Engineering Technician (Electrical)

Hampton, Virginia
Sep 18, 2019
Sep 24, 2019
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time


The Research Directorate, Supersonic/Hypersonic Testing Branch (Code D328) is seeking an Electrical Engineering Technician to join their team. This position serves as a directorate resource providing electrical and electronic engineering design, integration and support to aerodynamics, aerothermodynamics, aeroelasticity, rotor craft and supersonic/hypersonic research conducted in but not limited to the Unitary Plan Wind Tunnel, Langley Aerothermodynamics Laboratory.

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  • Serves as an Electrical Engineering Technician with quasi-professional electrical/electronic systems design responsibilities.
  • Provides direct support to various research organizations on major electrical/electronic projects involving modifications to research and institutional facilities, and experimental, one-of-a-kind, systems and apparatus design.
  • Produces drawings, procedures, and other documentation in support of systems design and development of highly complex/critical to the mission, often impacting the stability and normal operational parameters of high-energy systems or unique apparatus.
  • Organizes and integrates all resources, hardware and personnel, and provides leadership toward the successful accomplishment of engineering technical efforts required to finalize the total system design of new and/or modified research facilities.
  • Responsible for cradle-to-grave testing, verification, and successful operation of electrical/electronic systems, subsystems, subsequent wiring integrity, and thorough documentation, assuring professional & electrical industry standards are followed.
  • Updates, maintains, and assures the accuracy of configuration control documentation of the electrical and electronic controls, configuration, systems, and drawings with which the technician is associated.
  • Verifies accuracy of system operation as measured against initially stated requirements, assuring reliability and repeatability, and documenting system response for baseline reference.
  • Modifies professional designs as necessary to overcome technical challenges encountered in-the-field and assures desired operational status while keeping the Engineering Directorate technically informed through effective communication.
  • Provides advice and assistance through mentorship to developing engineers and technicians when required.

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 probationary period may be required
  • Occasional travel may be required
  • Position subject to a pre-employment drug test
  • This is a drug-testing designated position


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.

Specialized experience is defined as demonstrating engineering principles, practices, and procedures used in the design of systems and research apparatus. Uses control applications, practices, and techniques for electrical and electronic, electro-mechanical, electro-hydraulic, and electro-pneumatic system controls. Participates and monitors multi-discipline projects. Uses proper method and practices required in the detailed drafting of procedures employed in electrical and electronic designs. Ability to coordinate specifications and drawings into a complete package. knowledge of "gain" and system parameter calculations and measurements. Knowledge in configuration control system, methods,and procedures employed during construction, shakedown, and checkout of major CoF projects.


There are no education requirements for this position.

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

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.

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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