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U.S. Air Forces, Europe ELECTRONICS ENGINEER in Ramstein, Germany

Summary The primary purpose of this position is to serve as the technical authority and expert telecommunications systems engineer for the Combatant Command (COCOM) and Air Force Forces (AFFOR). Incumbent will perform engineering activities to the AFFOR and subordinate unit commanders to define Command, Control, Communications, and Computer (C4) requirements for mission needs. Click on "Learn more about this agency" button below to view Eligibilities being considered and other IMPORTANT information. Responsibilities Performs professional electronics engineering work utilizing expertise for command, control, and communications systems and cyberspace infrastructure architecture. Designs cyber systems integrated solutions and performs engineering activities for the Air Force Forces (AFFOR) and subordinate unity commanders to define Command, Control, Communications and Computer (C4) requirements. Performs complex and comprehensive analysis and uses systematic, disciplined, and quantifiable approaches to manage and meet customer's requirements. Serves as a consultant and technical expert to senior managers and/or AF officials responsible for program operations. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications 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, Electronics Engineering Series 0855. BASIC REQUIREMENT: Education: 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. 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 (all-professional-engineering-positions-0800.pdf (opm.gov)). 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-12, or equivalent in other pay systems. Examples of specialized experience includes mastery of advanced electronics engineering concepts, principles, practices, standards, methods, techniques, materials, and equipment sufficient to apply experimental theories, principles, and concepts to advisory services and the installation, operations, and/or maintenance of telecommunication engineering C4ISR systems and cyberspace infrastructure. Comprehensive knowledge of the techniques, processes, and procedures for managing programs, and knowledge of the management concepts contained within the Software Engineering Institute's Capability Maturity Model (CMM). Extensive knowledge of advanced concepts, principles, practices, methods, and techniques to provide expert concerning programs/operations; resolve unique or novel problems, conditions, or issues; and significantly alter standard practices, processes, and known techniques. Expert knowledge of engineering practices and procedures as they pertain to sustainment, modification, logistics, and production management principles, concepts, policies, and systems to execute significant projects which represent an important segment of the agency's operating program. 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-12 level is required to meet the time-in-grade requirements for the GS-13 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: Knowledge of the theories, principles, practices, methods, and techniques of electronics engineering, as well as operational procedures and techniques, environmental factors, test techniques, and procedures to analyze and develop new solutions for improving the installation, operation, and/or maintenance of Command, Control, and Communications systems/subsystems used in airborne and ground electronic sensing. Knowledge and mastery of advanced concepts, principles, and practices of electronics engineering in communications and computer systems. Skill in diagnosing problems with embedded command, control, and communication 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. Knowledge of COCOM, AFFOR, and service component C4ISR systems and cyberspace infrastructure with ability to design, develop and conduct complex, independent and interdependent engineering studies, and assessments. 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. Knowledge and understanding of policies concerning architecture development with ability to analyze and test complex software/hardware components associated with command, control, and communication programs. 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. Education IF USING EDUCATION TO QUALIFY: If position has a positive degree requirement or education forms the basis for qualifications, you MUST submit transcripts with the application. Official transcripts are not required at the time of application; however, if position has a positive degree requirement, qualifying based on education alone or in combination with experience, transcripts must be verified prior to appointment. An accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education must accredit education. Click here to check accreditation. FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Additional Information Important Overseas Information: Applicants interested in applying for overseas locations please click here to review important information regarding the exceptional family member program. Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click here. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated well qualified or above for this position. You must submit a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location. Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. Click here for more information. 120-Day Register: This announcement may result in a 120-day register that may be used to fill like vacancies for 120 days after the closing date. Applicants may be referred for consideration as vacancies occur. Priority Placement Program (PPP) Applicant Eligible: PPP Applicants, if determined well qualified and selected, will be placed at the at the full performance level. You must include the applicable completed copy of the PPP Self-Certification Checklist dated within 30 days along with the documents identified on the checklist to verify your eligibility as a PPP Applicant. Click here to obtain/download a copy of the applicable PPP Self-Certification Checklist (DD3145-1 through DD3145-4, select the appropriate checklist for your claimed preference). To determine the applicable PPP Self-Certification Checklist required to substantiate the eligibilities you are claiming, refer to the AF Civilian Employment Eligibility Guide located in the Required Documents section of this vacancy announcement. Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit. Incentives: Recruitment and/or retention incentives may or may not be used. If you have questions regarding this announcement and have hearing or speech difficulties click here. Tax Law Impact for PCS: On 22-Dec-2017, Public Law 115-97 - the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017" suspended qualified moving expense deductions along with the exclusion for employer reimbursements and payments of moving expenses effective 01-Jan-2018 for tax years 2018 through 2025. When you perform a Civilian Permanent Change of Station (PCS) with the government, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) considers the majority of your entitlements to be taxable. Visit GSA Bulletin FTR 20-04 here for additional information.

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