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Job Title:  Electronics Engineer
Department:  Department of Defense
Agency:  Defense Information Systems Agency
Job Announcement Number:  D-DISA-867727-13

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
Thursday, March 28, 2013 to Thursday, April 04, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort Meade, MD United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Who May Apply:  All U.S. Citizens

If you want to do interesting and challenging work and to make a contribution to national defense, DISA is a great place for you.  DISA provides secure and reliable communications and computing support that enable the President and our military forces to communicate globally through voice, video, and data transmission.  DISA is a leader within the Federal Government in implementing "people programs" and offers a broad range of quality-of-life and training programs.  Go to for more information.

This position is being announced using the USA Staffing Application Manager system.  Please click the How to Apply tab for instructions on applying for this position.


  • U.S. Citizenship or National


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·        Plans, organizes, directs, and accomplishes studies, analyses, and evaluations of plans, programs, projects, policies, and procedures to support the implementation of robust and secure command and control (C2) and information/knowledge management (IM/KM) systems within the National Military Command System (NMCS).

·        Provides technical guidance to specialists and engineers in C2 and IM/KM systems life-cycle management, networks, communications, and systems development.

·        Develops, engineers, and tests NMCS systems that meet user-defined functional/operational requirements while maintaining appropriate information security.

·        Develops and executes evaluation and test plans to ensure C2 and IM/KM systems meet functional/operational requirements and preserve/maintain information/operational security.

·        Investigates and analyzes a variety of unusual problems, questions, or conditions associated with integrating NMCS systems and networks to function with maximum efficiency.  Integrates NMCS systems into the National Leadership Command Capability (NLCC) system.


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Basic Requirements:


You must show successful completion of a full course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree or higher in engineering, physical science, life science, or mathematics.


The Engineering series - GS-855 Electronics Engineer- require a degree in professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must 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. (See link to OPM Qualification Standards for more details). 


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) 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: 


·         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. 

·         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 of 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 Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least 1 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.

·         Specified academic courses--Specified academic courses--Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences. This course work included differential and integral calculus, as well as courses in at least five of the seven areas listed in the second bullet above. In addition, I have professional engineering experience when combined with my education totals at least four years. (NOTE: You must submit a copy of your transcripts along with your application for verification) and a verification of employment from a supervisor stating you have performed professional engineering duties.

 ·       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 1 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 engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.) and a verification of employment from a supervisor stating you have performed professional engineering duties.


In addition to meeting the basic requirement, qualified applicants must possess:

One year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to that of the next lower grade within the federal service, which demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position, is required.

For the GS-12 level, specialized experience is defined as experience with gathering command and control (C2) and information/knowledge management (IM/KM) systems requirements and developing technical solutions consistent with security policies, procedures, and practices.

For the GS-13 level, specialized experience is defined as experience with project planning, systems and electronics engineering, systems integration, and security architecture to include all phases of life-cycle management such as requirements analysis, system design, integration, testing, fielding, operations and maintenance (O&M), and retirement.

Education is not substitutable for specialized experience for this grade level.

Background or Security Investigation:  The individual selected will be subject to an investigation in conjunction with granting of a security clearance prior to appointment.  Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI clearance.  For more information about receiving and maintaining a security clearance, please click here.


Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures.  We will review your resume and supporting documentation and compare this information to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this job.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your rating.  Eligible candidates will then be placed for selection consideration into 3 categories as described below:

1.  Qualified Category.   Meets the minimum qualifications and demonstrates minimum experience and/or training only based on responses to occupational questionnaire.

2.  Highly Qualified Category.   Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates full-performance level experience based on responses to occupational questionnaire.

3.  Best Qualified Category.   Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates experience as an expert in the field or recognized as a senior specialist, team lead, etc.


Application of Veterans Preference:  The Category Rating Method 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 eligible's who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of 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 selections from the highest quality category (Best Qualified) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied. 

The Assessment Questionnaire takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and collects information on your education, training and experience related to the following critical competencies: 

·         TECHNICAL COMPETENCE— apply professional engineering principles to complex computer based systems that require advanced research, design, development, and maintenance of information technology and communication systems.

·         PROJECT MANAGEMENT—Use principles, methods, and tools for developing, scheduling, coordinating, and managing programs, projects and resources.

·         POLICY; PROCESS; PROCEDURES; AND PLANNINGUses existing and develops needed; policies, processes, procedures and plans for existing and future systems, networks, and equipment. 

·         STRATEGIC THINKING AND PROBLEM SOLVING—Formulates effective strategies with a long term perspective and determining objectives, setting priorities, and anticipating potential threats and opportunities.

·         COMMUNICATIONS AND CUSTOMER SUPPORT—Ability to express information in written or verbal format to individuals or groups effectively, and make clear and convincing oral presentations.



