INTERDISCIPLINARY COMPUTER/ELECTRONICS ENGINEER, COMPUTER SCIENTIST

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Langley AFB, Virginia
Posted
Sep 21, 2019
Closes
Sep 24, 2019
Function
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

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The primary purpose of this position is to serve as senior professional multidisciplinary engineer with project
management, execution, and operational responsibility in assigned areas. Considered the technical expert for the organization in engineering assignments concerning systems engineering.
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Responsibilities

  • Functions as a senior technical expert engineer in systems development involving extremely complex communications-computer systems architectures for the program.
  • Plans, organizes, and oversees all engineering tasks in support of contractual activities that acquire new or modified AFNET in accordance with DoD acquisition guidelines.
  • Advises program managers as to the progress of contractors in meeting program objectives.
  • Provides expert recommendations to establish, improve, and/or change directives, regulations, operating instructions, policies, processes, and procedures within the area of assigned responsibility.
  • Participates in and/or leads conferences, meetings and demonstrations within the organization, other AF organizations, other DoD agencies, and private industry facilities to exchange technical and program information.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Must complete initial online questionnaire and additional assessment(s)
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Males must be registered for Selective Service, see www.sss.gov
  • A Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering or a related field or the equivalent is required. Graduate work or an advanced degree in engineering is desirable
  • PCS expenses if authorized will be paid IAW JTR and Air Force Regulations
  • This posn is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program
  • Position may be subject to random drug testing
  • Recruitment and/or relocation incentives may or may not be used
  • The incumbent of this position must be able to obtain and maintain the necessary and required security clearance
  • Disclosure of Political Appointments
  • All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.
  • Employee may be required to work overtime
  • The work requires the employee to occasionally travel away from the normal duty station via military or commercial aircraft
  • This posn has been designated as an acquisition posn and is covered by the Acquisition Professional Development Program. Must meet or be capable of meeting Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act requirements w/n 24 months of assignment
  • This posn requires the employee to engage in acquisition continuous learning activities achieving 80 Continuous Learning points every 24 months


Qualifications

COMPUTER ENGINEER / ELECTRONICS ENGINEER
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:
Applicants must meet the basic requirements for the GS-0854-13, Computer Engineer or GS-0855-13, Electronics Engineer and have, or within 90 days of the closing date will have, at least one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level GS-12 or equivalent in the Federal Service. Specialized experience must include analysis and specification of system requirements, the conceptual design or modernization of circuits, systems, computer and network systems, and the establishment of test requirements and validation procedures to measure performance quality and reliability. NOTE: You must submit a copy of official transcripts.

COMPUTER SCIENTIST
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:
Applicants must meet the basic requirements for the GS-1550-13, Computer Scientist and have, or within 90 days of the closing date will have, at least one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level GS-12 or equivalent in the Federal Service. Specialized experience must include conducting of preliminary investigations and analyses relating to computer systems integration; developing technical data and writing of formal specifications and the designing and implementation of computer models and simulations. NOTE: You must submit a copy of official transcripts.

Experience requirements are described in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions , to include the Individual Occupational Requirements (IOR) for the GS-0854-13 & GS-0855-13, Computer/Electronics Engineer and GS-1550-13 Computer Scientist.

FEDERAL TIME-IN-GRADE (TIG) REQUIREMENT FOR GENERAL SCHEDULE (GS) POSITIONS: Merit promotion applicants must meet applicable time-in­-grade requirements to be considered eligible. One year at the GS-12 level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-13 level. TIG applies if you are in a current GS position or held a GS position within the previous 52 weeks.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
  • Knowledge of laws, principles, policies and practices of software acquisition and test management.
  • Knowledge of the latest advances in computer engineering theories, research, methods, principles and techniques from private industry, research organizations, and the federal government management to include knowledge of modern software and systems engineering design practices, development, and test processes and standards.
  • Knowledge of the missions, roles, functions, organizational structures, and operation of the Department of Defense, Air Force, and other entities that govern, interface with, and/or influence the systems acquisition process and integrated life-cycle management.
  • Knowledge of military and industry process and standards for informational technology, hardware and software (such as CMM, SMMI, ISO and IEEE) and knowledge of engineering concepts, methods, and principles for information technology systems to include broad knowledge of Relational Databases and combat support applications and architectures.
  • Skilled in application of system hardware and software engineering knowledge to understand/solve practical problems including their interaction and interdependencies. Knowledge in the application of mature and emerging net-centric technologies.
  • Skilled in project management and engineering technical management techniques, principles, and practices.
  • Ability to communicate both orally and in writing, clearly, concisely, and with technical accuracy to make recommendations to higher organizational management and contractors.


  • PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

    VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    Education

    IF USING EDUCATION TO QUALIFY: N/A

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

    ********************ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR ACTIVE DUTY SERVICES MEMBERS********************
    ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBERS: The VOW Act requires agencies to treat active duty service member as veterans, disabled veterans, and preference eligible, when they submit, at the time they apply for a Federal job, a "certification" of active service in lieu of a DD214, assuming the service member is otherwise eligible. A "certification" letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service. The "certification" must reflect the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date of submission. The "certification" must be signed by, or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters and must indicate when your terminal leave will begin (if applicable), your rank, dates of active duty service, the type of discharge and character of service (i.e., honorable). Further, agencies are required to verify a qualifying separation from military service prior to appointment, through the DD214 or other appropriate documentation. Active duty members that fail to provide a valid "certification" of service with their application will be found "not eligible." Military members may be appointed before the effective date of their military retirement/separation if member is on terminal leave.

    Additional information

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click here . To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated well qualified or above for this position. You must submit a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location.

    Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. Click here for more information.

