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Electronics Technician

## Duties
### Summary
This position is in the Avionics and Instrumentation Branch in the Flight Operations Directorate. Avionics Engineering Technicians are responsible for the technical expertise, guidance, and management of extremely complex avionics and instrumentation systems and equipment on highly modified aerospace research and/or science aircraft, vehicles, or airborne fixtures. Also responsible for managing, planning, coordinating, and accomplishing complete major complex avionics related projects.
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### Responsibilities
Testing, Installation, Integration, Repair, Modification, and Maintenance of Avionics and Instrumentation Systems on Manned and/or Unmanned Experimental/Production Aircraft/Fixtures
Uses comprehensive, intensive, and practical knowledge to provide direction and guidance to other technicians in evaluating and recommending the adoption of new or enhanced testing approaches for integration into testing or operational processes. Prepares and performs engineering tests for items conceived and designed by engineers, such as prototypes of experimental hardware. Considers test parameters established by project engineers, requirements to be met, adequacy of facilities, availability of instrumentation, safety issues involved, and time availability.
Services, maintains, and repairs extremely complex analog and digital avionics and electronics systems. Performs maintenance to ensure that equipment is in reliable operating condition and available for normal daily functions and emergencies.
Mentor, manage, coordinate, distribute, and balance work assignments for lower graded civil service and/or contractor technicians, as assigned. Responsible for assigning and monitoring progress of tasks and for overall accuracy of work performed. Performs periodic checks to ensure conformance to Technical Orders (TO's), drawings, engineering direction, and other guidance.
Responsible for all activities and maintenance actions performed on avionics and instrumentation systems for assigned aircraft, flight articles, or shops. Responsible for ensuring coordination and communication with functional area and other project personnel (crew chief, project manager, operations engineers, etc.). Incumbent ensures efficient use of resources, strategizes and assesses program effectiveness, develops methods to measure program success, and establishes and communicates timelines, plans, needs, priorities, changes/assignments to supervisor and functional team, as required.
Civil Servant and/or Contractor Oversight and Assistance for Research and/or Science Aircraft Avionics Systems
Serves as a technical expert in a specific subject matter area, providing definitive technical guidance to the Civil Servant and/or contractor technician workforce engaged in activities such as developing new test procedures, supporting research and development, or in performing novel technical work required by project requirements and/or contract. Provides technical support services and provides training, as required, to the technician workforce involved in the operation, maintenance, design, redesign, problem diagnosis, modification, modernization, repair, or safety analysis of a variety of process systems, subsystems, equipment, and/or controls.
On a daily basis interacts directly with project and engineering staff to plan, manage, and implement all aspects of avionics, instrumentation, and research/science modifications. Provides input to his/her projects core team to determine task duration an based on current staffing levels and available skillsets. Monitors progress and provides feedback to the project of any changes to the established schedule. Incumbent is given the latitude, freedom, and authority with minimal supervision oversight to effectively manage their workforce to meet project, mission, and Agency goals. Determines and notifies Branch supervision of staffing deficiencies for current or upcoming tasks; also notifies Branch supervision when personnel are underutilized due to available work so they can be used to accomplish other project goals or Center needs.
Informs Branch supervision of unresolved issues and progress reports on a regular basis. Works with limited supervision oversight. Oversees tasks and determines priorities for the technician workforce he/she is directly assigned to work with. Provides feedback to Branch supervision on performance, conduct, and workmanship of the technician workforce assigned to project.
Specification and Design Creation for Research and/or Science Aircraft Avionics Systems
Develops and prepares original working sketches and alternative layouts to determine optimum final arrangement and design configurations for component installations, support systems, and related equipment for systems with specifications that cannot be obtained from traditional sources. Uses advanced techniques to prepare layout design of avionics systems, subsystems, or equipment required by the project.
Develops specifications for modifications, test, or repair of existing equipment, components, related systems, and special equipment. Assists engineering staff in specifying equipment and components for new designs or repairs in addition to redlining premature drawings to reflect desired and as built configurations.
### Travel Required
25% or less - Travel may be required for training or other work-related duties
##### Supervisory status
##### Promotion Potential
#### Job family (Series)
0856 Electronics Technical
## Requirements
### Conditions of Employment
Successful completion of a secret security investigation will be required
This is a drug-testing designated position and subject to random drug testing.
Must maintain valid state drivers license. Must be able to obtain and maintain CPR certification.
Frequent travel will be required
Must successfully complete a Class 2 Flight Physical and pass a vision test per NASA-STD-8739.6
### Qualifications
Applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade, which has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.
To qualify for the GS 12, applicants resumes must show 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS 11 level. Examples of specialized experience at this level are servicing, maintaining, and repairing extremely complex analog and digital avionics and electronics systems. Operation, maintenance, design, redesign, problem diagnosis, modification, modernization, repair, or safety analysis of a variety of process systems, subsystems, equipment, and/or controls.
Resumes will also be reviewed for the following competencies: Electrical Integration Engineering; Avionics; Communications; Leadership; Design and Development Engineering; Employee & Team Leadership
### Education
There are no education requirements for this position.
### Additional information
Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. See 'How You Will Be Evaluated' for definition of well qualified. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP consideration must indicate their eligibility when applying for a position. The USAJOBS resume asks you to identify your ICTAP eligibility; the NASA Supplemental Information asks you to identify your CTAP eligibility. If you are selected for the position, you must be prepared to submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.
