General Engineer
Department of the Navy - Maryland

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Discover a civilian career with the U.S. Department of the Navy that is filled with possibilities and be a part of something that makes a difference for you, the country, and the world.

This position is located in the Avionics Department, Air Traffic Control Division, Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS) Branch of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division in St. Inigoes, MD. The JPALS is a state-of-the-art-next-generation aircraft approach and landing system based on Global Positioning System (GPS) technology in place of existing radars. The program’s scope covers the entire defense system life cycle, including concept definition, design, development, test and evaluation, acquisition, logistics support, software support, and product improvement.


This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional vacanies.

If claiming Veterans Preference you must attach the supporting documents.

You must provide a copy of your transcripts with your resume.

PCS/Relocation costs will not be authorized.

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The selectee will be assigned projects relating to technology development, systems engineering, system design, hardware and software development, system integration, system requirements, and In-Service Engineering Support (ISEA) to the Precision Approach Landing Systems (PALS) Air Traffic Control System (ATCS), as well as the Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS). Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Support planning, scheduling, technical control, and execution of all Naval Avionics Platform Integration Emulator (NAPIE) activities to include studies, analyses, technology maturation, software and hardware design, development, integration and demonstration.
  • Collaborate with the Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS) and platform engineers to ensure all integration and simulation requirements are met.
  • Manage Life Cycle Support program by controlling changes to configuration items, recording and reporting changes through change processes such as Engineering Change Proposals (ECP), and cost analysis.
  • Support test planning and coordination for JPALS Systems across multiple platforms, including emulation for testing, prototype aircrafts, and required approvals.
  • Review relevant program technical and mission documentation associated with development of JPALS systems.
  • Perform software development, schedule development and analysis.
  • Provide authoritative input and advice on all integration issues and ensure integration requirements are met.
THIS POSITION HAS A POSITIVE EDUCATION REQUIREMENT. Applicants must meet the BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS in order to be found minimally qualified for the position. You MUST furnish a copy of your transcript(s) of college work completed, regardless if you are currently in this series and proof of degree with your application. Failure to provide transcript(s) with your application will result in your application being rated not qualified.

The Basic Requirement for this position are [A] a degree in professional engineering. 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

[B] 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: professional registration; written test (successfully passed the Engineer-In-Training (EIT) examination or the written test required for professional registration); specified academic courses (successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering); OR related curriculum (successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field).

In addition to meeting the basic qualification requirements above, applicants must have one or more years of progressively related specialized experience as follows:

Professional engineering experience in the development and integration of navigation, communication, and network systems including science and technology development, systems engineering and planning, avionics and ship systems requirements analysis, and systems development, integration and testing.

Professional engineering experience applying software engineering principles and practices as they apply to medium and large scale software projects.

Professional engineering experience in Modeling and Simulation using tools such as Simulink, MATLAB, LabView, and Math Lab.


This position is covered under the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) and requires additional education, training and experience. Applicants should meet the DAWIA Certification requirements for the Systems Planning, Research, Development, & Engineering - Systems Engineering Career Field and be certified at Level III at the time of application. If you possess DAWIA Certification, please indicate your Certification Level and Career Field information in your resume.

Applicants not certified may still apply and be selected for DAWIA positions, but must achieve certification within 24 months of appointment. Certification requirements may be viewed at

Applicants for research positions can be considered qualified if you possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. This education must be directly related to the position. (You must submit your transcripts).

FOREIGN EDUCATION : Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the qualification requirements if the applicant can provide documentation indicating that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide such evidence when applying.

Special Requirements

Selectee will be required to successfully complete a probationary period.

A Secret security clearance is a requirement of this position. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a position offer or removal.

Position may require up to 30% travel.

Work at operational sites requires long periods of standing, walking, and stooping.

Once the application process is complete, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The rating you receive is based on the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the duties of this position.




Department of the Navy offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays and a 401 K-type retirement plan

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

Selectee is required to participate in the Department of Defense Direct Deposit program.

Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from selective service (see )

The selection of a federal annuitant is subject to the Department of Defense and Navy policy on the employment of annuitants. Policy information may be found at

Military Spouse Preference (MSP) If you are the spouse of an active duty military member, then you may be eligible for MSP. To be eligible you: (1) must have been married to your military sponsor prior to reporting to the new duty assignment; and, (2) must have accompanied your military sponsor on a Permanent Change in Station (PCS) move; and, (3) the position for which you are applying must be within the commuting area of your military sponsor's new permanent duty station. MSP does not apply, however, when preference would violate statutes or regulations on veteran's preference or nepotism. You must request MSP by submitting a copy of your military sponsor's PCS orders.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program If you are a displaced employee of a non-Department of Defense Federal agency, you may be eligible for special priority consideration under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP applicants must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. To be considered well qualified for this position, you must meet at least Highly Qualified category rating under the How You Will Be Evaluated section. Federal employees seeking ICTAP eligibility must, upon request, submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.704. This includes a copy of the agency separation notice, a copy of their most recent performance rating, and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your ICTAP eligibility clearly on your application. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

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