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Job Title:Electrical Engineer

Department:Department Of The Treasury

Agency:Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Job Announcement Number:2013-PTD-009D

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

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$75,621.00 to $116,901.00 / Per Year


Monday, February 10, 2014 to Monday, February 24, 2014




This position is on a full-time work schedule. - This is a Permanent Appointment.




2 vacancies - District of Columbia, DC View Map


U.S. citizens; no prior Federal experience is required.


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About the Agency

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) prints billions of Federal Reserve Notes for delivery to the Federal Reserve System each year. These notes are produced at our facilities in Washington, DC, and Fort Worth, Texas. The BEP's research and development efforts focus on the continued use of automation in the production process and counterfeit deterrent technologies for use in security documents, especially United States currency.
This position is located in the Product & Technology Development Directorate, Office of Engineering, Controls Engineering Division.  The incumbent serves as an Electrical Engineer, who participates in major project activities related to control systems development for currency production for the Washington, D.C. and Western Currency Facility - Fort Worth (WCF).  This position requires experience in design and development of inspection systems, engineering of production systems, hardware/software integration, process monitoring and control, and troubleshooting in a factory setting.
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    The following are the duties of this position at the GS-14:

    • Serves as a consultant and expert advisor on the electrical control systems for production and inspection equipment.

    • Designs and develops automatic vision systems and control systems for manufacturing process control/inspection.

    • Participates in multidisciplinary projects that are part of strategic and long range planning efforts.

    • Solves control system problems in areas such as electrical drives, sensors, real-time industrial computers, Programmable logic controllers (PLC), and industrial communications.

    • Ensures new designs meet stringent standards for industrial machine control, safety, and environmental health.

    • Develops Image Processing Algorithms and software for real-time control applications.


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    Applicants must meet one of the following basic educational criteria and specialized experience to be qualified for this position.

    Basic Education Requirements:
    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; or (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.
    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. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.


        • 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.


        • Applicants who have passed the EIT examination and have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college of university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-5. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions that involve highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic requirements in paragraph A.  Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least 1 year of additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT examination.


        • 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. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A.


        • 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. 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, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)

    Specialized Experience: Specialized experience is defined as experience directly related to the position and that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of the position.
    GS-12:  Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service that includes experiences such as: designing and developing automatic control systems (Programmable logic controllers (PLC) - based or Personal Computer (PC) - based) for manufacturing process control and inspection; designing and developing basic vision systems used in a production environment; and troubleshooting control system problems.
    GS-13:  Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service that includes experiences such as: developing project plans for specification, procurement, installation, implementation, and transition to manufacturing of custom or standard equipment; designing and developing automatic control systems (Programmable logic controllers (PLC) - based or Personal Computer (PC) - based) for manufacturing process control and inspection; designing and developing vision systems for inspecting features at high speed on production equipment; and solving control system problems.

    In addition to the qualification requirements, you must be a U.S. Citizen.


    Your application includes your:
    1. Resume,
    2. Responses to the online questions, and
    3. Required supporting documents.
    We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants:

         1.  Minimum Requirements: Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You will be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we will rate you as ineligible.

         2.  Rating: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas:

    GS-12:  Design and Development; Process Control; Manufacturing; Technical Problem Solving; Oral and Written Communication.
    GS-13:  Project Management; Design and Development; Process Control; Manufacturing; Technical Problem Solving; Oral and Written Communication.  

    Once the job opportunity announcement closes, a review of your résumé and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.
    If, after reviewing your résumé and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your responses when compared to your background information, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your skills and abilities. 
    Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions will affect your eligibility.
    Category Rating will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. If qualified, you will be assigned to one of three categories, Gold, Silver, or Bronze depending on your experience and education related to this position. Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed.
    Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category and considered before non-preference-eligibles in that category.
         3.  Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration and possible interview.  First consideration will be given to CTAP/ICTAP eligible in the commuting area.  In addition to meeting the minimum qualification requirements, CTAP/ICTAP eligible must be ranked in the Gold category.  
    For more information on the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)), please click here… Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)),
    We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.
    To preview questions please click here.


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    • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.

    • This announcement can be used to fill like positions within 180 days of closing.

    • We will not pay relocation expenses.

