1. Overview
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  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:AF Palace Acquire Intern (PAQ) - Scientist & Engineer - ENGINEER

Department:Department of the Air Force

Agency:Air Force Personnel Center

Job Announcement Number:BE14-EHA-1016172-8XX-07-JDC

SALARY RANGE:

$44,176.00 to $68,809.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, December 23, 2013 to Thursday, July 31, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0801/0806/0830/0850/0854/0855/0861/0893/0896-07

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Multiple Appointment Types

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Los Angeles, CA View Map
Washington DC, DC View Map
Eglin AFB, FL View Map
Robins AFB, GA View Map
Hanscom AFB, MA View Map
More Locations  (11)

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Secret

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

The Air Force continuously strives to attract, recruit, and develop Civilians that are willing to uphold the core values of our institution. Not only does a Civilian Career with the Air Force offer challenging work, but it gives the satisfaction of knowing you've made a difference. We are looking for Civilians with the strongest character and commitment to meeting the Air Force's core mission requirements. We are offering you an exciting career with the best Air Force in the world-begin as a PALACE Acquire Intern!

 

The PALACE Acquire Program (PAQ) was established to heighten the United States Air Force’s ability to maintain the leading edge in today’s technology-intensive environment by hiring you – dynamic, creative and innovative scientists and engineers. The Scientists and Engineering PAQ program offers qualified BS graduates a well-planned 3-year development and training program which includes one year of graduate studies in a technology-related field. The first and third years of this unique training and developmental program involve work experience, while the second year is dedicated to full-time, paid graduate studies. Qualified MS or BS degrees supplemented by one year of professional engineering or science experience may also be considered and, if selected, placed in a two year on-the-job training program. Upon completion of the PALACE Acquire Program, employees will be placed on a permanent position. Promotions and salary increases are based upon successful performance and supervisory approval. This is your opportunity to begin a successful Civilian career with the United States Air Force.

 

 

This is an Expedited Hiring Authority Public Notice; under this recruitment procedure, each location/installation, identified in this Public Notice will make selections for vacancies as they occur. There may or may not be actual/projected vacancies at the time you submit your application. Please read this Public Notice in its entirety prior to submitting your application for consideration.

 

These positions are being filled under the Acquisition Expedited Hiring Authority.  The Secretary of the Air Force has delegated authority to appoint certain Civilians to positions designated pursuant to the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improve Act (DAWIA); positions are located Air Force-Wide. Positions are filled as permanent with a full-time work schedule. Pay may vary by geographic location.

Notice of Results (NOR)s will ONLY be sent to applicants in the event of selections made from this public notice under this authority.

 

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR:

These position have a qualify ranking factor which states that you must have or will have a minimum 3.1 undergraduate cumulative GPA.

 

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • May be required to attend formal training.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • Yes
  • Relocation expense covered up to Joint Travel Regulation Autorization

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Security Clearance is required
  • Mobility Agreement
  • Acquisition Expedited Hiring Authority (EHA)
  • Total salary varies depending on location of position (locality)
  • Recruitment incentive may be authorized
  • Student loan repayment may be authorized

DUTIES:

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0801 - Performs general engineering tasks of limited scope and difficulty which are screened by a higher grade engineer. Some knowledge of work processes, and the capability to apply standard general engineering practices, required to directly apply varied rules, procedures and precedents to the assignments.

806 - Performs materials engineering tasks of limited scope and difficulty which are screened by a higher grade engineer. Some knowledge of work processes, and the capability to apply standard general engineering practices, required to directly apply varied rules, procedures and precedents to the assignments.

0830 - Performs mechanical engineering tasks of limited scope and difficulty which are screened by a higher grade engineer. Some knowledge of work processes, and the capability to apply standard general engineering practices, required to directly apply varied rules, procedures and precedents to the assignments.

0850 - Performs electrical engineering tasks of limited scope and difficulty which are screened by a higher grade engineer. Some knowledge of work processes, and the capability to apply standard electrical engineering practices, required to directly apply varied rules, procedures and precedents to the assignments.

0854 - Performs computer engineering tasks of limited scope and difficulty which are screened by a higher grade engineer. Some knowledge of work processes, and the capability to apply standard computer engineering practices, required to directly apply varied rules, procedures and precedents to the assignments.

0855 - Performs electronics engineering tasks of limited scope and difficulty which are screened by a higher grade engineer. Some knowledge of work processes, and the capability to apply standard electronics engineering practices, required to directly apply varied rules, procedures and precedents to the assignments.

