Department of the Air Force 8,941 reviews - Kirtland AFB, NM

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Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, in southeast Albuquerque, is nestled between the Sandia and Manzano mountain ranges. It is home to Air Force Materiel Command's Nuclear Weapons Center and its subordinate wings. It is also home to the Directed Energy and Space Vehicle Directorates of the Air Force Research Laboratory.


This announcement is being posted to fill positions through the Expedited Hiring/Direct Hire Authority for Acquisition Positions . This Direct Hire Authority is being used to recruit qualified individuals to designated acquisition positions. The Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) FY 2009 provides that the Secretary of Defense can designate acquisition positions within the Department of Defense as shortage positions and recruit and appoint qualified persons to those positions. Your application will remain active and on file for 30 days after the closing date of the announcement.


1. Online Application (Occupational Questionnaire)
2. Résumé , for each block of work experience you must include month/year (starting/ending dates), salary, hours per week, job title, supervisors name/phone number (may we contact statement).
3. Transcripts (unofficial) , if qualifying based on education OR if this position has an educational requirement.
4. Veterans , if you are a veteran with preference you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (a copy stating character of service, Service-2, Service-7, Member-4, or etc.). If not separated you may provide a memo from your Military Personnel Office that includes your "character of service". In addition, if claiming 10 point preference, you will need to submit a current VA letter dated 1991 or later stating your overall/combined percent of disability and a Standard Form (SF) 15 "Application for 10-pont Veterans' Preference". For more information on veterans' preference see .
5. If applying under ICTAP eligibility, all supporting documents must be provided at time of application. Please refer to the ICTAP portion of the 'Benefits & Other Info' section of this announcement. KEY REQUIREMENTS

U.S. Citizenship Required
Must obtain/maintain appropriate security clearance required for position
Service credit (leave) may be granted for directly related experience
Travel costs will not be paid

Recruitment and/or relocation incentive may be paid DUTIES:
As a General Engineer, GS-0801-13, you will serve as an Air Force Team Leader and Subject Matter Expert (SME) for designated nuclear warheads or bombs (e.g., W78, W87, B61…). You will provide direction and leadership as an expert technical advisor and staff representative for the Nuclear Weapons Center and/or United States Air Force (USAF) in negotiations and conferences with other Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Energy (DOE) and government contractor organizations on nuclear matters concerning military characteristics, Stockpile to Target Sequence (STS), joint documentation, design suitability and acceptability, including sustainment programmatic (cost, schedule, risks), joint DoD/DOE or DoD only that impact AF interests. You will also:

  • Lead and/or direct special studies, subgroups and programs to develop and evaluate engineering system requirements and processes for complete end-to-end technology development.
  • Direct independent assessments and lead system engineering process efforts for nuclear certification of current and future weapon system programs for the Air Force (AF) and DoD.
  • Provide expert scientific and engineering advice to Chain of Command, USAF and DoD agencies on nuclear weapons related technologies. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Candidates for these positions must possess:

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

For a description of how to qualify based on a combination of education and experience under section “B” go to this link: .

NOTE: Applicants qualifying under paragraph B.4. with a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, must provide a written statement describing the extensive training plan he/she has completed to develop professional engineering competence, or how their several years of engineering-type experience has provided them with the professional knowledge of engineering, which is defined as the comprehensive, in-depth knowledge of mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences applicable to a specialty field of engineering that characterizes a full 4-year professional engineering curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree, or the equivalent.

