Telecommunications Specialist
Department of the Army 26,761 reviews - Wheeler Army Airfield, HI

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About the Position:
Incumbent will serve as a principal Wideband Satellite Communications (SATCOM) Planner within the assigned Regional SATCOM Support Center (RSSC) for US Army Space & MSL DEF CMD/ARSTRAT. Duty location is Wheeler Army Air Field Schofield Barracks, HI.
Who May Apply: US Citizens


Payment of moving expenses is authorized.

Business travel time of up to 10% may be required.

Cost of Living allowance of 12.25% is authorized.

Incumbent will be directly responsive to the supported Combatant Commanders (COCOM) in the RSSC's area of responsibility as well as other authorized users. Applies a broad technical knowledge of satellite communications systems and their relationship to other telecommunications networks, systems and equipment; a broad knowledge of wideband satellite control procedures; and pertinent managerial and administrative skills and abilities. Applies knowledge and ability to manually compute technical satellite link configurations such as azimuth and elevation angles, number of circuits, uplink power values and multi-satellite links in a common transponder. Initiates actions in response to user requirements to establish, upgrade or phase out particular ground mobile force satellite systems and facilities under command control. Conducts extensive review and analysis of system's performance factors to ensure reliability and efficiency within established criteria. Studies proposed projects and long and short-range plans to determine impact on assigned missions.

Specialized experience: To qualify applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level. Specialized experience is defined as experience which demonstrates: Experience with satellite communications systems and their relationship to other telecommunications networks, systems and equipment. Experience with satellite control procedures and functions and experience to manually compute technical satellite link configurations such as azimuth and elevation angles, number of circuits, uplink power values and multi-satellite links in a common transponder.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:

  • Knowledge of Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) and Wideband Global Satellite (WGS) satellite control procedures.
  • Knowledge of satellite communication systems
  • Knowledge of space craft controller functions.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing
Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must meet the Time in Grade Restriction. Time in Grade Restriction: Must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade (or equivalent).

Other Requirements:
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Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.

You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.

One year trial/probationary period may be required.

Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.

Conditions of Employment:
Shift work on a rotational basis is required.

Incumbent must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret clearance with Special Compartmented Information (SCI) access.

This position is covered by the Civilian Drug Abuse Testing Program. Incumbent is required to sign a DA Form 5019-R "Condition of Employment for certain civilian positions identified as critical under the Drug Abuse Testing Program" or a memorandum of understanding (MOU).

Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements. Your responses to the q uestionnaire will be used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences. Only the most recently submitted resume will be considered.

Basis for Rating : Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified. Veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. Well-qualified is defined as meeting all of the minimum qualification standards and eligibility requirements as well as possessing skills that clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position. Under competitive delegated examining, an ICTAP eligible will be considered well-qualified if they attain an eligibility rating of 90 or higher, not including points for veterans' preference. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at .

The Department of Defense offers excellent benefits programs some of which may include:

Comprehensive health and life insurance
Competitive salaries
Generous retirement programs
Paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation time
Flexible work environment to include use of Telework and alternate work schedules
Paid employment related training and education
Possible student loan repayment
Payment of licenses, certification, and academic degrees as applicable
Bonuses, incentives, and awards as appropriate for the job.

• Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.

• The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. The DoD policy is available at

• In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e. retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8416(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD instructions 1400.25, Volume 300, at .)

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