Electronics Engineer

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Sep 08, 2021
Closes
Sep 16, 2021
Function
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the , Air Traffic Organization, Technical Operations Services, Operations Support Directorate, Spectrum Engineering Services Group, Spectrum National Security Team, AJW-1540.

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Responsibilities

This position is the Lead for Global Positioning System (GPS) Electronic Attack (EA) and Counter Position Navigation and Timing (C-PNT) (referred from this point forward, as the "GPS EA Lead"). The GPS EA Lead is the team's point of contact for GPS receiver performance, particularly in a contested environment, to include EA, and spoofing. This position will manage the analysis and FAA internal and interagency coordination of GPS EA and related Counter Unmanned Aircraft System (C-UAS) requests. Coordinates with offices throughout the FAA and other federal agencies to put in place processes and procedures to mitigate the risks of the various national security training and operational missions. Responsible for planning and supporting FAA approved GPS testing initiatives to improve Air Traffic Control coordination, National Airspace System (NAS) safety and efficiency, and to improve the overall understanding of GPS EA and spoofing risks to avionics and other GPS reliant systems in the NAS. Presents complex issues that may affect the FAA's interest to high-level functionally diverse audiences with a range of technical backgrounds.

As an experienced Electronics Engineer in GPS receiver performance, he/she applies a comprehensive technical knowledge of GPS receivers to assess impacts from spoofing and other interference sources, and collaborates with inter-agency partners to develop new Modeling and Simulation interference prediction values. Utilizes an in depth knowledge of Radio Frequency propagation, Digital Signal Processing in relation to GPS signal waveforms, and aviation GPS receiver operational performance requirements and testing procedures. Performs duties within the team's portfolio, and within the Communications, Navigation, and Surveillance (CNS) systems areas. Applies spectrum policies and regulations, such as FAA, and National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA), as it relates to protecting FAA CNS systems. Provides policy guidance to the AJW-1C management, the FAA, Department of Defense (DoD), and other Federal agency senior leadership.

Applies comprehensive technical knowledge of and experience with FAA, ATO, and Technical Operations program management policies, initiatives and processes as well as an understanding of new technologies and methodologies, to solve complex problems and to develop improved technical processes for the organization. As a contributing technical specialist in radio frequency engineering and project/program management, he/she will provide guidance to other technicians and trainees. Assignments may include: system design and integration; extensive research; and leading small project/program management teams. Identifies, plans, and organizes available resources to accomplish projects/programs/activities. Makes optimal use of resources to complete activities within established schedules.

Contacts are both internal and external to the Spectrum Engineering Services Group and include representatives from Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Energy, Department of Defense, the Department of Justice, the Federal Communication's Commission, and the NTIA. Participates on inter-agency committees such as the DoD Frequency Management Group (FMG). Establishes and maintains open channels of communication with Federal Spectrum users to ensure rapid identification and correction of interference problems. Receives minimal direction/general assignments from the Team Manager in terms of priorities, overall objectives and boundaries. Independently resolves most technical problems and work issues, without the intervention of Team Manager or more experienced engineer. Work is reviewed rarely, typically at project completion, to ensure technical compliance and alignment with project requirements.

Travel Required

25% or less - The job may require up to 25% travel.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
NA

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Designated or Random Drug Testing required.
  • This position has a positive education requirement. Transcript(s) required.


Qualifications

Degree: professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1)be in a school of engineering with at least 1 curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2)include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than 1st year physics & chemistry) in 5 of these 7 areas of engineering science or physics:(a)statics, dynamics;(b)strength of materials;(c)fluid mechanics, hydraulics;(d)thermodynamics;(e)electrical fields and circuits;(f)nature and properties of materials; and (g)any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics. OR Combination of education and experience - college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1)a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2)a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. THE ADEQUACY OF SUCH BACKGROUND MUST BE DEMONSTRATED BY ONE OF THE FOLLOWING: Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico; OR evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) exam, or the written test required for professional registration; OR successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences AND in engineering that included the courses specified in paragraph 1; OR successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, provided the applicant had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision.

In addition to the above, you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to FV-I or FG/GS-13 in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties:

Experience with aviation GPS receiver operational performance requirements and testing procedures of the position.

Qualifications must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

Education

This position has a positive education requirement: Applicants must submit a copy of their college or university transcripts(s) and certificates by the closing date of announcement to verify qualifications. If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. You may upload these documents with your application in USAJOBS or fax it to fax number provided in the announcement (please include announcement number on each page).

Failure to do so will result in loss of consideration.

Schools must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Accreditation may be verified at the following website: www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html .

Foreign education must be evaluated by a private professional organization specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials or an accredited U.S. educational institution in terms of equivalence to a degree acquired at an American college or university. A copy of the evaluation results must be included, otherwise your foreign education will not be considered.

