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Job Title:Electronics Engineer (2 Positions)

Agency:Federal Communications Commission

Job Announcement Number:DEU-OET-2013-0011

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$89,033.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year


Friday, February 01, 2013 to Friday, March 01, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




2 vacancies in the following location:
Columbia, MD, USView Map


All U.S. Citizens


The FCC is an independent United States government agency, directly responsible to Congress. The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and is charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC's jurisdiction covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. possessions.

This position is located in the Office of Engineering and Technology, Laboratory Division in Columbia, MD. Relocation expenses will not be paid.


This announcement has been amended to extend the closing date from 2/15/13 to 3/1/13.


  • Education-Transcripts Required
  • Background Investigation
  • US Citizenship
  • Serve a probationary period of one year, if applicable
  • Must submit a financial disclosure statement upon assuming the position
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service


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The incumbent will be responsible for performing engineering analyses related to various types of devices subject to Commission equipment authorization procedures and sales and marketing regulations; testing and evaluating pre-grant and post-grant equipment submitted by manufacturers; using measured data, mathematical models and Commission standards in determining compliance; processing of applications for equipment authorization; preparing reports, studies and recommendations pertaining to such equipment; approval or denial of applications for equipment authorization; processing of requests from outside parties, Enforcement Bureau or other Government agencies for testing of potentially non-compliant equipment; developing new test methods to meet the technical rules established by the Commission; advising on rule changes affecting equipment authorization and preparing correspondence related to the equipment authorization program; promoting privatization of the equipment authorization program and international harmonization of conformity assessment schemes by negotiating and supporting Telecommunication Certification Bodies (TCBs); performing compliance audits of grants issued by TCBs; reviewing and approving test laboratories for certification of equipment; interpreting the Commissions technical and marketing rules and providing guidance to manufacturers, test labs and TCBs on the equipment authorization requirements including test procedures; managing the Commission's importation program and advising various parties on the limitations and compliance requirements for importing equipment in the US; working with technical staff of other Bureaus and Offices on development of new technical rules; developing Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC), Radio Frequency (RF) Safety and Hearing Aid Compatibility (HAC) compliance exposure and telecom measurement standards procedures and standards for equipment authorization; advising on rule changes affecting equipment authorization and preparing correspondence related to the equipment authorization program.


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Applicants must meet eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Specialized Experience: Applicants must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade in the Federal service. For this position, specialized experience includes the following:

For GS-13:

1.)analyzing and evaluating new and emerging technology laboratory tests for Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC), Radio Frequency (RF) Safety and Hearing Aid Compatibility (HAC) compliance; 2) interpreting  and understanding the concepts, principles and practices of electronics engineering as it relates to the state-of-the-art wireless telecommunications systems; 3.) applying antenna theory, EMC, propagation, and RF power management practices as they relate to RF transmitter performance evaluations.

For GS-14 :

1.)analyzing and evaluating new and emerging technology laboratory tests for Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC), Radio Frequency (RF) Safety and Hearing Aid Compatibility (HAC) compliance; 2) interpreting and advising on the concepts, principles and practices of electronics engineering as it relates to the state-of-the-art wireless telecommunications systems; 3.) interpreting and applying antenna theory, EMC, propagation, and RF power management practices as they relate to RF transmitter performance evaluations; 4) applying electronic engineering concepts, theories, principles and practices regarding metrology and laboratory techniques, mathematical models and relevant standards to EMC,RF Safety and HAC evaluation.

A. 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) statistics, 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 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. 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 or 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 one 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 one 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 engineer-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.) FOREIGN EDUCATION: To receive credit for education outside the U.S., you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

Please note your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the vacancy questions. Your resume is an integral part of the process for determining if you meet the basic qualifications of the position and determining if you are to be among the best qualified.


