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Job Title:Research General Engineer, GS-0801-11/12

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:U.S. Coast Guard

Job Announcement Number:13-1805-NE-DG-DHA

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$63,271.00 to $98,586.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, June 13, 2013 to Thursday, June 27, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0801-11/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

This is a full-time position. - This is a permanent appointment.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
New London, CT, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Open to all United States Citizens.
These positions will be filled through Direct Hire Authority (DHA).All applicants who meet basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for further consideration.The 'Rule of Three', Veterans Preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants does not apply to this vacancy.

JOB SUMMARY:

Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career?  If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling.  DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters.  The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations.  Make an impact; join DHS.

 
Apply for this exciting position to support the CG missions of safeguarding our Nation's maritime interests in the heartland, in the ports, at sea, and around the globe.

For over two centuries the The U.S. Coast Guard has protected the maritime economy and the environment, we defend our maritime borders, and we save those in peril. This history has forged our character and purpose as America's Maritime Guardian - Always Ready for all hazards and all threats.  

The vacancy is being concurrently advertised under merit promotion procedures for status applicants under announcement 13-1805-NE-DG-M.  APPLICANTS WISHING TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER BOTH DIRECT HIRE AND MERIT PROMOTION PROCEDURES MUST APPLY TO BOTH VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS.  

NOTE:  YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS DIRECT HIRE VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT WILL ONLY ALLOW CONSIDERATION FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.  WE CANNOT ELECTRONICALLY OR MANUALLY MOVE YOUR APPLICATION TO THE CONCURRENTLY ADVERTISED MERIT PROMOTION ANNOUNCEMENT.  PLEASE ENSURE YOU ARE APPLYING UNDER THE CORRECT ANNOUNCEMENT.  

This position is located at the Reseach and Development Center in New London, Connecticut

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • This position requires a secret clearance.
  • This position requires travel.

DUTIES:

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The role of this position is to perform applied research to solve operational performance gaps for the Coast Guard.
Being a Coast Guard civilian makes you a valuable member of the Coast Guard team.

Typical work assignments include:
- Performs comprehensive research studies for substantive program initiatives.

- Develops new concepts, techniques, materials, or products and reports on the results.

- Serves as a project leader, providing guidance to team members in the form of discussions concerning research priorities, project resources, and administrative procedures.

- Participates in technical and professional workshops and scientific meetings and symposia for the purpose of presenting research results.

- Plans and executes large and/or complex designs for various advanced engineering projects that entail complicating and interacting factors, concepts and conditions such as new technology or ideas.

- Serves as expert design consultant to project managers, engineers, and technicians in areas such as life science or measurement and instrumentation systems.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Basic Requirements: 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.

OR 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 succesfully 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 for positions that involve highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science must have 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,

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--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. 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.)

Additional Qualifications: Qualifications for GS-11: Applicants must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service OR Master's or equivalent graduate degree.

Qualifications for GS-12: Applicants must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service

OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

Specialized  is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

GS-12: Examples of specialized experience include applying fundamental and diversified professional engineering concepts, theories, and practices to achieve engineering objectives with versatility, judgment, and perception; adapting and applying methods and techniques of related scientific disciplines, and organizing, analyzing, interpreting and evaluating scientific data in the solution of engineering problems.

 

GS-11: Examples of specialized experience include assistance in applying  professional engineering concepts, theories, and practices to achieve engineering objectives; assisting in adapting and applying methods and techniques of related scientific disciplines, and  assistance in organizing, analyzing, interpreting and evaluating scientific data in the solution of engineering problems.


This position has a positive education requirement.

 If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

All applicants who meet the basic qualification requirements for this position will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration.


To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to www.dhs.gov/careers and select "benefits."

OTHER INFORMATION:

Please be aware that applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. If selected, at the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306.  Certain responses on the form could pose a problem with suitability for employment determinations e.g., an affirmative answer to a conviction of a felony.

If you are selected for this position, you will be subject to a determination of your suitability for Federal employment.

Recruitment incentives may be authorized.

Selections made from this Direct-Hire vacancy announcement will be processed as new appointments to the Federal service.  Current federal employees would, therefore, be given a new appointment to the Federal service and may be required to serve a new probationary period.

Males born after 12/31/59 and at least 18 years of age must be registered with the Selective Service System. Visit Selective Service Registration

Moving expenses will not be paid.

If selection is made below the full performance level, the incumbent may be promoted up to the target grade without further competition, if all
legal and regulatory requirements are met and when recommended by the supervisor.  However, promotion to the full performance level is not
guaranteed and is dependent on successful performance at the lower grade level(s).

All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

All selectees are subject to an appropriate investigation.


More than 1 selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 90 days from the date the certificate was issued.

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or  other non-merit factors.

USCG provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact 410-636-7212.  Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation



HOW TO APPLY:

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Applications (resume and job specific questions) for this vacancy must be received on-line by 11:59 P.M. EST on the closing date of the announcement.
There are several parts of the application process that affect the overall evaluation of your application:

*Resume YOUR RESUME MUST INDICATE CLEARLY AND SPECIFICALLY YOUR QUALIFICATIONS AND INCLUDE SPECIFIC EXAMPLES OF YOUR ABILITY TO EXECUTE THE MAJOR DUTIES OUTLINED IN THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.
*Responses to on-line core questions
*Responses to basic qualification questions 
*Suupporting documents if requested

If applying on-line poses a hardship to you, the Help Desk listed on the announcement will provide assistance to ensure that applications are submitted on-line by the closing date.  You must contact the Help Desk prior to the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance. Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST, excluding Federal holidays.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Individuals who have special priority selection rights under CTAP or ICTAP provisions must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they attain a cut-off score of 85.   We require documentation to support CTAP or ICTAP eligibility at the time of application.  

All documentation must be received by the closing date of the announcement and must indicate the vacancy announcement number on the documents. A fax cover sheet will be provided to you from the system, with number and instructions to transmit the requested documents. The documents may also be mailed to the following address:

(Jobs)
U.S. Coast Guard,
Ofc of Civ Pers, CG-1211NE,
2401, Hawkins Point Road, Bldg 1, Mail Stop 4,
Baltimore, MD 21226.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

USCG Applicant Support
Phone: 866-656-6830
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: mgshelp@monster.com
Agency Information:
United States Coast Guard
2401 Hawkins Pt. Rd.
Bldg 1, Mail Stop 4
Attn: Office of Civilian Personnel
Baltimore, MD
21226
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation to determine if you meet the basic qualification requirements.  All basically qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  We expect to make a selection within 30 to 90 days of the closing date of this announcement.  To check your application status for this job, please go to My USAJOBS, input your User ID and password, and select "Track your online job Applications".


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Job Announcement Number:

13-1805-NE-DG-DHA

Control Number:

345459900