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Job Title:Mechanical Engineer, ZP-0830-III/IV (GS-11/12/13/14 equivalent)

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:National Institute of Standards and Technology

Job Announcement Number:NISTEL-2013-0058

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$62,467.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, September 13, 2013 to Friday, December 27, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

ZP-0830-03/04

POSITION INFORMATION:

Career or Career-Conditional Appointment - Full-time Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

04

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Gaithersburg, MD, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All qualified U.S. citizens and status candidates.

JOB SUMMARY:

Founded in 1901, NIST is a non-regulatory federal agency within Commerce. NIST's mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.

To learn more about working at NIST, please visit Careers at NIST.

The selected individual will advance state-of-the-art of space-conditioning equipment used in conventional and energy efficient buildings.

Are you ready to explore your future with NIST?

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service (see Other Information).
  • You must be suitable for Federal Employment.

DUTIES:

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The duties will include: design and implementation of experimental test programs for air conditioners and heat pumps; design and development of acquisition programs for data collection and data processing using data acquisition software packages; development of automated fault detection and diagnostics (FDD) methodologies including FDD-assisted commissioning methods; performing modifications/upgrades of existing computer models and development of novel, physical principles-based models for simulating performance of space-conditioning systems and their components; conducting analytical studies of air-conditioning and heat pump systems by applying the knowledge of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and numerical methods; dissemination of research results through authorship of peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts and presentations at conferences and professional meetings.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Basic Requirements:

A. Professional engineering degree. 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. 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
 
In addition to the above basic requirements, applicants must have:
 
For ZP-III (GS-11/12 equivalent):

(1) One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the federal service (ZP-II for NIST employees). Specialized experience is defined as experience in (a) performing laboratory experiments on vapor compression equipment related to improving its efficiency and (b) performing analytical and simulation studies of vapor compression equipment.

OR

(2) A Master's or equivalent graduate degree directly related to the position.

 
For ZP-IV (GS-13/14 equivalent):

One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in federal service (ZP-III for NIST employees). Specialized experience is defined as experience in (a) designing and leading experiments of vapor compression equipment related to improving its efficiency, (b) designing and leading analytical and simulation studies of vapor compression equipment, (c) developing simulation models of thermal equipment.

 
Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcement are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.


 
 
This position allows you to qualify and be considered based on your education. To receive this consideration, please submit a copy of your transcripts to document that you have met the education requirement. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. However, official transcripts will be required prior to a final offer of employment.

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 - http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/workrecog.doc. 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.

Applicants must meet requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

We will review your resume and cover letter to determine if you meet the minimum qualification requirements for the position. If you meet the qualification requirements stated in the vacancy announcement, we will then compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses to the job questionnaire (which will be scored) and place you in one of the three pre-defined categories. Your responses to the job questionnaire will serve as the basis for your initial rating in one of three pre-defined categories "gold," "silver," and "bronze." Within each category, those eligible through veterans preference will be listed at the top of the category. More information about the three categories can be found at: http://www.nist.gov/hrmd/staffing/categoryrating.cfm.
 
The candidates in the highest category will be certified for referral to the selecting official. The top ten qualified applicants, requesting consideration as a Merit or VEOA candidate, will be referred to the selecting official for consideration.  Non-competitive consideration will be given to those Merit candidates that have held a position with the same promotion potential as the position advertised.  Documentation (in the form of an SF-50) is required to show proof of promotion potential or highest grade held.
 
Your resume 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 to an interview. ICTAP and CTAP 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. The job questionnaire covers the following knowledge, skills and abilities/competencies:

•Knowledge of principles and methods for conducting a tests on air conditioners and heat pumps.
•Skills in using and modifying existing data acquisition programs.
•Knowledge of automated fault detection and diagnostics (FDD) methodologies.
•Knowledge of programming platforms, languages, numerical methods, and modeling techniques.
•Knowledge of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer.
•Ability to communicate research results in person and to prepare peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts.
•Ability to plan, assign and conduct analytical, scientific work.
•Ability to design and develop new simulation models.
•Ability to develop new data acquisition programs using data acquisition software packages.
 
