Specialized experience: To qualify at the GS -05 grade level the applicant must have successfully completed a full four-year professional engineering or computer scientist curriculum leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in an accredited college or university.
To qualify at the GS -07 grade level the applicant must possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-05 level or equivalent in the Federal Service applying or demonstrating understanding of engineering/computer science principles and concepts. OR,
(1) Have at least one full year of graduate-level education from an accredited college or university that provided the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the work of the position. (Note: You must attach a copy of your transcripts.)
(2) Have some specialized experience as described in A, but less than one year; and I have less than one full year of graduate level education as described in B. I have computed the percentage of the requirements that I meet, and the total is at least 100%. (To compute the percentage, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of graduate education by 18. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.) (Note: You must attach a copy of your transcripts.)
(3) Have the experience described in A AND the education described in B. (Note: You must attach a copy of your transcripts.)
(4) Have superior academic achievement in a professional engineering curriculum. To qualify for superior academic achievement, you must have one of the following: (1) standing in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision; (2) a grade point average of 3.0 out of a 4.0 overall or during the final 2 years of the curriculum; (3) a grade point average of 3.5 out of 4.0 in the major field overall or during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or (4) election to membership in a national scholastic honor society. (Note: You must attach a copy of your transcripts.)
To qualify at the GS -09 grade level the applicant must possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-07 level or equivalent pay band in the Federal Service applying or demonstrating understanding of professional engineering/computer science principles and concepts, or 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree in professional engineering or computer science from an accredited college or university. (Note: You must attach a copy of your transcripts.)
To qualify at the GS -11 grade level the applicant must possess one year of specialized experience at the GS-09 level or equivalent pay band in the Federal Service applying or demonstrating understanding of professional engineering/computer science principles and concepts, or possess 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in professional engineering or computer science from an accredited college or university. (Note: You must attach a copy of your transcripts.)
You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities)in the following areas:
- knowledge of engineering/computer engineering/ computer science concepts and principles
- Ability to research/analyze engineering/computer science data
- Ability to communicate orally
- Ability to communicate in writing
In addition to meeting the specialized experience requirements you must possess:
Basic Qualification 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; 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.
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:
1) 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.
2) Written Test -- Evidence of having succesfully 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.
3) 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.
4) 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.)
C. (For Computer Scientist series) I meet the Basic Educational Requirements for a Computer Scientist because I possess a bachelors or higher degree in computer science OR possess a bachelor's degree with 30 semester hours in a combination of mathematics, statistics, and computer science. At least 15 of the 30 semester hours must have included any combination of statistics and mathematics that included differential and integral calculus. All academic degrees and course work must be from accredited or pre-accredited institutions. (SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS)
Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at - http://www.opm.gov/qualifications and http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html
Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please include this information in your resume.
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Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
One year trial/probationary period may be required.
Direct Deposit of pay is required.
Recent Graduates must sign a Participant Agreement with the Agency.
This position is a Testing Designated Position (TDP) subject to applicant testing and random drug testing. Tentalively selected applicants will be required to sign DA Form 5019 requiring participation in random drug testing.
This position requires the incumbent to obtain and maintain a Top Secret SCI security clearance.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements. Your responses to the questionnaire will be used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences. Only the most recently submitted resume will be considered.
Basis for Rating: Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified. Veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category.
Best Qualified. Candidates in this category possess exceptional skills and experience to exceed well above the minimum requirements for the announced position.
Highly Qualified. Candidates in this category possess good skills and experience above the minimum requirements for the announced position.
Qualified. Candidates in this category meet the minimum experience requirements for the announced position.