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Job Title:Engineering Technician, GS-0802-11 (DE/CR)

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Job Announcement Number:NWS-ER-2013-0028

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$57,408.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, September 25, 2013 to Thursday, October 31, 2013




Permanent - Full-Time




1 vacancy - Wilmington, NC View Map


*All qualified United States Citizens and Nationals.


Unlock secrets in deep oceans, track rapidly moving storms, operate state-of-the-art environmental satellites, chart the Nation's waterways, formulate models to forecast climate trends, protect and preserve our living marine's all in a day's work at NOAA! Join a dedicated workforce committed to a vital mission: safeguarding the public, protecting natural resources, strengthening the economy. A career that makes a world of difference!

Due to the government-wide furlough, this announcement has been extended until October 31st. If you have already applied to this announcement, you will not need to reapply.
This position is located with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric (NOAA), National Weather Service, Eastern Region, Weather Forecast Office.

This position is also announced under vacancy number NWS-ER-2013-0030, which is open to all status candidates. You must apply to both announcements if you want to be considered for both.
Must have completed, or be able to acquire within one year of selection Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR) level II training, and receive certificate.
  • Relocation expenses are NOT authorized for this position.
This vacancy may be used to fill other Engineering Technicians, GS-0802-11, positions throughout NOAA. The position must be alike (e.g.: within the same geographical location, same grade/band, requires the same qualifications as indicated in this vacancy announcement).

  • Position requires physical exertion, such as long period of standing, recurring bending, crouching, stooping, working in cramped or confined areas, and/or lifting up to 40 lbs.
  • Must be physically able to climb and perform work from ladders and towers which may reach a height of approximately 30 ft.
  • Position requires applicant to have valid state drivers license.


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National, suitable for Federal employment.
  • Registered for Selective Service if applicable (
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Qualification requirements must be met by closing date of announcement.
  • This position may require a one year probationary period.
  • This is a bargaining unit position.


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The individual selected for this position at the GS-11 level will:     

  • Provide broad regional headquarters managed facility systems maintenance and engineering services.
  • Serve as the liaison between NWS field offices, Systems Operations Division, Weather Service Headquarters and other government agencies.
  • Serve as technical expert/advisor consultant to Region Headquarters on assigned systems.
  • Coordinate field implementation of facility systems and changes to existing equipment.
  • Provide independent quality assurance evaluations of work performed by agency and contractor personnel.
  • Participate in Region Office's visitation program.


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Qualification requirements in vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualifications standards.  This handbook is available on OPM's website at:  Qualification Standards

There is no positive education requirement for this position.

Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level in the Federal service.  Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.  This experience need not have been in the federal government.

To Qualify at the GS-11:  SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: One full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-10 is defined as experience:  Maintaining and/or inspecting facility equipment in support of assigned systems.  Assigned systems may include: Heating, Ventialtion, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems or building construction or electrical systems or emergency power generator systems or Uninterruptable Power Supplies (UPS), roofing systems, carpentry, painting, carpeting, plumbing, pavement, building foundations, and furniture.  Experience performing prevantative, corrective, emergency, modifcation, and relocation maintenance conducting tests and analysis of system performance, and performing Qualisty Assurance evaluations.

Your resume must document specialized experience and support your responses to the vacancy questions.
For more information about the qualifications requirements for this position:


We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position.  If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/ No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories.  These categories are "gold," "silver," and "bronze."  However, your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the self-assessment questions, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the "gold" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.
How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility:  Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed.  Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold) depending on the position and grade level of the job. The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:


  • Knowledge of facilities planning, construction, operations, and maintenance.
  • Ability to prepare, read and interpret plans, drawing, and specifications.
  • Ability to perform technical inspections.
  • Ablity to use computers for system testing, diagnostics, and data entry.
  • Ability to communicate in person.
 For more information on category rating, please go to:Category Rating
To preview questions please click here.


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NOAA offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at Benefits.


ICTAP candiddates will be eligible if it is determined that they exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website. The link is listed below.

ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
1. A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate, notice of disability annuity termination, or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement.
2. A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc.;
3. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.
The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities: *VRA * 30% or more disabled veteran *Persons with Disabilities * ICTAP 

NOAA participates in e-Verify.  E-verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees.


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Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.
To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at USAJOBS. To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at USAJOBS and click on "Application Status". Click on the position title, and then select "Apply Online" to continue.
If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by e-mail at ( or phone at 866.656.6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.
For instructions on submitting your application in another format please contact the HR Personnel listed in this announcement.


A complete application consists of the following:
Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional.
Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume should also list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. For work in the Federal service, please include the grade level for the position(s). Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire.
If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 to show type of discharge or other valid proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans' preference see: Veterans
Active Duty Service Members: You must submit a statement of discharge/certification of release or an official written document from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions no later than 120 days from the date the announcement closes. Enlisted Record Briefs and military identification do NOT qualify as official documentation. If the appropriate information is not submitted to confirm the discharge status, dates of service, etc., you will not be considered for this job opportunity under Veteran Preference procedures. To gain access to your DD-214 online please visit. Service Records.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation, if applicable (see other information).
Education: If this position requires proof of higher education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities 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. 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 by the closing date of the announcement will result in lost consideration.


Marci Troyer
Phone: 816-426-3044
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
WFMO/Eastern Region Client Services Division
601 East 12th Street
Room 1737
Kansas City, MO
Fax: 000-000-0000


You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at: USAJOBS and clicking on "Track your online application". The four points of notification are:
1. Application Received or Application Incomplete;
2. Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Requirement Not Met;
3. Eligible (Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or Eligible (Application Not Referred to the Selecting Official)
4. Selected or Not Selected.
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. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).

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