ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Aberdeen, Maryland
Posted
Sep 19, 2020
Closes
Sep 23, 2020
Function
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

About the Position: Serves as an Engineering Technician assisting in the experimental, developmental, production testing, and/or sustainment of chemical biological systems including the functional evaluation of equipment and materials.

This is a term appointment NTE 8 Years which meets the maximum length/years the position can be extended. This position may be converted to a permanent career or career-conditional appointment without further competition at a later date.
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Responsibilities

  • Conducts a variety of tests, i.e. environmental, interference, sensitivity, reliability, operational and electromagnetic on chemical biological systems which are in the developmental and production engineering phases.
  • Sets up the test item, observes the tests and reviews the data obtained making sure the tests meet specified requirements.
  • Operates and/or maintains laboratory and/or pilot-scale equipment for a variety of manufacturing and inspection operations, involving chemical, biochemical, mechanical, and industrial processes.
  • Conduct required evaluations to resolve technical discrepancies.
  • Performs calibrations of specified items.
  • Accomplishes non-routine assignments of a substantial variety and complexity, requiring initiative and resourcefulness, based on knowledge through practical experience in the areas of chemistry, biochemistry, and/or process engineering.
  • Provides design and operational data for the planning of tests for optimization of components following specific instructions.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel 15% for this position.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
11

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • This position requires a security clearance at the Secret level
  • Requires business travel (TDY) to other duty locations approximately 15% of the time.
  • This position requires recurring lifting of light to moderate heavy items weighing less than 50 pounds.
  • Position requires certification in the Biological Personnel Reliability Program (BPRP) and/or the Chemical Personnel Reliability Program (CPRP), IAW AR 50-6 and/or AR 190-17
  • Pre-employment and random drug testing Required.
  • Pre-Employment and annual Physical Required.


Qualifications

Who May Apply: US Citizens

In order to qualify, you must meet the education or experience requirements described below. 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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience.

Specialized Experience for GS-09: One year of specialized experience which includes: Assisting with the testing of prototypes for systems such as Chemical Biological Defense systems, and 2) Assisting in the development of prototype products or systems such as Chemical Biological defense rapid prototype products or systems. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-08).

Specialized Experience for GS-10: One year of specialized experience which includes: 1) Assisting with the testing of prototypes for systems such as Chemical Biological Defense systems, 2) Assisting in the development of prototype products or systems such as Chemical Biological defense rapid prototype products or systems and 3) Providing technical support on development and testing processes and methods such as for the Chemical Biological Defense development and testing processes and methods. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-09).

Specialized Experience for GS-11: One year of specialized experience which includes: 1) Testing prototypes systems such as Chemical Biological Defense systems, 2) Working directly with Engineers and/or Scientist while assisting in the development prototype products or systems such as the Chemical Biological defense rapid prototype products or systems and 3) Providing technical advice on development and testing processes and methods such as the Chemical Biological Defense development and testing processes and methods. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-10).

Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone--no substitution of education for experience is permitted.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas:
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Planning and Evaluating


Education

Additional information

  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • One year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
  • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
  • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet.
  • This is a Career Program (CP) 16 - position.
  • You may claim military spouse preference.
  • If a MSP applicant is determined best qualified and selected, placement must be at the full performance level for priority consideration.
  • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
  • Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
  • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). If you are a Federal employee in the competitive service and your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority for this position. To receive selection priority, you must: (1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria (2) be rated well-qualified for the position and; (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. To be considered well-qualified and receive selection priority applicants must satisfy all qualification requirements for the position and receive a score of 90 or above. Additional information about the program is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.
  • When you perform a Civilian Permanent Change of Station (PCS) with the government, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) considers the majority of your entitlements to be taxable. Visit https://www.dfas.mil/civilianemployees/civrelo/Civilian-Moving-Expenses-Tax-Deduction/ for more information.
  • If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .
  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) allowances may be authorized, subject to the provisions of the Joint Travel Regulations and an agency determination that a PCS move is in the Government Interest.


How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Once the announcement has closed, a review of your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your résumé and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your résumé and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

You should list any relevant performance appraisals and incentive awards in your resume as that information may be taken into consideration during the selection process. If selected, you may be required to provide supporting documentation.

Basis for Rating: Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified. Veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category.
  • Best Qualified. Candidates in this category possess exceptional skills and experience to exceed well above the minimum requirements for the announced position.
  • Highly Qualified. Candidates in this category possess good skills and experience above the minimum requirements for the announced position.
  • Qualified. Candidates in this category meet the minimum experience requirements for the announced position.


Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Secret

Drug test required
Yes

Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

The documents you are required to submit vary based on whether or not you are eligible for preference in federal employment. A complete description of preference categories and the associated required documents is in the Applicant Checklist (External) .

As described above, your complete application includes your resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

1. Your resume:
  • Your resume may be submitted in any format and must support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
  • If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.
  • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as incomplete and you may not receive consideration for this position.
  • For additional information see: What to include in your resume .
2. Other supporting documents:
  • Cover Letter, optional
  • Most recent Performance Appraisal, if applicable
  • NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility.


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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