Computer Engineer-Network (Public Notice Flyer)

Washington, D.C
Sep 19, 2020
Sep 27, 2020
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time


Do you have a passion for public service? The United States Secret Service (USSS) is looking for you! The USSS is a premier law enforcement organization with two (2) critical national security missions: protect our nation's leaders and to conduct criminal investigations.

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The Secret Service is looking for talented individuals with extensive knowledge of network infrastructure and network hardware as well as the ability to implement, administer and troubleshoot network devices including WAPs, ASAs, routers, switches and controllers. You should also have demonstrated proficiency in Autodesk, AutoCAD, Microsoft Office Suite (including Visio) and the ability to learn SketchUp, PuTTY, Wireshark, GNS3 and Cisco Packet tracer. You will be responsible for the development, test, modification, design, operation, integration, and maintenance of a wide variety of complex computer and radio frequency (RF) network systems. Some of these systems may be comprised of numerous interrelated components arranged in nonstandard configurations. These systems and their components must function 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as the functionality directly impacts the Secret Service mission.

Special Requirement: Selectee must have or be able to attain a DHS Level I Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) Certification during the first 12 months of employment. Also, the selectee must achieve a DHS Level II COR certificate in the following 24 months.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional Travel

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. citizenship is required.

  • Security Clearance: Top Secret/SCI
  • Successful completion of a polygraph examination
  • Pass a drug test (urinalysis)
  • Travel may be required
  • Work is performed in a variety of settings which may include an office, lab, rooftops, at airports and outdoor field installations, close quarters and/or confined spaces.
  • Must be able to work holidays, evenings, weekends and during inclement weather and government shutdowns as required to support operations
  • Will be subject to on-call and irregular work hours
  • Certify you have registered with the Selective Service System if you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, or certify you are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.


You must demonstrate at least one (1) year of the defined specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level and meet the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Individual Occupational Requirements (IOR).

Specialized experience is defined as:
  • GS-12: performing duties such as: designing, installing, documenting, maintaining and administering computer networks including systems software, applications software, hardware and other related systems; performing disaster recovery operations, protecting data, software, and hardware from attacks by coordinating, planning and implementing network security measures; configuring and administering routing and switching equipment, hosted IP voice services and firewalls in line with Information Technology (IT) security policies, replacing faulty network hardware components and working closely with users to identify potential issues, correct existing problems and provide remote support to on-site end users.
  • GS-13: performing duties such as: operating as a senior technical expert in fielded technology(s) providing continuing program management by preparing operational and maintenance specifications and guides for end-users; providing training and technical briefings regarding the use, installation, maintenance, and basic troubleshooting of equipment; developing standards and testing plans to assure reliability of system performance throughout its life and ensuring that equipment is properly maintained.


Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Individual Occupational Requirements (IOR) is defined as:


See Qualifications section

Additional information

Our team members continue a tradition of excellence - whether investigating financial crimes or protecting national and visiting foreign leaders. In the USSS we serve the country with duty, loyalty, justice, integrity, and courage.

The Office of Technical Development and Mission Support (TEC), Technical Security Division (TSD), is responsible for providing a technically secure environment for the President at the White House, Vice Presidential Residence, and such places that the President and Vice President may be temporarily located and providing technical security for other protectees during travel and at their residences, as directed or requested.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

See Qualifications section


The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:
  • Mastery of, and skill in applying advanced theories, concepts and principles practiced in the science of professional computer engineering sufficient to provide expert advice to agency officials
  • Expert knowledge of engineering standards and best practices used to develop complex simulations and models of engineering network systems encompassing IT systems, hardware and software
  • Expert knowledge to design, configure and test LAN/WAN networking software, computer hardware and operating system software
  • Skill to implement, administer and troubleshoot network infrastructure devices, including wireless access points, firewalls, routers, switches and controllers

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Required Documents

See How To Apply section

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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