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Job Title:Engineering Technician (Manufacturing) ZT-0802-III/IV

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:National Institute of Standards and Technology

Job Announcement Number:ADMR-2013-0004

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$51,630.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, December 05, 2012 to Wednesday, December 19, 2012




Career or Career-Conditional - Permanent Full Time




1 vacancy in the following location:
Gaithersburg, MD, USView Map


All Qualified U.S. Citizens


Founded in 1901, NIST is a non-regulatory federal agency within Commerce. NIST's mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.

"To learn more about working at NIST, please visit Careers at NIST

As a Engineering Technician with the Fabrication Technology Group you will perform duties with an emphasis in manufacturing in the provision of non-professional engineering support to research group and metrology experts through the fabrication of complex  mechanical parts, the operation of complex manufacturing equipment and machine tools, and the selection of appropriate manufacturing processes, setups, materials, tools and equipment.


Are you ready to explore your future with NIST?



  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • You must be registered with the selective service (if applicable).
  • You must be suitable for federal employment.


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Work assignments will include providing technical support of manufacturing systems, manufacturing technologies, and machine tools used in the production of complex mechanical parts, instruments and measurement devices.  In addition, the individual will provide technical support of fabrication activities associated with the manufacturing of complex parts utilizing Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software, including the machining of various material types in support of machine shop activities.  The individual will participate as a creative member of the fabrication technology group under general guidance from the Technician supervisor and/or engineer, on the job assignments, contributing to the fabrication of new metrology systems, devising improvements to instruments and subsystems, operating manual machines, abrasive waterjet machine, and manufacturing technical equipment, parts and assemblies from basic concepts to complex mechanical designs.  The individual will also be required to coordinate the fabrication of new mechanical parts and assemblies that necessitate manufacturing processes that extend beyond the assigned equipment and facility capabilities of the metal storeroom machining equipment.  The individual will provide estimated times and required process plans for fabricating mechanical parts across various manufacturing equipment.


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To be qualified for this position at the ZT-III, applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-8 level (ZT-II for NIST employees).  Specialized experience is defined as experience in manufacturing, fabrication, CNC machining, manual machining, welding and sheet metal fabrication.


To be qualified for this position at the ZT-IV, applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level (ZT-III for NIST employees).  Specialized experience is defined as experiennce in the support of manufacturing activities through the application of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) and manual machine tools, operations and technologies used in the fabrication of complex mechanical parts, instruments and measuring devices.  Produces accurate mechanical parts and assemblies per mechanical drawings and specifications.  Requires expert knowledge and expertise in various machining operations, fabrication methods and mechanical measurement devices.


This position allows you to qualify and be considered based on your education. To receive this consideration, please submit a copy of your transcripts to document that you have met the education requirement. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. However, official transcripts will be required prior to a final offer of employment.

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 -
. 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 when requested will result in lost consideration.

All requirements must be met by the closing of this vacancy announcement.


We will review your resume and cover letter to determine if you meet the minimum qualification requirements for the position. If you meet the qualification requirements stated in the vacancy announcement, we will then compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses to the job questionnaire (which will be scored) and place you in one of the three pre-defined categories. Your responses to the job questionnaire will serve as the basis for your initial rating in one of three pre-defined categories "gold," "silver," and "bronze." Within each category, those eligible through veterans preference will be listed at the top of the category. More information about the three categories can be found at:
The candidates in the highest category will be certified for referral to the selecting official. If you are applying as a MERIT candidate, 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, operational cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire. However, your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the self-assessment questions, or your score may be lowered. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited to an interview. ICTAP and CTAP 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. The job questionnaire covers the following knowledge, skills and abilities/competencies:


  •  Knowledge in machining and manufacturing processes and fabrication of complex mechanical parts.
  • Ability to analyze complex technical drawings and to plan fabrication approach to complete part to design specifications. 
  • Skill in the use of complex measurement instruments and knowledge of basic metrology principles and techniques.
  • Ability to produce high quality mechanical parts that entail complex geometry and critical dimensions and tolerances.
  • Ability to communicate and relay interpretations and analysis to engineers/scientists.
  • Skill in utilizing manual machines, measurement instruments and other manufacturing systems.
  • Ability to use CAM software to support the fabrication of mechanical parts.

