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Job Title:  AST, Control Systems
Department:  National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Agency:  Langley Research Center
Job Announcement Number:  LA13D0036

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$68,809.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year
Thursday, May 02, 2013 to Thursday, May 16, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Hampton, VAView Map
This announcement is open to all qualified U.S. citizens.


NASA, the world's leader in space and aeronautics is always seeking outstanding scientists, engineers, and other talented professionals to carry forward the great discovery process that its mission demands. Creativity. Ambition. Teamwork. A sense of daring. And a probing mind. That's what it takes to join NASA, one of the best places to work in the Federal Government.

The incumbent serves as a Facility Automation Controls Engineer and Project/Work Package Manager in the Projects and Engineering Branch.



  • Occasional travel may be required
  • A one-year probationary period may be required
  • Position subject to pre-employment background investigation
  • Selectee must complete a financial disclosure statement


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The incumbent serves as a Facility Automation Controls Engineer and Project/Work Package Manager in the Projects and Engineering Branch. Incumbent will be engaged in research, development, design, fabrication, test, and evaluation of equipment, systems, or techniques for detecting, referencing, computing, recording,
and measuring physical conditions and environment, as well as communication, control, test, calibration, and operations related to space and ground systems.

As a Facility Automation Systems Technical Specialist, develops or directs the development of designs, analysis, acquisition, implementation, integration, testing and checkout of projects or systems with national impact. As a controls engineer, the incumbent provides computer/software engineering expertise in the area of facility automation for the Center. Applies specialized technical knowledge of professional computer engineering and scientific concepts, methods, and procedures to analyze and define the requirements of multi-phase projects. Supports requests for assessment, review, analyses, and design of unique automation and data systems for wind tunnel and other research systems across the Center. Develops or directs the
development of automation system applications involving state-of-the-art tools and computing systems in areas that may be controversial and precedent-setting in nature to meet specific mission requirements. The incumbent develops, designs, analyzes, installs, troubleshoots, commissions, and tests hardware/software
systems used in the real-time control of wind tunnels and research facilities at Langley Research Center. Responsible for the architecture of structured computer programs, algorithms, and control logic utilizing various types of electronic hardware including embedded microprocessors, proportional integral derivative devices, motion controllers, potentiometers, encoders, analog/digital input/output boards, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), fuzzy logic controllers, communication boards, network devices, and control room operational screens and interfaces. The incumbent reviews, advises on, and conducts complex analysis and development studies in support of major organization programs, including analysis of novel, unprecedented, or controversial problems. The incumbent analyzes/applies findings from comprehensive technical reviews of
literature in the development of national program guidance, mission guidance, or directives.

Manages significant elements or phases of projects related to major Center functions, programs, or projects. Serves as a controls engineer in coordinating and integrating the planning, programming, development, oversight, scheduling, and overall management of resources for multi¬phase projects. The incumbent
manages control and automation systems projects funded through the Construction of Facilities (CoF), maintenance, and research programs. The incumbent leads critical decisions associated with technical performance, personnel and funding, contracting, safety, and scheduling. The incumbent directs the activities of electrical, mechanical, controls, and civil engineers, technicians, safety personnel, and contractors who comprise multi-disciplinary teams. The incumbent guides and evaluates contractor efforts and assesses technical progress in relation to the established data and systems implementation schedule and
resources. Reviews plans, specifications, and cost estimates for technical adequacy. Reports progress and/or problems. Where deficiencies are noted, directs necessary changes, resolves controversial problems, assures conformance to plans and systems requirements, and furnishes other assistance as required.

The incumbent oversees the technical aspects of projects by establishing performance objectives, assessing and selecting system design concepts, and resolving technical problems. Develops Statements of Work for project design, construction, testing, and acceptance for task/delivery orders and directs and monitors contractor activities associated with the above assignments on a project or task basis. The incumbent accomplishes varied and complex project management duties in conjunction with coordinating project teams and making decisions to achieve project requirements within schedule and budget limits.


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Applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade, knowledge required to perform the work within this specialty spans digital computers, software engineering, and systems engineering principles as they apply to development and operation of experimental research
facilities engaged in aerospace research, development, and testing. Also required is technical expertise in software engineering, computer and control system hardware technology, communication and network hardware devices, and control room operational interfaces. In addition, demonstrate knowledge of
programming languages such as Microsoft/C++, UNIX C/C++, FORTRAN, and Pascal and software development environments, like EPICS. The incumbent must be knowledgeable with communication
protocols such as Ethernet, TCP/lP, and Channel Access and the programming environments of LabVIEW, RSLogix, and PanelView.

Basic Education Requirement: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major study in engineering, physical science, mathematics, life sciences, computer science, or other field of science.
Degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position.

U.S. citizenship is required.


