Department of the Army Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
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About the Position: This Supervisory Interdisciplinary position is located at US Aberdeen Test Center, Warfighter Directorate, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD

Aberdeen Test Center (ATC) is located on more than 56,707 acres of land and water at the Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG), in Harford County, MD. As a Department of Defense major range and test facility, ATC tests a wide range of military weapons systems, equipment and material. ATC's goal is to assure that our nation's armed forces are provided with weapons and equipment which perform properly, safely, and reliably in the field. ATC has a very diverse workforce comprised of military, civilian and contractor personnel in the engineering, scientific, analytical, and technical and administration fields. The immediate area offers housing, public, private and parochial school systems, and major colleges. Baltimore, Wilmington, and Philadelphia are close in proximity and offer additional cultural and recreational activities. Please visit: for more information.

ATC is participating in an alternative personnel system known as the Acquisition Workforce Demonstration Project. Among other features, the Demonstration Project replaced GS grade levels with occupational families and pay bands. The pay band NH-03 is equal to the former GS-14 step 01 through GS-15 step 10. Therefore, the salary will be set no higher than $161,753.00 with locality.

Because of the partnership with Corvais Military Housing, Department of Army civilian employees now have an option to rent family housing and enjoy the benefits of living on-post at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. There are various floor plans available. Selection is on a first-come first-served basis. If you are interested in this housing option, please contact the Corvais Military Housing Leasing and Relocation Center at 877-276-6659.

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* Plans, directs, coordinates and reviews the activities of 10-35 professional and non-professional scientific, engineering, and supporting personnel engaged in testing, analyses, and integration

* Serves as ATC scientific investigator and technical advisor and exercise management control over special investigative studies and projects conducted in the directorate

* Trains scientists, engineers, and technicians in testing procedures, test methodologies, and technical reporting requirements

* Serves as advisor and consultant to other ATC personnel and to other government agencies and civilian contractors on related instrumentation

* Continually evaluates scientific trends and new developments in instrumentation and test methodology to advance ATC test programs in relation to new requirements that will be placed on it through the development of novel military materiel and foreign material exploitation

* Establishes major program objectives both short and long-range and monitors task assignment by team members to ensure compliance with objectives and coordinated integration of the entire program effort.

Travel Required

25% or less - 5% business travel required.

Supervisory status


* Job family (Series)

0801 General Engineering

0830 Mechanical Engineering

0850 Electrical Engineering

0855 Electronics Engineering

1301 General Physical Science

1310 Physics

1515 Operations Research

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Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* This position requires you to possess, obtain and maintain a Secret Security Clearance.

* 5% business travel is required.

* This position requires pre-employment financial disclosure (OGE-450) and annually thereafter in accordance with DoD Directive 5500-7-R.

* This position requires the incumbent to be an Acquisition Corps (AC) member at the time of permanent selection for the position.

* This is an Army Acquisition Workforce position. You must meet position requirements for certification at Level 3 in Acquisition Career Field Test and Evaluation within 24 months of entrance on duty.

* Selectee must execute, as a condition of appointment, a written agreement to remain in Federal service in the position for at least three years.


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.

* Current Department of Army Civilian Employees

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and 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.

Experience required: To qualify based on your work experience, your resume must describe at least one year of experience which prepared you to do the work in this job. Specialized experience is defined as: 1) Contributing to the development of policies and procedures that impact test methods, 2) Providing direct support to technical aspects of test and evaluation AND 3) Briefing senior leadership to share status of projects. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service NH-03/GS-13.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas:

* Technical Competence

* Project Management

* Oral Communication

* Leadership

* Written Communication

Basic Educational Requirement- Engineering Series 0801/0830/0850/0855:

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.


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 positions.

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 EITexamination.

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.)

Basic Educational Requirement- Physical Scientist 1301:

Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.


Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


Basic Educational Requirement - Physicist 1310:

Full four year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelors or higher degree in physics; or related degree that

included at least 24 semester hours in physics.


Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in physics totaling at least 24 semester hours, plus appropriate

experience or additional education.

Basic Educational Requirement- Operations Research Analyst 1515:

Degree: in operations research; or at least 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


FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: