Electrical Engineer
Department of the Air Force - Barksdale AFB, LA

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The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win …in air, space and cyberspace.

To achieve that mission, the Air Force has a vision of Global Vigilance, Reach and Power . That vision orbits around three core competencies: Developing Airmen, Technology-to-Warfighting and Integrating Operations. Core competencies and distinctive capabilities are based on a shared commitment to three core values -- integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do .

A term appointment does not confer eligibility for noncompetitive movement to other positions or for reappointment after separation from employment. Term employees are eligible for health and life insurance, are covered under the Federal Retirement System, and are eligible to participate in the Thrift Savings Plan.

Current federal civilian employees may apply for this position and if selected, a break in service of at least 4 calendar days may be required prior to appointment to this position.


U.S. Citizenship Required

Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid

The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a professional electrical engineer, performing design duties in support of a military installation:

  • Performs design work for new construction, renovation, and improvement projects for real property facilities, including utility systems, utilizing a professional knowledge of electrical engineering.
  • Interprets and adapts traditional methods and approaches in developing design calculations, layouts, drawings, and specifications that support project objectives and standards.
  • Prepares conceptual studies and sketches that indicate pertinent design features, material, equipment, and specifications.
  • Develops cost estimates and time schedules.
  • Prepares architect and engineer (A&E) statements of work (SOW).
  • Coordinates projects with engineers in other disciplines or with architects.
  • Keeps abreast of emerging technologies to ensure programmed development will not prematurely become obsolete.
To be eligible for this position, you must meet one of the Basic Qualification Requirements AND one of the Additional Qualification Requirements:

Basic Qualification Requirements:
A. A Bachelor's degree in professional engineering. The curriculum must be in a school of engineering with at least one engineering curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Note: You must submit transcripts.


B. A Bachelor's Degree in professional engineering. The curriculum must include differential and integral calculus. The curriculum must also include courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in 5 of the 7 following areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials; fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electric fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials; and (g) any other comparable area of engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics. Note: You must submit transcripts.


C. I do not have a Bachelor's degree in professional engineering, however, I have completed 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical and engineering sciences, and in engineering that included the courses specified in B above. The courses were fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum. Note: You must submit transcripts.


D. A Bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field such as physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology AND I have one year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance (including an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence). Note: You must submit transcripts.


E. Successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training examination and earned one of the following: (a) a Bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college or 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). Note: You must submit transcripts.


F. Currently registered as a professional Engineer. This registration is with a State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico; OR this registration is in general engineering or a directly related engineering field and was gained by State grandfather or eminence provisions (YOU MUST SUBMIT DOCUMENTATION OF YOUR PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION).


Additional Qualification Requirements:
A. One or more years of specialized experience at the GS-09 level or higher (or similar in other pay systems) that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is in or related to the work of this position. Examples of such specialized experience include: work that demonstrates a thorough, comprehensive knowledge of concepts, principles and practices of electrical engineering; and work that demonstrates professional knowledge of the planning, programming, design, construction, maintenance, repair, upgrade, and operation of electrical systems, such as electrical circuits, equipment, and systems for infrastructure facilities, including utility systems associated with a wide variety of electrical systems which interface with other engineering specializations.


B. 3 or more years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or equivalent doctoral degree in Engineering or Mathematics. Note: You must submit transcripts.


C. A combination of the experience described in "A" and the education described in "B." To compute this quantity, first determine your graduate education as a percentage of the education required (only graduate education beyond your first 36 hours is qualifying); then, determine your qualifying specialized experience as a percentage of the experience required. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100% for you to qualify under this option. Note: You must submit transcripts.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

1. Professional knowledge of electrical engineering concepts, principles, and practices and familiarity with other engineering disciplines and architecture.
2. Knowledge of engineering and construction standards, methods, practices, techniques, materials, and equipment to ensure work is in compliance with federal, state, and local codes and regulations; and knowledge of standard contracting regulations, practices, and procedures.
3. Knowledge of health, safety, and environmental requirements as outlined in applicable standards, regulations, and/or technical orders.
4. Ability to analyze, interpret, and apply rules, regulations, and procedures to a variety of situations and to recommend timely and economical solutions.
5. Ability to plan and organize work and coordinate with other engineering disciplines and architects

6. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing and maintain good working relations.

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid work on the same basis as for paid experience. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. To receive credit for such experience you must indicate clearly the nature of the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the number of hours per week spent in such employment.

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

1. Work may occasionally require travel away from the normal duty station on military or commercial aircraft.
2. The work may require the employee to drive a motor vehicle. An appropriate, valid driver's license may be required for the position.

CATEGORY RATING: Your application will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating selection procedures. Once the application process is complete, a review of resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. Please follow instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The quality categories are:

Category 3 , Best Qualified: Candidates in this category possess exceptional skills and experience to exceed well above the minimum requirements for this position.

Category 2 , Well Qualified: Candidates in this category possess good skills and experience above the minimum requirements for this position.

Category 1 , Qualified: Candidates in this category meet the minimum education and/or experience requirements for this position.

Your rating will be based on your entire application package as well as the responses to the assessment questionnaire. Please note that if, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you category rating score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities, or you may lose consideration.

The Category Rating Process does not add veteran' preference points or apply the "rule of three", but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligible within each category. Preference eligible who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher)

This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees. https://my.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see http://www.sss.gov/ ).

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap . To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated well-qualified on the rating criteria for this position.

Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. Click here for more information.

Incentives: Recruitment and/or retention incentives may or may not be used.

Temporary and Term Appointments: If you are selected for a temporary or term position, your appointment may be extended to the maximum period allowed by law without further competition.

This announcement may be used to fill like vacancies for 90 days after the closing date. Applicants may be referred for consideration as vacancies occur.

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The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win...in air, space and cyberspace. To achieve that mission, the Air Force...