Electronics Technician

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Washington, D.C
Oct 11, 2019
Oct 18, 2019
Full Time


Joining the US Secret Service, Office of Technical Development and Mission Support, Technical Security Division will allow you to maintain the physical security of the institution through installation, maintenance and repairs of an array of electronic systems in order to ensure the safety of protectees and facilities. This Electronics Technician position starts at a salary of $69,581 (GS-11, step 1), with promotion potential to $108,422 (GS-12, step 10).

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The selectee will serve as an Electronics Technician in the Office of Technical Development and Mission Support, Technical Security Division. Typical work assignments include:
  • Testing components of new equipment for compatibility with existing systems prior to approval for use at a protective site; furnishing pertinent data to manufacturers' representatives to resolve test or operating problems; serving as a test conductor and testing new designs and prototype trial equipment prior to purchase to assess usefulness and compatibility with existing systems and fulfillment of technical requirements of the Service; and preparing and coordinating facility test plans.
  • Using technical expertise to repair, troubleshoot, install, fabricate, test, sustain and maintain a wide range of highly specialized electronics including cameras, video management system, intrusion detection and access control equipment.
  • Developing substantial modifications to and/or preparing basic designs of electronics equipment, circuitry, and components; developing unique system configurations to satisfy operational requirements; evaluating the feasibility of incorporating new components, units, or devices into existing systems and recommending redesigns or modifications.
  • Providing training and technical briefings to end-users regarding the use, installation, maintenance and basic troubleshooting of equipment; preparing operation and maintenance instructions and guides for end-users.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - *****

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. citizenship is required.

Conditions of Employment If selected for this position, you will be required to:
  • Obtain and maintain a top secret Tier 5 clearance. For more information visit OPM Mythbuster Page .
  • Submit to a drug test prior to your appointment and random drug testing while you occupy the position.
  • Submit to a polygraph examination prior to your appointment.
  • Requires long periods of walking, standing, climbing, bending, crawling and similar activities.
  • Requires physical strength to carry heavy equipment and mental alertness.
  • May routinely be required to work long hours with minimal breaks
  • Work may require you to be on call 24 hours per day.
  • Must be able to operate in sensitive, real time situations that may produce physical and emotional stress.
  • Work may be performed indoors and outdoors in a variety of weather conditions (e.g. rain, snow, heat, cold) at various times a day.
  • Work may be performed in close quarters or confined spaces.
  • Travel may be required.


GS-11: You qualify for the GS-11 level (starting salary $69,581) if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-10 level performing duties such as: developing, testing, modifying, designing, operating, integrating, repairing, and maintaining a wide variety of complex, video management, intrusion detection and access control electronic systems comprised of numerous inter-related components arranged in nonstandard configurations

GS-12: You qualify for the GS-12 level (starting salary $83,398) if you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level performing duties such as: developing, testing, modifying, designing, operating, integrating, repairing, and maintaining a wide variety of complex, video management, intrusion detection and access control electronic systems comprised of numerous inter-related components arranged in nonstandard configurations.

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

Qualifications Must Be Met: The qualification requirements listed above must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories: 1. Best Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate high proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all Selective Placement Factors (SPF) and appropriate Quality Ranking Factors (QRF) as determined in the job analysis. 2. Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrates acceptable proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all SPFs and appropriate QRFs as determined by the job analysis. 3. Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate basic proficiency in most critical competencies, including all SPFs and appropriate QRFs as determined in the job analysis. If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not ICTAP eligible. View information about ICTAP eligibility on OPM's Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under ICTAP, you must be placed in the Well-Qualified category for this position, as described above. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement. Veterans: Qualified veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific, professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher. This position is not considered scientific/professional. Other 10-point preference eligibles and veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify. For information on veterans' preference, please click here.
Interview Requirement: Interviews are required for this position. Failure to complete the interview may result in removal from further consideration.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.


Not applicable.

Additional information

Building on a Tradition of Excellence and Meeting the Challenges of the Future The Secret Service is a premier law enforcement organization with two critical national security missions: protect our nation's leaders and to conduct criminal investigations. Our team members continue a tradition of excellence - whether investigating financial crime or protecting national and visiting foreign leaders. In the Secret Service, we serve the country with duty, loyalty, justice, integrity and courage.

In the Secret Service, we:
  • Protect the President, the Vice President, and other leaders; investigate threats against them; and safeguard their residences and other facilities
  • Plan and implement security designs for National Special Security Events
  • Investigate financial crimes including fraud, identity theft and computer-based attacks on banking or telecommunications infrastructure

Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.

More than one selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade and unit occur.

Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.

E-Verify Statement: DHS uses E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Click here to learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.

Mandatory Suitability Statement:

If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment , and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.

This position will require a credit check after initial job qualifications have been determined.

Relocation expenses will not be authorized.

The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR § 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR § 315.707. Veterans , Peace Corps / VISTA volunteers , and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the duties of the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications, a score will automatically be calculated based on your answers to the vacancy specific questions to place you in one of three categories. All answers provided in the online process must be substantiated by your resume. Upon review, your resume and/or supporting documents need to support your answer choices and reflect the one year of specialized experience requirement, in order to be considered. If the one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the next lower grade level cannot be identified in your resume, you will be considered not qualified. The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:
  • Knowledge of electronic maintenance and repair concepts, theories, principles, practices, methods and techniques in order to participate in the design, development, evaluation, installation, maintenance, operation, and testing of complex electronic systems through the use of diagrams or general instructions and discussions.
  • Knowledge of current state-of-the-art detection systems, devices, locks and keying systems; personnel entry controls systems, physical security techniques and the ability to make minor repairs to detection devices as necessary.
  • Skill in operating electronic equipment, other protective systems and devices used for the physical protection of sensitive and classified information, personnel, facilities, installations, equipment, and other sensitive materials, resources or processes in order to prevent acts of willful interference.
  • Ability to communicate information to a diverse audience.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Required Documents

In addition to addressing the vacancy specific questions, you must also submit the following documentation:
  • Resume - In order to receive credit for experience contained in an uploaded resume, your employment history should show work experience in month/year format (MM/YYYY), reflecting starting date and ending date, and include the number of hours worked per week.
  • Special Priority Selection rights under ICTAP: Submit a copy of your agency notice, copy of your most recent performance appraisal (with at least a satisfactory rating),and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location.
  • Are you a Veteran? Submit a DD-214 (Member Copy 4) and/or documentation of service connected disability. If applying based on eligibility under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the Armed Forces that you will be discharged or released from active duty within 120 days from the date on the certification. This must indicate your dates of service, your rank, and confirm that you will be separated under honorable conditions. Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out the SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form. Click here for more veterans' information.

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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