John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field Electrical Engineer in Cleveland, Ohio

John Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Cleveland, OH
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Monday 10/17/2016 (6 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 10/28/2016 (5 day(s) away)

Job Overview

About the Agency

The position resides in the Diagnostics and Electromagnetics Branch within the Power Division at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. The incumbent performs research and development efforts associated with the development of space flight and aerospace research hardware including aerospace systems, multistage space vehicles, space payloads, space experiments, research articles and the required facilities and equipment. Work involves all phases of the product lifecycle including early conceptual studies, requirements definition, design, analysis, development and verification. The work also involves the analysis of electrical integration requirements for payloads and experiments flying in space transportation systems. Duties may include monitoring contractors engaged in this work.

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.

This is a bargaining unit position.

**Recruitment/relocation incentives and travel/transportation expenses are not available for these positions.

**Determinations to pay/allow incentives for superior qualifications of applicants or annual leave service credit for an applicant with related non-federal or uniformed services work experience will be made on a case-by-case basis.

**As identical vacancies are identified, additional selections may be made from this announcement.


The employee serves as a technical specialist and authority within broad as well as functional or specialized areas of electrical engineering. Plans and coordinates assignments with other agencies and contractors to ensure full integration of technical and operational requirements in areas such as propulsion and power. Participates as the responsible engineer in design reviews, customer acceptance reviews, test readiness reviews, and other required program reviews in areas such as flight systems. Evaluates design requirements and limitations of an uncertain nature, under which systems and/or equipment must operate.

Designs unique or leading-edge technology, equipment, or electrical systems to meet specific mission requirements associated with vehicles, space vehicles, payloads and their respective test and ground support equipment. Defines and analyzes requirements and design criteria for the development and electrical integration of aerospace systems, including electrical power sources, distribution, and loads, and power electronics, along with collateral equipment control systems including sensors, instrumentation and data acquisition systems. Develops and presents electrical power system analyses that support both the definition and development of design reference mission and assembly operations scenarios.

Provides multi-program support for the establishment of data system hardware/software requirements. Defines hardware/software interfaces to ensure mutual compatibility of integrated systems. Plans and directs all work necessary to meet project design, fabrication, test, and delivery milestones.

Directs the design and development of required ground support equipment in support of flight projects. Leads the investigation of anomalies and definition of avionics system architecture/design changes as needed to support sustaining engineering activities. Serves as a consultant in the field of avionics system design to other NASA Centers and to contractors.

Conducts conceptual definition studies and analyses and establishes preliminary designs and alternatives for a variety of advanced systems on proposed new projects for which no precedents are available. Contributes inventions, new designs, or techniques that are of material significance in the solution of important applied problems with unprecedented or novel aspects. Originates and establishes unique methods and applications that provide innovative solutions to complex engineering issues.

Serves as a technical electrical engineering specialist in the test, checkout, and readiness of systems or equipment that involve new concepts and new and varied problems to be solved. Acts as a technical specialist on the procedures, methods, and techniques used for test, checkout, and preparation of systems or hardware such as flight systems, including propulsion and power, or measurement and instrumentation systems. Serves as an advisor to manufacturers, engineers, management, related organizations, or contractor personnel, giving authoritative advice relative to testing and evaluation. Plans and carries out study projects for the formulation and approval of advanced concepts of systems test procedures.

Guides and evaluates contractor efforts and assesses technical progress in relation to the established schedule and resources allotted for projects such as the development of propulsion and power or measurement and instrumentation systems. Reviews plans, specifications, and cost estimates for technical adequacy. Determines whether changes are within or outside of the scope of the existing contract or task and prepares contract or task modifications to accomplish such changes. Evaluates modification proposals for technical and cost merit.

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • A one-year probationary period may be required
  • Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by appointment date
  • Occasional travel may be required
  • Position subject to pre-employment background investigation
  • Selectee must complete a financial disclosure statement

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.

For this position, experience at the GS-12 grade level is defined as:

  • Demonstrated experience in planning and conducting research, development and testing of electric, electronic and power components and integrated subsystems;

  • Demonstrated experience in design, development, integration qualification and acceptance testing for spaceflight or aeronautical hardware; and

  • Applying space flight or aeronautical hardware development processes to implement an electric subsystem or related technology for flight applications.

* In order to qualify for this position, applicants must meet the Basic Education Requirement*

Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate or graduate degree with a major in either a) engineering from a college or university that has ABET accredited engineering programs or b) Physical Science, Mathematics, Life Science, Computer Science, Other fields of science.

Degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position.

The degree must have been received in the year of, or any year subsequent to the original date of accreditation. To find out if a school has an ABET accreditation, go to ABET accredited schools

Applicants must list their majors, related coursework, and GPA.

Qualifying college majors:

Aeronautical Engineering, Aeronautics, Aerospace Engineering, Astronautical Engineering, Astronautics, Biomedical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Materials Engineering, Materials Science, Applied Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Metallurgy, Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Engineering Physics, Physics, Applied Physics, Engineering Physics, Structural Engineering, Welding Engineering. Other majors will qualify if the major includes or is supplemented as follows: Ceramic Engineering, Ceramics, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Mathematics (Pure or Applied) (or other related field), if it includes or is supplemented by nine semester hours (or the equivalent) in machine design, mechanics, hydraulics, dynamics, thermodynamics, mechanical design or mechanical measurement.

Foreign Education:

ABET accreditation requirement applies to foreign education. Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is comparable to the education received in accredited educational institutions in the U.S. If selected, a written evaluation of any foreign education must be provided to the Human Resources official making the offer. Please indicate in your resume that you have had your foreign education formally evaluated. Failure to provide this evaluation will result in your being found unqualified for the position.

U.S. citizenship is required.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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. 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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Other Information

Any applicant tentatively selected for this position may be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation. 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.

As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. In order to receive preference in hiring, you must clearly identify your claim for veterans preference on your resume.

NASA's Applicant Guide provides the information needed to assist you in determining whether or not you can claim 5 or 10 point veterans preference. You should not submit documents to prove your eligibility for veterans preference at this time. However, you must be prepared to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form) as requested by the Human Resources Office. Veterans preference will only be considered based on what is supported For instance, if you claim 10-point preference, but are only able to document 5-point preference, you will be considered accordingly. 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.

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

The payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.

Salary Range: $87,781.00 to $114,120.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0850-13/

Promotion Potential: 13

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: This announcement is open to all qualified U.S. citizens.

Control Number: 453496800

Job Announcement Number: GR17D0011