This position is located in the Drawings and Graphics Support Section (DGSS) of the Technical Information Management Branch (TIMB) of the Engineering Services Division (ESD), Surface Forces Logistics Center (SFLC), Baltimore, MD. The incumbent is responsible to plan, create, design, develop, produce, maintain, revise, coordinate and manage various surface and electronics technical information including visual illustrations, graphics, models, and 2D/3D media supporting the Coast Guard Surface Community using a modern suite of computer software. The incumbent will manage the production of illustrations and engineering models in a common source database as well as provide configuration control of these technical documents in accordance with industry standards and USCG guidelines.
Being a Coast Guard civilian makes you a valuable member of the Coast Guard team. Typical work assignments include:
- Serves as the SFLC resident expert in computer graphic formats, 3D models, static displays, electronic presentations, scanning, and file format capabilities. Plans, develops, updates, publishes, and renders computer generated graphics used within Engineering Drawings, Maintenance Procedure Cards (MPC), Time Compliance Technical Orders (TCTO), Illustrated Parts Breakdowns (IPB), Technical Manuals, Equipment Integrated Logistics Support Plans (EILSP), Equipment Support Sheets (ESS), Procurement Drawings, 3D Models and Interactive Electronic Technical Manuals (IETM) to and improve usability of the technical material.
- Possesses a high level of Windows based computer literacy to integrate computers into daily work and prepare all graphics art in digital format. Proficient with advanced design computer programs to create illustrations accurately and quickly. Examples of essential Information Technology (IT) tool classifications include Drawing, Graphic, Hot-spotting, 3D Modeling, Editing, and XML.
- Serves as the expert in computer graphic formats, computer display, and electronic presentations. Requires extensive knowledge of software/hardware and various graphic file formats, including capabilities and limitations. Able to convert existing files or create new electronic files to meet customer's requirements. Prepares layouts in the form of sketches for a variety of visual projects for informational and operational purposes. Researches reference sources and consults with surface force subject matter experts to ensure that the illustrations are an accurate presentation of the objects used to communicate the themes. Makes occasional trips to field units or acquisition facilities to photograph or view components or systems which require depiction clarification. Keeps abreast of current/new file formats, programs, their uses, interfaces, and compatibility issues.
- Employs artistic and design kills in the execution and formatting of visual material such as graphic illustrations, illustrated parts breakdowns, MPCs, presentations, 2D drawings, and 3D models. Portrays in technical and pictorial terms illustrations of prime surface community equipment, engine and major component assemblies, controls, instruments, electrical/electronic systems and circuits, and shore-side support equipment for the purpose of designing, manufacturing, and to understand the working details and basic disassembly and reassembly of shipboard components. Must comply with rigid time schedules for completion of assigned tasks.
- Lays out and draws illustrations for reproduction in reference works, brochures, and technical manuals dealing with assembly, installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of machines, tools, and equipment. Prepares drawings from blueprints, designs, mockups, and photos by methods and techniques suited to specified reproduction process or final use, such as blueprint, photo-offset, and projection transparencies, using drafting and optical equipment. Lays out and draws schematic, perspective, orthographic, or oblique-angle views to depict function, relationship, and assembly-sequence of parts and assemblies, such as gears, engines, and instruments. Shades or colors drawing to emphasize details or to eliminate undesired background. Inserts instructions and comments in position on drawing. May draw cartoons and caricatures to illustrate operation, maintenance, and safety manuals and posters.
- Assists in the development and documentation of technical data requirements and processes. Responsible for enrolling technical data content for Surface and C4IT assets into the Naval Engineering Technical Information Management System (NE-TIMS). Assists SMEs in analyzing quality of new technology deliverables such as 3D models, interactive content, Audio Video Interleaved (AVI) files, Extensible Markup Language (XML) documents and others.
- Supports the development of USCG and SFLC Directives to include: Commandant Instructions, Technical Standards, Process Guides and Desk Guides and/or other technical documents as required for establishing and enforcing practices and procedures in regards to graphics. Maintains a current and extensive knowledge of visual illustration best practices in order to answer questions and make decisions on any problems that arise. Responsible for preparation of senior-level reports and briefs supplying recommendations to determine the means necessary to acquire, create, maintain and publish graphics source material and other technical or process documents for promulgation.
- Responsible to develop contract specifications or requirements in collaboration with the Coast Guard acquisition community to procure integrated technical data packages. Collaborates daily with customers to determine specific needs or requirements and to counsel or provide recommendations within the IPB expertise area including project oversight and task execution. Responsible for assuring the technical requirements and quality objectives within applicable USCG acquisition contracts are met.