    "Your responses to the job questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your responses. Deliberate attempts to falsify information will be grounds for disqualifying you or for dismissing you from employment following acceptance.  Please review your responses before submitting your application to ensure the responses are accurate."

    NOTE:  Your resume must be complete, detailed and relevant to the position.  

To preview questions please click here.


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NIST offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employee Retirement System.  NIST also offers a broad array of work-life flexibilities and services to employees such as flexible work schedules, teleworking transit subsidies, on-site child care, fitness center, credit union, employee assistants programs, and free parking.  Learn more about NIST's work life programs by visiting  

The following web site is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees


A probationary period may be required.

Payment of relocation expenses is NOT authorized.

This position is covered by an Alternative Personnel Management System (APMS).  This system replaces the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and grades with career paths and pay bands.  For information regarding how the pay bands correspond to the General Schedule, visit

If you are a male born after December 31, 1959 you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.  Please see http://www.sss.govfor more information.

At NIST we are striving to make the application process as easy and efficient as possible. With that in mind, the resume and corresponding responses of successful candidates may be shared with other selecting officials at NIST with opportunities like the one you are applying to.  Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.

The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.  If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Specialist identified in this vacancy. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact Office of Workforce Management via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.


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You MUST apply on-line through the
USAJOBS website.  
Your complete application package MUST
  1. On-line resume
  2. Position questionnaire
  3. Submit Supporting Documents
  4. ,as
    applicable. See REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
How do you want to be considered?
The following are ways you may apply to this

Status Candidate - (also referred to as
merit promotion) refers to those individuals who
are current or former Federal civilian employees
who hold or held non-temporary appointments in
the competitive service, not the excepted
service. Certain eligible veterans may also
apply and be considered under VEOA for vacancy
announcements limited to status candidates. For
information on VEOA eligibility, please visit:
All Qualified - any qualified U.S.
citizen may apply to the announcement.

Special Appointing Authority - Disabled
veterans, persons with a disability and other
applicants eligible for noncompetitive
appointment under special appointing authorities
(i.e. VRA, etc), MUST indicate
eligibility in this application and submit proof
of eligibility prior to the closing date of this
announcement. For additional information on
special appointing authorities, visit:

NIST offers a one-stop website for veteran’s
information.  Check it out at http:
Problems Completing Your Application?
If you have problems completing your on-line
application, including problems submitting your
supporting documents, please contact the Hiring
Management Help Desk at 1-866-656-6831 or by e-
mail at The help desk is
available Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Eastern Time.

How Can I Find the Status of My Application?

You will receive a notice generated by the
USAJOBS System that you have successfully
transmitted your application.  You can check the
status of your application by accessing the
USAJOBS web site at and
clicking on "Applications."

If you do not have access to the internet,
please contact the Human Resources Specialist
listed on this vacancy announcement for
alternate methods of application.


  • Current Federal Government employees
    or employees eligible for reinstatement
    you MUST submit your most recent SF-50.
  • If you are a veteran, you MUST submit
    a copy of your DD214; if you are a disabled
    veteran, please submit a copy of your DD214, SF-
    15, and a copy of your VA Letter. http://
  • Career Transition Assistance Program
    You MUST submit an SF-50
    and RIF Notice dated within one year.
  • Interagency Career Transition Assistance
    Program (ICTAP) candidates:
    You MUST submit
    an SF-50 and RIF Notice dated within one year.

    Documents must be submitted prior to the
    closing date of the announcement.  Please be
    sure your document is legible.  Unfortunately,
    illegible supporting documentation will not be
    considered and you will not be contacted to
    submit additional copies.

    Supporting Document Submission

    Once you finish responding to the "All Grade
    Questions", you will be prompted to upload your
    supporting document(s) in one the following
    • Upload from a file,
    • Download from your USAJOBS application,
    • Fax to the number on the fax

    Select from one of three choices and follow the
    instructions on the screen.


Joy Herman
Phone: 301-975-3034
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
100 Bureau Drive
Gaithersburg, MD
Fax: 571-258-4052


After all application packages have been received, your application package will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualification requirements.  Best qualified candidates will be forwarded to the selecting official for consideration and may be interviewed.

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.  In considering you for this position, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

Status of Your Application:
You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at and clicking on "Track Your Online Application."

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