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Job Title:  Computer Engineer
Department:  Department of the Army
Agency:  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Job Announcement Number:  WTHE12297645799260

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$60,520.00 to $94,300.00 / Per Year
Monday, December 10, 2012 to Sunday, December 23, 2012
Full Time - Permanent
3 vacancies in the following location:
Portland, OR United StatesView Map
Please see the who may apply section of the Vacancy Announcement


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:

The position is located in the Hydroelectric Design Center (HDC), which is the hydropower center of expertise for the Corps of Engineers. HDC provides nation-wide engineering services for hydropower facilities and pumping stations. As a Computer Engineer, in the field of data acquisition and controls systems the incumbent serves as a technical expert and consultant in all phases of software development, hardware issues, computer system architecture, and network technology related to hydropower controls.


Who May Apply: Click here for more information.

Current Civilian Army Employees on Career or Career Conditional Appointments

DoD Transfer Employees

Non-DoD Transfer Employees

Reinstatement Applicants

Military Spouses under E.O. 13473

Family Members under E.O. 12721

30% Disabled Veterans

Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) Applicants

Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA) Applicants (at the GS-11 level only)

DoD Non-Appropriated Fund (NAF) Employees

Other Federal Agency with Interchange Agreement Employees

People with Disabilities

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) Applicants



  • TDY required 35% of the time.


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In this position, you will perform professional computer software engineering work and serve as a technical expert and consultant in the research and development of substantially improved or extensively modified concepts, principles, and techniques relating to all phases of Data acquisition and control systems (DACS). This includes software and hardware issues, computer system architecture, local area network, wide area network, and technology. You will conceive, develop, implement, and maintain techniques and methodologies to permit efficient and effective use of highly sophisticated and extensive data information processing facilities. You will also analyze current DACS activities and lead efforts either to improve methods of operation, or to effect termination. Other duties will include the design, development, and overseeing of software and hardware system performance.


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To view the Office of Personnel Management Qualification Standards for this position please use the link provided below:


For the GS-11 Grade Level: 

Qualified applicants for this position must described in their resume a year or more of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in Federal Service in computer engineering experience with local area network and wide area network technology, gathering information to prepare studies geared at innovative modification for a data acquisition control system or other major control systems.


For the GS-12 Grade Level:

Qualified applicants for this position must described in their resume a year or more of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in Federal Service. This includes engineering experience with local area network and wide area network technology and applying the modifications to a data acquisition control system or other major control systems. 


You will be evaluated in the following areas:

-Software Design

-Software Installation

-Customer Service


Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must meet the Time in Grade Restriction.


This occupation has specific educational requirements which apply to all positions. The next series of questions will be used to determine if you meet the minimum educational requirements. From the options below select the answer which appropriately describes your educational background. Education above high school level must have been completed in a U.S. college, university, or other educational institution that has been accredited by one of the accrediting agencies or associations recognized by the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education. Transcripts are required at the time of application.


Computer Engineer Education Requirements:


To meet the educational requirements, you must have:

A. Degree in 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.
B.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. 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. 3) Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physcal, 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 one year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.

Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at - and

Applicants qualifying at the GS-11 level based upon education must have completed 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

Applicants qualifying for this position at the GS-11 level based upon a combination of specialized experience and education must compute the percent of education and experience they have completed, and together they must equal 100%. To do this, divide the number of graduate semester hours completed by 54 and this is the percentage of education you have completed; next divide the number of months of specialized experience you have completed by 12, this is the percentage of experience you have completed. Add the two percentages; together they must equal 100% to qualify.

On your resume, please include college/university, dates attended, degree achieved, semester hours earned, GPA, major field of study, 24 semester hours of specific courses and course hours in your major. Failure to provide this education information on your resume may result in an ineligible rating.

Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please include this information in your resume.


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.

A personnel security investigation is required.

Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.


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


-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

-Mass transit subsidy

-Payment of licenses, certification, and academic degrees as applicable

-Bonuses, incentives, and awards as appropriate for the job


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Permanent Change of Station (PCS) allowances are authorized.

Salary includes applicable locality pay.

Management may select at any of the grade levels announced.

Noncompetitve promotion protential to target grade.

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.

Credit will be given for unpaid work experience.


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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 Sunday, December 23, 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 799260.  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 Occupational Questionnaire,

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 WER USACE Portland District
US Army Corps of Engineers Portland D
Civilian Personnel Advisory Center
333 SW 1st Ave 8th Floor
Portland, OR


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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