Engineering Technician (Chemical/biological analysis)

Wallops Island, Virginia
Oct 24, 2020
Oct 27, 2020
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time


The Range and Mission Management Office, Goddard Space Flight Center at Wallops Island, VA, is seeking a skilled individual to provide chemistry lab support to the launch range by conducting chemical sample analysis on commodities supporting launch vehicles and spacecraft.
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  • Conduct sample analysis on aviation fuel and Aviator's Breathing Oxygen (ABO) in support of the Wallops Flight Facility (WFF) airfield. Participate in the AF ABO Correlation program.
  • Utilize Gas Chromatography (GC) and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) for analysis of commodities.
  • Conduct sample analysis, report results, and determine and implement corrective actions as needed. Create new processes and procedures in support of customer requirements.
  • Maintain lab equipment calibration and certification. Ensure operations in clean work areas to meet mission objectives.
  • Manage inventory of lab equipment and allocate as required for short-term use.
  • Implement corrective actions and address deficiencies identified during audits and lab inspections.
  • Coordinate day-to-day activities of chemical and biological labs.
  • Oversee operation of the International Space Station (ISS) environmental simulator for ground control samples.
  • Participate in meetings with customers in support of the commercial resupply services contract to the ISS.

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 trial period may be required.
  • Position subject to a pre-employment drug test
  • Position subject to pre-employment background investigation
  • Selectee must complete a financial disclosure statement


You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-11), which has equipped you with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.

Specialized experience is performing duties such as conducting analysis of samples to determine purity and cleanliness; determination of chemical or biological impurities in substances; developing or modifying analytical methods, processes or procedures; using GC or FTIR for sample analysis; applying expertise in laboratory equipment calibration and certification tracking and maintenance; preparing for, and implementing actions identified by, laboratory audits or inspections.

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.

Please spell out all acronyms.


There are no education requirements for this position.

Additional information

This position is announced under Direct Hire authority. Recruitment for this position will follow guidelines established by the Office of Personnel Management for use of Direct Hire authority.

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

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

Current Federal civilian employees may apply for this position. If selected, a break in service of at least 4 calendar days may be required prior to appointment to this position.

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

This appointment may be extended beyond the initial appointment date, for a period not to exceed a total of six years.

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.