Telecommunications Specialist (Instructor Airborne)
Department of the Air Force - Albuquerque, NM

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AREA OF CONSIDERATION: NATIONWIDE. All members of the New Mexico Air National Guard and those eligible to become members of the New Mexico Air National Guard.

APPOINTMENT FACTORS: Excepted Federal Service - ENLISTED (E-7 and below).

POSITION LOCATION: Operations Group, 150th Fighter Wing, New Mexico Air National Guard, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

DATE VACANCY EXISTS: Currently exists.


POSITION POTENTIAL: The top grade of this position is GS-11.
  • United States Citizenship is required.
  • Direct Deposit is mandatory.

DUTIES: The purpose of this position is for providing ground and flight training for developing, upgrading, and evaluating skills of Airborne Mission Systems Specialist (AMSS) Performs duties as a member of the flight crew utilizing Night Vision Goggles (NVG). Initializes, operates monitors, tests, troubleshoots, isolates malfunctions and performs limited repairs on radio, audio distribution, switching, data, cryptologic, anti-jam, satellite communications, radar, identification friend or foe, recording and playback, multiplex, electronic warfare (EW), intercept, analysis, recording, broadcasting, imaging, computer, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR), network and ancillary equipment. Operates sophisticated computer tracking equipment. Provides navigator with bearing information and directs the pilot during maneuvering to locate distress signals emanating from Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) sources, and optimum operating location. Maintains and monitors joint tactical information distribution system (JTIDS) and surveillance and control data link (SCDL). Loads positions and performs INS alignment. Receives, inventories, issues, and destroys Communications Security (COMSEC) materials for the unit. Reviews war plans and mobility plans and briefs higher authorities on wartime COMSEC requirements. Controls and monitors the COMSEC account to ensure compliance with the National Security Agency and USAF regulations pertaining to the handling of confidential, secret and top secret documents. Loads cryptologic codes into secure GPS computer and crypto logic equipment. Initializes and calibrates telemetry equipment for Intelligence analysis. Transmits, receives and furnishes departure, position and weather/atmospheric condition reports, clearances from Air Traffic Control (ATC) etc. affecting in-flight operations. ; to provide training to instructors and flight examiners on instruction technique, student assessment and training techniques; to perform Airborne Mission Systems ground and aircrew communications duties, to include telecommunications, radar, computer networking, sensors, electronic systems and secure voice/data links on worldwide command and control in support of combat, peacetime, humanitarian and Personal Recovery (PR) missions; to perform air operations related staff support duties.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS : The basic qualification requirements are indicated below. These qualification requirements must be met, in addition to any military requirements, in order to be found qualified for and selected to this position.

GENERAL EXPERIENCE: Experience, education or training involving the knowledge of the needs of communications users and using computer and automation systems.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE : (Please prepare written justification to the following KSAs as an attachment to your resume/application) :

1. Knowledge of the methods of instruction and training concepts and practices and the skill and ability to apply this knowledge to provide airborne and ground training that maintains the highest level of combat mission-ready proficient crew members.

2. Thorough knowledge and skill to operate and maintain flight plan and navigational data onboard SCNS computers i.e.: Inertial Navigation System (INS) and Global Positioning System (GPS). Operates Blue Force Tracking (BFT), Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) tracking equipment and Data links.

3. Thorough and in-depth knowledge of Self Contained Navigation System (SCNS), Global Positioning System (GPS), Identification Friend or Foe (IFF), Radios and transmitting equipment in Very Low Frequency (VLF), High Frequency (HF), Very High Frequency (VHF), Ultra High Frequency (UHF), Super High Frequency (SHF), Satellite Communication (SATCOM), full spectrum of modulations, Optical and Infrared (IR), Collision Avoidance System (TCAS/E-TCAS), secure voice and data equipment.

4. Thorough knowledge of operating principles and characteristics of aircraft communications, navigation, defensive, radar, collision avoidance, electronic direction finding systems and survivor locator systems applicable to the search and rescue/ in-flight refueling operations.

5. Thorough knowledge of operating principles and characteristics of aircraft communications, navigation, defensive, radar, collision avoidance, electronic direction finding systems and survivor locator systems applicable to the search and rescue/ in-flight refueling operations.

6. Knowledge of all Crypto systems and COMSEC procedures and skill to determine correct key material according to mission parameters; key, load and operate all Cryptographic equipment including secure GPS.

QUALITY AND TYPE OF EXPERIENCE : The required amount of experience/education will not in itself be accepted as proof of qualification. The quality, type and scope of the experience/education must be of such nature as to demonstrate that applicants are fully qualified to perform the duties at the level for which they apply.

DOCUMENTATION : Applicants must explain in detail, in the application, how the specialized experience was acquired, including applicable dates. Applicants should include, with application, any training completion certificates/transcripts in the areas covered in the KSAs.

MILITARY COMPATIBILITY : Individual selected must be assigned, prior to appointment, to a compatible Duty Air Force Specialty Code of: 1A3XX.

APPOINTMENT REQUIREMENTS : Excepted Civil Service. Individual selected must be assigned to an enlisted position in the New Mexico Air National Guard. Individual must wear the uniform as prescribed by National Guard Bureau policies and the Adjutant General of New Mexico.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: EVALUATION METHOD : All applicants will be initially screened against mandatory qualifications. If more than ten applicants are qualified, applicants will be evaluated on the basis of relevant experience, training and education, awards, and performance appraisals to determine the ten best qualified. Rating and ranking to determine best qualified will be conducted by a panel of representative who have technical expertise in the career field of the position being filled and a staff representative of the Human Resources Office. The evaluation will be based on the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) considered necessary for successful performance in the position.

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, 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 your responses to the questionnaire and supporting documents.

If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

BENEFITS: The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.

Flexible Spending Accounts - The Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program (FSAFeds) allows you to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. For addtional information visit:

Health Insurance - The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program offers over 100 optional plans. For addtional information visit:

Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For addtional information visit:

Life Insurance - The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI) offers: Basic Life Insurance plus three types of optional insurance, for addtional information visit:

Long Term Care Insurance - The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance for Federal employees and their parents, parents-in-law, stepparents, spouses, and adult children. For addtional information visit:

Retirement Program - Almost all new employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, Thrift Savings Plan. For addtional information visit:

This link provides and overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.

OTHER INFORMATION: RE-PROMOTION STATEMENT: New Mexico Air National Guard technicians who were previously downgraded from a grade equal to, or higher than that advertised at the target grade in this announcement, and who are still receiving pay retention benefits from that downgrade, may be considered for this position as an exception to competition. Technicians who desire re-promotion consideration must send a letter to the Human Resources Office, prior to the closing date of this announcement, requesting consideration for re-promotion.

RETENTION: All applicants should consult with the 150 th Retention office prior to accepting an AGR or full-time military technician position. Accepting a full-time position may affect incentives. Please contact MSgt Tim Walker @ 846-1370.

PERMANENT CHANGE OF STATION (PCS) BENEFITS: PCS benefits are not authorized.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY: The New Mexico National Guard is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Selection for a position will be made without regard to race, religion, national origin, sex, political affiliation, marital status, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, non-disqualifying physical handicap, age (except military requirement for excepted technicians) or any other non-merit factor. Under Public Law 90-486, veterans' preference is not applicable.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. Determination for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

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