AND SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE : Subsequent to meeting the Basic Education requirements outlined above, you must also possess at least one year of professional experience in or directly related to the work of the position. This experience must have equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties described above. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to that of the next lower grade, GS-12, pay band or equivalent in the Federal Service. Specialized experience at the next lower grade, pay band or equivalent, or the level of difficulty and complexity the professional engineer must have knowledge of multidisciplinary professional engineering concepts, principles, standards, methods, techniques and materials as they pertain to nuclear weapons, policies and systems. Additionally, program management experience and knowledge of standard acquisition regulations, practices, and procedures are desirable. Knowledge of nuclear weapon safety and security regulations, practices, and procedures is desirable. Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

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 current and developing technologies in support of nuclear weapons sustainment operations. In-depth knowledge of advanced weapons technology, weapon life extension concepts, nuclear command and control, nuclear surety, reliability, maintainability, operability, survivability concepts, issues and programs. An advanced degree in scientific area is desired.

2. Knowledge and ability to plan, conduct and lead special and/or one time type technical studies or analysis efforts of nuclear weapons, advanced technology assessments, etc., and to provide technical advice to highly skilled staff engineers in the nuclear/weapons arena.

3. Ability to conduct research of highly classified topics involving TOP SECRET clearance and special Need to Know Information.

4. Ability to establish, lead, motivate, and maintain effective working relationships (i.e. team building, project management, organizational management, and EEO skills) with multidisciplinary technical specialists in the development of new technical concepts and synthesize solutions that gain by-in by all stakeholders. This includes the ability to formulate and propose new technical approaches and to resolve/solve highly complex nuclear weapons problems and technical issues at all levels of weapon systems (i.e. cradle to grave).

5. Skill and ability in communicating and interfacing with key management and technical engineers/scientist in AF, DoD, DOE, and national laboratories in order to discuss/resolve unique surety, reliability, command and control requirements, etc. for existing and/or projected weapon systems. Including a highly developed skill in written and oral communication to describe extremely complex technical issues in clear terms to a diverse community of internal and external stakeholders.

Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. The Human Resource Specialist uses your responses to the occupational questionnaire, along with your resume and supporting documentation, to determine if you meet regulatory eligibilities listed in this vacancy announcement.

If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating .
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. BENEFITS:

This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees. . OTHER INFORMATION:


1. May be required to obtain job-related certification IAW mission needs.

2. This position has been designated as an acquisition position and is covered by the Acquisition Professional Development Program (APDP). The work requires Systems Planning, Research, Development and Engineering Systems Engineering (SPRDE-SE) level 2 and must be obtained within 24 months of employment.

4. This is an air Force Drug Testing Designated Position (TDP). The incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.

PHYSICAL EFFORT : The work is primarily sedentary, although some slight physical effort may be required. Travel away from the normal duty station on military or commercial aircraft may be required. May require the employee to drive a motor vehicle and a valid driver’s license is required. May be required to work overtime.

WORKING CONDITIONS : The work is normally performed in a typical office setting, which is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated. Periodic visits to contractor, industrial, laboratory, or active military sites may be required.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: If you are deaf or Hard of Hearing and need assistance, please contact your local Video Relay Service provider to contact Andrea Rathbun at (801) 586-1819 for assistance.

SPECIAL EMPLOYMENT CONSIDERATION: Individuals with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the U.S. Air Force mission. For further information or to determine your eligibility click here: Special Hiring Authorities . ( ) Applicants who are selected must meet the qualification requirements and be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation. If you are eligible and wish to be considered for non-competitive appointment, please indicate "5CFR 213.3102(u)" on your resume or state you are an individual with a disability eligible for a Schedule A appointment and follow all other instructions for applying.

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.

ICTAP: Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be rated as well qualified (80), without veterans' preference points, based on the answers provided to the questions contained in the Assessment Questionnaire and supporting application material, for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. Well qualified candidates are also required to meet any job-related personal, suitability, and/or medical requirements established for this position. In addition to submitting documentation to reflect your current (or last) performance rating of record, which must be at least fully successful or the equivalent, ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after "injury" compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456. For more information, click here:

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).

Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. Your resume must reflect the experience identified on the questionnaire. The Human Resource Specialist uses your responses to the occupational questionnaire, along with your resume and supporting documentation, to determine if you meet regulatory appointment authority and qualifications as listed in this vacancy announcement.

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