discrepancy reports.
  • Advocates for engineering solutions regularly and in the planning/budget process, design and construction process, activation and transfer process, and operations and maintenance of electrical systems.
  • Provides technical insight into the cause and the plan of action when damaged, failed, or otherwise nonconforming electrical systems, equipment, or processes are encountered.
  • Participates in preliminary and critical design/operational readiness reviews for completed projects; consults with technicians, engineers, safety professionals, facility managers, security officers, and management to resolve issues/anomalies.
  • Reviews and verifies contractor work performance to assure technical proficiency and compliance with the technical provisions of the contract.
  • Duties described above are for full-performance level. Duties assigned at a 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

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

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


Must have one year time-in-grade at the next lower grade level.

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

To qualify for GS-13 consideration specialized experience is defined as professional working experience that included the following:

* Experience as a project manager and/or a multi-discipline team member overseeing electrical operations, maintenance and repair of substations, transformers, distribution systems, centralized chiller plants, motor controllers, generators and uninterpreted power supplies.

* Experience conducting in-house engineering reviews including performance of the office and field duties.

* Knowledge of and experience with applicable electrical building codes, statutes, and regulations sufficient to understand all requirements, standards, and codes for electrical systems, and the ability to apply this knowledge to a major, multifaceted government facility with critical hazardous operations.

To qualify for GS-12 consideration, specialized experience is defined as professional working experience that included the following:

* Knowledge of current electrical codes and standards and experience working on electrical systems, identifying problems and providing recommendations such as solutions to power quality and reliability issues.

* Experience working with low, medium and high voltage electrical system components.

* Experience using electronic computer systems such as power monitoring and trend analysis.

* Ability to communicate with both technical and non-technical stakeholders.

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.

Identification of promotion potential for this position does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continued need for an actual assignment and performance of higher level duties.


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. Degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position.

NOTE: 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

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

This vacancy is being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement #GS19D0103, open to all qualified U.S. citizens.

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

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 the announcement. Candidates should refer to NASA's Applicant Guide for assistance in developing a complete resume, as NASA will not accept separate KSA statements.

Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality levels based on the degree to which their competencies meet the duties required. A human resources specialist will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official. For the purpose of the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), candidates rated in the top quality level 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.

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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