Qualified NASA term employees who have term conversion eligibility under the NASA Flexibility Act of 2004 will be referred and considered equally with other NASA permanent employees under internal competitive placement procedures.
Your USAJOBS account asks you to assign a name to each of your resumes. When you apply to a NASA position, we will show you the text of the resume you have submitted, but we do not maintain the name you have assigned to that resume. If you wish to keep track of that information, we recommend you make note of it at the time you apply.
Fair Employment Opportunities for Applicants
NASA Credit for National Service
Current Federal employees must meet time in grade and three months after competitive appointment restrictions by the closing date of the announcement.
The payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.
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### How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Resumes will be rated by an automated system (Resumix) that matches the competencies extracted from the candidate's resume to the competencies identified by the selecting official for the position. Candidates will be evaluated on the competencies they possess that are directly related to the duties of the job, as described in this announcement. Candidates should refer to NASA's Applicant Guide for assistance in developing a complete resume. NASA will not accept separate KSA statement.
A category rating method will be used to evaluate candidates. All candidates will be assigned to either a 70, 80, or 90 pt. quality category based on the degree to which their competencies meet the position requirements. All candidates in the 90 pt group, which is the highest quality category, may be referred for consideration. A human resources specialist will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official. In certain instances when a large candidate pool exists within the highest quality category, additional weighting of scores may occur to further distinguish best qualified candidates. For the purpose of the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), candidates rated in the top quality category are considered well-qualified.
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### Background checks and security clearance
##### Security clearance
##### Drug test required
Required Documents
## Required Documents
NASA's application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for the information we absolutely need to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility. In order to apply for this position, you only need to submit your resume and answer the screening questions and supplemental information. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. (For example you need not submit narrative 'KSA' statements; they are not required and will not be evaluated.) In this way we allow you to focus on preparing a resume that best describes your background and abilities. For assistance in preparing your resume, consult the Applicant Guide. Nothing further is required until requested by the Human Resources Office. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume. For example, we may ask you to provide academic transcripts or proof of Federal employment status. If you are claiming veterans' preference, we may ask you to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form). If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.
#### 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.
## Benefits
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.
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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.
How to Apply
## How to Apply
This vacancy is being filled through NASA STARS, an automated Staffing and Recruitment System. NASA partners with USAJOBS in providing a seamless application process. Before you begin the application process, please read the vacancy announcement carefully and have all required information available. You may begin the process of submitting your resume by clicking on the 'Apply Online' link. In order to be considered, you must submit a resume completed on the USAJOBS site. When completing your USAJOBS resume, please remember that NASA limits resumes to approximately 32,000 characters including spaces. NASA does not accept resumes uploaded to USAJOBS from a second source or documents attached through USAJOBS' document attachment feature. Once you submit your resume to NASA, you will be asked to complete a short series of additional questions. You must finish the entire process in order to have a complete application package and receive consideration. Your answers will not be saved unless you finish the entire application. You may edit a previously-submitted application, if the announcement is still open.
If you are unable to apply electronically for this position, submit your resume and supplemental questions to:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
4200 Rideout Road
Resume Operations Center/Mailstop: HS50
Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812.
DO NOT submit your resume directly to the Center advertising this vacancy. Mailed resumes must be received by the close of business on the closing date of the announcement. Hard copy resumes requirements are provided at: Hard Copy Resume Requirements. If you are a first time applicant, we recommend that you review NASA's Applicant Guide to ensure that you are providing a complete resume. Failure to submit the supplemental data and a resume that contains all of the required information may result in loss of consideration for positions in which you are interested.
All applications must be received no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.
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### Agency contact information
### Brian Bennett
##### Phone
##### Email
##### Address
NASA's Resume Operations Center
4200 Rideout Road, Mailstop HS50
Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812
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### Next steps
To receive consideration, you must submit a resume and answer NASA-specific questions. The NASA questions appear after you submit your resume and are transferred to the NASA web site. If you successfully apply, USAJOBS will show your application status as 'Received'. If your status is 'Application Status Not Available', you have not successfully applied. Do not rely on a USAJOBS email to confirm successful application. Only an email from NASA confirms a successful application.
Candidates for NASA positions are evaluated using our automated staffing and recruitment system, NASA STARS, which compares your skills and experience as described in your resume with the requirements of the position. If you are found to be a highly qualified candidate, you will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. (In some cases, individuals with priority for special consideration must be considered and selected before other candidates.) Whether or not you are contacted for an interview depends upon the location of the position and the judgment of the selecting official. If you are a current federal employee and are contacted for an interview, you may be asked to provide a copy of your most recent performance appraisal narrative summary. At NASA, we pride ourselves on efficient and timely recruitment actions, and you can normally expect to learn the outcome of the selection process in a fairly short period of time. In addition, to ensure that you can measure progress for yourself, NASA provides you with regularly updated information on the status of the vacancy announcement.
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Fair & Transparent
## Fair & Transparent
The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants
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### Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.
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#### Legal and regulatory guidance
Financial suitability
Social security number request
Privacy Act
Signature and false statements
Selective Service
New employee probationary period
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/517335900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates: 11/20/2018 to 12/10/2018
Service: Competitive
Pay scale & grade: GS 12
Salary: $83,043 to $107,955 per year
Appointment type: Permanent
Work schedule: Full-Time

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