All applicants will be rated on the extent and quality of experience and education relevant to the duties of the position. The FCC determines the BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATES based on the major job related competencies and evaluation of your knowledge, skills, and abilities reflected in your application and supporting documents using the CATEGORY RATING PROCESS. All eligible applicants under Delegated Examining (DEU) will be placed in one of the following three categories: 1. Highly Qualified (Score 90-100) - the applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of major job related competencies and possession of all evaluation criteria; 2. Fully Qualified (Score 80-89) - the applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of major job related competencies and possession of the evaluation criteria; and 3. Minimally Qualified (Score of 70-79)- the applicants possessing only the specialized experience described in the vacancy announcement. An automated score is administered based on the on-line application process used. Eligible applicants will receive a numerical rating based on their responses to the job specific questions for this position submitted via the FCCJobs website. Application of Veterans Preference: The category rating process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three" but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have compensable service-connected disability at least 10 percent MUST be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher. A selecting official may make selection from the highest quality category ("HIGHLY QUALIFIED") provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in the same category. Applicants under Merit Promotion will be considered in accordance with the agency's merit promotion plan and union agreement. There are several parts to the application process that affect the overall evaluation of your application including: 1. the core questions (answered when you register in FCCJobs); 2. the vacancy questions (answered when you apply for this vacancy). To view the vacancy questions please visit our website at FCCJobs and click on Search Public Jobs Now' and view the announcement as well as the vacancy questions; and 4. supplemental documentation (e.g., DD-214, SF-50, SF-15, transcripts), if applicable; and 5. your resume or C.V.; Applicants will be rated ineligible, if they do not respond to job specific questions and submit resume. For more information, please click on Rating Process.


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The FCC offers a wide range of employee benefits, including: Health Insurance Life Insurance Long-Term Care Insurance Thrift Savings Plan Retirement Holidays and Leave Health Care Flexible Spending Account Transportation Subsidy Alternative Work Schedule Telecommuting


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-  Before hiring, an agency will ask you to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.  The agency will also ask you to sign and certify the accuracy of all the information in your application.  If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you
begin work; or you may be fined or jailed.
  • If you are a male over age 18 who was born after December 31, 1959, you must have registered with the Selective Service System (or have an exemption) to be eligible for a Federal job.

    -  If applicable, you will be required to serve a trial/probationary period of one year.

    -  In order for you to be employed at the FCC, there are certain Commission and Federal laws governing the financial interests of you and members of your immediate family. If selected for the position, you must submit a financial disclosure statement upon assuming the position.


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    To apply to this announcement go to FCCJobs. Your application, including resume, all supplemental documents (i.e transcripts), registration information and answers to job specific questions must be received no later than midnight U.S. Eastern time of the closing date. For more information, please click on How to Apply, Applying for Jobs, and Inputting Resumes. If you have question or problems with password or logging in, please click on Passwords, IDs, and Logging In. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact the Federal Communications Commission's Human Resources Office at (202) 418-0130 during business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time) prior to the closing date of the vacancy announcement. NOTE: FCC Bargaining Unit employees may apply via hardcopy by printing the vacancy announcement and emailing, faxing, or hand delivering the completed package to Human Resources or you may apply on-line using FCCJobs. Qualified applicants may be further reviewed and rated by Subject Matter Experts to determine the validity of on-line question responses in accordance with the Commission's Basic Negotiated Agreement.


    ***Some positions require supplemental document(s). Documents must be received in the FCC'S Human Resources Office by midnight U.S. Eastern Time of the closing date of the announcement. Once you apply to this vacancy you will be prompted by the system to either upload the documents or print fax coversheets to fax the documents. The fax number will be listed on this sheet. If faxing, supplemental document(s) required should be faxed separately on the fax coversheet provided. Once faxed, you should receive an email confirmation within an hour. If you do not receive an email confirmation, your fax has not been successfully received and you should fax again. If you are unable to fax the required documentation, contact the Human Resources Office at 202-418-0130 prior to 5:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.*** Hardcopy Supplement Documents Required: 1. When the area of consideration is "Government-Wide" or "All U.S. Citizens" current Federal employees, including those eligible for noncompetitive transfer or reassignment, must provide a legible hardcopy of Personnel Action, SF-50, that verifies your status and highest permanently held grade along with your most recent annual performance appraisal. 2. ICTAP eligible candidates must submit a copy of their most recent annual performance appraisal (at least "Meets or Exceeds" or equivalent) and proof of eligibility such as a RIF separation notice or letter from OPM, or your agency documenting your priority consideration status. You must be rated fully qualified (a score of 80 or above) for the position. 3. If applying for consideration under a non-competitive appointment such as Schedule A, Excepted Service, all documentation establishing your eligibility must be provided. 4. Veterans must submit form DD-214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," or an SF-15, "Application for 10- Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.




    Teresa Spikes
    Phone: 202-418-0120
    Fax: 202-418-1498
    TDD: 202-418-0126
    Agency Information:
    Federal Communications Commission
    445 12th Street, SW
    Washington DC, DC
    Fax: 202-418-1498


    Once your complete application is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications to determine your ranking. The best-qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome.

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