    • The facility shuts down annually between Christmas and New Year's Day. Employees must take leave for work days during this shutdown period.

    • This is a non-bargaining designated position.

    SUITABILITY, CLEARANCE & REQUIREMENTS:  A background investigation will be required for all new hires.  Appointment will be subject to the applicant’s successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for disqualification in the hiring process. 
    The background investigation process conducted by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing is very thorough.  Therefore  it is imperative that applicants exercise candor and honesty when answering background questionnaires, especially as it relates to arrest, employment, education, finances, illegal drug use, and/or other criminal history.  Falsification discovered in security documents or during the background investigation process may result in an immediate negative suitability determination or immediate revocation of your interim clearance (if applicable). 

    DRUG POLICY STATEMENT: The Bureau of Engraving and Printing drug screens all candidates prior to appointment. Accordingly, prior to appointment into this position the selectee must submit to and successfully pass a urinalysis drug screening.
    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: If selected for this position, you will be required to:

    • Complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).

    • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.

    • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.

    • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 ( Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.


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    The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on the announcement's closing date. Treasury provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

    Step 1 - Create or Upload a resume with USAJOBS ( - We suggest you go to the end of the Qualifications & Evaluation section of the job announcement to preview the online questions that you will answer in Step 3. You may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. For more resume tips click here. - You may create a resume in USAJOBS or upload one of your own choosing. Although you must enter your Social Security Number (SSN) for USAJOBS, we will only see the last four digits for identification purposes.

    Step 2 - Apply Online Click the "Apply Online" link of this announcement and then select the resume you wish to submit with your application. You will be redirected to the Department of the Treasury's CareerConnector website to complete the application process.

    Step 3 - Answer the Online Questions and Submit Your Online Application If this is your first time on Treasury's CareerConnector website, you will be prompted to register by answering questions related to your eligibility for Federal employment. The system will save these responses and take you back to the main screen so that you can answer the job-specific questions. Select "Take me to the assessment" and click on the "Continue" button to answer the job-specific questions. You must answer all the questions and click the "Finished" button.

    Step 4 - Review and Confirm Your Submission You will now have the option to upload a document or print fax cover-sheets for your required documents (see step 5 for details). Once you click "Done," you will see a summary of your application for your review. You may also print a copy for your records. When you click "Finished" at the bottom of the page, you will then be directed back to USAJOBS where you can confirm that your application has been submitted and track your application status.

    Step 5 - Submit Required Documents You can submit any required documents (discussed below) by document upload or fax. Whichever method you choose, please include the job announcement number with your documents. To protect your privacy, we encourage you to remove your SSN from any documents that you submit.
     Document Upload: You may upload supporting documents in one of two ways:
    1. Once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement, you will be prompted to upload your document(s) to your application. You will be given the choice to either upload the document as part of the application process or you can select a document that you've already loaded on USAJOBS. or
     2. You can upload a document to an existing application by logging into your USAJOBS account profile. Click on "My Applications" and search for the vacancy. Once you've located the vacancy, click on the vacancy and select "Apply Online." Move through your existing application to the Documents page and select Upload in order to add a document to your application. Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation that the document uploaded. In the Application Review section, you may verify acceptance of your documents in CareerConnector if you see them listed on the "Vacancy Documents" screen. Then, click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS. Fax: Create a fax cover-sheet in CareerConnector by following the "Faxing Supporting Documentation" instructions. The fax number will be on the cover-sheet.


    Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you will not be considered for this position (or will not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

    Online Occupational Assessment Questionnaires
    VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. An SF-15 may be found at: more information on veteran's preference, click here.

    CTAP/ICTAP DOCUMENTATION If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP), you must submit proof of eligibility. For a detailed list of documents, click here.
    EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION If this position requires a basic education or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or a list of courses showing title, number of credits, grade, and date of completion.
    To be used in meeting qualification requirements, a college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please click here. An official transcript will be required if you are selected. If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency; more information may be found at:


    Katie Park
    Phone: 202-874-3205
    Fax: 111-111-1111
    TDD: 202-874-2415
    Agency Information:
    Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP)
    14th and C St., S.W.
    Room 202-A
    Attn: Human Resources
    Washington, DC
    Fax: 111-111-1111


    You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My Account" tab and clicking on "Application Status". Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate, or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

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