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Job Title:  Electronics Engineer
Agency:  Federal Communications Commission
Job Announcement Number:  DEU-OET-2013-0015

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$74,872.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year
Friday, March 01, 2013 to Monday, August 26, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy - District Of Columbia County, DC, US  View 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, Policy and Rules Division, Washington, D.C.  Relocation expenses will not be paid.


  • US Citizenship
  • Security Clearance Required
  • Suitable for employment as determined by a background investigation.
  • Must submit a financial disclosure statement upon assuming the position
  • Serve a probationary period of one year, if applicable
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service


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Applies  advanced principles and practices of electronics engineering, drawing on the work of expert technical bodies and similar resources, to evaluate and address complex proceedings (e.g., developing policy recommendations that effectively balance varied considerations such as technical , efficient and effective use of the spectrum, the potential impact on existing services, public policy goals, and economic and policy considerations). Reviews assigned petitions and summaries the comments filed on the record; determines the nature and complexity of the engineering issues involved; establishes the goals, objectives, formats and deadlines for studying the issues; and plans, conducts, and oversees studies to determine the most cost effective and spectrally efficient means of accomplishing the defined radio service objectives, Negotiate resolutions to complex engineering and policy matters with parties outside the FCC, including but not limited to representatives of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the State Department, the Commerce Department, the Federal Aviation Administration, as well as representatives of foreign countries; conduct technical analysis relating to rulemakings to implement FCC responsibilities under the Communications Act especially with respect to the authority given to the Commission to allocate frequency bands for the use of specific radio communication services and to provide for use of frequencies without the need for a specific license, which involves a variety of services and technologies related to broadcast television, mobile wireless, and/or technology sectors of our economy including technologies such as 4G LTE and Wi-Fi like networks under both licensed and unlicensed models of spectrum access and commercial wireless broadband services interference modeling and analyses, band plan optimization, analysis of compatibility with other radio communication services.    Prepares reports concerning unlicensed use on TV Whites Spaces approach, U-NII wireless systems etc.  and prepares technical engineering material covering radio frequency devices, including responses to correspondence and the development of technical reports for consideration by Commission staffs, for use in the establishment and implementation of technical requirements concerning interference control.  Drafts memoranda, correspondence, and speeches, and drafts Commission decision documents, in order to brief and assist the Commissions and their staffs, the Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology, and the chiefs of other Offices and Bureaus, and to respond to public and Congressional inquiries.  Participates in conferences relating to advanced communications systems and serves on various government and industry committees.


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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 at the GS-12 level includes the following:

  1. Performing engineering analysis and studies concerning communications systems(e.g. wide area networks);
  2. Analyzing and re-writing policy or interpretations of technical data (e.g. wide area broadband and internet systems);
  3. Planning or administering electronics engineering projects or programs.
At the GS-13, level, specialized experience includes the following:
  1. Performing engineering analysis and studies concerning communications systems;
  2. Developing and writing policy or interpretations of technical data (e.g. wide area networks);
  3. Managing or administering electronics engineering projects or programs (e.g. wide area broadband and internet systems); 
  4. Writing technical documents, reports, memos, correspondence (e.g. broadband/internet policy).

Educational Requirements: 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.  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.  Applicants will be rated ineligible, if they do not respond to job specific questions and submit a resume.  For more information, please click on Rating Process.

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;

3.  supplemental documentation (e.g., DD-214, SF-50, SF-15, transcripts), if applicable; and

4.  your resume.


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The FCC offers a wide range of employee benefits, including:

Health Insurance
Life Insurance
Dental & Vision Insurance
Flexible Spending Accounts
Long-Term Care Insurance
Holidays and Leave
Thrift Savings Plan
Transit Benefit
Alternative Work Schedule



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To apply to this announcement go to FCCJobs.  Your application, including resume, all supplemental documents, 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 print coversheets - the fax number will be listed on this sheet. 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:
  • 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.
  • 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 well qualified (a score of 80 or above) for the position.
  • If applying for consideration under a non-competitive appointment such as Schedule A, Excepted Service, all documentation establishing your eligibility must be provided.
  • 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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