Electronics Technician

Greenbelt, Maryland
Oct 15, 2020
Oct 21, 2020
Full Time


The Engineering & Technology Directorate (ETD), Electrical Engineering Division, Flight Data Systems and Radiation Effects Branch (Code 561) at Goddard Space Flight Center, is seeking a broadly trained technician, who understands and applies a practical knowledge of electronic theories and principles. The Electronics Technician provides expert-level support for scientific or engineering operations.
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  • Provide support to various laboratories, which includes the configuration of the laboratories, the negotiation of space requirements between multiple project teams, and the development and implementation of appropriate laboratory procedures.
  • Maintain flight worthiness of laboratories that support multiple flight projects and is responsible for the successful development and testing of flight data systems used by multiple flight projects.
  • Coordinate all flight data systems development teams in the areas of Health and Safety, Industrial Hygiene, Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) certification, and ISO9000 MTE calibration and serves as the point of contact in these areas.
  • Interpret circuit wiring, logic cable diagrams, drawings, specifications, and schematics of complete systems and equipment to understand the function and interconnections of the various assemblies and troubleshoots systems.
  • Plan and direct the installation of complex systems and associated facilities; particularly where there are construction problems; may deal with contractors and/or public utilities and the need to modify equipment for novel site characteristics.
  • Design and analyze circuits, determining design feasibility, evaluating equipment performance under varying environmental conditions, and collects relevant performance data.
  • Analyze and diagnose faults in the operational configuration of electronic systems and equipment.
  • Report safety hazards, potentially hazardous situations, and close calls to his/her supervisor and assists him/her to identify and eliminate unsafe conditions.
  • Duties described above are at the full-performance level. Duties assigned at a lower grade level will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity; duties will be commensurate with the grade of selected employee.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel may be required for training or other work-related duties

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • This position is open to U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
  • A one-year probationary period may be required
  • Position subject to pre-employment background investigation


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.

To qualify for the GS-11:

Specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-09) includes experience supporting the operation and maintenance of analog and digital circuits, computer systems, subsystems and components; in the use of a wide variety of types and models of electronic equipment and systems.

To qualify for the GS-12:

Specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11) includes experience in the operation and maintenance of analog and digital circuits, computer systems, subsystems and components; in the preparation and use of technical documentation, schematic diagrams, equipment operation and service manuals, test plans and procedures, and the like; and skill in the evaluation, compilation, and presentation of data.

Your resume must include a clear and detailed narrative description, in your own words, of how you meet the required specialized experience. Experience statements copied from a position description, vacancy announcement or other reference material constitutes plagiarism and may result in disqualification and losing consideration for the job.

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There are no education requirements for this position.

Additional information

If you have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), you must:

Indicate your 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.

Be well qualified for this position to receive consideration. See 'How You Will Be Evaluated' for NASA's definition of well qualified.

Be prepared to submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP if you are selected for the position. This includes copies of your agency notice, most recent Performance Rating and most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) noting current position, grade level, and duty location.

Identification of promotion potential in this position does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for an actual assignment and performance of higher level duties.

As identical vacancies are identified, additional selections may be made.

You must meet qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

This position is announced under Direct Hire authority. A Human Resources Specialist will review your resume to determine if you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements as listed in 'Requirements'.

CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be assessed using NASA STARS, an automated system that matches the competencies extracted from your resume to the competencies identified by the selecting official for the position. Based on the competencies you match, you are placed in one of three categories identified as 90, 80, or 70 point quality categories, which are defined as:

90 pt. Category - Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and has experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.

80 pt. Category - Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.

70 pt. Category - Fails to meet criteria described in the 80 pt. category.

For the purpose of the CTAP and ICTAP, candidates rated in the top quality (90 pt.) 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 fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.

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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