0861 - Performs aerospace engineering tasks of limited scope and difficulty which are screened by a higher grade engineer. Some knowledge of work processes, and the capability to apply standard aerospace engineering practices, required to directly apply varied rules, procedures and precedents to the assignments.

0893 - Performs chemical engineering tasks of limited scope and difficulty which are screened by a higher grade engineer. Some knowledge of work processes, and the capability to apply standard chemical engineering practices, required to directly apply varied rules, procedures and precedents to the assignments.

0896 - Performs industrial engineering tasks of limited scope and difficulty which are screened by a higher grade engineer. Some knowledge of work processes, and the capability to apply standard industrial engineering practices, required to directly apply varied rules, procedures and precedents to the assignments.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities(KSAs)

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

1. Knowledge of multi disciplinary professional engineering concepts, principles, practices, standards, methods, techniques, materials, and equipment.

2. Skill in evaluating state-or-the art scientific and environmental engineering technologies and capability to apply standard multidisciplinary engineering practices, required to directly apply varied rules, procedures and precedents to the assignment

3. Ability to analyze , interpret and apply a particular discipline of engineering rules and procedures in a variety of situations and recommend effective solutions to senior engineers.

The Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) of 1990, P.L. 101-510, Title XII, imposed qualification requirements for certain acquisition positions. DAWIA was enacted to improve the effectiveness of the acquisition workforce by establishing minimum qualification standards for each acquisition career field or functional stall. DoD implemented DAWIA by establishing a certification process. Acquisition Professional Development Program (APDP) is Air Force implementation of DAWIA. Each Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (AT&L) career field requires specific education, training, and experience as well as defines the certification process for each career field. Candidates must be able to meet mandatory education, training, and experience requirements of the level of the position to which they are appointed within two years of their appointment date. These requirements are in addition to the qualification requirements established by the Office of Personnel Management. Certification levels are determined by the level or responsibility of the job, and whether job requires basic, intermediate, or advanced experience and training.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

A. Degree: Professional engineering. 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; (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than 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. 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.

You may qualify if you meet one of the following:

1. You must have completed or will complete a 4 year course of study leading to a bachelor’s from an accredited institution no later than 31 August 2014 AND must have documented Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) at the undergraduate level in one of the following:

a) Class Standing - upper third of the graduating class based on completed courses in the college, university, or major subdivision;

b) Grade Point Average -2.95 or higher out of a possible 4.0 as recorded on your official transcript or as computed based on 4 years of education or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of curriculum; OR 3.45 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on the average of the required courses completed in your major field or the required courses in your major field completed during the final 2 years of your curriculum. If more than 10 percent of total undergraduate credit hours are non-graded, i.e. pass/fail, CLEP, CCAF, DANTES, military credit, etc, you cannot qualify based on GPA;

c) Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society (note: freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this position). (If qualifying based on class standing or honor society membership, provide appropriate documentation).

OR

2. You have one full year (18 semester hours or the equivalent) of graduate level study, or possess a master's or higher degree, e.g., LL.B., J.D., LL.M., Ph.D., in a field that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the work of this position. Such fields include business administration, industrial management, industrial engineering, industrial psychology, public administration, political science, or government.

OR

3. You have at least one year (12 months) of specialized experience, that equips you with the particular knowledge, skills, and ability to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the positions to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

OR

4. You must have a combination of graduate education as described above and the type of specialized experience as described above, which when combined would equate to 100%. (To compute, first determine your total qualifying graduate level education as a percentage of the graduate education required; then determine your total qualifying experience as a percentage of experience described above; add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal to at least 100 %).

Click on the following link to view occupational requirements for this position:

http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/IORs/gs0800/0800.htm


THESE POSITIONS HAVE A POSITIVE EDUCATION REQUIREMENT. YOU MUST SUBMIT COPIES OF ALL TRANSCRIPTS TO INCLUDE TRANSFERRED HOURS - UNOFFICIAL COPIES ARE ACCEPTABLE AT TIME OF APPLICATION. IF SELECTED, YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE OFFICIAL COPIES OF ALL TRANSCRIPTS. ALL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS MUST BE COMPLETED BY 31 AUG 2014. DEGREE AUDITS AND ACADEMIC EVALUATIONS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE.

