United States Army
$33,625.00 to $61,990.00
Open & closing dates
$33,625 to $61,990 per year
Pay scale & grade
GS 5 - 7
Many vacancies in the following location:
Fort Huachuca, AZ
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S., and excepted service employees.
Clarification from the agency
Open to the Public
Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.
About the Position:
Positions are being filled under the Expedited Hiring Authority (EHA) for Defense Acquisition Workforce Positions in accordance with 10 USC 1705(g).
Positions are located with the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command, Electronic Proving Ground (EPG), Mission Command and Network Test Directorate, Fort Huachuca, AZ.
The United States Army Electronic Proving Ground Command (EPG) is located in Fort Huachuca, Arizona. Plans and conducts engineering projects concerned with test and evaluation, and improvement of, military electronics communications and computer network systems.
Fort Huachuca is located 75 miles southeast of Tucson, AZ. We are nestled at the foot of the Huachuca Mountains and enjoy the benefit of some of the best climate in the United States. Please visit the Fort Huachuca website for more information at: http://huachuca-www.army.mil/sites/local/. Also, please visit the Sierra Vista Chamber of Commerce website for information on relocating to the Sierra Vista/Fort Huachuca area at: http://www.sierravistachamber.org/
Positions are interdisciplinary and developmental positions, and may be filled as Computer Engineer, Electronics Engineer, Computer Scientist, or Operations Research at the entry level of GS-05 or GS-07, full performance level, GS-11. Individual may be noncompetitively promoted to the full performance level after meeting all regulatory requirements and upon the recommendation of management. Promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.
NOTE: The area of consideration will exclude current Department of Army employees at the full performance level of these series.
Who May Apply:
Only applicants who meet one of the employment authority categories below are eligible to apply for this job. You will be asked to identify which category or categories you meet, and to provide documents which prove you meet the category or categories you selected. See Proof of Eligibility for an extensive list of document requirements for all employment authorities.
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These developmental Interdisciplinary positions serves as a lead-in to the full performance graded position. Performs developmental assignments under closer than normal supervision and monitoring. Serves in an entry level capacity, performing duties characteristic of a specific occupational series depending on the qualifications and career program. Assignments become progressively more difficult until the next higher level is reached. The instructions are more detailed with the supervisor or higher graded employee providing assistance on difficult and unusual problems. Work is reviewed in progress for assurance of effectiveness and conformance with policy and regulatory guidance. Work assignments involve many different processes and methods in which the incumbent must select and apply established techniques.
This program will provide you with a unique learning opportunity which will enable you to add to the knowledge that you gained from your college education with real world resume enhancing work experience.
Will be exposed to and participate in all major phases of project definition, development, installation, and fielding; applying basic electronics/computer engineering/scientist knowledge to selected less-complicated portions of projects, performing such duties as:
Assists in preparation of documentation for relatively routine projects or works on a portion of a larger and more complex project assigned to higher graded personnel.
Performs necessary calculations.
Studies engineering and science texts, periodicals, manufacturers' publications and other technical material to obtain information on materials, equipment, and pertinent data to be used in the development of specifications.
Travel to various sites to obtain information for the development or lifecycle maintenance of contracts.
Under supervision, reviews electronics engineering or science work of minor complexity.
Reviews documentation for adherence to contact specifications and brings any deviation to the attention of the supervisor.
Develops test programs of conventional nature based on precedent and technical literature.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Job family (Series)
0854 Computer Engineering
0855 Electronics Engineering
1515 Operations Research
1550 Computer Science
Computer And Information Research Scientists
Computer Research Scientists
Scientists, Computer Research
Conditions of Employment
Other Requirements: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.
Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
Appointment is subject to the completion of a favorable suitability or fitness determination.
Position may require Temporary Duty (TDY) travel of up to 25% of normal duties within and outside of the Continental United States (CONUS).
This a Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act Career Field position. This is an Army Acquisition, logistics and Technology Workforce position.
Selectee will be required to meet the position requirements for Certification at Level I Acquisition Career Field Test and Evaluation within 24 months of entrance on the job.
Will be required to meet DOD 5000.66 requirements applicable to the duties of the position.
Will required to submit a Financial Disclosure Statement, OGE-450, (5 CFR Part 2634, Subpart I USOGE, 6/08). Executive Branch Personnel Confidential Financial Disclosure Report upon entering the position and annually, in accordance with DoD Directive 5500-7-R, Joint Ethics Regulation, dated 23 March 2006.
Recruitment, relocation, and retention incentives not authorized.
