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Job Title:Electronics Technician, GS-0856-10/11 (DE/CR)

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Job Announcement Number:NWS-CR-2013-0001

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$56,797.00 to $81,119.00 / Per Year


Thursday, October 04, 2012 to Wednesday, October 17, 2012




Career/Career-Conditional - Permanent/Full-time




1 vacancy in the following location:
Detroit, MIView Map


All qualified United States citizens


Your Career Forecast is Sunny and Bright with the National Weather Service (NWS). The NWS, the world's preeminent weather and atmospheric sciences organization, offers you an opportunity to help protect American lives and property. Since 1870, NWS has served the public by providing forecasts and hazardous weather warnings while studying the most dynamic forces of nature. Contribute your talents to this tradition. NWS...Working together to save lives.


This position is located at the National Weather Service, Weather Forecast Office (WFO), River Forecast Center, in Detroit, MI. Serves as a technical specialist  providing highly specialized support and maintenance of equipment used to observe, collect, convert, and communicate data/information for meteorological  and hydrologic warnings, forecasting, and data warehousing. 


Salary Range:

GS-10 : $56,797 - $73,840

GS-11:  $62,401 - $81,119


A one-year probationary period may be required. 


Relocation expenses are not authorized. 


This position is also being advertised as an Electronics Technician, GS-0856-10/11 under announcement number NWS-CR-2013-0002 (open to status candidates). You must apply separately under each announcement to be considered for each announcement.

This is a bargaining unit position.


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Registered for Selective Service, if applicable (
  • Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of announcement


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The individual selected for this position will...

  • Perform field maintenance technical services (e.g, installation, maintenance, troubleshooting, repair, calibration, reporting on) and related support for a wide range of complex electronic, electro-mechanical, data acquisition, communications equipment, and standalone and networked computer systems.
  • Implement nationally issued technical orders issued by higher levels (e.g., system equipment modification, software upgrade); plans and conducts complex tests, and analyzes results.
  • Provide Information Technology (IT) support in the administration, monitoring, operation, and maintenance of the site's computer systems, diverse in both architecture and platform, Local Area Networks (LANs), Wide Area Networks (WANs), microcomputers, and associated hardware and software.
  • Install, configures, and maintains a variety of operating system environments and applications; including hubs, switches, routers, workstations, and desktops.


Physical Requirements:

Work requires some physical exertion, such as long periods of standing, recurring bending, crouching, stooping, working in cramped or confined areas, and/or the lifting of moderately heavy objects handle and carry tools, equipment, and testing devices that may weigh up to 40 pounds),  Climbing is required (e.g., equipment ladders, towers, fixed stairs).


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Qualification requirement in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Qualification (OPM) Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on OPM's website at:

There is no substitution for education for this position.

Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level in the Federal service.

Specialized experience is defined as:

GS-10: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level consisting of: Experience in applying electronic theory, design characteristics, maintenance, troubleshooting, installation, calibration, repair or function of electronic systems such as weather radar, computer and telecommunication systems and meteorological or hydrologic observing systems.  Experience using schematic diagrams, test equipment or electronic formulas.

GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-10 level consisting of: Experience in applying both electronic theory, design characteristics, maintenance, troubleshooting, installation, calibration, repair, and functions of electronic systems such as weather radar, computer and telecommunication systems and meteorological or hydrologic observing systems.  Experience using schematic diagrams, test equipment and electronic formulas and provide instructions or recommendations to improve or alter.

NOTE: Your resume must document specialized experience and support your responses to the vacancy questions. For more information about the qualifications requirements for this position: Click Here.


We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/ No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are "gold," "silver," and "bronze."  However, your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the self-assessment questions, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the "gold" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.


The assessment tool will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response: 

* Knowledge of electronic theory and operation of electronic equipment. 

* Ability to use schematic diagrams and test equipment.  

* Ability to perform technical inspections.

This is a developmental position which leads to the full performance position. As the employee progresses in knowledge and skill, more difficult and responsible assignments will be made.

For more information on category rating, please go to: Category Rating.

To preview questions please click here.


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NOAA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at


More than one selection may be made from this announcemnt.


ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: ICTAP  

ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:

1. A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate, notice of disability annuity termination, certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement.
2. A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc.;
3. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.

The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities:
* 30% or more disabled veteran
* Persons with disabilities


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Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at  To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents.

To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at and click on "Application Status."  Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.

If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by e-mail at or phone at 866.656.6831.  The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.

For instructions on submitting your application in another format please contact the HR Personnel listed in this announcement.


A complete application consists of the following:

* Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume should also list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s).  
* Veterans' Preference documentation. Please indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service, VA letter, SF-15, etc.) to validate your claim. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please go to: Veterans
* Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation, if applicable (see other information).
*Education. If this position requires proof of higher education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to Qualifications for more information.

Note: You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient. You must provide all the required documents by the closing date of the announcement or you may lose consideration for this vacancy.

* Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website Qualifications. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation by the closing date of the announcement will result in lost consideration.


Tonya Johnston
Phone: 816-426-5017
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
WFMO/Client Services Div
601 East 12th Street
Kansas City, MO
Fax: 000-000-0000


You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at USAJOBS and clicking on "Track Your Online Application." The four points of notification are: 1. Application Received or Application Incomplete; 2. Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Requirement Not Met; 3. Eligible (Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or Eligible (Application Not referred to the Selecting Official); and 4. Selected or Not Selected. By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).

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