 

SUPERIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT: Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) at the undergraduate level in one of the following: a) Class standing-upper third of the graduating class based on completed courses in the college, university, or major subdivision; b) Grade Point Average- 2.95 or higher out of a possible 4.0 as recorded on your official transcript or as computed based on 4 years of education or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of curriculum; OR 3.45 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on the average of the required courses completed in your major field or the required courses in your major field completed during the final 2 years of your curriculum. c) Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society (note: freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this position). For more information, please visit: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp

 

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

1. Mobility - you may be required to relocate during or after completion of your training.

2. Successful completion of all training and regulatory requirements as identified in the applicable training plan.

3. Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.

4. May be required to travel by military and/or civilian aircraft in the performance of official duties.

5. Employee may be subject to random drug testing.

 

VETERAN'S PREFERENCE:

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility, submit a copy of your DD-214 (member 4 or other copy showing type of discharge).  If you are eligible for 10-point veterans' preference, attach an SF-15 (utilize SF 15 with revision date of Aug 2008),  "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. (Approved VA Letter from the VA that shows percentage of disability, I.E. 10, 20. 30 etc.)

 

For more specifics on all veterans employment issues such as Veterans preference or special appointing authorities see the Veteran's Guide: http://www.opm.gov/staffingPortal/Vetguide.asp

IF APPLICABLE : Military service member's "Statement of Service" will be accepted up to 120 days prior to separation date IF a terminal leave form or DD214 cannot be provided. The "Statement of Service" must be signed by, or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters and must indicate when your terminal leave will begin, your rank, dates of active duty service, the Type of Discharge and Character of Service (i.e. honorable).  Applicants, who disqualify themselves, in the occupational questionnaire, will not be evaluated further. Your application may not receive appropriate consideration without the required supporting documentation. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you or removal after hiring.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

We will review your application, including the online assessment questionnaire to ensure that you meet the requirements to perform in this position satisfactorily.

 

 

EVALUATION OF FOREIGN EDUCATION:

 

FOREIGN EDUCATION

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. If your degree is from a non-U.S. University, please contact the American Association of Collegiate Registrar & Admissions Office (AACRAO) via their websitesite http://www.aacrao.org; Foreign transcripts are required to be authenticated and accredited to US equivalents. This must be completed prior to applying/entrance on duty to a Palace Acquire position. When applying, please submit a copy of the authentication report along with a copy of your transcripts.

 

 

 

 


BENEFITS:

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The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program.  In addition to your take-home pay, click here for an overview benefits currently offered to Federal employees.

 

Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit

OTHER INFORMATION:

Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, who are 18 but not yet 26 years old, must be registered with the selective service system (or have an exemption) to be eligible for federal employment. For additional information or to register, click here .

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click here. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated well qualified or above for this position.

 

Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Are NOT eligible for the Palace Acquire Program. You can apply for a non-competitive appointment if you meet the basic eligibility requirements and you are eligible for special appointment such as those authorized for the severely disabled; certain Vietnam era and disabled veterans; returned volunteers from the Peace Corps. Please indicate the type of special appointment you are seeking, if any, on your application and follow all other instructions for applying shown in this announcement.

 

Appointment of Certain Military Spouses- I am the spouse of a member of the Armed Forces who has been issued orders for a permanent change of station (PCS) and I am indicated on the PCS orders; and I have been married to the military member on, or prior to the date of my spouse's PCS orders; and I am relocating with my spouse to the new duty location; and I have not been appointed using this authority under these orders. Or state, I am the spouse of a member of the Armed Forces who retired with a disability rating at the time of retirement of 100 percent; or retired or separated from the Armed Forces and has a disability rating of 100 percent from the Dept of Veterans Affairs. Or state, I am the un-remarried widow or widower of a member of the Armed Forces killed while in active duty status.

 

(NOTE 1: Spouses are eligible for a noncompetitive appointment under this authority for a maximum of 2 years from the date of:

1) The service member's permanent change of station orders;

2) Documentation verifying the member of the armed forces is 100 percent disabled;

3) Documentation verifying the member of the armed forces was killed while on active duty.

NOTE 2: For current military spouse's this appointment authority is limited to the geographical area of the PCS orders. For spouses of 100 percent disabled veterans or widows/widowers this authority is not limited to a geographical area and there is not a limit to the number of appointments under this authority.

NOTE 3: You must include a copy of your spouse's PCS orders, or VA disability rating, or Death Certificate, as applicable.)