    90-Day Register: This announcement may result in a 90-day register that may be used to fill like vacancies for 90 days after the closing date. Applicants may be referred for consideration as vacancies occur.

    If you have questions regarding this announcement and have hearing or speech difficulties click here .

    Tax Law Impact for PCS: On 22-Dec-2017, Public Law 115-97 - the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 suspended qualified moving expense deductions along with the exclusion for employer reimbursements and payments of moving expenses effective 01-Jan-2018 for tax years 2018 through 2025. The law made taxable certain reimbursements and other payments, including driving mileage, airfare and lodging expenses, en-route travel to the new duty station, and temporary storage of those items. The Federal Travel Regulation Bulletin (FTR) 18-05 issued by General Services Administration (GSA) has authorized agencies to use the Withholding Tax Allowance (WTA) and Relocation Income Tax Allowance (RITA) to pay for "substantially all" of the increased tax liability resulting from the "2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" for certain eligible individuals. For additional information on WTA/RITA allowances and eligibilities, please visit: https://www.gsa.gov/cdnstatic/FTR%20Bulletin%2018_05%20Relocation%20Allowances_0.pdf

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    You will be evaluated based on how well you meet the qualifications listed in this vacancy announcement. Your qualifications will be evaluated based on your application materials (e.g., resume, supporting documents), the responses you provide on the application questionnaire, and the result of the online assessments required for this position. You will be assessed on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics):

    • 1550, Computer Science Series Qualifications IOR
    • CERTIFICATION
    • Communication
    • Computer Engineering General
    • Electronics Engineering
    • JOA - Job Opportunity Announcement - 0800 - Professional Engineering Positions
    • Leadership Responsibilities
    • Software Engineering


    The resume/documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "insufficient information" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.

    APPRAISALS/AWARDS: Hiring Managers use objective methods and consider previous performance appraisals and awards in the selection process. Current Federal Civilian employees should list any relevant performance related rating and/or awards in your resume.

    BASIS OF RATING: The assessments for this job will also measure
    • Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) as listed under Qualifications
    In order to be considered for this position, you must complete all required steps in the process. In addition to the application and application questionnaire, this position requires an online assessment. The online assessment measures critical general competencies required to perform the job.

    The assessment includes a cut score based on the minimum level of required proficiency in these critical general competencies. You must meet or exceed the cut score to be considered. You will not be considered for the position if you score below the cut score or fail to complete the assessment.

    Overstating your qualifications and/or experience in your application materials or application questionnaire may result in your removal from consideration. Cheating on the online assessment may also result in your removal from consideration.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Other

    Drug test required
    No

    Required Documents

    The following documents are required and must be provided with your application. Other documents may be required based on the eligibility/eligibilities you are claiming. Click here to view the AF Civilian Employment Eligibility Guide and the required documents you must submit to substantiate the eligibilities you are claiming.
  • Online Application - Questionnaire
  • Resume - For qualification determinations, your resume must contain hours worked per week and dates of employment (i.e., month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as insufficient and you will not receive consideration for this position. If you are a current Federal employee or previous Federal employee, provide your pay plan, series and grade, i.e., GS-0301-09. Do NOT include photographs (or links to social media such as LinkedIn ), inappropriate material, inappropriate content, nor personal information such as age, gender, religion, social security number, etc., on your resume.
  • Transcripts - if you are basing your qualifications on education or if the position requires education, you must submit copies of your transcripts
  • Registration/License - active, current registration/license if applicable for the position
  • If claiming VRA, VEOA or Veterans' Preference - a copy of your DD Form 214, which must include character of service or a Statement of Service/Proof of Service which must include service dates and character of service. In addition, if claiming 10-point preference and/or 30% Disabled Veteran, you must submit a VA Letter or a disability determination from a branch of the Armed Forces (or documentation of Purple Heart, if applicable) and a SF 15 (Application for 10-point veteran preference).
  • Current or Former Federal Civilian Employees (Includes current Air Force employees): You are required to submit legible copy/copies of your last or most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, (block 24 must be a "1" or "2" AND block 34 must be a"1"). Additionally, if you are applying for a higher grade (GS) and your SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you meet the one year time-in-grade requirement so you will need to provide an SF-50 which clearly demonstrates you meet the time-in-grade requirements (examples of appropriate SF-50s include Promotions, Within-grade Grade/Range Increases, and SF-50s with an effective date more than one year old).
  • Applicants must refer to the AF Civilian Employment Eligibility Guide (link provided above) for a complete list of required documents for each eligibility you identify.
  • If you are requesting a reasonable accommodation to the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, submit documentation to support your request, including the Reasonable Accommodation Request Form found here

  • OPTIONAL DOCUMENTS:
    Performance Appraisals for Current Federal Civilian Employees
    - Most recent performance appraisals (dated within last 3 years) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Applicant should not submit an appraisal that does not include this information.

    Awards for Current Federal Civilian Employees - Copies of any award received within the last 3 years.

    Reasonable Accommodation (RA) Requests: If you believe you have a disability (i.e., physical or mental), covered by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended and Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 as amended, that would interfere with completing the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, you will be granted the opportunity to request a reasonable accommodation in your online application. Requests for Reasonable Accommodations for the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments and appropriate supporting documentation for Reasonable Accommodation must be received prior to starting the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. Decisions on requests for Reasonable Accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis. If you meet the minimum qualifications of the position, after notification of the adjudication of your request, you will receive an email invitation to complete the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. You must complete all assessments within 48 hours of receiving the URL to access the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, if you received the link after the close of the announcement. To determine if you need a Reasonable Accommodation, please review the Procedures for Requesting a Reasonable Accommodation for Online Assessments here: https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Reasonable_Accommodations_for_USA_Hire

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