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Job Title:Electronics Engineer (Pathways Recent Graduates)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Materiel Management

Job Announcement Number:OAL-13-3553-967150-AB

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$44,176.00 to $69,545.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, October 08, 2013 to Tuesday, October 22, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0855-07/09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Recent Graduates

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

3 vacancies in the following location:
Eatontown, NJ United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Recent Graduates eligibles only.

JOB SUMMARY:

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 967150

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise – “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

This position is being filled under the Pathways Recent Graduates Program.

Applicants must be recent graduates who have completed, within the previous two years, a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution. Veterans (as defined in 5 USC 2108) who, due to military service obligation, were precluded from applying to the Recent Graduates Program during any portion of the 2-year eligibility period described above have a full 2-year period of eligibility upon their release or discharge from active duty; however, this eligibility period cannot extend beyond 6 years from the date of completion of the requirements of an academic course of study. Throughout the program, selectees will participate in job assignments to develop competencies and to enhance their academic career goals. After successful completion of the program requirements, the individual may, at the agency's discretion, be converted to a term or permanent appointment. For more information on the Pathways Programs, please visit: http://www.opm.gov/HiringReform/Pathways/.

Who May Apply: Recent graduates eligible only.

This position is located in the  Technology Acquisitions Center (TAC), Office of Acquisition Operations (OAO). The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or are a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open, and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are”, our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families, and other beneficiaries. The values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (“I CARE”).

America's Veterans need you!

To find out more, go to http://www.va.gov/jobs/.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Must be willing to relocate.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service

DUTIES:

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As a Recent Graduate Electronics Engineer in the Acquisition Rapid Response Office (ARRO) of the Technology Acquisition Center (TAC) you will be provided with a unique learning opportunity which will enable you to add to the knowledge that you gained from your college education by performing a variety of developmental duties in support of the overall work of the TAC.

 

  • Gathers and reviews a variety of narrative and/or statistical data to prepare reports.

  • Conducts analyses of date to support conclusions or recommendations for action.

  • Reviews engineering regulations or policies applicable to assignments to determine

    impact.

  • Works closely with higher graded engineers on determining customer requirements for IT systems, services, software or hardware.

This position is developmental in nature, leading to the target grade of GS-12. GS-12 duties include:

 

  • Conducts analysis for optimum approaches to meet the user requirements for IT

    equipment, systems, hardware, software and services for assigned programs/projects.

  • Analyzes engineering change proposals, deviations and waivers as to their necessity, feasibility and adequacy for meeting schedules.

  • Serves as a technical advisor and focal point for assigned contracts/programs involving mission critical computer engineering information technology resources.

  • Reviews and evaluates the contractor’s systems, policies, procedures, activities and products used in the development process.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

***RELOCATION EXPENSES AND/OR INCENTIVES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED***

 

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Basic Qualifications Requirements:

To qualify for this position, you must meet the following requirements:

1. RECENT GRADUATE PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY:

To meet the Program requirements, you must have obtained a qualifying Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Professional, Doctorate, Vocational or Technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution, within the previous 2 years.

ATTENTION VETERANS: A veteran, as defined in 5 U.S.C. 2108, who due to military service obligation, was precluded from applying to the Recent Graduates Program during any portion of the 2-year eligibility period shall have a full 2-year period of eligibility upon his or her release or discharge from active duty. In no event, however, may the individual's eligibility period extend beyond 6 years from the date on which the individual completed the requirements of an academic course of study.

2. INDIVIDUAL OCCUPATIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING POSITIONS. You must meet either A or B requirements below:

A. Degree: Have a Bachelor's degree in Professional Engineering from an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited school and/or the curriculum included Differential and Integral Calculus and courses (beyond 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

B. Education/Experience: Have a 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:

1. Professional Registration. Have current registration as a professional Engineer.

2. Written Test. Have evidence of having successfully passed the written test required for professional registration or have successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination and have completed all the requirements for either (a) a Bachelor's degree in Engineering Technology (BET) from an accredited college or university that included 60 semester or 90 quarter hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by ABET.

