Serve as an Electronics Engineer for the Communications
Technology Laboratory (CTL) at NIST in Boulder, CO.
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Serve as principle engineer responsible for coordinating
participation in standards activities across the Communications
Technology Laboratory (CTL) at the National Institute of Standards
and Technology (NIST). Communicates laboratory standards efforts
with the Program Coordination Office as well as other internal and
external stakeholders to ensure laboratory standards efforts are
understood and well represented.
25% or less - Meetings and Conferences.
0855 Electronics Engineering
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. citizen
- You must be registered for Selective Service if applicable
- You must be suitable for Federal Employment
Applicants must meet requirements by the closing date of this
A. Degree: Professional engineering. To be acceptable, the
curriculum must: (1) 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 (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 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:
Professional registration - Current registration as a
professional engineer 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
Written Test - Evidence of having successfully passed the
Engineer-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 of
university that included 60 semester 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) may be rated eligible for certain engineering
positions at GS-5. Eligibility is limited to positions that are
within or closely related to the specialty field of the engineering
technology program. Applicants for positions that involve highly
technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an
advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic
requirements in paragraph A.
Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs,
graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least 1
year of additional education or highly technical work experience of
such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of
the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional
engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be
demonstrated by passing the EIT examination.
Specified academic courses - Successful completion of at least
60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and
engineering sciences and in engineering that included the 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.
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, 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. (The above examples of
related curricula are not all-inclusive.)
In addition to the basic requirements, applicants must meet the
following Specialized Experience:
Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience
equivalent to at least the GS-12 level (ZP-III at NIST).
Specialized experience is defined as experience in research and
development related to the characterization, operation, and
performance of Electromagnetic Waves and their application to
communications technologies to include LTE Evolved Packet Core
(EPC). Experience with interoperability testing of mobile devices.
Experience working in standards organizations related to
communications technologies such as 3GPP, ATIS or CTIA. Experience
in developing and implementing quality management systems and
adherence to quality standards.
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
Applicants may request reconsideration of their qualifications
determination within three business days from the date their
applicant status was changed. Applicants should email the Agency
Contact listed in this vacancy announcement with their written
request listing the announcement number; explaining why the
original determination was improper; what factors were not
considered; and, should provide any other pertinent information
that would enable reevaluation.
This position has an education requirement. You must submit a
copy of your transcripts to document that you have met the
education requirement. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in
the application package. Official transcripts will be required
prior to the final offer of employment.
Foreign education: Individuals educated in whole or in part in
foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including
transcripts, to an accredited private organization for a U.S.
equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. View a listing of
these accredited organizations from the Department of Education's
website. Provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the
equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing.