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Job Title:Electronics Engineer

Agency:Federal Communications Commission

Job Announcement Number:DEU-EB-2013-0014

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$35,309.00 to $69,545.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, May 09, 2013 to Monday, August 26, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0855-05/09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - New York - New York, NY, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All Sources

JOB SUMMARY:

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 Enforcement Bureau, Federal Communications Commission's New York Field Office.

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Investigation
  • Drug Testing Required-Some Positions
  • Security Clearance Required-Some Positions
  • Drivers License Required-Some Positions
  • Education-Transcripts
  • US Citizenship

DUTIES:

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The incumbent of this position will be a bargaining unit employee and be a part of the Federal Communications Commission's Enforcement Bureau and will receive on-the-job training.  The incumbent will receive training on the agency's policy and rulemaking processes and other administrative processes for government agencies.  The incumbent will receive technical training covering a wide variety of telecommunications services and technologies.  For example, training will cover how different communications systems operate, including advanced satellite communications systems, terrestrial fixed and mobile systems (cellular and PCS), multi-point distribution systems and others.  The incumbent will also receive training in spectrum sharing techniques and spectrum management principles.  Wirelines communication topics will also be covered including the public switched telephone network, cable TV and various network architecture issues.  The incumbent will receive training on other engineering and policy principles relevant to the fast paced telecommunications industry.  In this position, the incumbent may conduct and analyze basic engineering studies, telecommunication system proposals and/or telecommunications technology proposals in order to authorize new and innovative services.  The incumbent may assist more senior staff in the analysis of petitions, requests for proposals before the FCC to determine viability and the need for FCC action.  The incumbent may conduct studies and perform summaries and/or communicate findings with senior staff.  The incumbent may prepare written materials, including summaries, memorandum, letters, E-mail correspondence, and other written documents to individuals within and outside of the agency including international organizations.  Additionally, the incumbent may be tasked with performing computer projects using various computer software applications (e.g., programming software, graphics software to applications and other computer related assignments).  The incumbent will be required to effectively communicate with individuals within and outside the agency on a variety of topics related to the FCC and engineering principles.  The incumbent will be required to assist and work with other FCC staff on a variety of projects in order to assist the agency in meetings its goals.  The incumbent may be assigned on-call duties.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement in order to be considered for the position. Candidates must have held the next lower grade or have equivalent education and/or experience in the normal line of progression for this position for a least one year.

Selective Factor: None

Basic Requirements:  In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements, you must have specialized experience, graduate education, or a combination of specialized experience and graduate experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, or abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.  Choose the response that best describes your highest level of experience.

  1. I have at least one full-time year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level in the Federal service performing the above listed tasks on a regular and recurring basis:  
  2. I do not meet or exceed the education and/or experience requirements as described above.

Specialized Experience: Specialized experience is experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Applicants must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience in or equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service.  

 

For the GS-7, specialized experience includes the following:

  1. assisting more experienced engineers;
  2. conducting and analyzing basic engineering studies; and
  3. performing computer based projects using various software applications.

Basic Requirements:  In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements, you must have specialized experience, graduate education, or a combination of specialized experience and graduate experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, or abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.  Choose the response that best describes your highest level of experience.

  1. I have at least one full-time year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level in the Federal service performing the above listed tasks on a regular and recurring basis:  
  2. I do not meet or exceed the education and/or experience requirements as described above.

Specialized Experience: Specialized experience is experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Applicants must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience in or equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service.  

For the GS-9, specialized experience includes the following:

  1. determining, obtaining and analyzing engineering data for phases of larger assignments;
  2. applying standard engineering practices, methods and techniques for relatively limited assignments; and
  3. recommending solutions to problems to higher-graded engineers. 


NOTE:  If an applicant is basing their qualifications solely on education, then you MUST meet the education requirement no later than the closing date of the vacancy announcement in order to be considered for the position.  Applicants must fully meet the education requirements and specialized experience before they can be hired. 

Basic Requirements: To qualify for positions at the GS-5 level:

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. Please submit a copy of your official college transcript. 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.)

To quality for positions at the GS-7 level, in addition to meeting the basic requirements listed above, you must also meet one of the following:

A. One year of professional experience in an appropriate field comparable in difficulty and responsibility to GS-5 level work in the Federal service. Applicants with an engineering degree who have appropriate experience as a technician equivalent to the GS-5 level or higher may have such experience credited for grade GS-7 only on a month-for-month basis up to a maximum of 12 months.