 

You must upload/submit all required documents in order to be considered, i.e., Resume, All transcripts (we will accept unofficial), (DD 214, Veterans Award Letter and SF 15; if applicable.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must provide both of the following:

1.   Your responses to the Qualifications Questionnaire. Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgment email that your submission was successful.  If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted), AND

2.   Your resume and any other documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement such as transcripts and Veterans' Preference documentation (utilize SF15 with revision date of August 2008).

 

REMINDER: Ensure each job entry reflects beginning and ending month & year dates and the total hours worked per week (e.g. 05/2000 - 05/2006 40 hrs per week).  

 

Use Application Manager for convenience and quickest processing. Track your progress to a Complete Application Package using the My Application Packages checklist and status displays in Application Manager. Your Application Package status must be Complete by 11:59PM Eastern Time on Thursday, July 31, 2014.

 

Option A:  Application Manager

To begin, choose one of these options:

      1. Begin the process by clicking the Apply Online button. Your résumé will be attached only to the Application Package you complete and submit immediately after you click the Apply Online button for this job announcement, not to any Application Packages you may already have created.

If you are faxing any documents, always use the official cover sheet which you may print using this link:  http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf. The fax number is 478-757-3144

 

 

If you are experiencing difficulty accessing Application Manager you may send an email to ApplicationManagerHelpDesk@opm.gov.

 Option B:  Paper Qualifications Questionnaire

If it is not possible for you to use Application Manager, you can write your answers on paper.  Follow these steps:

1.      Print a copy of this job announcement so you can read the questions offline.

2.      Obtain and print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX, which you will use to provide your answers. You can obtain the form at this URL http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf or by calling USAJOBS by Phone at (703) 724-1850; after the introduction, press 1, and listen for instructions.

3.      You may submit the Form 1203-FX, resume, and any supporting documents by fax.  If you are faxing a Form 1203-FX, do not use a separate cover sheet. Simply make sure the Form 1203-FX is on top of any other documents you are faxing. If you are faxing any documents without the Form 1203-FX on top, always use the official cover sheet which is here -- http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf -- and be sure to fill it out completely and clearly.  The fax number is 1-478-757-3144.  Feed all documents into your fax machine top first so that we receive them right-side up.

 

Instructions for completing the paper Qualifications Questionnaire: 

If you are applying to this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead of using the Online Qualifications Questionnaire method, you will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission. 

 

NOTE:  Any documents to include fax copies must be submitted on or prior to the closing date of this announcement.

 

You are encouraged to complete the Qualifications Questionnaire and submit your documentation using the online method since it is the most efficient way to process your application. The method that we highly recommend is outlined under "OPTION A."  



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

To submit the documents requested follow the instructions below: Your resume, curriculum vitae, the Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF 612), or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications  can be submitted electronically using the document upload process, or fax. Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, phone and at least your last four digits of your social security number. 

 

List of required documents:

  

  • Resume
  • Transcripts (Unofficial copies acceptable)
  • Online Application (Qualification Questionnaire)
  • Veterans Preference documentation (if claiming Veteran Preference)
  • Miscellaneous (class ranking letter or national honor society membership certificate)

 

INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES – Proof of Disability: An individual wishing to be hired under this Schedule A (5 F.F.R. 213.3102(u)) authority must provide proof he or she is indeed an individual with mental retardation, severe physical disability, or psychiatric disability. This proof must be provided to the hiring agency before an individual can be appointed. This proof may be in the form of documentation obtained from licensed medical professionals, state or private vocational rehabilitation specialists, or any Government agency that issues or provides disability benefits.

 

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Civilian Force Renewal Branch
Phone: (800)847-0108
TDD: (800)382-0893
Email: AFCIVINTERN@US.AF.MIL
Agency Information:
Air Force Civilian Force Renewal
550 C Street West Ste 57
Randolph AFB, TX
78150-4749
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Notice of Results (NOR) will ONLY be sent to applicants in the event of selections made from this public notice under this authority.

Additional Duty Location Info

Few vacancies in the following locations:
Los Angeles, CA View Map
Washington DC, DC View Map
Eglin AFB, FL View Map
Robins AFB, GA View Map
Hanscom AFB, MA View Map
Offutt AFB, NE View Map
Newark, NJ View Map
Holloman AFB, NM View Map
Kirtland AFB, NM View Map
Rome, NY View Map
Wright-Patterson AFB, OH View Map
Tinker AFB, OK View Map
Arnold AFB, TN View Map
Lackland AFB, TX View Map
Hill AFB, UT View Map
Arlington, VA View Map

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Job Announcement Number:

BE14-EHA-1016172-8XX-07-JDC

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