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Job Title:General Engineer (DEU)

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:Bureau of Industry and Security

Job Announcement Number:BIS-ONSTTC-2013-0002

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

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$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year


Friday, May 03, 2013 to Friday, May 10, 2013




Competitive Service: Career or Career Conditional - Full-time, Permanent




Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Washington, DC, USView Map
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All qualified United States citizens. This vacancy is being advertised under Delegated Examining procedures and is open to all U.S. citizens. This vacancy is being concurrently advertised under merit promotion procedures for status candidates (those currently serving on a career/career-conditional appointment, reinstatement eligibles, or those eligible under special appointing authorities) under vacancy announcement# BIS-ONSTTC-2013-0001.


The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) advances U.S. national security, foreign policy and economic objectives by ensuring an effective export control and treaty compliance system and promoting continued U.S. strategic technology leadership. BIS's activities include regulating the export of sensitive goods and technologies; enforcing export control and public safety laws; cooperating with and assisting U.S. industry to comply with international arms control agreements; and monitoring the viability of the U.S. defense industrial base.

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Export Administration (EA) regulates exports and reexports through a licensing system set forth in the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). United States national security and foreign policy interests are safeguarded through EA's administration of export control laws relating to dual-use items. At the same time, EA seeks to reduce the regulatory burdens impeding international marketing which will aid in the economic growth of the United States. EA also has a leadership role in a range of high priority programs that involve international competitiveness and defense industrial base issues.

The Office of National Security and Technology Transfer Controls (NSTTC) is responsible for issues related to national security export and reexport controls. It implements multilateral export controls for national security reasons to comply with the Wassenaar Arrangement to control the spread of dual-use goods and related technologies. It is also responsible for U.S. export control policy for high performance computers, encryption and administers the "short supply" provisions of the Export Administration Regulations."

This office is responsible for policy actions, export licenses, commodity classifications, license determinations, and advisory opinions for affected commodities and is the focal point for commodity jurisdiction assessments.

This Engineering position is located in the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Export Administration (EA), Office of National Security and Technology Transfer Controls (NSTTC).

The incumbent serves as a widely recognized subject matter expert providing broad engineering and specialized expertise to an organization, project or team on aerospace and marine engineering systems of major sizes and complexity in resolving technical and policy problems, developing new techniques and settling controversy.  The incumbent plans and coordinates programs or projects which require innovation and originality – reviewing, evaluating and advising on effectiveness and technical adequacy of work and proposals of other engineers in resolving complicated and critical problems.  


  • Must be a United States Citizen.
  • Relocation expenses are NOT authorized.
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (
  • Selectee must be able to obtain and hold a Secret clearance.
  • Applicants must have a degree, See Qualifications Section.


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  • Applies a broad knowledge of engineering in general, as well as wide-ranging knowledge in his/her subject matter area to provide advice and guidance in resolving technical and policy problems, developing new techniques and approaches, and settling controversy. 
  • Applies his/her knowledge of technologies to the following:  aerospace, marine, night vision, laser, geophysical exploration, fluid mechanics, flight structures, navigation systems and satellite systems. 
  • Applies extensive knowledge of these systems in the development of regulatory policy. 
  • Independently generates comprehensive analytical reports that evaluate the strategic applications of navigation and other sensor based systems used to support aerospace, marine and geophysical exploration programs and components as they relate to National Security Applications.


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Basic Requirements: A. A degree in professional engineering (not engineering technology). 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 both differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics or 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); g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics. OR B. A 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, District of Columbia, Guam or Puerto Rico. 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; 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 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance, 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.) GS-15: You must meet the basic requirements and possess one year of specialized experience. Experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-14 grade level. Specialized Experience is defined as experience providing leadership and expert technical and policy advice to inter and intra agency groups on matters pertaining to sensor based systems used in aerospace, marine, night vision, laser, geographical exploration, fluid mechanics, flight structures, navigation systems and satellite systems.  Also a demonstrated mastery in analysis of facts and issues with high level of competence in engineering skills and knowledge.

Accredited Education Institutions This position requires proof of higher education, your academic institution must be fully accredited by the Department of Education. You may click on the link above to ensure your education is listed as an accredited education institution. TRANSCRIPTS ARE REQUIRED. FAILURE TO PROVIDE TRANSCRIPTS WILL RESULT IN LOSS OF CONSIDERATION.

U.S. Citizenship: You will be required to provide proof of U.S. citizenship. Selective Service System: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service System or have an exemption. If selected, confirmation of registration status is required. Position Requirements: Applicants must meet requirements by MIDNIGHT EASTERN STANDARD TIME on the closing date of this announcement. Security Clearance: This position requires a secret security clearance. Any required investigations and clearances must be completed before the Selectee can be placed in the position. Urinalysis Screening: : This position may require that you submit to a urinalysis screening for illegal drug use, prior to appointment.


We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/ No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are "gold," "silver," and "bronze." However, your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the self-assessment questions, or your score may be lowered. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview. How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed. Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold) depending on the position and grade level of the job. The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:

1. Knowledge or experience with export control regulations, including the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) relative to sensor based systems. 2. Knowledge of the roles, responsibilities, and programs of government agencies, private sector interests, and others involved in sensor based systems. 3. Knowledge of U.S. and international security issues. 4. Knowledge of U.S. export control programs and regulations. 5. Strong verbal skills and writing ability, sufficient to speak and write convincingly to audiences including outside agencies and private sector representative with divergent and conflicting views. 6. Knowledge of the roles, responsibilities, and programs of government agencies, private sector interests, and others involved in sensor based systems sufficient to guide and coordinate.  Your answers to the questions in the online application process serve as the basis for your initial rating and will determine who is best qualified for this position; only the best qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. To be considered a well-qualified CTAP or ICTAP applicant, you must attain a score of at least 85. Your responses will be validated by a human resource specialist and/or a subject matter expert against the information you provide in your online resume and/or by reference checks. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for non-employment. For more information on category rating, please go to:

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ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents: 1. A copy of your specific RIF notice, written notice of your expected separation or other documentation of priority consideration status; 2. A copy of your latest SF-50 - noting current position, grade level, and duty location; 3. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and 4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential. The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities: 1. VRA - 2. VEOA - 3. 30% or more disabled veteran - 4. Persons with disabilities - 5. CTAP - 6. ICTAP -


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Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue. If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by phone at 866-656-6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET. For instructions on submitting your application in another format, please contact: Christine Covington, Human Resources Assistant at 202-482-3041 or email at


A complete application consists of the following: 1. Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume should also list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s). 2. Veterans' Preference documentation. Please indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service, VA letter, SF-15, etc.) to validate your claim. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please go to: 3. Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation, if applicable (see "Other Information"). 4. Education, if qualifying based on education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to for more information. You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient. FAILURE TO SUBMIT (VIA FAX OR UPLOAD) THE APPLICABLE DOCUMENTS MAY EXCLUDE YOU FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.


Christine Covington
Phone: 202-482-3041
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
1401 Constitution Ave. NW
Rm 7412
Attn: Human Resources
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process has been completed. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at and clicking on "Track Your Online Application." By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).

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