Electrical Engineer (CYBER), GS-0850-11/12/13

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Portsmouth, Virginia
Posted
Nov 24, 2021
Closes
Nov 27, 2021
Hours
Full Time
Duties

You will serve as an Electrical Engineer (CYBER) in the new Communications Systems Product Line (COM PL) Integrated Communications System (ICS) Branch and be responsible for projects integrating audio/RF switches and other systems into shore and afloat units.

Being a Coast Guard civilian makes you a valuable member of the Coast Guard team. Typical work assignments include:
  • Building, testing, and modifying product prototypes using working models or theoretical models.
  • Identifying and directing the remediation of technical problems encountered during testing and implementation of new systems (e.g., identifying and finding work-arounds for communication protocols that are not interoperable).
  • Providing ongoing optimization and problem-solving support.
  • Utilizing models and simulations to analyze or predict system performance under different operating conditions.
  • Conducting a market analysis to identify, assess, and recommend commercial, Government off- the-shelf, and open source products for use within a system and ensure recommended products are in compliance with organization's evaluation and validation requirements.
  • Developing and following software, hardware and systems engineering life cycle standards and processes.
  • Specifying hardware and software applications to adequately address requirements.
  • Developing detailed documentation for component and interface specifications to support system development or selection.
  • Verifying stability, interoperability, portability, and/or scalability of system architecture.


Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • A one-year probationary period may be required.
  • See Other Info section for training requirements.


All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement. This includes Time-In-Grade requirements for current status employees applying through merit promotion procedures. Status applicants applying for a promotion must have 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade.

As required by Executive Order 14043 and guidance issued by the Safer Federal Workforce Taskforce, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 22, 2021 and will be required to submit documentation of proof of vaccination.

Qualifications

See Education Requirements for minimum education requirement. In addition to the education requirement, you must meet the basic qualifications.

To qualify at the GS-11 grade level, applicants must meet one of the following: At least one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 grade level in the federal sector. Specialized experience may include the following:
  • Knowledge of computer networking concepts and protocols, and network security methodologies.
  • Knowledge of information technology (IT) security principles and methods (e.g., firewalls, demilitarized zones, encryption).
  • Knowledge of local area and wide area networking principles and concepts including bandwidth management.
  • Knowledge of operating systems.
  • Knowledge of the systems engineering process.
  • Skill in identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
  • Skill to translate, track, and prioritize needs and collection requirements across the extended enterprise.
  • Skill to remain aware of evolving technical infrastructures.
  • Ability to tailor technical and planning information to a customer's level of understanding.
  • Ability to think critically.

OR

Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree that is directly related to the duties of this position.

OR

Combination of graduate level education and specialized experience that meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position.

To qualify at the GS-12 grade level, applicants must have at least one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level in the federal sector. Specialized experience may include the following:
  • Knowledge of computer networking concepts and protocols, and network security methodologies.
  • Knowledge of risk management processes (e.g., methods for assessing and mitigating risk)
  • Knowledge of organization's enterprise architecture
  • Knowledge of organization's evaluation and validation requirements
  • Knowledge of installation, integration, and optimization of system components.
  • Knowledge of information technology (IT) security principles and methods (e.g., firewalls, demilitarized zones, encryption)
  • Knowledge of local area and wide area networking principles and concepts including bandwidth management
  • Knowledge of operating systems
  • Knowledge of systems testing and evaluation methods
  • Knowledge of the systems engineering process
  • Skill in designing the integration of hardware and software solutions
  • Skill in identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
  • Skill in conducting audits or reviews of technical systems
  • Skill in applying security controls.
  • Skill in integrating and applying policies that meet system security objectives
  • Skill to translate, track, and prioritize needs and collection requirements across the extended enterprise.

