Science, Service, and Stewardship
The National Weather Service is a component of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA is an Operating Unit of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Our headquarters office for the National Weather Service (NWS) is located in Silver Spring, MD with regional headquarters located in Kansas City, Mo.; Bohemia, N.Y.; Fort Worth, Texas; Salt Lake City, Utah; Anchorage, Alaska; and Honolulu, Hawaii. With some 5,000 employees in 122 weather forecast offices, 13 river forecast centers, 9 national centers, and other support offices around the country, NWS provides a national infrastructure to gather and process data worldwide. Each year, NWS collects some 76 billion observations and issues approximately 1.5 million forecasts and 50,000 warnings.
Additional vacancies may be filled through this vacancy announcement or, if they become available.
As an Electronics Technician, duties and responsibilities include the following:
- Perform depot level maintenance, evaluation and independent certification of weather data collection and monitoring equipment and weather radars. Assigned systems may include NEXRAD weather radar, office computer systems, communications systems, meteorological and hydrologic observing systems, and upper air tracking system.
- Diagnose causes of equipment malfunction through application of electronic theory, system analysis, uses of a variety of test equipment, and schematic and wiring diagrams.
- Repair and/or replace parts or components.
- Performs system operational checks and adjustments to ensure compliance with established standards.
- Performs quality control and reliability checks of electronic systems.
Work requires some physical exertion, such as long periods of standing, recurring bending, crouching, and/or stooping and the lifting and carrying of moderately heavy loads up to 50 pounds.
Qualification requirements in vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. The handbook is available on OPM's website http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/