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    This position is located in one of three Divisions within the Rural Utilities Services (RUS). Telecommunications Program; Office of Loan Origination & Approval, Office of Portfolio Management & Risk Assessment, or Office of Policy and Outreach Division.

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    The Pathways Recent Graduates Program is a 1-year Excepted Appointment program structured to help prepare and promote individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying education institutions or programs for a possible career in the federal government.  Recent graduates may be non-competitively converted to a term or permanent appointment if all training and program requirements are met. Conversion is neither guaranteed nor conferred.

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    This is a developmental position assisting higher graded Electronic Engineers in performing professional engineering assignments.

    • Perform assigned portions of professional or technical projects involving duties as reviewing conventional designs of telecommunications equipment, structures or systems using established criteria or specifications; tests material, equipment, or systems for compliance with specifications or for evaluation in terms of operational use
    • Reviews technical aspects of applications, designs or proposed plans for compliance with laws, regulations, standards, specifications, or other requirements.
    • Perform administrative duties such as: gathers and reviews a variety of narrative and/or statistical data to prepare reports and/or conducts analyses of data to support conclusions or recommendations for action.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - 1-5 Days

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Recent graduates from a qualifying educational institution having completed an academic program within the preceding two years. Veterans who were precluded by their military service obligation from meeting this requirement will have up to six years to apply.

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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    0855 Electronics Engineering

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