Job Overview


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1164813

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise – “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?  If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA.  The VA is committed to hiring Veterans.

 This position is being filled under the Pathways Recent Graduates Program located in The Department of Veterans Affairs, Technology Acquisitions Center (TAC), Office of Acquisition Operations (OAO), Eatontown, NJ United States.

Who May Apply:  All recent graduates in the New Jersey Commuting area.  (The New Jersey

                              Commuting area is defined as the following counties;  New Jersey - All,

                              Philadelphia PA, New York County NY, Kings County NY, Bronx County NY,

                              Richmond County NY and Queens County NY)

Applicants must be recent graduates who have completed, within the previous two years, a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution. Veterans (as defined in 5 USC 2108) who, due to military service obligation, were precluded from applying to the Recent Graduates Program during any portion of the 2-year eligibility period described above have a full 2-year period of eligibility upon their release or discharge from active duty; however, this eligibility period cannot extend beyond 6 years from the date of completion of the requirements of an academic course of study. Throughout the program, selectees will participate in job assignments to develop competencies and to enhance their academic career goals. After successful completion of the program requirements, the individual may, at the agency's discretion, be converted to a term or permanent appointment. For more information on the Pathways Programs, please visit:

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As a Recent Graduate Computer Engineer in the Acquisition Rapid Response Office (ARRO) of the Technology Acquisition Center (TAC) you will be provided with a unique learning opportunity which will enable you to add to the knowledge that you gained from your college education by performing a variety of developmental duties in support of the overall work of the TAC.

  • Gathers and reviews a variety of narrative and/or statistical data to prepare reports.

  • Conducts analyses of date to support conclusions or recommendations for action.

  • Reviews engineering regulations or policies applicable to assignments to determine impact.

  • Works closely with higher graded engineers on determining customer requirements for IT systems, services, software or hardware.

This position is developmental in nature, leading to the target grade of GS-12.

GS-12 duties include:

  • Conducts analysis for optimum approaches to meet the user requirements for IT

    equipment, systems, hardware, software and services for assigned programs/projects.

  • Analyzes engineering change proposals, deviations and waivers as to their necessity, feasibility and adequacy for meeting schedules.

  • Serves as a technical advisor and focal point for assigned contracts/programs involving mission critical computer engineering information technology resources.

  • Reviews and evaluates the contractor’s systems, policies, procedures, activities and products used in the development process.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


Basic Qualifications Requirements:

1. To meet the Program requirements, you must have obtained a qualifying Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Professional, Doctorate, Vocational or Technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution, within the previous 2 years.


A. Degree: Have a Bachelor's degree in Professional Engineering from an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited school and/or the curriculum included Differential and Integral Calculus and courses (beyond 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. Education/Experience: Have a 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:

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No