Electronics Technician
Department of Defense - Fort Belvoir, VA

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Department of Defense Defense Threat Reduction Agency

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) makes the world safer by reducing the threat posed by weapons of mass destruction. In the 21st century few tasks are as challenging or demanding. Join this professional team and make a difference. This position is assigned to J3/7, Contingency Operations Division(J3ONC), USCENTCOM Technical Support Group (CTSG), with duty at Ft Belvoir, VA.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Application materials must be received by 11:59PM EST on the closing date.
  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs ARE NOT authorized.

DUTIES: As an Electronics Technician, you will be responsible for the following duties:

• Responsible for troubleshooting, operating, installing, testing, calibration, characterization, electronic and mechanical repair, and checkout of radiation detection equipment and communications systems for operations in austere, challenging field environments.
• Track equipment operational status, inventory and quality assurance records in hardcopy and using the equipment status database.
• Responsible for all shipping and receiving functions, which includes hazardous material in accordance with Department of Transportation (DOT) rules and regulations and Lead Federal Agency in crisis situations.
• Develop and devise improvements and alterations to the most complex technical equipment instruments or software.
• Modify and conduct complex tests, and analyzes results.
• In a research environment, oversee and perform development work and conduct research by application of established experimental and empirical methods and techniques, interpret results and select or recommend approaches to design problem solutions.
• Participate as a member of a Technical Support Group to rapidly deploy in support of the Combatant Commanders and other Federal departments and agencies (D/As) in radiological and nuclear emergency response events.
• Provide support for scientific or engineering operations or research in a narrow aspect of electronic engineering.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: To qualify for this position at the GS-12 level you must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. Specialized Experience is defined as experience to work from schematics, technical manuals, handbooks and other technical documentations. Use proven practices, ingenuity, and originality in developing new or improved techniques and assure methods for obtaining valid results and for overcoming unusual issues where guides and precedents are lacking. Function as a recognized technician expert by developing innovative approaches and techniques for specialized applications. Perform a variety of technical assignments requiring practical engineering expertise in order to maintain or solve a variety of unusual conditions, problems of operation, efficiency, and reliability of electronic equipment.

Education in lieu of specialized experience is not applicable at this grade level.

OVERTIME: Occasionally
TRAVEL: Frequently

(You must successfully pass a pre-employment drug test for this position. If you decline to take the drug test, it will be considered a declination for employment.)


TOUR OF DUTY: Standard

FLSA: Exempt



Other Notes:

Applicants selected from this announcement may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

Must be able to obtain and maintain a Special Sensitive TS/SCI security clearance.

*This position is Emergency-Essential (E-E). In the event of a crisis situation, the incumbent, or designated alternate, must continue to perform the E-E duties until relieved by the proper authority. The incumbent may be required to take part in readiness exercises. The position cannot be vacated during a national emergency or mobilization without seriously impairing the capability of the organization to function effectively; therefore, the position is designated "key" which requires the incumbent, or designated alternate, to be screened for readiness and recall status.

This position requires both international and domestic travel up to (but not limited to) 90 days per annum. The work may require long hours in a field environment and under austere conditions. The incumbent must be able to work in harsh conditions. The incumbent must be capable of lifting/assisting in the lifting of loads up to 80 lb. The incumbent must be capable of carrying, for short distances, loads up to 50 pounds, standing for long periods (8hours), and be able to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including protective mask. The incumbent will participate in specialized training related to the position. At times, the incumbent may be exposed to R/N hazards as well as hostile forces. The incumbent may be required to participate in the DoD Immunization Program.

Incumbent will be required to sign a DD Form 2365, DOD Civilian Employee Overseas Emergency Essential Position Agreement.

Lautenberg Amendment: This position authorizes the incumbent to carry a firearm. Any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition (Title 18, U.S.C., Section 922 (g) (91). Candidates who have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence are not qualified for this position. Candidates under consideration will be required to certify whether they have ever been convicted of such an offense. False or fraudulent information provided by candidates is criminally punishable by fine or imprisonment (Title 18, U.S.C., Section 1001).

Subject to pre-employment drug testing and periodic random drug testing thereafter.

Certification as a shipper of Dangerous and Hazardous Materials and as a driver of vehicles transporting dangerous and hazardous materials, or be able to obtain such certifications within six months of employment.

Certification as a radiation worker level II or be able to obtain such certification within six months of employment.

Specifically you will be evaluated on the following competencies:
1. Knowledge of theories, concepts, practices, methods and techniques of electronics engineering gained through intensive practical applications and experience, and of the capabilities, limitations, operations, design, characteristics, and functional use of a variety types and models of electronic equipment and systems.
2. Ability to communicate effectively in writing by working from schematics, technical manuals, handbooks, and other technical documentation.
3. Ability to communicate effectively orally by articulating how the equipment functions, its capabilities, and recommended employment.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: For Competitive Applicants / All US Citizens -We will review your résumé and supporting documents, to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Based on the results of this evaluation, you will be placed in one of the following quality categories:

Best-Qualified: This highest category will be used for those candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including all selective placement factors and appropriate quality ranking factor(s), as determined by the job analysis.

Highly-Qualified: This higher category will be used for those candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that exceed the minimum qualifications of the position, as determined by the job analysis.

Qualified: This lowest category will be used for those candidates that meet the minimum qualifications of the position and are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the position. Candidates may require extensive training and/or orientation in order to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position.

Names of the candidates in the Best-Qualified category will be sent first to the hiring manager for employment consideration. Applicants in other categories will be referred in accordance with category rating procedures.

For Merit Promotion Applicants:

Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, and are found among the top candidates you will be referred to the selecting official for further review.

Time-in-Grade Requirements: Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements for merit promotion consideration by the closing date of this announcement; Friday, March 01, 2013. Time-in-grade is the 52-week requirement Federal employees in competitive service, General Schedule (GS) positions at GS-5 and above, must serve before they are eligible for promotion (advancement) to the next grade level.
Applicants must meet eligibility requirements including time-in-grade, time-after-competitive appointment, minimum qualifications, and any other regulatory requirements by the cutoff/closing date of the announcement.

BENEFITS: The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc

OTHER INFORMATION: In accordance with 5 CFR 2635.704, applications will not be accepted in a postage paid government envelope.

Special Employment Consideration: Person with disabilities, disabled veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more, certain other veterans, spouses of certain members of the armed forces, and returning Peace Corps volunteers are examples of individuals who are potentially eligible for non-competitive appointment. For further information see: Special Hiring Authorities http://www.opm.gov/employ/students/fedhire.asp#authorities . If you are eligible and would like to be considered for one of these non-competitive appointments, please indicate the type of appointment you are seeking on your application and follow all other instructions for applying.

Veterans’ Preference: If you are claiming 5-point or 10-point veterans’ preference, you must submit documentation described in “Required Documents.”

If you need additional assistance please contact:

Fax: (478) 757-3144
TDD: 800-750-0750

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