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Job Title:Interdisciplinary Engineer (Recent Graduate)

Department:Department of the Army

Agency:U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command

Job Announcement Number:NEAG1407599211135732

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$34,415.00 to $82,019.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 to Thursday, June 26, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0801/0830/0854/0855/0858/1550-05/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Recent Graduates

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Many vacancies in the following location(s):
Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD View Map
Lakehurst, NJ View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Student/Internship Program Eligibles

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Top Secret/SCI

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission.  They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations.  The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

US Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC), Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate (I2WD) - We are dedicated to providing the U.S. Army effective intelligence and information warfare tools, guaranteeing our warfighters the technological edge in any future operation. We identify, develop, educate, tailor and insert emerging information technologies, which are transitioned into selected operational systems. Thus, guaranteeing America's Warfighter the superior integrated systems they need to enable and ensure Information Dominance.

About the Position:
Click here for more information on Pathways program participants.

Position(s) will be filled under the Department of the Army Recent Graduates Program.

The Department of the Army Recent Graduates Program affords developmental experiences in the Department of Army intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs. Successful applicants are placed in a dynamic, developmental program with the potential to lead to a civil service career in the Federal Government.

After Program completion, Department of the Army Recent Graduates MAY be converted to a permanent position.

To be eligible for conversion to a permanent or term position, Recent Graduates must:

  • Successfully complete at least 1-year of continuous service in addition to all requirements of the Program.
  • Demonstrate successful job performance.
  • Meet the Office of Personnel Management’s qualifications for the position to which the Recent Graduate will be converted

To learn more, please visit: http://www.opm.gov/HiringReform/Pathways/program/graduates/.

Department of the Army Recent Graduates Program Eligibles

Positions are open to:

  • Recent graduates who have completed, within the previous two years (or will complete no later than July 2014,) a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution.
  • Veterans unable to apply within two years of receiving their degree, due to military service obligation, have as much as six years after degree completion to apply.
  • Any individual who completed his or her educational requirements between December 27, 2010 and July 10, 2012 will have 2 years from July 10, 2012 to be eligible to apply to the Recent Graduates Program.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

    DUTIES:

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    As an Intern Interdisciplinary Engineer for US Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC), Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate (I2WD), you will apply a good understanding of electronic engineering/computer scientist principles, practices and techniques from both a theoretical and a practical standpoint.  You will assist with the completion of projects in the areas of research, design, development and testing.  You will aid in the preparation of reports and procurement data for development and production contracts.  You will determine requirements for special test equipment, investigate problem areas and report them to  supervisors for recommendations and solutions.  You will assist with the review of technical data, manuals, standards and precedents to gain a knowledge of the equipment, techniques and/or issues. 


    QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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    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.

    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. 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.)

    OR

    C. (For Computer Scientist series) I meet the Basic Educational Requirements for a Computer Scientist because I possess a bachelor’s 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. 

     

    Other Requirements:
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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.

     


    BENEFITS:

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    The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program. In addition to your take-home pay, your comprehensive compensation/benefits package will include most of the benefits described in the USAJOBS Resource Center.



    OTHER INFORMATION:

    • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
    • This is a CP 16 position


    HOW TO APPLY:

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    To apply for this position, you must complete the online questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, June 26, 2014 to receive consideration.

    • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
    • Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
    • It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
    • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account , select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
    • To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
    • It is your responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume) is complete, accurate, and submitted by the closing date.  Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan.  Faxed documents must be completely transmitted by 11:59p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of the announcement.

    The Department of the Army provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing civilian personnel unit. Your requests for reasonable accommodation will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.




    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

    The following documents are required:

    • Resume: If you submit a resume with inappropriate material e.g. photos, you will not be considered for this vacancy. Your resume may be submitted in any format. For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). Resumes that do not contain this information will be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position.
    • Applicants MUST include a copy of their unofficial transcripts and enrollment verification for college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate with their application.
    • If the position has an education requirement or you are qualifying based on a combination of education and experience or solely on education, you must submit your college transcripts with your application.
    • If you are claiming Veterans Preference or Military Spouse preference (MSP), to verify your preference claim you MUST submit supporting documents with your application package. These documents may include, but are not limited to:   for MSP claims, PCS orders and marriage certificate; for verification of Veteran Preference, DD214 (which indicates character of service) SF-15, VA Letter and/or Activation/Deactivation orders.

    • If you are currently serving on active duty: You MUST submit a certification from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed. If you supply a certification at this stage, your preference/eligibility will be verified prior to appointment.   For more information about Veteran's Preference, please click this link:

       http://www.opm.gov/employ/veterans/html/vetguide.asp.   Please upload veteran's documents under the appropriate category.

       

    If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and will not be considered any further.

     

    PLEASE NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents like military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for other than the applicant.These documents may be sanitized to remove such personal information before submission with the application. Applicants may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents upon selection to confirm eligibility.

    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    Central Resume Processing Center
    Phone: (410)306-0137
    Email: USARMY.APG.CHRA-NE.MBX.APPLICANTHELP@MAIL.MIL
    Agency Information:
    DA NER Aberdeen Proving Ground
    Civilian Personnel Advisory Center
    Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
    21005-5001

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements.  To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire.  The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire.  The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your rating. 

     

    To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select My Applications, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position. 

     

    For questions regarding the status of your application, eligibility or qualifications determination contact: applicanthelp@conus.army.mil


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    Job Announcement Number:

    NEAG1407599211135732

    Control Number:

    372341600