NASA uses an automated system (Resumix) that matches the competencies extracted from your resume to the competencies identified by the selecting official for the position. Based on the competencies you match, you are placed in one of three categories identified as 90, 80, or 70 pt. quality categories, which are defined as:

90 pt. Category - Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and has experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.

80 pt. Category - Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.

70 pt. Category - Fails to meet criteria described in the 80 pt. category.
Additional application guidance is available in NASA's Applicant Guide.

Information for Veterans: The Category Rating Process protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed at the top of the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.

For the purpose of the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), candidates rated in the top quality category are considered well-qualified.


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NASA offers excellent benefit programs and competitive salaries. To learn more about pay and benefits at NASA, click HERE.


Any applicant tentatively selected for this position may be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation.

Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. See 'How You Will Be Evaluated' for definition of well qualified.

Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP consideration must indicate their eligibility when applying for a position. The USAJOBS resume asks you to identify your ICTAP eligibility; the NASA Supplemental Information asks you to identify your CTAP eligibility. If you are selected for the position, you must be prepared to submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.

As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

In order to receive preference in hiring, you must clearly identify your claim for veterans preference on your resume.

U.S. citizenship is required. NASA's Applicant Guide provides the information needed to assist you in determining whether or not you can claim 5 or 10 point veterans preference. You should not submit documents to prove your eligibility for veterans preference at this time. However, you must be prepared to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form) as requested by the Human Resources Office. Veterans preference will only be considered based on what is supported For instance, if you claim 10-point preference, but are only able to document 5-point preference, you will be considered accordingly. If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.

Your USAJOBS account asks you to assign a name to each of your resumes. When you apply to a NASA position, we will show you the text of the resume you have submitted, but we do not maintain the name you have assigned to that resume. If you wish to keep track of that information, we recommend you make note of it at the time you apply.

Relocation expenses will not be authorized.


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This vacancy is being filled through NASA STARS, an automated Staffing and Recruitment System. NASA partners with USAJOBS in providing a seamless application process. Before you begin the application process, please read the vacancy announcement carefully and have all required information available. You may begin the process of submitting your resume by clicking on the 'Apply Online' link.

In order to be considered, you must submit a resume completed on the USAJOBS site. When completing your USAJOBS resume, please remember that NASA limits resumes to the equivalent of approximately SIX typed pages, or approximately 22,000 characters including spaces. You will NOT be allowed to complete the application process if your resume is too long or if your resume was uploaded to USAJobs from a second source. Additionally, NASA does not accept documents attached through USAJobs' document attachment feature.

Once you submit your resume to NASA, you will be asked to complete a short series of additional questions. You must finish the entire process in order to have a complete application package and receive consideration. Your answers will not be saved unless you finish the entire application.

You may edit a previously-submitted application, if the announcement is still open. For more information, see the Applicant Guide.

If you are unable to apply electronically for this position, submit your resume and supplemental questions to: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Resume Operations Center, Mailstop: HS50, Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812. DO NOT submit your resume directly to the Center advertising this vacancy. Mailed resumes must be received by the close of business on the closing date of the announcement. Hard copy resumes requirements are provided at: Hard Copy Resume Requirements.

If you are a first time applicant, we recommend that you review NASA's Applicant Guide to ensure that you are providing a complete resume. Failure to submit the supplemental data and a resume that contains all of the required information may result in loss of consideration for positions in which you are interested.

All applications must be received no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.


NASA's application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for the information we absolutely need to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility. In order to apply for this position, you only need to submit your resume and answer the screening questions and supplemental information. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. (For example you need not submit narrative 'KSA' statements; they are not required and will not be evaluated.) In this way we allow you to focus on preparing a resume that best describes your background and abilities. For assistance in preparing your resume, consult the Applicant Guide.

Nothing further is required until requested by the Human Resources Office. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume. For example, we may ask you to provide academic transcripts or proof of Federal employment status. If you are claiming veterans' preference, we may ask you to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form). If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.


Simone Elizabeth Hurley
Phone: 757 864-2558
Agency Information:
NASA's Resume Operations Center
Mailstop HS50
Marshall Space Flight Center, AL


Candidates for NASA positions are evaluated using our automated staffing and recruitment system, NASA STARS, which compares your skills and experience as described in your resume with the requirements of the position. If you are found to be a highly qualified candidate, you will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. (In some cases, individuals with priority for special consideration must be considered and selected before other candidates.) Whether or not you are contacted for an interview depends upon the location of the position and the judgment of the selecting official.

At NASA, we pride ourselves on efficient and timely recruitment actions, and you can normally expect to learn the outcome of the selection process in a fairly short period of time. In addition, to ensure that you can measure progress for yourself, NASA provides you with regularly updated information on the status of the vacancy announcement.

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