This position has a mandatory education requirement.
Applicants must first meet the Basic Education Qualification Requirements within 3 months of the closing date of this announcement, listed below:
A. Professional engineering degree (1) from a school of engineering with at least one or more 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 (advanced beyond 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 physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of 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;
2) Written test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer in Training exam or the written test required for professional registration;
3) Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours 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 appropriate professional field provided applicant has 1 year professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.
Foreign Education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, applicants must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.
In addition to the mandatory education requirements, applicants must meet the following qualifications requirements of education, experience or a combination of both as follows:
-- To qualify for the GS-7 level, you must have successful completion of at least 1 year of graduate level education -OR- Superior Academic Achievement (SAA)** -OR- at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 in federal service.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: This is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and that is typically in or related to the work of the position. For this position, that would include experience performing electronic engineering work, which may include involvement in the operation, maintenance, installation, or modification of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system and electronic security systems (ESS). Such experience must include knowledge of Electrical Engineering theories, principles, and practices including an ability to work with and understand electrical power, communication, and control drawings. Other applicable experience could include industrial systems and electrical work on large facilities. The incumbent will be expected to gain experience in order to be able to complete assignments in a professional manner while working closely under the direct professional supervision of a mentoring engineer.
**The SAA provision applies to undergraduate record only. It is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade point average, or (3) honor society membership. Applicant must supply documentation (i.e. transcripts, certificates) to verify; 1. Class Standing: Applicant must be in the upper third of their graduating class in the college or university. 2. Grade point average: 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 as recorded on official transcript. 3. Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society: These honor societies are listed in the Association of College Honor Societies.
If you do not meet the Basic Education Qualification Requirement and the education/experience requirements, you will be determined not qualified for this position.
You must furnish a copy of your transcript of college work completed (unofficial copy is acceptable). Non-submission will result in you being rated not qualified for the position.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Category rating and selection procedures will be used for evaluating this position. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories: 1) Best Qualified, and 2) Qualified. Qualified candidates will be assigned a numerical score on a scale of 70-100 and Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category. The assessment questionnaire will take you approximately 30 minutes to complete.
Applicants will be further evaluated on the following "Knowledge, Skills and Abilities-KSAs" through your resume and responses to the online questions:
1. Professional knowledge of the concepts, principles, practices and techniques of electronic engineering and a knowledge of the concepts, principles, and practices of electrical, mechanical and civil engineering in order to provide professional staff expertise and technical coordination and oversight of operations, maintenance, installation, and modification of the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) System and and Electronic Security Systems (ESS).
2. Knowledge of real time, electronic distributed control systems and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Systems used to control power generation and/or transmission operations at several geographically dispersed locations from one, central location.
3. Skill in troubleshooting complex problems of the SCADA systems and ESS and supporting equipment and in programming each component to meet operational and maintenance needs.
4. Skill in effectively communicating both verbally and in writing.
5. Knowledge of and ability to apply project management concepts, techniques, and principles including project scheduling, cost estimating, and monitoring accumulated expenditures in order to ensure project management activities are carried out effectively and efficiently.
6. Understanding of various types of contracts, techniques for contracting and procurement, and contract administration in order to serve as and obtain COR/COTR certification and to administer contracts.
Applicant's answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resume. Be sure that the resume clearly supports the responses to all the questions by addressing experience, education and/or training relevant to this position. Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. Applicants who exaggerate or falsify their experience and/or education may be removed from employment consideration. To preview questions please click here.