3. Specified Academic Courses. Have successfully completed at least 60 semester or 90 quarter hours of courses in the Physical, Mathematical, and Engineering sciences and in Engineering that included the courses specified in "A" above.

4. Related Curriculum. Have successfully completed 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) and have 1 year of professional Engineering experience under the guidance and supervision of a professional Engineer. 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. [Note: Your education/experience will be thoroughly evaluated under this provision. To ensure you receive maximum consideration, you should provide detailed descriptions of professional engineering duties performed under the guidance and supervision of a professional Engineer; continuing education/training received; evidence of acceptance in the professional engineering field (i.e., patents, associations, published articles, etc.), and any other relevant factors.]

** In addition to meeting the basic requirements described above, you must meet the qualification requirements for the grade that you are applying for:

Qualification Requirements for the GS-07 grade level.

To qualify at the GS-07 level, you must meet one of the following qualifications requirements:

A. Specialized Experience: have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal Service performing the following duties: performing administrative duties such as gathering and reviewing a variety of narrative and/or statistical data to prepare reports; reviewing engineering regulations or policies applicable to assignments; applying knowledge of computer systems and software design; and conducting analyses to support conclusions or recommendations.
OR
B. Education: have Superior Academic Achievement at the baccalaureate level in a professional engineering curriculum. S.A.A. is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership.1. Class standing -- Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses.2. Grade-point average (G.P.A.) -- Applicants must have a grade-point average of:3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum. 3. Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society. These honor societies can be found using the link posted in the announcement.

OR

C. Combination of experience and education: You may qualify for this position if you have a percentage of the specialized experience described above and a percentage of the education described above such that when the two percentages are added together, they total at least 100 percent. *(MUST SUBMIT COPIES OF TRANSCRIPTS)

Qualification Requirements for the GS-09 grade level.

To qualify at the GS-09 level, you must meet one of the following qualifications requirements:

A. Specialized Experience: have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal Service performing the following duties: research, analyze, interpret, evaluate, and carry out difficult but conventional assignments; reviewing engineering regulations or policies applicable to assignments; applying knowledge of computer systems and software design; conduct analytical investigations using the scientific method; and articulate information through various venues such as discussions, meetings, fact sheets, reports, design documentation, briefings, and presentations.

OR

B. Education: have successfully completed 2 full years of graduate education or a master’s degree in engineering or related fields which provided you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the work of this position. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement. *(MUST SUBMIT COPIES OF TRANSCRIPTS)
OR
C. Combination of experience and education: have less than the one-year of experience as described in "A," and have not completed my graduate level education as described in "B." However, you have a combination of such experience and graduate level education that, when combined, equals at least 100% of the total requirement. [To determine if you qualify by combining experience and education, compute your total qualifying experience as a percentage of the total experience required; then determine your education as a percentage of the total education required. Add the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100% to qualify.] *(MUST SUBMIT COPIES OF TRANSCRIPTS)

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid work on the same basis as for paid experience. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. To receive credit for such experience you must indicate clearly the nature of the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the number of hours per week spent in such employment.

Qualifications must be met by the Closing Date: You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by Tuesday, October 22, 2013.

Your application will be evaluated based on your ability to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities/competencies:

·         Knowledge of computer engineering concepts, principles, disciplines, and practices of to support a full range of computer engineering functions relating to state-of-the-art Information Technology (IT) systems and subsystems.

·         Knowledge of IT and software development life-cycle management, computer engineering regulations, practices, and procedures to provide support to a IT program/project and professional engineers performance requirements and major operating characteristics of IT systems and programs.

·         Ability to communicate orally and in writing to develop, plan, coordinate, and ensure system and program requirements are properly identified and documented to ensure the success of IT systems and programs.

