Computer Engineer


Vacancy ID: 851375   Announcement Number: FS-851375-RB13   USAJOBS Control Number: 339148600

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851375
1. Title of Job

Computer Engineer
2. Biographic Data

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5. Employment Availability

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8. Other Information

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9. Languages

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10. Lowest Grade

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11. Miscellaneous Information

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12. Special Knowledge

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13. Test Location

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20. Occupational Specialties

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001 - Open to All U.S. Citizens.

002 - Competitive Merit Promotion. This includes current Federal employees who serve under a competitive career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service, reinstatement eligibles (former Federal employees who served under a career appointment in the competitive service) and VEOA eligibles (veterans with preference and veterans who have been honorably discharged and substantially completed at least 3 years of continuous active duty service.  You must provide qualifying documentation (i.e. – SF-50 or veterans documentation).

003 - Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authorities. This includes applicants who are eligible for noncompetitive or special appointment authorities such as: 30% or more compensably disabled veterans, Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA - for positions at GS-11 and below), and persons with disabilities (Schedule A), military spouse preference, Federal employees in excepted positions covered under an interchange agreement, and other eligible special hiring authorities (such as Peace Corps, Boren Fellows, etc.). This also includes applicants who previously held, or currently hold, this position and grade with the same promotion potential as announced for this 851375.  For more information about special hiring authorities, visit: http://www.opm.gov/hr_practitioners/lawsregulations/appointingauthorities/index.asp.  You must provide qualifying documentation for a noncompetitive or special hiring authority.


001 All U.S. Citizens
002 Competitive Merit Promotion
003 Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authorities

21. Geographic Availability

(Required) The location code for this position is:
510100013 Arlington, VA

22. Transition Assistance Plan

Complete this section ONLY IF you are a surplus or displaced Federal employee requesting special priority consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP). To be considered, you must be a surplus or displaced Federal employee as defined in the regulations, be applying for a vacancy at or below the grade level of the position from which you have been or are being separated (and with no greater promotion potential than your position), and be occupying or have been displaced from a position in the same local commuting area as the vacancy.

Note: To receive consideration for the CTAP or ICTAP, you must submit the necessary supporting documentation as specified in the vacancy announcement.


23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-0854 COMPUTER ENGINEER

Applicants must meet the BASIC QUALIFICATIONS in order to be considered eligible for this position. Select the answer that is supported by your experience and education. YOU MUST PROVIDE TRANSCRIPTS THAT SUPPORT YOUR EDUCATIONAL CLAIMS, OR ELSE YOU WILL BE CONSIDERED INELIGIBLE.

1. Select the statement that best describes how you meet the basic qualifications for the GS-0854 Computer Engineer position.

A. I possess a bachelor's or higher degree in professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: Be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; OR 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-stain 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. SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS
B. I have a combination of education and experience. Successful completion of 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. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following: i) Professional Registration -Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. ii) Written Test - Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineering-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. Applicants who have passed the EIT examination and have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college or university that included 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) will also be acceptable. iii) Specified Academic Courses - Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours or 90-quarter hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A above. iv) Related Curriculum - Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, architecture, computer science, mathematics, or electronics, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least one year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS
C. My experience and education is not described in the above statement and I do not qualify under this series.

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

2. From the descriptions below, select the one statement below that best describes your experience to meet the qualification requirements for this position at the GS-14 level.

A. I qualify for the grade GS-14 as I have at least one year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the next lower level (equivalent to grade GS-13) in the Federal service. This experience must include such activities as 1) plan initiatives to improve the security, interoperability and infrastructure protection of information systems resources; 2) analyze existing and proposed telecommunications component systems; 3) identify and evaluate risks associated with emergency communication systems including vulnerabilities and critical information security problems and issues; 4) represent the agency in study groups on matters concerning emergency telecommunications; and 5) serve as an expert consultant in the vulnerability and risks assessments of the integrated voice/data network telecommunications switching, transmission, and signaling systems.
B. My background does not match the description above and I do not qualify for this position.

KNOWLEDGE OF THE WIRELINE AND WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS ARCHITECTURES AND PROTOCOLS

From the statements below, choose the one statement that best identifies your experience and/or training. Your resume must support your selections; otherwise your score may be lowered or considered ineligible.

A- I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
B- I have limited experience in performing this work behavior. I have had exposure to this work behavior but would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it at a proficient level.
C- I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
D- I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
E- I am considered an expert in carrying out this work behavior. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this work behavior on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or superiors to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.

3. Provide engineering or technical management advice or guidance on policy and regulations affecting communications systems.

4. Plan initiatives to improve the security, interoperability and infrastructure protection of emergency communication systems.

5. Analyze existing and proposed telecommunications component systems.

6. Prepare requirements and guidelines for development of computer simulation tools performed under contract.

7. Identify and define systems requirements of telecommunications and related information systems.

ABILITY TO RESEARCH AND ANALYZE FUTURE COMMUNICATION NETWORKS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

8. Research and evaluate new or proposed computer and network security systems for possible acquisition and adaptation into organization.

9. Identify and evaluate risks associated with IT systems including vulnerabilities and critical information security problems and issues.

10. Assist partner agencies and customers with implementation and compliance management of emergency communication policies and guidelines.

11. Design and implement computer programs to analyze cyber threats and vulnerabilities to emergency communication networks.

KNOWLEDGE OF CYBERSECURITY PRACTICES AND METHODS

12. Develop plans to safeguard computer files against accidental or unauthorized modification.

13. Review violations of computer security procedures and ensure processes are enhanced to avoid future violations.

14. Perform research in the area of information assurance and information security to identify new threats and trends along with corresponding mitigation and prevention strategies.

15. Evaluate agency network infrastructure for vulnerabilities, weaknesses or gaps in emergency communications.

KNOWLEDGE OF PRIORITY SERVICES IN SUPPORT OF NATIONAL SECURITY AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

16. Establish working relationships with the IT community in order to coordinate and complete sensitive and technical work at the national level.

17. Coordinate protection of infrastructure and key resources activities and operations with other public and private sector organizations, including Federal, State, and local government.

18. Represent the agency in task and study groups on matters concerning telecommunications.

ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE TECHNICAL CONCEPTS IN WRITTEN AND ORAL FORM

19. Review reports or proposals related to the development or acquisition of software products to ensure accuracy and adequacy.

20. Develop engineering documents and statements of work (SOWs) in support of department activities related to emergency communications.

21. Develop briefing materials or presentations regarding new emergency communication technologies and software architecture for both government and non-government partners.

22. Prepare reports on work accomplishments, costs and/or problems encountered in achieving assigned goals and objectives.

23. Present findings of emergency communication enhancements through working groups and upper management briefings.