B. One full academic year of graduate education in an appropriate field. An academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. If that number cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered an academic year of graduate study. Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended.

C. Successful completion of a 5-year program of study of at least 160 semester hours leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering in an accredited college or university.

D. Completion of all requirements for a bachelor's degree that is fully qualifying for the position which meets the eligibility requirements under the Superior Academic Achievement provision. Superior Academic Achievement is based on: (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership. 1. Class Standing: A standing in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision based on completed courses. 2. Grade-point average: a. A grade-point average of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on your official transcript, or as computed based on four years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final two years of the curriculum; or b. a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field of study or the required courses in the major field completed during the final two years of the curriculum. 3. Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society (other than freshman societies) that meet the requirements of the Association of College Honor Societies.

To qualify for positions at the GS-9 level, in addition to meeting the basic requirements listed above, you must also meeting of the following:

1. One year of professional experience in an appropriate field comparable in difficulty and responsibility to GS-7 level work in the Federal service.   

2. Two years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree in a field related to this position. Graduate education is qualifying if it provided the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work of this position. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent one year of full-time study. If that number cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered an academic year of graduate study. Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full- time study at the school attended.

3. A combination of superior academic achievement and one year of appropriate professional experience comparable in difficulty and responsibility to GS-7 level work in the Federal service.

4. Successful completion of a 5-year program of study of at least 160 semester hours leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering and one year of appropriate professional experience.

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.

Background Investigation: A background investigation will be required of all new hires to the FCC. Employees will be required to undergo an investigation based on the new position's risk/sensitivity level if the employee has not been appropriately investigated. The nature of the background check will be based on the risk designation assigned to the position. The investigation can range from a National Agency Check with Investigation, Minimum Background Investigation, Limited Background Investigation, or Background Investigation. Continued employment will be subject to the successful completion of the investigation and favorable adjudication.

Other This position has been designated as a Testing Designated Position in accordance with the Commission's Drug-Free Workplace Plan. If selected for the position, you will be subject to drug testing prior to employment and periodic random testing after entering on duty.

  • Before hiring, an agency will ask you to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. The agency will also ask you to sign and certify the accuracy of all the information in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be fined or jailed.
  • If you are a male over age 18 who was born after December 31, 1959, you must have registered with the Selective Service System (or have an exemption) to be eligible for a Federal job.
  • If applicable, you will be required to serve a probationary period of one year.
  • In order for you to be employed at the FCC, there are certain Commission and Federal laws governing the financial interests of you and members of your immediate family. If selected for the position, you must submit a financial disclosure statement upon assuming the position.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

All applicants will be rated on the extent and quality of experience and education relevant to the duties of the position.  The FCC determines the BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATES based on the major job related competencies and evaluation of your knowledge, skills, and abilities reflected in your application and supporting documents using the CATEGORY RATING PROCESS. All eligible applicants under Delegated Examining (DEU) will be placed in one of the following three categories:

1.  Highly Qualified (Score 90-100) - the applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of major job related competencies and possession of all evaluation criteria;
2.  Fully Qualified (Score 80-89) - the applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of major job related competencies and possession of the evaluation criteria; and
3.  Minimally Qualified (Score of 70-79)- the applicants possessing only the specialized experience described in the vacancy announcement.

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.  

Application of Veterans Preference:  The category rating process 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 eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have compensable service-connected disability 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 selection from the highest quality category ("HIGHLY QUALIFIED") provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in the same category.

Applicants under Merit Promotion will be considered in accordance with the agency's merit promotion plan and union agreement.

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 or C.V.;

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


BENEFITS:

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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
Retirement
Thrift Savings Plan
Transit Benefit
Alternative Work Schedule
Telecommuting


OTHER INFORMATION:


HOW TO APPLY:

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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.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

***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 either upload the documents or print fax coversheets to fax the documents.  The fax number will be listed on this sheet.  If faxing, 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:

1.  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.

2.  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 fully qualified (a score of 80 or above) for the position.

3.  If applying for consideration under a non-competitive appointment such as Schedule A, Excepted Service, all documentation establishing
your eligibility must be provided.

4.  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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Larry Shields
Phone: 202-418-7533
Fax: 202-418-1498
TDD: 202-418-0126
Email: Larry.Shields@fcc.gov
Agency Information:
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, SW
Washington DC, DC
20554
US
Fax: 202-418-1498

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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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Job Announcement Number:

DEU-EB-2013-0014

Control Number:

343303700