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Instrument Maker WG-3314-13

Gaithersburg, MD

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Satisfactory completion of pre-employment medical examination is required.
This position is in the Fabrication Technology Office at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The position involves planning and fabricating complex research and prototype instruments made from a variety of materials and used to detect, measure, record, and regulate heat, pressure, speed, vibration, sound, illumination, biomedical phenomena, and other areas of interest to scientific, engineering, (or medical) personnel.
Are you ready to explore your future with NIST?
Your application package may be shared with other selecting officials at NIST with opportunities like the one you are applying to. Additional selections may be made through this vacancy.
This announcement will close at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the date the first 200 applications are received or August 3, 2018, whichever comes first.
The duties of this position are:
providing technical support of manufacturing systems, manufacturing technologies, and machine tools used in the production of complex mechanical parts, instruments and measurement devices. In addition, the individual will provide technical support of fabrication activities associated with the manufacturing of complex parts utilizing Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software, including the machining of various material types in support of machine shop activities. The individual will also be required to coordinate the fabrication of new mechanical parts and assemblies that necessitate manufacturing processes that extend beyond the assigned equipment and facility capabilities of the metal storeroom machining equipment. The individual will provide estimated times and required process plans for fabricating mechanical part across various manufacturing equipment. The individual will participate as a creative member of the fabrication technology group under general guidance from the Technician supervisor and/or engineer, on job assignments, contributing to the fabrication of new metrology systems, devising improvements to instruments and subsystems, operating manual machines, abrasive waterjet machine, and manufacturing technical equipment, parts and assemblies from basic concepts to complex mechanical designs
Travel Required
Not required
Supervisory status
Promotion Potential
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
All qualified U.S. citizens
Current Federal employees serving under a career or career- conditional appointment in the competitive service;
Former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility;
CTAP/ICTAP eligible;
National Service (Peace Corps & VISTA);
Applicants eligible under special hiring authorities (i.e., Appointment of certain military spouses, Schedule A); OR
Veterans who are eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA).
Questions? This job is open to 7 groups.
Job family (Series)
3314 Instrument Making
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. citizen
You must be registered for Selective Service
You must be suitable for Federal Employment
Merit applicants must meet time-in-grade/band requirements, as applicable
Satisfactory completion of pre-employment medical examination is required
Satisfactory completion of pre-employment medical examination is required.
Applicants must meet requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Time-in-grade/band requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement unless eligible for special hiring authority, reinstatement eligible, non-current Federal employee applying as a VEOA eligible which do not require time-in-grade/band.
There is no specific length or level of experience requirements. The applicant's overall background of experience, education and training must clearly demonstrate the ability to perform the duties, as described in this announcement, S c reen Out Element: Ability to Provide Production Support Services such as starting, stopping, and operating all of the cNC and Manual machining equipment associated with the machining and fabrication of metal parts.
Applicants must meet the screen out elements and score at least fifty (50%) or higher in each element category.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcement are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains Federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the OPM website located at http:///****Education
Additional information
A probationary period may be required.
This position is covered by the Federal Wage System. The FWS is a uniform pay-setting system that covers Federal appropriated fund and non-appropriated fund blue-collar employees who are paid by the hour. For more information regarding the FWS, visit ****.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the job opportunity announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions). Your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered.
Please ensure that your resume contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, average number of hours worked per week, salary, duties performed for each position, and if the position is/was in the Federal government, you should provide the position series and grade level/pay band.
The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:
Ability to Provide Production Support Services such as starting, stopping, and operating all of the cNC and Manual machining equipment associated with the machining and fabrication of metal parts (Screen Out element)
Technical Practices (theoretical, precise, artistic)
Knowledge of Equipment Assembly, Installation, and Repair, etc.
Theory and Instruments (Electrical, Electronic) Used in Shop and Trade Practice
Ability to Interpret Instructions, Specifications, etc. (includes blueprint reading)
Ability to Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment
Trouble Shooting
To preview questions please click here .
Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Q - Nonsensitive
Drug test required
Required Documents
Required Documents
Applying under a Special Appointing Authority (i.e., VRA , 30% or more disabled veterans , Peace Corps, Schedule A/persons with disabilities ): if you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, you will be forwarded to the selecting official for consideration and may be contacted for an interview. If two or more VRA candidates apply and one or more is a preference eligible, Veterans' preference will be applied.
Applying as a Merit Candidates:
Your responses to the job questionnaire will serve as the basis for identifying best qualified candidates. Best qualified Merit and Veterans Employment Opportunity Act ( VEOA ) eligibles (i.e., candidates in the GOLD category) will be forwarded for consideration to the selecting official and may be contacted for an interview. Candidates must also meet time-in-grade/pay band requirements for consideration. Non-competitive consideration will be given to those Merit candidates that have held a position with the same promotion potential as the position advertised. Documentation (in the form of an SF-50) is required to show proof of promotion potential or highest grade held.
Applying as an Agency Based candidate (i.e., outside the Federal government), your application package will be placed in one of three categories based on your responses to the assessment questions; Gold, Silver, or Bronze. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. If non-veterans can be referred, the Best qualified (i.e., candidates in the GOLD category) will be forwarded for consideration to the selecting official and may be contacted for an interview. More information about the three categories can be found at: Category Rating
Applying as a CTAP or ICTAP candidate:
CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be eligible for selection priority if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information regarding CTAP and ICTAP appointments and eligibility can be found at - CTAP/ICTAP
The documents you are required to submit vary based on how you're applying (i.e., as a veteran or disabled veteran, current or former Federal employee, etc.). Please review the information on the following link to determine if there are any documents you need to provide - REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
Failure to submit required documents, based upon how you apply, may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted. Official documents are not required at the time of application, copies are sufficient. If selected, official documentation must be submitted prior to appointment.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .
NIST offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employee Retirement System. NIST also offers a broad array of work-life flexibilities and services to employees such as flexible work schedules, teleworking transit subsidies, on-site child care, fitness center, credit union, employee assistance programs, and free parking. Learn more about NIST's work life programs by clicking here.
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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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