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Job Title:  Student Trainee (Engineering), ZP-0899-I (GS-1-6 equivalent)
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  National Institute of Standards and Technology
Job Announcement Number:  NISTEL-2014-0025

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$22,336.00 to $54,392.00 / Per Year
Friday, April 11, 2014 to Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Excepted Service: Temporary, Indefinite - Temporary appointment, Full-time
2 vacancies in the following location:
Gaithersburg, MD View Map
Student/Internship Program Eligibles
Q - Nonsensitive


About the Agency

NIST currently has an internship position located in the Engineering Laboratory. The person selected will support projects related to energy efficiency in buildings and the use of solar energy. Tasks involve the setting up, instrumenting, and programming of experiments as well as analysis of data from those experiments. Topics that may be covered include photovoltaics, solar water heating, net-zero energy buildings, thermal insulation, water heating, and sensors. Candidates will work closely with project engineers who will mentor them and educate them on proper ways to carry out scientific research related to energy.

Are you ready to explore your future with NIST?


  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must be registered for Selective Service (see Other Information).
  • You must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • You must be at least 16 years of age
  • Must be enrolled at least half time at a qualifying institution
  • Must possess a grade point average (GPA) of a 3.0 or higher out of a 4.0.


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Programming of hardware using the LabVIEW programming environment to conduct and collect data from scientific experiments; analysis of data using spreadsheets or mathematical analysis programs such as Mathematica, Matlab, or Maple; assist technicians in installing instrumentation to collect data such as temperature, relative humidity, pressure, heat flow, water flow, electrical energy consumption, and fossil fuel energy consumption; calibration of sensors; review of scientific literature to understand status of particular research areas; development of computer simulation models to predict energy performance of equipment in buildings.


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Basic Requirements:

Applicants must be currently pursuing a degree in 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.

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 unofficial transcripts to document that you have met the education requirement. Transcripts must show that you are currently enrolled as a student and display cumulative GPA. Official transcripts will be required prior to a final offer of employment. If you are not currently enrolled, you must submit proof of enrollment (i.e., letter from the registrar's office or acceptance letter from an accredited educational institution) for the upcoming semester. This documentation must confirm the following: the degree/diploma program in which you have been accepted and that you will be enrolled on at least a half-time basis for the upcoming semester.

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.

Eligibility Requirements
All applicants must be a student accepted for enrollment or enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, degree) in a qualifying educational institution, on a full or half-time basis (as defined by the institution in which the student is enrolled).  In addition, you must be enrolled in school for the duration of the appointment. You will be required to provide documentation to support your eligibility for the program. 

Applicants must possess a grade point average (GPA) of a 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0.  Grade-point averages are to be rounded to one decimal place. For example, 2.95 will round to 3.0 and 2.94 will round to 2.9.

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 Pathways Guidelines. Veterans' Preference does apply to the Pathways 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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You will be in a trial period throughout your entire Pathways appointment.   

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.

If you are a male born after December 31, 1959 you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.  Please see for more information.

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:

This is a temporary appointment. 

As a part of the Pathways Internship Program, the appointment may be extended until the selectee's educational program requirements have been completed. The incumbent may be converted, without a break in service to a term, career or career conditional appointment upon graduation and completion of program requirements.

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.


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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.


The following documents are required if you are applying to this announcement:
  • Current Resume
  • Unofficial transcripts (if selected official transcripts are required). Your transcript(s) must document the educational requirements for this position.  Transcripts must show that you are currently enrolled as a student and display cumulative GPA.
  • Proof of Enrollment: If you are not currently enrolled, you must submit proof of enrollment.  For example, a letter from the registrar's office or acceptance letter from an accredited educational institution.  The documentation must confirm the following: the degree/diploma program in which you have been accepted and that you will be enrolled on at least a half-time basis for the upcoming semester. 
  • Veteran's Preference documentation: DD214, VA letter,SF-15 if claiming 10 pt.  preference, if applicable
How do I submit my documents:
You may submit required and/or supplemental documents through any ONE of the following methods:
>Upload your file(s);
>Download from your USAJOBS account;
>Fax using the on-line fax cover sheet;

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.

NOTE:  Once a document has been uploaded or faxed to a particular category (i.e., transcript), you cannot refax or upload additional documents to the same category (i.e., transcript) without overriding the original documents.  In this case, please submit the additional documents to the "other" category.


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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