U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command Mechanical Engineer in Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona

U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Yuma Proving Ground, AZ
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Monday 10/17/2016 (9 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/31/2016 (5 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

About the Position:U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground is located near the Arizona-California border, adjacent to the Colorado River, approximately 24 miles north of the city of Yuma (pop 87,000), Arizona. Situated in the southwest portion of the state, the proving ground is in the heart of the great Sonoran desert. U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground conducts tests on medium and long range artillery, aircraft target acquisition equipment and armament, armored and wheeled vehicles, a variety of munitions, and personnel and supply parachute systems and is the Army's center for desert natural environment testing as well as the management of cold weather and tropic testing. U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground at 1300 square miles proudly holds the distinction of being one of the largest military installations in the world. It is here that America's ground combat equipment proves it has the right stuff to win our nation's battles.

The U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Center (ATEC) is participating in an alternate personnel system known as the Acquisition Demonstration Project (AcqDemo). Upon reaching the target level of this position (GS-12), the incumbent will be converted from the General Schedule (GS) Pay Plan to the AcqDEMO pay band (NH-0830-03).

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens


This position serves as an advanced Mechanical Engineering trainee within the Yuma Test Center project engineer career ladder. The incumbent may be responsible for either small, relatively routine projects or they may assist higher graded project engineers by accomplishing limited phases of larger projects regarding tactical wheeled or tracked vehicle systems. The incumbent may be promoted to the next higher level without further competition provided the immediate supervisor requests it, the incumbent meets all regulatory and qualification requirements. Professional knowledge of mechanical engineering principles together with a sound understanding of standard scientific and engineering principles, practices, and methods and performing test and evaluation work such as assisting in preparation of plans for evaluation and testing of test items and making preliminary evaluation of test results and examining and reducing data and preparing reports for technical review are required.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Temporary Duty Travel (TDY) is 10%.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) is not authorized.
  • Defense National Relocation Program (DNRP) is not authorized.

In order to qualify, you must meet the Basic Education AND Specialized Experience requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience. Your our transcripts are required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

Experience required:

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.

To qualify based on your experience, your resume must describe at least one year of experience equal to the GS-09 grade level in the federal service which prepared you to do the work in this job. Specialized experience is defined as: assisting in preparation of planning, executing, and reporting for test and evaluation of tactical combat vehicle systems and subsystems performance such as fire control, target acquisition, position and navigation, powertrain, radio communication.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:

  • Knowledge and application of Engineering Principles and Practices

  • Ability to communicate technical data

In addition to meeting the Specialized Experience requirement above, all jobs in this occupation must meet this Basic Education requirement.

Refer to the assessment questionnaire under Basic Education Requirements for the entire list of education and combination of education/experience requirements. View Assessment Questions

Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at - http://www.opm.gov/qualifications and http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html

Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please include this information in your resume.

Other Requirements: Click here for expanded definitions.

  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.
  • Multiple positions position may be filled from this announcement.
  • Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
  • This position requires a Secret security
  • This position requires you to obtain and maintain a valid state driver's license.
  • Further certification from this announcement may take place up to 90 days beyond the closing date of this announcement.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Work time is normally divided between office and field sites with approximately 50% in the field. Office work is sedentary; however, work performed at outdoor test sites requires regular and recurring physical activity such as standing for long periods of time, working around, on, and over various items of machinery; fitting into constricted areas requiring stooping, crawling, climbing, walking and stretching. The engineer regularly inspects equipment being tested.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Approximately 50% of the engineer's time is spent at outdoor sites, requiring special safety precautions, e.g. working in and around heavy equipment and moving vehicles. In addition there is regular and recurring exposure to potentially dangerous or hazardous situations such as test firing of untried weapons. The incumbent is frequently exposed to adverse weather conditions, extremes of temperature, dust, high noise levels and toxic fumes. The engineer is required at various times to wear protective clothing, safety helmets, safety shoes, goggles, ear protectors and respirators.

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position.

If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration.

The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "incomplete application" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.


The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program.In addition to your take-home pay, your comprehensive compensation/benefits package will include most of the benefits described in the USAJOBS Resource Center.

Other Information
  • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
  • You may claim military spouse preference, see the information in the Military Spouse Preference Under Delegated Examining Proceduresinformation sheet.

This position has promotion potential to the GS-12 grade. If selected below the full performance level, incumbent may be noncompetitively promoted to the next higher grade level after meeting all regulatory requirements, and there is evidence that the incumbent is performing at the higher level.

Salary Range: $59,246.00 to $77,019.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0830-11/11

Promotion Potential: 12

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452842400

Job Announcement Number: WTYU165802631820960D