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Job Title:  Industrial Engineer, ZP-0896-IV (GS-13/14 equivalent) DIRECT HIRE
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  National Institute of Standards and Technology
Job Announcement Number:  NISTEL-2014-0019

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$89,924.00 to $138,136.00 / Per Year
Monday, March 31, 2014 to Monday, April 07, 2014
Competitive Service: Full-Time, Permanent - Career/Career-conditional
1 vacancy in the following location:
Gaithersburg, MD View Map
All qualified U.S. citizens. This notice is issued under direct-hire authority to recruit new talent to occupations for which NIST has a severe shortage of candidates.


About the Agency

The incumbent will conduct research in the areas of product design, manufacturing, and life cycle engineering.


  • No


  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must be registered for selective service (as applicable).
  • You must be suitable for Federal employment.


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The incumbent will conduct research in the areas of product design, manufacturing, and life cycle engineering. This will include developing measurement science advancements to manage, model, manipulate, and conduct testing of the information representations and system services to ensure effective, predictable and reliable manufacturing enterprise and services architectures. The incumbent will contribute to developing a validated reference architecture that supports real-time data optimization, diagnostics, and prognostics. The research will be supported through the use of information modeling, knowledge engineering, ontologies, systems integration, advanced optimization techniques, and modeling and simulation.


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Basic Requirements:

A. Professional engineering degree. To be acceptable, the curriculum must:

(1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum;


(2) include both differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics or chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: a) statistics, dynamics; b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; d) thermodynamics; e) electrical fields and circuits; f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.


B. Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

• Professional registration -- Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.

• Written Test-- Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

• Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements.

• Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.

In addition to the above basic requirements, applicants must have: 52 weeks of SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE, equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the federal service (ZP-IV for NIST Employees) in 1) addressing information modeling and data integration issues in real-world manufacturing enterprises using standards for smart manufacturing – such as Open Applications Integration Group Specification (OAGIS), ebXML, and ISO TC184-SC4 standards and 2) integrating commercial software applications to meet customer or enterprise requirements.

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

This position has an education requirement. You must submit a copy of your transcripts to document that you have met the education requirement. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official transcripts will be required prior to a final offer of employment.

Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

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


Applications will be evaluated against the basic qualifications. Qualified candidates will be considered in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management Direct Hire Guidelines. Veterans' Preference does not apply to the direct hire recruitment procedures. Selections made under this notice will be processed as new appointments to the civil service. You may not be considered for the position if any part of the application is incomplete. 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 adverse action after hiring.
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A one to three year probationary period may be required.
If selected by management, you may be required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) to determine your suitability for federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.
This position is covered by an Alternative Personnel Management System (APMS). This system replaces the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and grades with career paths and pay bands. For more information regarding on how our pay bands correspond to the General Schedule grade levels, visit:  
Payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.
At NIST we are striving to make the application process as easy and efficient as possible. With that in mind, the resume and corresponding responses of successful candidates may be shared with other selecting officials at NIST with opportunities like the one you are applying to. Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.
The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.  If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Specialist identified in this vacancy. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact Office of Workforce Management via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339. 


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A complete application package includes the following:
  1. Your resume AND
  2. The supporting documentation required (click on Required Documents).
You MUST apply on-line through WWW.USAJOBS.GOV. Your application must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement.
Uploaded resumes must include the following: applicant contact information and educational and professional background information including dates of employment and education, salary (and Federal grade level, if appropriate), and work schedule (i.e., FT/PT).  Please also include in your resume a list of all publications and patents/patent applications on which you are a named inventor and provide the title and patent/patent application number for each. Incomplete applications will not be considered and you will not be contacted to provide any missing information.
If you do not have access to the internet: If you do not have internet access, please contact the HR Specialist identified for this vacancy for alternative application methods.
Problems Completing Your Application: If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by email at The help desk is available Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.


What documents do I need to submit? In addition to your resume, you must submit any documents needed to support your qualifications for this position (i.e., college/university transcript).
How do I submit my documents: You may submit required and/or supplemental documents through any ONE of the following methods:
  1. Upload your file(s);
  2. Download from your USAJOBS account;
  3. Fax using the on-line fax cover sheet;
  4. Mail your documents, ONLY IF YOU DO NOT HAVE INTERNET ACCESS;
All required supporting documentation mentioned in this vacancy announcement, and all vacancy applications submitted electronically or via fax must be submitted and received by 11:59 pm ET on the closing date of this announcement. You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.
Are you CTAP or ICTAP Eligible? If you are a Federal employee claiming special priority selection rights under DOC's Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or your Agency's Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), you must meet the threshold of "well qualified" for the position to receive priority consideration. DoC defines well qualified as receiving a overall score of "85". You must also submit proof that you meet the requirements of 5CFR 330.605 (a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of your agency's notice, a copy of your most recent Performance Rating and a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting current position, grade level, and the duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. For more information about CTAP and ICTAP, please refer to the following web sites: CTAP ICTAP


Faith Harper
Phone: 301-975-3009
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
100 Bureau Drive
Gaithersburg, MD
Fax: 571-258-4052


If your application is referred to management for consideration, you may be contacted to interview for the position. You may be contacted by NIST upon consideration for employment to inform you of additional qualification requirements (i.e., selective factors) that would be required for a particular position.

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