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In order to qualify, you must meet the specialized experience requirements described in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions, Professional and Scientific Positions. BASIC REQUIREMENT OR INDIVIDUAL OCCUPATIONAL REQUIREMENT: Bachelor’s degree (or higher degree) in engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor’s degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; 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. NOTE: You must submit a copy of your college transcripts. OR
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 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. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:
1. Professional registration or licensure
2. Written Test
3. Specified academic courses
4. Related curriculum For more information regarding IOR’s, please click here. In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below: SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower grade GS-13, or equivalent in other pay systems. Examples of specialized experience includes: mastery of, and skill in applying, advanced professional computer engineering concepts, principles, practices, standards, methods, techniques, materials, and equipment sufficient to apply experimental theories, principles, and concepts to the installation, operation, maintenance, and development of resolutions to problems and conditions associated with complex and unique information technology systems; extensive knowledge of advanced concepts, principles, practices, methods, and techniques to provide expert judgment concerning programs/operations; resolve unique or novel problems, conditions, or issues; and significantly alter standard practices, processes, and known techniques; expert knowledge of computer engineering practices and procedures as they pertain to the installation, operation, and maintenance of complex IT systems required to support Command enterprise requirements and mission systems; comprehensive knowledge of network and stand-alone systems and technology sufficient to plan, design, test, evaluate, and oversee the development and/or sustainment of such systems or devices. NOTE: You must submit a copy of your college transcripts. FEDERAL TIME-IN-GRADE (TIG) REQUIREMENT FOR GENERAL SCHEDULE (GS) POSITIONS: Merit promotion applicants must meet applicable time-in-¬≠grade requirements to be considered eligible. One year at the GS-13 level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-14 level. TIG applies if you are in a current GS position or held a GS position within the previous 52 weeks. NOTE: Applicants applying as VEOA candidates who are current GS civil service employees or are prior GS civil service employees within the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas: 1. Expert knowledge of professional computer engineering theories, principles, practices, methods, as well as operational procedures and testing techniques and procedures sufficient to analyze and develop new solutions for improving the design, development, installation, operation, and/or maintenance of complex Command, Control, and Communications systems/subsystems and supporting infrastructure or architectures (e.g. Joint Technical Architecture and DoDAF). 2. Mastery of computer engineering sufficient to apply experimental theories and new applications to issues; to provide technical advice and direction in support of systems, subsystems, and/or support equipment; to plan, design, test, troubleshoot, evaluate, and oversee the development and/or sustainment of enterprise information technology infrastructures; as well as engineering models for the purpose of continuous process improvement. 3. Expert knowledge of project management concepts and principles sufficient to establish program goals and priorities, consolidate technical requirements, develop and/or assess potential technical solutions from business case value perspective for selection of the most optimal/sustainable solution, and manage implementation. 4. Knowledge of standard acquisition regulations, practices, and procedures; procurement laws and principles; and a wide range of contracting methods, types, and procedures of acquisition and contract surveillance in regards to their application to IT programs. 5. Skill in diagnosing problems with command, control, and communication systems, software, or hardware; in devising and evaluating criteria, parameters, characteristics, and interrelationships for design approaches; and in assessing the impact of new technology on current systems and processes. 6. Ability to analyze and test complex software/hardware components associated command, control, and communication programs. Ability to communicate clearly, concisely, and with technical accuracy, both orally and in writing, as well as work in a professional manner with peers, management, contractors, other agencies, the customer and end-users. 7. Ability to plan, organize, direct, and lead the functions and staff of a branch and/or study team tasked to originate new ideas, projects, and methodologies. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; negotiate complex and/or sensitive issues; and maintain good working relations. PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week. VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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