All information included in the resume and Occupational Questionnaire is subject to review and verification.  HR will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements.  Applicants meeting the minimum requirements will be further evaluated by information provided in the Occupational Questionnaire.  If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have misrepresented your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position and, if you're already an employee, you may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including removal from Federal service.


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These benefits generally apply if you are selected for a permanent or term appointment:

·         The Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program has many plans to choose from, all at very reasonable rates, which can be paid from pre-tax income.  

·         The Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) is one of the premier retirement programs in the Nation.   The program features three components: a retirement pension; the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP, an employee controlled investment program); and social security.

·         Federal Employee Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) offers numerous life insurance policy options covering federal employees and dependents.

For more benefits information please visit:


  • Moving expenses may be paid.  Recruitment, Retention and Relocation Incentives may be authorized, however, only current Federal employees are eligible for Retention and Relocation Incentives.
  • Selections are subject to restrictions resulting from DoD Program for Stability of Civilian Employment.
  • A one year probationary or trial period may be required.
  • This is a Drug Testing position.
  • This position may require occasional travel.
  • We may use this announcement to fill additional vacancies within 90 days of the closing date.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see
  • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Priority Consideration:  If you are a displaced Federal Civil Service employee, and have a minimum score of 85, you may be entitled to receive special priority selection under the ICTAP.  For more information on ICTAP, click here ICTAP GuidanceNOTE: If you have never worked for the Federal Government, you are NOT ICTAP eligible. 
  • Retired Civil Service Employee:  Employment of retired Federal employees receiving an annuity is subject to the requirements of the Department of Defense (DoD) policy guidance.  (See DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 300, at


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package.  See required documents below.

  1.  Click ‘Apply Online' to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.
  2.  Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire and upload required documents.
  3.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application.
  4.  Applications must be received by the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.
  5.  Check application status or return to a previous or incomplete application by logging into your USAJOBS account, clicking Application Status, then More Information for this position.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 867727.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

You are highly encouraged to submit your application package and complete your assessment questionnaire on-line.  If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click to view and print the assessment questionnaire  View Occupational Questionnaire

  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire

  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.

PLEASE NOTE:  When completing the 1203-FX, be sure to select only one response for each question.  Selecting more than one response for a question may result in your application package being rated ineligible.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1.     Résumé, you are encouraged to choose only ONE method of submitting your resume.  (HR will review the resume that the system date stamps as the latest one received and this may not be the resume which best reflects your qualfications for the job and may result in an ineligible rating.)  You may submit your resume by:  attaching it within your USAJOBS account;  uploading it within your Application Manager account; OR faxing it.

2.     Complete Assessment Questionnaire

3.     Other Supporting Documents

The following supporting documents are ONLY required if applicable to your personal qualifications or status.  They must be received by the closing date of the announcement or at the time of application if applying to an announcement with an extended closing date. 

1.  Transcripts and/or Certifications:  You must submit documentation to substantiate any claim of education.  Please submit a copy of your transcripts or a list of courses, grades earned. 

2.  Veterans Preference:  If you are claiming veteran's preference, you MUST submit the appropriate documentation.  Failure to do so WILL result in the loss of veteran's preference, and will possibly impact your placement on the certificate.   For more veterans' information please click here.

·         10-Point Veterans' Preference:  You MUST submit a signed SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof as required by the SF-15. Click here for a copy of the SF-15.

·         5-Point Veterans' Preference:  You MUST submit a copy of your DD-214 which includes Character of Service (usually Member-4 copy).  If you are currently active duty, a "Statement of Service" will be accepted up to 120 days prior to separation date IF a terminal leave form or DD214 cannot be provided.  The "Statement of Service" must be signed by, or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters and must indicate when your terminal leave will begin, your rank, dates of active duty service, the Type of Discharge and Character of Service (i.e. honorable).

3.  Military Spouse Preference:  Copy of spousal travel orders providing eligibility.

4.  ICTAP Eligibles:  A copy of the RIF separation notice and SF50 if available.

5.  Cover Letter:  You may submit a cover letter which will be forwarded to the selecting official with your resume.  Your cover letter will not be used to verify your qualifications or eligibility.

Failure to submit a complete application package including any required documentation by the closing date of the announcement, or at the time of application for announcements with an extended closing date, may result in an ineligible rating and loss of consideration.


HR Customer Care Center
Phone: (317)212-0454
TDD: 317-212-6579
Agency Information:
Defense Information Systems Agency DEU
Indianapolis, IN


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job, and will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps has been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

You will no longer need to call the HR Office to determine your application status. USAJOBS has added an alert setting to their system to drive status updates notification for applicants.  You can elect to activate the proactive notification from your USAJOBS profile at any point during the application process to sign-up for automatic alerts when there are status changes for jobs to which you have applied. 

It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that information and documents entered, uploaded, or faxed is received, legible and accurate.  HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant.

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