Applications must first meet the Basic Education Qualification Requirements listed below:
A. Professional engineering degree 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; or 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.
In addition to the above requirements, applicants must meet the following qualifications requirements of education, experience or a combination of both as follows:
For the GS-7 level - Successful completion of at least 1 year of graduate level education; OR Superior Academic Achievement (SAA). This 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;
OR One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 in federal service. 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 complete assignments in professional manner while working closely with a supervising professional engineer.
For the GS-9 level - Successful completion of at least 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or master's or equivalent graduate degree OR 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level in the federal service. Such experience must include a professional knowledge of Electrical Engineering theories, principles, and practices applicable to the evaluation of alternative plans, assisting with the determination of engineering feasibility of potential plans and features, and assisting with the preparation of designs and cost estimates for electrical systems. Examples of electrical systems may range from fiber optic communications to industrial systems and electrical transmission facilities. The incumbent will be expected to complete assignments in a professional manner under the direct supervision of a mentoring electrical engineer.
For the GS-11 level - Successful completion of at least 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education OR PhD or equivalent doctoral degree OR 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level in the federal service. Specialized experience is professional engineering experience in the repair, testing, or modification of electrical equipment and systems typical in power generation facilities. Such experience must include professional knowledge of Electrical Engineering theories, principles, and practices applicable to the formulation and evaluation of alternative plans, determination of engineering feasibility of potential plans and features, and preparation of designs and cost estimates for a wide variety of electrical systems. Examples of electrical systems range from fiber optic communications, to 500-kV circuit breakers and transformers, and include control and protective sub-systems. Other applicable experience could include industrial systems and electrical transmission facilities. The incumbent is expected to complete assignments in a professional manner without daily direct supervision of the required steps.
If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications. An official transcript bears the University Seal and a signature certifying its authenticity and must be provided from the institution awarding the degree. Academic transcripts certified by notary publics are NOT official. Official transcripts must be submitted prior to reporting to work as a condition of employment. Failure to submit official transcripts may be grounds for dismissal or rescission of the job offer.
This position has a mandatory education requirement; you must furnish a copy of your transcript of college work completed (unofficial copy is acceptable). Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred. Non-submission will result in you being rated not qualified for the position.
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.
If you are claiming eligibility based on Superior Academic Achievement (only possible at grade 07), you must submit a copy of your college transcripts or equivalent documents to support your education. Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred. For information on Superior Academic Achievement, visit: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-II/s2-e5.asp#e4f .
You must meet all qualification requirements and any selective factors, by the closing date of the announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Category rating and selection procedures will be used to evaluate applications from this announcement. 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, 2) Well Qualified, and 3) 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 60 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. Knowledge of electrical engineering concepts, and principles, sufficient to apply them to equipment and systems.
2. Knowledge of preventative and break-down maintenance of electrical and electronic equipment. (As found in power or industrial facilities that could include rotating equipment such as generators, motors, motor/generators, transformers, switchgear, insulated cables, elevators, etc. and switchgear equipment, up to 500kv, and the associated auxiliary equipment including control, protection, and alarms.)
3. Knowledge of electrical tests as they apply to evaluations of electrical equipment and electrical insulation materials.
4. Ability to read and interpret electrical, mechanical, and structural drawings or schematics.
5. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
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.