Electronics Engineer, GS-0855-12
Department Of Homeland Security - Baltimore, MD

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Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

Apply for this exciting position to support the CG missions of safeguarding our Nation's maritime interests in the heartland, in the ports, at sea, and around the globe.

For over two centuries the The U.S. Coast Guard has protected the maritime economy and the environment, we defend our maritime borders, and we save those in peril. This history has forged our character and purpose as America's Maritime Guardian - Always Ready for all hazards and all threats.

The vacancy is being concurrently advertised under merit promotion procedures for status applicants under announcement 13-1394-NE-AW-M. APPLICANTS WISHING TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER BOTH DELEGATED EXAMINING AND MERIT PROMOTION PROCEDURES MUST APPLY TO BOTH VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS.


This position is located in the Asset Project Office (APO), Engineering Support Division, Baltimore, MD.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • This position requires a Secret clearance.
  • This position requires occasional travel.
DUTIES: Incumbent will serves as an authoritative source of information and advice within the APO concerning navigation sensors, radar systems, navigation systems and Command and Control systems.

Being a Coast Guard civilian makes you a valuable member of the Coast Guard team. Typical work assignments include:

-Provides advice and insight on the resolution of unique and/or complex engineering problems.

- Manages complex issues and system technical problems in areas such as the design and installation of systems for improving the reliability and quality of electronic equipment at Coast Guard Units.

- Assist Asset Line and Surface Division in the preparation of statements of work (SOW).

- Plans and executes large and complex designs on various unique, advanced electronics projects.

- Applies new investigative techniques and equipment to failure analysis and testing of systems and specific equipment.

- Defines and establishes the requirements for testing capabilities used in navigation systems and sensors, radar systems, and Command and Control Systems.

- Conceives, procures, integrates, and implements original hardware design solutions for application.

- Leads definition of system architecture, design, commerical-off-the-shelf (COTS) equipment research and procurement, and equipment integration.

- Performs equipment acquisition and integration, and other engineering duties directed towards the development of state-of-the-art real time systems.

- Provides technical support for the evaluation, design, development, test, delivery, and maintenance or repair of hardware to meet customer requirements, budget, schedule, and program constraints.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: BASIC REQUIREMENTS A. Applicants must show successful completion of a professional engineering curriculum leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in engineering in an accredited college or university. 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 advanced courses 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); (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics. OR B. A 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 theoretical and practical understanding 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: 1. Professional Registration: current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions), are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. 2. Written Test: evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer- in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam. 3. Specified Academic Courses: successful completion in an accredited college or university of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering. These must have included the courses specified in the basic requirement. 4. Related Curriculum: successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the candidate has at least one (1) year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. (The above examples of related curricula are not all- inclusive.) ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have had one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-11. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular ability, skill, and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of this position and is typically in or related to this line of work. Examples of specialized experience include: experience applying a comprehensive knowledge of data communications, radar technology, networks, radio navigation systems, command and control system principles, computer architecture, and computer applications; solving difficult engineering problems associated with modernization, conversion, maintenance and repair of ships and/or boats; reviewing or developing the installation instructions for systems which include a number of physically separate and technologically different components; developing the instructions and specifications for the repair, modification, maintenance and testing of new types of systems with many component pieces of equipment; evaluating manufacturers' data, specifications, and drawings for novel and somewhat controversial devices or components proposed for addition to or removal from an acceptable or standard parts list; and planning and coordinating feasibility studies for extensive modifications of major segments or component equipment of shipboard systems. NOTE: ALL CANDIDATES MUST SUBMIT DOCUMENTATION TO SUPPORT THEIR POSSESSION OF THE BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS. FAILURE TO PROVIDE SUCH DOCUMENTATION MAY RESULT IN YOUR BEING RATED INELIGIBLE FOR THIS POSITION. INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO SUBMIT SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION CAN BE FOUND IN THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.

Incumbent must also have or achieve Department of Homeland Security Acquisition Professional Level I Certification in Systems Engineering and NAVSEA Reliability Centered Maintenance Level II Certification within 6 months of starting in the position.

Incumbent must also have or achieve Department of Homeland Security Acquisition Professional Level II Certification in Systems Engineering and Level I in Lifecycle Logistics within 2 years of the start of duty.

This position has a positive education requirement.

If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: We will review your résumé and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using the on-line assessment to place you in one of three categories. The necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities to perform this job are:

1. Knowledge of the latest developments in electronic engineering in order to apply state-of-the-art technologies to the solution of complex technical problems.

2. Ability to communicate orally and in writing in order to present and defend technical and acquisition and procurement recommendations, facilitate consensus, prepare memoranda and position papers, present briefings, and advise management officials.

3. Knowledge of technical areas, including other engineering and logistic disciplines in order to resolve related technical issues and provide effective electronics engineering advice and input.

4. Knowledge of the procurement process and cost estimating in order to plan and oversee project equipment acquisitions.

If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:

1. Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
2. Well Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.
3. Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Your resume and responses to the self-assessment questions are an integral part of the process for determining your qualifications for the position. Therefore, you must support your responses to the self-assessment questions by providing examples of past and present experience in your resume.

Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they are qualified. Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. For information on veterans' preference, click here.

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BENEFITS: DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to www.dhs.gov/careers and select "benefits."

OTHER INFORMATION: Please be aware that applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. If selected, at the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306. Certain responses on the form could pose a problem with suitability for employment determinations e.g., an affirmative answer to a conviction of a felony.

If you are selected for this position, you will be subject to a determination of your suitability for Federal employment.

Recruitment incentives may be authorized.

Males born after 12/31/59 and at least 18 years of age must be registered with the Selective Service System. Visit Selective Service Registration

Moving expenses will not be paid.

All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

All selectees are subject to an appropriate investigation.

For Veterans' preference eligibility, visit Veterans' Employment Resources

More than 1 selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 90 days from the date the certificate was issued.

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or other non-merit factors.

USCG provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact 410-636-3504. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation

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