Supervisory Engineering Technician
Smithsonian Institution - Washington, DC

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This position is located in the Systems Engineering Division (SED), Systems Reliability Branch (SRB), Office of Facilities Engineering and Operations (OFEO), Smithsonian Institution. The employee manages the Predictive Testing and Inspection (PT&I) of SED’s Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) program.

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  • May need to complete a Probationary Period
  • Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.

  • Creates plans and objectives for Engineering Technicians which includes advanced PT&I, advanced troubleshooting of HVAC systems, and electric power and mechanical systems.
  • Supervises a staff of Engineering Technicians responsible for accomplishing their respective functions and assures their compliance with established policies, standards of operation and production requirements.
  • Analyzes, draws conclusions, evaluates and reports on complex system operation functions and problem matters.
  • Communicates with personnel at a variety of levels to convey progress, problems and recommendations in a timely manner.
  • Oversees RCM's external communication with OFEO Engineering and Construction staff. This includes effective and formal written comments, timely e-mails, telephone communications, and personal contacts.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Experience: One year of full-time experience at the GS-12 level that is close or similar to the work of this job. The experience includes activities such as generating plans and objectives for advanced troubleshooting of HVAC systems and electrical/mechanical systems, using analytical skills to resolve complex technical conflicting data, and displaying leadership capabilities showing the necessary skill set to lead subordinate technicians.

Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.

Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Your application will be evaluated first for the basic qualifications described above. The applications that meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated further against the following criteria:
  • Knowledge of engineering concepts, principles, and practices related to supervision, environmental control, utilities savings, and major integrated mechanical and electrical systems.
  • Ability to supervise and lead a technical and/or trades staff.
  • Ability to analyze, evaluate, and report on operations of complex mechanical and electrical systems.
  • Ability to orally communicate clearly and concisely to convey technical and non-technical maintenance information and to conduct briefings and presentation to a wide range of individuals and organizations.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely in writing to a wide range of individuals and organizations (i.e. memos, reports and emails).
Applicants who meet or exceed minimum qualifications will be assigned to one of three category groups based on job-related criteria: Best Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and excels in most of the job related competencies above. Better Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and satisfies most of the job related competencies above. Good Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements, but does not satisfy most of the job related competencies above to a substantive degree. This category rating process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three", but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Category) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher. Applicants who have not submitted a resume in the USAjobs system and/or have not answered all of the vacancy questions will not be considered for this position. Important Note: Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire or other assessment tool for consistency. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Your resume should provide sufficient information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.
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BENEFITS: The Smithsonian offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, vacation and sick leave, holidays, health/life insurance, accident insurance, and excellent retirement program options. Please see Benefits at for a complete description.

OTHER INFORMATION: Flexible Spending Accounts - Health Insurance - Leave - Life Insurance - Long Term Care Insurance - Retirement Program -

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