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Job Title:Supervisory Civil Engineer

Department:Department of the Army

Agency:U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command

Job Announcement Number:NEAG12183484788451D

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

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$89,033.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year


Monday, November 19, 2012 to Tuesday, December 04, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission.  They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations.  The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

About the Position:

Aberdeen Test Center (ATC) is located on more than 66,707 acres of land and

water at the Aberdeen Proving Ground, (APG) in Harford County, MD. As a

Department of Defense major range and test facility, ATC tests a wide range

of military weapons systems, equipment, and materiel. ATC's mission is to

assure that our nation's armed forces are provided with weapons and

equipment which perform properly, safely, and reliably in the field. ATC has

a very diverse workforce comprised of military, civilian and contractor

personnel in the engineering, scientific, analytical, technical, and

administration fields. The immediate area offers housing, public, private

and parochial school systems, and major colleges. Baltimore, Wilmington and

Philadelphia are close in proximity and offer additional cultural and

recreational activities. Please visit: and


Because of the partnership with Picerne Military Housing, Department of Army

civilian employees now have an option to rent family housing and enjoy the

benefits of living on-post at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. There are various

floor plans available.  Selection is on a first-come first-served basis. If

you are interested in this housing option, please contact the Picerne Military

Housing Leasing and Relocation Center at 877-276-6659.


Who May Apply:


U.S. Citizens


Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles      



  • Business travel is 25%
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain Secret security clearance
  • Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) is not authorized
  • Defense National Relocation Program will not be authorized
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen


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  • Supervises 15 to 20 contractors and/or Department of the Army Civilian technician personnel in support of the Geodetic Surveying and Mapping functions. Plans work to be accomplished, sets priorities, schedules work phases and makes work assignments based on urgency of the work and subordinate's capabilities. Establishes performance standards for each employee and evaluates employee's work against these standards. Instructs, advises, and/or counsels employees on both technical and administrative matters. Hears and resolves employee complaints and grievances, referring complaints unresolved at his/her level to the appropriate authority. Reviews position descriptions and ensures accuracy, interviews and selects candidate for vacant positions, and initiates actions as appropriate for promotions, temporary appointments, awards, reassignments, terminations, or other disciplinary actions. Identifies training requirements and ensures that proper training is scheduled for employees based on their job requirements. Ensures that subordinates comply with applicable safety standards and practices.


  • Responsible for planning and scheduling the deployment, installation, operation, modification, maintenance and repair of a broad array of geodetic data acquisition instrumentation, equipment and systems custom engineered for the precise measurement, recording and analysis of such phenomena as variable time fuze tests, optical path bending, air burst impacts, indirect fire observations, and time delays. Plans, organizes, supervises and personally conducts studies and investigations directed toward the development of new or improved concepts, techniques and procedures for the detection, acquisition recording and analysis of a variety of engineering phenomena related to ballistic testing and evaluation. Formulates and establishes technical requirements, prepares procurement specifications, serves as Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (or Technical Point of Contact), devises and conducts acceptance tests and prepares evaluation reports for new instrumentation and equipment procured to meet the testing and measurement requirements of assigned function. As required, visits contractor facilities throughout the country and working through the contractor's senior representative, reviews the work in progress of contractor personnel engaged in the design, development, fabrication, testing, reporting and documentation of prototype models through final production equipment. Maintains a continuing awareness of geodetic and surveying as well as optical path bending concerns as related to visual measurements.


  • Establishes, implements, and monitors procedures for processing contractor requests for information reference technical features of the project. Investigates contractual requirements, referenced technical requirements, standard industry practices, etc. and prepares responses to the contractor. Clarifies apparent discrepancies between the plans and specifications or initiates action to correct actual discrepancies. Coordinates technical support from the Planning and Facilities Division and/or contracted Architect-Engineering firms as required. Confers with other Directorate personnel, suppliers, manufacturers, professional trade organizations, etc. to resolve questions of compliance with technical requirements or standard industry practices. Makes determinations of proper reviewing individual or intra-agency plans for various submittals to include test infrastructure sustainment, test capability sustainment, and direct support on developmental and/or operational tests. Coordinates directly and/or indirectly via subordinate personnel to assure that taskings by virtue of the test center’s Range Operations Division scheduling section. Ensures compliance with published schedules to assure coverage by geodetics or surveyor personnel.


  • Provides technical engineering support to Geodetic Branch personnel on technical features of the project as requested. Witnesses system testing and performance trouble shooting; provides code and technical publication interpretations and guidance, interprets mission or scheduling requirements. Clarifies apparent discrepancies between the plans and specifications or initiates action to correct actual discrepancies. Performs special investigations as required. Conducts constructability reviews of separate or follow on procurement actions prior to procurement. Oversees the geodetics equipment storage facility, administrates accountability, calibration, and sustained maintenance of all assigned equipment.


  • Investigates potential test mission changes and determines if changes are actually required, exercising professional engineering judgment and knowledge of contract law. Oversees preparation of necessary approval documentation, specifications, sketches, drawings, cost estimates, and Requests for Proposals for the proposed changes, requesting intra-Directorate technical assistance as required. Evaluates impacts of the proposed change on other test capability sustainment activities and/or test infrastructure sustainment.



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Qualifications Required: Qualified applicants must identify in their resume that they meet the basic education requirement and the specialized experience.