"Your responses to the job questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your responses. Deliberate attempts to falsify information will be grounds for disqualifying you or for dismissing you from employment following acceptance.  Please review your responses before submitting your application to ensure the responses are accurate."


NOTE:  Your resume must be complete, detailed and relevant to the position.  
To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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NIST offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employee Retirement System.  NIST also offers a broad array of work-life flexibilities and services to employees such as flexible work schedules, teleworking transit subsidies, on-site child care, fitness center, credit union, employee assistance programs, and free parking.  Learn more about NIST's work life programs by visiting www.nist.gov/hrmd/worklife.cfm.  

The following web site is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees www.nist.gov/hrmd/benefits/summarychart.cfm


OTHER INFORMATION:

A one to three year probationary period may be required.

Payment of relocation expenses is authorized.

This position is covered by an Alternative Personnel Management System (APMS).  This system replaces the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and grades with career paths and pay bands.  For information regarding how the pay bands correspond to the General Schedule, visit http://www.nist.gov/hrmd/compensation/upload/nistscareerpathchart.pdf

If you are a male born after December 31, 1959 you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.  Please see http://www.sss.govfor more information.

At NIST we are striving to make the application process as easy and efficient as possible. With that in mind, the resume and corresponding responses of successful candidates may be shared with other selecting officials at NIST with opportunities like the one you are applying to.  Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.

The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.  If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Specialist identified in this vacancy. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact Office of Workforce Management via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.

HOW TO APPLY:

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A complete application package includes the following:
-Your resume;
-Your answers to the job questions; AND
-The supporting documentation required (click on Required Documents).

You MUST apply on-line through WWW.USAJOBS.GOV.  Your application must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement.  

Uploaded resumes must include the following: applicant contact information and educational and professional background information including dates of employment and education, salary (and Federal grade level, if appropriate), and work schedule (i.e., FT/PT).  Please also include in your resume a list of all publications and patents/patent applications on which you are a named inventor and provide the title and patent/patent application number for each. Incomplete applications will not be considered and you will not be contacted to provide any missing information.
Incomplete applications will not be considered and you will not be contacted to providing any missing information.If you do not have access to the internet:
You may mail your application package (please contact the HR Specialist identified for this vacancy).  All mailed resumes and/or supporting documents MUST be received by the closing date of this announcement.  Please allow enough time for United States Postal Service delivery.
Problems Completing Your Application:
If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by email at mgshelp@monster.com.  The help desk is available Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

What documents do I need to submit?
In addition to your resume, the documents needed for this position are subject to how you apply.  You must refer to the following site when determining documents required: Required Documents
How do I submit my documents:
You may submit required and/or supplemental documents through any ONE of the following methods:
>Upload your file(s);
>Download from your USAJOBS account;
>Fax using the on-line fax cover sheet;
>Mail your documents, ONLY IF YOU DO NOT HAVE INTERNET ACCESS;

All required supporting documentation mentioned in this vacancy announcement, and all vacancy applications submitted electronically or via fax must be submitted and received by 11:59 pm ET on the closing date of this announcement.  You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.

NOTE:  Once a document has been uploaded or faxed to a particular cateogry (i.e., transcript), you cannot refax or upload additional documents to the same category (i.e., transcript) without overriding the original documents.  In this case, please submit the additional documents to the "other" category.

The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities:
VRA VEOA 30% or more Disabled Veteran People with Disabilities 
CTAP ICTAP 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Shelley Moeller
Phone: 301-975-4387
Fax: 571-258-4052
Email: shelley.moeller@nist.gov
Agency Information:
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY
100 Bureau Drive
Gaithersburg, MD
20899
US
Fax: 571-258-4052

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After all application packages have been received, your application package will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualification requirements.  Best qualified candidates will be forwarded to the selecting official for consideration and may be interviewed.

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.  In considering you for this position, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

Status of Your Application:
You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://www.usajobs.gov and clicking on "Track Your Online Application."

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Job Announcement Number:

NISTEL-2013-0058

Control Number:

351490300