Job Overview


Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission.  They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations.  The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

This is a Re-announcement of Vacancy Announcement WTYU13365633824762D which was for a Mechanical Engineer GS-0830-12. The position is now being announced under the Acquisition Demonstration Personnel System as an NH-0830-03. The equivalent General Schedule grade is GS-12. You MUST reapply to this Vacancy Announcement if you wish to be considered for this position.

About the Position:

U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground (YPG) is located near the Arizona-California-Mexico border, adjacent to the Colorado River, approximately 15 miles north of the outskirts of the city of Yuma (pop 87,000), Arizona. Yuma is a 2.5 hour drive from San Diego, CA and Phoenix, AZ along Interstate Highway 8 and a 5-6 hour drive from Las Vegas, NV. Situated in the far-southwest corner of the state, the proving ground is in the heart of the great Sonoran desert where the US Army tests medium and long range artillery, aircraft target acquisition equipment and armament, armored and wheeled vehicles, and a variety of munitions, and personnel and supply parachute systems to ensure that America’s ground forces have the equipment necessary to win our nation’s battles. With a land mass of approximately 1300 square miles, YPG proudly holds the distinction of being one of the largest military installations in the world. Most of the civilian workforce participates in a 4 day work week (Monday-Thursday) schedule, providing ample off-duty opportunity to enjoy abundant year round recreational opportunities such as golf, fishing, hunting, swimming, tubing, hiking, off-roading, or visiting local historical venues. Snow skiing, beaches, and professional and university sport venues are all within a 4 hour drive.

Who May Apply: US Citizens


As a Senior Test Officer the incumbent is required to plan, design, coordinate, execute, monitor, evaluate and report on testing of a variety of military tactical vehicles, mobile equipment, general troop support equipment, and their sub-systems. This may include wheeled and tracked transport vehicles, construction and POL equipment. Tests are typically technical feasibility tests to assess performance and durability. Characteristics such as mobility, traction, acceleration, cooling, drawbar pull, fuel economy, slope performance, braking, etc are considered. Vehicles, equipment, and systems tested can be complex and may require application of novel or unique testing approaches due to the lack of adequate testing precedents, facilities, instrumentation and test procedures. Tests are generated as the result of new equipment developments, changes in developer requirements, field problems, or systems/ component malfunctions. Recommendations made as a result of these tests often provide for changes in equipment design, test procedures, test instrumentation, or facilities.