General Engineer

Department of Defense Redstone Arsenal, AL
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About the Position:

The city of Huntsville is nestled between the edge of the Appalachian Mountains in north Alabama and the Tennessee River. The Huntsville area has one of the largest research parks in the U.S. It is also home to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, championship golf courses, museums, professional theater, symphony, and sport franchises.

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* Perform as the range?s principal mission safety advisor for DoD offensive and defensive missile tests; commercial space launches; and National Aeronautics and Space Administration science missions.

* Apply the principles of multidiscipline engineering fields, ammunition and explosives, logistics, and system safety to develop safe technical plans and objectives that still meet operational requirements.

* Deliver technical leadership in pioneering research, test and integration of offensive and defensive missile systems; and related technology areas.

* Lead interactions with range customers to develop and refine test program plans and objectives.

* Initiate actions to define, establish and meet range and operational requirements, including consideration of related schedule and budget matters.

* Participate in conferences, councils and working groups to establish, evaluate and interpret consensus range safety criteria, directives and policy instructions for assigned projects and programs.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel away from the normal duty station up to approximately 20% of the time.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


* Job family (Series)

0801 General Engineering

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* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* This position requires a Top Secret security clearance.

* This is a Testing Designated Position (TDP) subject to pre-employment drug testing and random drug testing.

* This position requires the submission of a Financial Disclosure Statement, OGE-450, (5 CFR part 2634, subpart 1 USOGE, 6/08) at time of hire and on an annual basis.

* This is an Army Acquisition, Logistics and Technology Workforce position. Selectee must meet position requirements for certification at Level III in Acquisition Career Field: Engineering within 24 months of entrance on duty.


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

* Current Permanent Department of Defense (DOD) Civilian Employee (non-Army)

* Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan

* Non-Department of Defense (DoD) Transfer

* Priority Placement Program (PPP), Program S (Military Spouse) registrant

* Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) of 1998

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.

Basic Requirement for General Engineer:

A. Degree: Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (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.


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 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:

1. Professional registration or licensure - Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT), or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) 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.

2. Written Test - Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination, or any other written test required for professional registration, by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.

3. Specified academic courses - Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in A above. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program.

4. Related curriculum - Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, 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.

In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below:

Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes performing duties of a Mission Safety Officer, technical expert, and consultant for a National Test Range in support of large complex DoD, NASA, other Government and commercial tests; developing and refining the test programs for the successful and safe execution of the missions; serving as primary range interface for mission safety with the customer at technical interchange meetings, requirements and design reviews, acceptance testing, deployment and execution activities; establishing and enforcing design, analysis, test, inspection, and data requirements that ensure the proper and safe operation of hazardous missile systems and ground safety equipment; performing all necessary functions of this position during pre-mission, mission, and post mission activities; and providing advice to management on all matters related to customer deployment, hazardous operations and mission planning and execution. 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) or equivalent.

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

* Design

* Electrical

* Facilities

* Mechanical Engineering

* Modeling and Simulation

* Systems Engineering


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:

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