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Electronics Engineer, (Developmental Program)

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The Defense Contract Management Agency serves as the independent eyes and ears of the Department of Defense (DoD) and its partners, delivering actionable acquisition insight from the factory floor to the front line around the world. We are an independent combat support agency within the DoD. We are the Department's contract manager, responsible for ensuring Federal acquisition programs, supplies, and services are delivered on time, within cost and meet performance requirements.

This position is being filled under the Direct-Hire Authority for the Department of Defense for Post-Secondary Students and Recent Graduates, Section 1102 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, Public Law 115-232.

Responsibilities:
  • Completes classroom and on-the-job training to acquire, exercise, and maintain knowledge of the duties inherent in the performance of professional electronic engineering duties.
  • Performs electronic engineering duties in support of a senior engineer who is responsible for one or more engineering functions, in connection with assigned products, processes, components, or systems.
  • In a developmental capacity, all DCMA Keystone engineers will engage in multi-functional teams to perform advanced predictive analysis, develop or assist in the development and communication of engineering findings and recommendations.
  • In a developmental capacity, all DCMA Keystone engineers will provide technical consultation to stakeholders, customers, all Contract Management Team (CMT) members.
  • Provides technical assistance to the supervisor of record or other senior engineers in progressively responsible assignments for a segment of a complex project as well as specific engineering duties.
  • Drafts project details on the basis of precedents established in related projects, devising and recommending alternative methods of analysis as a basis for solving problems.
  • In a developmental capacity, attends meetings and professional conferences and exchanges information with other engineers to keep abreast of the latest engineering developments within defense acquisition.
  • Utilizes effective written and oral communication skills in the performance of engineering duties.

Travel Required:
  • You will be expected to travel for this position.

Relocation Authorized:
  • NO

Qualifications:
To qualify for an Electronics Engineer (Keystone), your resume and supporting documentation must support:

A. Basic Requirement:
A Bachelor's Degree or higher in professional engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) 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); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.

OR

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 understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering.

B. Specialized Experience:
One year of specialized experience that equipped you with the particular competencies to successfully perform the duties of the position and is directly in or related to this position. In addition to meeting the Basic Requirement above, to qualify for the GS-07 grade level, specialized experience must be at the GS-05 grade level or equivalent under other pay systems in the Federal service, military or private sector. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements including time-in-grade (General Schedule (GS) positions only), time-after-competitive appointment, minimum qualifications, and any other regulatory requirements by the cut-off/closing date of the announcement. Creditable specialized experience includes:
  • Applying electronic engineering principles and practices.
  • Communicating orally and writing technical reports or memoranda.
  • Analyzing facts, conditions and data to draw conclusions and make recommendations.

C. Education Substitution:
Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Education must be from a college or university accredited by an organization approved by the U.S. Department of Education. See http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx. If using education to meet basic qualifications, YOU MUST SUBMIT A TRANSCRIPT as supplemental documentation. To qualify based on education in lieu of specialized experience, you must possess: A bachelor's degree or higher level degree in professional engineering AND Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A) OR one full year of graduate level education in engineering or fields related to the position.

D. Combination:
Combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total qualifications and may be computed by first determining the applicant's total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; then determining the applicant's education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level; and then adding the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for that grade level.

E. Additional Experience and Training Provisions for Graduates of Engineering Programs:
a) Superior academic achievement at the baccalaureate level in an engineering program is qualifying for GS-7; b) Applicants with an engineering bachelor's degree who have appropriate experience as a technician equivalent to grade GS-5 or higher may have such experience credited for grade GS-7 only on a month-for-month basis up to a maximum of 12 months; d) Successful completion of a 5-year program of study of at least 160 semester hours leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering is qualifying at GS-7.

Direct Hire Evaluation: 
Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. This vacancy will be filled through OPM's Direct Hire Authority. All applicants who meet the basic qualification requirements will be forwarded to the Selecting Official for consideration. The rule of Three, Veteran's Preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply to this vacancy. We will evaluate your application for basic eligibility and to determine if your experience meets the basic qualification requirements described in the announcement. All applicants who meet the qualifications and other basic requirement are eligible for referral and selection consideration. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

Condition of Employment:
  • Security Requirements: Non-Critical Sensitive with Secret Access.
  • U.S. Citizenship is Required.
  • Appointment is subject to the completion of a favorable suitability or fitness determination, where reciprocity cannot be applied; unfavorably adjudicated background checks will be grounds for removal.
  • Selective Service Requirement: Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service.
  • Acquisition, Technology & Logistics(AT&L) NON-CAP:¬†This position requires an Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Level I certification in the Contracting Career Field within 24 months, unless a Position Requirements Waiver is approved to extend.
  • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.

The position of Electronics Engineer is a DCMA Keystone Program opening. DCMA uses the Direct Hire Authority to recruit and attract exceptional individuals into the Federal Workforce. Prior to appointment, all candidates will be required to sign a Keystone Conditions of Employment Agreement.

During the Keystone Program, participants will receive specialized formal classroom training, computer-based training, and on-the-job (OJT) training. The training development program will consist of the following:

  • Report initially to the Contract Management Office (CMO)/Center in the duty location for which you were selected.
  • Travel TDY (Temporary Duty Travel) for one week to attend training at the DCMA Learning Campus (DLC) in Fort Lee, VA. Dates to be determined due to COVID restrictions.
  • Spend 6 months in the CMO/Center for on-the-job (OJT) and developmental training.
  • Return within the three year developmental training to the DLC, HQ or other CMO locations for assessment/various functional specific training.

Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.

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