In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. 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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document
Applicants must meet the following qualifications requirements of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Standards Manual:
Basic Requirement and GS-05 Requirement for Computer Engineer, 0854 or Electronics Engineer, 0855:
A. Degree: Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (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.
B. 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 - Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT), or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.
2. Written Test - Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination, or any other written test required for professional registration, by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.
3. Specified academic courses - Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in A above. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program.
4. Related curriculum - Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions.
Basic Requirement and GS-05 Requirement for Computer Scientist, 1550:
Degree: Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in computer science or bachelor's degree (or higher degree) with 30 semester hours in a combination of mathematics, statistics, and computer science. At least 15 of the 30 semester hours must have included any combination of statistics and mathematics that included differential and integral calculus.
Basic Requirement and GS-05 Requirement for Operations Research, 1515:
Degree: Degree: Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in operations research or bachelor's degree (or higher degree) with 24 semester hours in a combination of operations research, mathematics, probability, statistics, mathematical logic, science, or subject-matter courses requiring substantial competence in college-level mathematics or statistics. At least 3 of the 24 semester hours must have been in calculus.
In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for the positions, you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below:
Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal Service, which includes non-routine engineering, computer science, or operations research work that requires professional knowledge of engineering, computer science, or operations research and the ability to apply such knowledge to engineering/computer science problems. Experience should include at least two of the following: (1) Apply basic engineering or computer science principles relating to engineering and architectural designs and projects, such as performing, interpreting, and explaining basic computations and calculations. (2) Review documents for adherence to specifications. (3) Develop conventional test programs based on precedent and technical literature. (4) Utilize personal computer hardware and software to prepare and create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Experience MUST be clearly described in your resume).
You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:
Engineering and Technology
Planning and Evaluating
NOTE: Creditable specialized experience may include previous military experience, experience gained in the private sector or in another government agency as long as it was at a level at least equivalent to the next lower grade in the series.
Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you may qualify if your education meets the definitions above in the Qualifications section.
Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at - http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please submit your foreign education evaluation with your application.
Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant
This is a Career Program (CP) 16 for 0854/0855/1550 and CP 36 for 1515 position
Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). If you are a Federal employee in the competitive service and your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 90 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. Additional information about the program is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Once the announcement has closed, a review of your application package
(resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your résumé and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your résumé and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.
You should list any relevant performance appraisals and incentive awards in your resume as that information may be taken into consideration during the selection process. If selected, you may be required to provide supporting documentation.
Background checks and security clearance
The documents you are required to submit vary based on the authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying as a veteran, applying as a current permanent Federal employee, applying as a reinstatement, etc). Please review the following links to see which documents you need to provide to prove your eligibility to apply: Applicant Merit Checklist
and Proof of Eligibility
As described above, your complete application includes your resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.
1. Your resume: Your resume may be submitted in any format and must support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.
For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application will be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.
For additional information see: What to include in your resume
2. Other supporting documents: Cover Letter, optional
Most recent Performance Appraisal, if applicable
Proof of Eligibility to Apply: Your application must include the documents which prove you are eligible to apply for the vacancy. The Proof of Eligibility
document describes authorities commonly used in merit promotion recruitment and what document(s) are required to prove you meet the requirements of the authority. You must meet the requirements of at least one of the authorities listed in the Who May Apply section above to receive further consideration.
Time-in-grade documentation: If you are applying for a higher grade and your SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you meet the one year time-in-grade requirement so you will need to provide an SF-50 which clearly demonstrates you meet the time-in-grade requirements (examples of appropriate SF-50s include Promotions, Within-grade Grade/Range Increases, and SF-50s with an effective date more than one year old).
This position has an individual occupational requirement and/or allows for substitution of education for experience. If you meet this requirement based on education you MUST submit a copy of your transcript with your application package or you will be rated ineligible. See: Transcripts and Licenses
This position requires a job-related license or certification. You MUST submit a copy of your license or certification with your application package or you will be rated ineligible. See: Transcripts and Licenses (include hyperlink to attachment). See: Transcripts and Licenses
NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility.
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.
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.
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How to Apply
How to Apply
To apply for this position, you must complete the online questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 02/23/2018 to receive consideration.
To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application ( https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10120567
Follow the prompts to select your résumé and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.
You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
It is your responsibility to verify that your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) is complete, accurate, and submitted by the closing date. Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan.
Additional information on how to complete the online application process and submit your online application may be found on the USA Staffing Applicant Resource Center
To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login), all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application
Agency contact information
Army Applicant Help Desk
EJ-APF-W04YAA ELECTRONIC PROVING GROUND
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Fort Huachuca, AZ
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If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration.
The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of not qualified or incomplete application and you will not receive further consideration for this job.
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