EDUCATION:

THIS POSITION HAS A POSITIVE EDUCATION REQUIREMENT. If you are not currently working for the Federal Government as an Engineer OR have never held a position in the Federal Government in the 800 series, you must submit a copy of your transcripts prior to the closing date of this announcement. FAILURE TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN LOSS OF CONSIDERATION. If you cannot upload your transcripts to your application, please fax a copy to to the attention of Melissa Paris and reference the announcement number on the FAX. IF SELECTED, OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS WILL BE REQUIRED PRIOR TO EMPLOYMENT. If you do not have an official transcript (original with a raised seal) you should request it today. Schools must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Accreditation may be verified at the following website: .www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html609-485-8995

We are not accepting applications from noncitizens.

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Additional information

We may use this vacancy to fill other similar vacant positions.
Position may be subject to a background investigation.
A one-year probationary period may be required.

The person selected for this position may be required to file a financial disclosure statement within 30 days of entry on duty. FAA policy limits certain outside employment and financial investments in aviation-related companies. www.faa.gov/jobs/working_here/financial_disclosure_requirements

The U.S. Department of Transportation strives to ensure that equity, transparency, accountability, collaboration, and communication permeate all that we do for the betterment of the Department, the traveling public, and our nation. As such, DOT values a highly diverse workforce of persons who promote a culture of belonging by respecting the personal dignity and worth of each individual and fostering a positive environment where all feel safe and welcome. If these commitments coincide with your personal ideals and professional aspirations, please consider joining the DOT family.

This position is covered by the Department of Transportation's Drug and Alcohol Testing Program. Any applicant tentatively selected for this position will be subject to pre-employment or pre-appointment drug screening. Persons occupying a "testing designated position (TDP)" will be subject to random drug and/or alcohol testing.

We may use this vacancy to fill other similar vacant positions.
Travel may be required.
The person selected for this position may be required to file a financial disclosure statement within 30 days of entry on duty. FAA policy limits certain outside employment and financial investments in aviation-related companies.

1. As a part of the Federal-Wide Hiring Reform Initiative (streamlining the hiring process), the FAA is committed to eliminating the use of the Knowledge, Skills and Ability (KSA) narratives from the initial application in the hiring process for all announcements. Therefore, as an applicant for this announcement, you are NOT required to provide a narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA.

In lieu of providing a KSA narrative response in the text box listed below each Leadership and Management Dimension and Technical Requirement, in your work history, please include information that provides specific examples of how you meet the response level or answer you chose for each KSA. Your work history examples should be specific and clearly reflect the highest level of ability. Your KSA answers will be evaluated further to validate whether the level that you selected is appropriate based on the work history and experience you provided. Your answers may be adjusted by a Human Resource Specialist as appropriate.

2. Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements may be further evaluated on the Leadership and Management Dimension and Technical Requirement listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: score order, category grouping, or alphabetical order and referred to the selecting official for consideration.

3. All, some, or none of the applicants may be interviewed.

This is a bargaining unit position.

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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.

IMPORTANT: Applicants may be rated on the extent and quality of experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position(s). All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated. Ensure that your application package/resume supports your responses.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Secret

Drug test required
Yes

Required Documents

Current SF-50, (IE promotion, reassignment, or new hire SF-50)

This position has a positive education requirement; college transcripts are required for ALL candidates newly appointed to the FAA in the 0800 (Engineering) series.

College transcripts must be submitted from current FAA employees applying for internal vacancies if they have never held a position in the 0800 (Engineering) series with the FAA.

College transcripts are not required from current FAA employees who are currently occupying an 0800 (Engineering) series.

If selected, official transcripts are required prior to employment.

All Veterans: If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit either a DD Form 214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member 4 Copy or equivalent), or a document from the armed forces certifying that within 120 days you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service under honorable conditions. If you are claiming 10 point preference, you must also submit a completed SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran's Preference, and supporting documents outlined on the SF-15. Documents must be uploaded or faxed to the Servicing Human Resource Management Office listed in this announcement and all documents must be received by the closing date of the announcement. If you fail to submit documentation, you will be assessed as a non-veteran.

If you are claiming 10 point preference but fail to submit the supporting documents outlined on the SF-15, you will be tentatively assessed as a 5 point preference eligible provided your DD Form 214 reflects that you have the service required to qualify for preference. Documents must be uploaded or faxed to the Servicing Human Resource Management Office listed in this announcement and all documents must be received by the closing date of the announcement. If you fail to submit documentation, you will be assessed as a non-veteran.

Veterans currently on active duty claiming veterans' preference: You will be granted tentative preference if you submit a document from the armed forces certifying that within 120 days you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service under honorable conditions and your application shows that you have the required service. Prior to being appointed, you must provide to the Servicing Human Resource Management Office a DD Form 214 documenting discharge/release and showing that the service was honorable or general. If you are on terminal leave, you must provide documentation certifying authorized terminal leave.

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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