·         Skill in analyzing data and evaluating systems engineering studies, proposals, and reports.

If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledges, skills and abilities; and/or completion of a work sample.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

The work for this position is primarily sedentary. There may be some walking, standing, bending, and carrying of light items and may involve travel to other locations.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).


Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

 

When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference," For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklistor visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified during the review process. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

 

Applicants will be ranked using the Rule of Three:

Applicants will be evaluated using OPM qualification standards for the specific position being filled, and are assigned a numerical rating based upon their overall qualifications for the position. Candidates referred via certificates are ranked in score order. Those applicants eligible for Veterans Preference receive an additional 5 to 10 points depending upon the nature of their preference. Normally, the top three candidates are referred, with additional candidates added if more than one vacancy is being filled. For selection, the "rule of three" applies. Generally speaking, a candidate below the top three scoring applicants may not be selected for the position unless a higher scoring applicant declines or is appointed to the position.

After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses. Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by adding 5 or 10 points to their score depending upon the nature of their preference. Using "rule of three" qualified applicants will be forwarded to the hiring manager for review. The hiring official will determine if interviews are conducted and whether or not a selection will be made.


BENEFITS:

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The Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package. The following link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp.

The Federal Government has special appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities (go to http://www.opm.gov/disability/peoplewithdisabilities.asp). For additional information on these, and other special appointing authorities, refer to this checklist or contact Antonio Boney at (202)461-7210 or e-mail ANTONIO.BONEY@VA.GOV.

 



OTHER INFORMATION:

PROGRAM COMPLETION AND CONVERSION ELIGIBILITY:
Program participants MAY be converted, without a break in service, to a term, career or career conditional appointment upon completion of program requirements.
To be eligible for conversion, Recent Graduates must:
• Complete one continuous year of work experience acquired through a Recent Graduate Program.
• Complete 40 hours of formal interactive training.
• Meet the qualification standards for the position to which the Recent Graduate will be converted.
• Meet any agency-specific requirements specified in the Participant's Agreement.
• Demonstrate successful job performance that results in a rating of record of at least Fully Successful and a recommendation for conversion by the first level supervisor.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location)and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Well qualified applicants possess experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

You may be required to serve a probationary period.

 

 

 

 

 



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package (See “Required Documents” section below). The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, October 22, 2013. OR upon midnight the day on which 70 applications have been received.

1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.

Note: To change or update your application, simply reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date. To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login), select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.

2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire: http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf.

3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

1. Complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdfusing the following Vacancy ID: 967150. You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.

2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents are required:

1.     Résumé

2.     Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.

3.     Unofficial transcripts are accepted, but if you are offered a position, official transcripts must be submitted.

4.     Other documents - use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a documentation to support Veterans Preference claims. You will not be contacted for additional information.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Antonio Boney
Phone: (202)461-7210
Email: ANTONIO.BONEY@VA.GOV
Agency Information:
VA Central Office HRS
Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue NW
Washington, DC
20420
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address notifying them of their application status. If no e-mail address is provided, you will receive this notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.

Those candidates who are referred to the hiring official for further consideration will be contacted if an interview is requested. Once a selection has been made and confirmed, all non-selected candidates will be notified of their non-selection.

Other Information:

PROGRAM COMPLETION AND CONVERSION ELIGIBILITY:
Program participants MAY be converted, without a break in service, to a term, career or career conditional appointment upon completion of program requirements.
To be eligible for conversion, Recent Graduates must:
• Complete one continuous year of work experience acquired through a Recent Graduate Program.
• Complete 40 hours of formal interactive training.
• Meet the qualification standards for the position to which the Recent Graduate will be converted.
• Meet any agency-specific requirements specified in the Participant's Agreement.
• Demonstrate successful job performance that results in a rating of record of at least Fully Successful and a recommendation for conversion by the first level supervisor.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Well qualified applicants possess experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

You may be required to serve a probationary period.


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