Specialized experience: To Qualify applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade/level ([GS-12) in the Federal Service.  Specialized experience is defined as: 1) Utilizing specialized technology systems. 2) Making recommendations to modify standard practices. 3) Resolving a variety of complex scientific and/or engineering problems.






Basic Education Requirements:

  1. Degree: professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one 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 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.


  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 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:

    1. Professional registration -- Current registration as a professional engineer 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.

    2. Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

      Applicants who have passed the EIT examination and have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college of university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-5. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions that involve highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic requirements in paragraph A.

      Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least 1 year of additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT examination.

    3. Specified academic courses -- 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 the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A.

    4. Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a 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.)


  • Transcripts are required from an accredited institution.


  • Foreign education must be evaluated.

Other Requirements:
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Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.

You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.

One year trial/probationary period may be required.

Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.

This is a critical acquisition position. Unless specifically waived by the appropriate Army official, the following are statutory requirements (Reference: 10 U.S.C. 1733 and 1737).

Selectee must be qualified for Acquisition Corps membership at the time of selection or possess a waiver.

Selectee must execute, as a condition of employment, a written agreement to remain in federal service in this position for at least 3 years. In signing such an agreement, the employee does not forfeit any employment right, nor does such an agreement alter any other terms or conditions of employment.


This critical acquisition position requires Level III certification in Acquisition Career Field S (Systems, Planning, Research, Development & Engineering).


Incumbent must be able to obtain and maintain a SECRET clearance.


Incumbent may be required to be in a TDY status 25 percent of the time.


Incumbent is required to submit a Financial Disclosure Statement, OGE-450, (5CFR Part 2634, Subpart I USOGE, 6/08). Executive Branch Personnel Confidential Financial Disclosure Report upon entering the position and annually, in accordance with DoD Directive 5500-7-R, Joint Ethics Regulation, dated 23 March 2006.


This is an Army Acquisition and Technology Workforce position.The employee must meet DoD 5000.52-M requirements applicable to the duties of the position.


You must submit college transcripts (may be unofficial) in order to be considered for this position.  (If you are selected, official transcripts will be requested before you can assume the position).   


Failure to provide these documents may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

Permanent change of station (PCS) is not authorized for this position.




Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements.  Your responses to the questionnaire will be used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences. Only the most recently submitted resume will be considered.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP).  The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if:  1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy.  Well-qualified is defined as meeting all of the minimum qualification standards and eligibility requirements as well as possessing skills that clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position. Under competitive delegated examining, an ICTAP eligible will be considered well-qualified if they attain an eligibility rating of 90 or higher, not including points for veterans' preference. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority.  Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form.  Information about ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at



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The Department of Defense offers excellent benefits programs some of which may include:

  • Comprehensive health and life insurance
  • Competitive salaries
  • Generous retirement programs
  • Paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation time
  • Flexible work environment and alternate work schedules
  • Paid employment related training and education
  • Possible student loan repayment
  • Payment of licenses, certification, and academic degrees as applicable
  • Bonuses, incentives, and awards as appropriate for the job.


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    • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.

    • The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. The DoD policy is available at

    • In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e. retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8416(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD instructions 1400.25, Volume 300, at

    • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.


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    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package.
    Application packages must include:

    1. Your resume: If you submit a resume with inappropriate material e.g. photos, you will not be considered for this vacancy. Your resume may be submitted in any format. For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). Resumes that do not contain this information will be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position.
    2. Your responses to the questionnaire
    3. Additional required documents (see Required Documents section below)

    The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, December 04, 2012.

    To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 

    To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 788451.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

    If you cannot apply online:

    1. Click the following link to view and print the questionnaire  , View Assessment Questions

    2. Print the 1203FX form to provide your response to the questionnaire, and (Note: If you submit your application  via fax, beginning in Section 25, the question number will not correspond with the number on the 1203-FX.  Please continue marking your responses to the questions in sequential order.)

    3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

    The Department of the Army provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing civilian personnel unit. Requests for reasonable accommodation are made on a case-by-case basis.


    The following documents are required:

    • Resume: If you submit a resume with inappropriate material e.g. photos, you will not be considered for this vacancy. Your resume may be submitted in any format. For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). Resumes that do not contain this information will be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position.
    • If the position has an education requirement or you are qualifying based on a combination of education and experience or solely on education, you must submit your college transcripts with your application
    • You MUST submit documents verifying your eligibility with your application package. These documents may include, but are not limited to: for current employment verification, a SF-50 or DD3434; for MSP claims, PCS orders and marriage certificate; for verification of Veteran status, DD214 (which indicates character of service), SF-15, VA Letter as applicable and/or Activation/Deactivation orders.

    If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and will not be considered any further. 

    PLEASE NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office.   Some supplemental documents like military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for other than the applicant. These documents may be sanitized to remove such personal information before submission with the application. Applicants may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents upon selection to confirm eligibility.


    Central Resume Processing Center
    Phone: (410)306-0137
    Agency Information:
    DA NER Aberdeen Proving Ground
    Civilian Personnel Advisory Center
    Bldg 305 Room 233
    Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD


    Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements.  To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire.  The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire.  The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your rating. 


    To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select My Applications, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.


    If no email address is provided, you are responsible for checking status updates and notifications in Application Manager.  Hard copy notifications will not be sent to you.


    For questions regarding the status of your application, eligibility or qualifications determination contact:

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