To qualify at the GS-13 grade level, applicants must have at least one (1) full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level in the federal sector. Specialized experience may include the following:
  • Knowledge of computer networking concepts and protocols, and network security methodologies.
  • Knowledge of risk management processes (e.g., methods for assessing and mitigating risk)
  • Knowledge of organization's enterprise architecture.
  • Knowledge of organization's evaluation and validation requirements
  • Knowledge of installation, integration, and optimization of system components.
  • Knowledge of cybersecurity and privacy principles and organizational requirements (relevant to confidentiality, integrity, availability, authentication, non-repudiation)
  • Knowledge of Risk Management Framework (RMF) requirements
  • Knowledge of information technology (IT) security principles and methods (e.g., firewalls, demilitarized zones, encryption)
  • Knowledge of local area and wide area networking principles and concepts including bandwidth management
  • Knowledge of operating systems
  • Knowledge of parallel and distributed computing concepts
  • Knowledge of system life cycle management principles, including software security and usability
  • Knowledge of systems testing and evaluation methods
  • Knowledge of the systems engineering process
  • Knowledge of service management concepts for networks and related standards (e.g., Information Technology Infrastructure Library, current version [ITIL])
  • Skill in designing security controls based on cybersecurity principles and tenets
  • Skill in designing the integration of hardware and software solutions
  • Skill in identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
  • Skill in conducting audits or reviews of technical systems
  • Skill in applying security controls
  • Skill in network systems management principles, models, methods (e.g., end-to-end systems performance monitoring), and tools
  • Skill in integrating and applying policies that meet system security objectives
  • Skill to translate, track, and prioritize needs and collection requirements across the extended enterprise.
  • Skill to remain aware of evolving technical infrastructures.
  • Ability to tailor technical and planning information to a customer's level of understanding
  • Ability to think critically.
  • Ability to apply cybersecurity and privacy principles to organizational requirements (relevant to confidentiality, integrity, availability, authentication, non-repudiation)
  • Ability to identify critical infrastructure systems with information communication technology that were designed without system security considerations
  • Ability to recommend and implement systems that effectively employ advancements in the state-of-the art technologies to enhance mission effectiveness.

National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): 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). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

The Office of Personnel management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule, C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

Education

This position does have a positive education requirement. If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. See Required Documents section for detail.

Basic Requirements:
  • Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.

  • OR

    2. 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 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:
  • Professional registration or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT), or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.
  • Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
  • Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A.
  • Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor's degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)

  • FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet Federal qualification requirements if you can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications click here

    Selectee(s) for this position who are newly appointed to a permanent or term position prior to September 30, 2022 may be eligible for student loan repayment up to $10,000 (pre-tax) for one calendar year. More than one loan may be repaid if the combined repayments do not exceed $10,000. Receipt of this incentive will require a three year service agreement.

    Additional information

    Applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. Certain responses on the form could pose a problem with suitability for employment determinations. If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete/make updates to the OF-306 and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, or imprisonment.

    DHS uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about e-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities at click here

    Recruitment incentives may be authorized.

    Mandatory training is required which must be successfully completed and other training may occur as necessary for success in the position.

    A. Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers Level I (FAC P/PM-I) or management determined equivalent within two years of entry into the position.

    The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR § 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR § 315.707. Veterans , Peace Corps / VISTA volunteers , and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

    More than one (1) selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 45 days from the date the certificate was issued.

    If you need a reasonable accommodation for the application and hiring process, please contact 202-795-6305. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation

    Selectee(s) for this position who are newly appointed to a permanent position prior to September 30, 2022 are authorized to receive a one-time recruitment incentive of 10% of the salary, including locality for this position. Receipt of the bonus will require a 12 month service agreement.

    Selectee(s) for this position who are current federal employees on permanent appointments who are appointed prior to September 30, 2022 and will be moving outside of the current commuting area of their current position to accept this position are authorized to receive a one-time relocation bonus of 10% of the salary including locality for this position. Receipt of the bonus will require a 12 month service agreement. The employee must establish a residence in the new geographic area prior to payment.