Engineering Technician, GS-0802-11 (DEU-AJL)
Department Of The Interior - Bay Saint Louis, MS

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*Are you a laboratory technician looking for a position in the Federal workforce? *Do you have an interest in working in a hydraulic laboratory?
*Do you want to be part of an important aspect of the Federal Government, helping with exciting and groundbreaking initiatives?

Will Travel and Relocation Expenses be Paid? NO

Why Is It Great To Work For The USGS?

Embark on an exciting future! From the peaks of the highest mountains to the depths of the deepest seas, the U.S. Geological Survey has career opportunities that make a difference in both the lives of others and in the environment. Would you like to join the more than 10,000 scientists, technicians, and support staff of the USGS who are working in more than 400 locations throughout the United States? Apply today! As the Nation's largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. The diversity of our scientific expertise enables us to carry out large-scale, multi-disciplinary investigations and provide impartial, timely, and relevant scientific information to resource managers, planners, and other customers related to: the health of our ecosystems and environment; natural hazards that threaten us; natural resources we rely on, and; the impact of climate and land-use changes. For more information about the USGS please visit http://www.usgs.gov.

What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?

This is an interdisciplinary position and is being advertised concurrently with the following announcements:

Open to current or former Federal employees: ATL-2013-0287.
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.
  • Overnight travel of 1-2 nights per month may be required.
  • Selectee may be subject to serving a one-year probationary period.
  • More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.

DUTIES: As an Engineering Technician within the Hydrologic Instrumentation Facility, some of your specific duties will include:

- will function as "lead" laboratory technician; ensure laboratory facilities are properly maintained and kept in working condition and instrumentation calibrations conducted in the laboratory are performed according to established guidelines and that other laboratory experiments are conducted to the appropriate standards and guidance

-conduct routine operation, maintenance, inspection, and testing of unique hydraulic laboratory facilities such a tow tank carts, tow tanks, pumps and piping and fabricates custom test fixtures used to test instrumentation or collect experimental data

-compile laboratory test data and perform basic data analysis of the data collected during instrument testing, calibrations or other testing in the hydraulic laboratory; summarize test data results as needed in test reports

-conduct verification or calibration of hydrologic instrumentation using laboratory facilities and record the progress of verification or calibration work ; operate and collect data from electronic hydrologic instrumentation, such as Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers (ADCPs), acoustic meters, electromagnetic meters and radars, used to measure water flow or level and operates software associated with electronic hydrologic instrumentation

-perform routine and unique laboratory experiments to collect data; fabricate custom test fixtures used to test instrumentation or collect experimental data

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: For information on basic qualifications, which includes information on whether you may substitute education for specialized experience, please click on the following: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/engineering-technical-series-0802/ .

If you are qualifying based on specialized experience, you must meet the requirements listed below:

Specialized Experience: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level. Specialized experience is experience that include Examples of qualifying specialized experience include technical work in: drafting, surveying construction estimating, physical science, mathematics, aerospace, architecture, chemicals, electrical or mechanical systems, mining, petroleum, or nuclear systems. Experience in a trade or craft may be credited as specialized experience when the work provided intensive knowledge of engineering principles, techniques, methods, and precedents.

You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.

If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide all unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, etc.) or list of course work, which includes semester hours earned and grade received, by the closing date of this announcement or you will be disqualified from further consideration. This proof may be faxed, document uploaded, or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Required Documents" and/or "Contact Information"). Please ensure that all documentation is legible. If you are currently employed by the Federal government in the same occupational series as the advertised position, you are not required to submit transcripts at this time.

Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: http://www.usgs.gov/ohr/oars/quals/foreign.html .

Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?

A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active. Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Vacancy Related Questions: As part of the online application process, you will need to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge skills, abilities and/or competencies:

INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION

INFORMATION MANAGEMENT

INFRASTRUCTURE MAINTENANCE

LEADERSHIP & SUPERVISION

SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTATION

SCIENTIFIC RECORDS

WRITTEN COMMUNICATION

TECHNICAL REPORTS

LABORATORY TECHNIQUES

COLLECT SCIENTIFIC DATA

Basis of rating: Category ratating will be used in the ranking and selection process for this position. The quality categories are Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. You will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position. If you are eligible, your on-line responses to the application questions will determine your placement in the appropriate quality category described above. Your responses must be substantiated by your resume. If you do not respond to the application questions you may be rated ineligible. Veterans' preference rules for category rating will be applied.

NOTE: If it is determined that you have rated yourself higher than is supported in your description of experience and/or education as described in your resume/application, or that your resume or application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered.

To preview questions please click here .

BENEFITS: A recruitment or relocation incentive MAY be authorized in filling this position.

Working for the U.S. Geological Survey offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more click here .

OTHER INFORMATION: Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.

Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs. Agencies are permitted to hire non-citizens only in very limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available for the position. USGS employees are subject to Title 43, USC Section 31(a) and may not: (a) have any personal, private, direct or indirect interest in lands or mineral wealth of lands under survey; (b) have any substantial personal, private, direct or indirect interests in any private mining or mineral enterprise doing business with the United States; or (c) execute surveys or examinations for private parties or corporations.

The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

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