Pathways-Recent Graduate-Electronics Engineer,Agriculture, Rural Development,08-09-2018,USA Gov


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  • Open & closing dates

    08/09/2018 to 08/15/2018

  • Salary

    $46,609 to $70,173 per year

  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 07 – 09

  • Work schedule


  • Appointment type

    Recent Graduates


1 vacancy in the following location:


    Washington DC, DC

    1 vacancy

Relocation expenses reimbursed


This job is open to


    Recent graduates

    Individuals who have graduated from an accredited educational institute or certificate program within the last 2 years or 6 years for Veterans.



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    USDA is a great place to start or continue your career. USDA is ranked as one of the top 10 “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government” by the Partnership for Public Service. Rankings are based on employee feedback regarding satisfaction with their work experience.

    This position is located in one of three Divisions within the Rural Utilities Services (RUS). Telecommunications Program; Office of Loan Origination & Approval, Office of Portfolio Management & Risk Assessment, or Office of Policy and Outreach Division.

    An individual may apply for a position in the USDA Recent Graduates Program only if the individuals application is received not later than 2 years after the date the individual completed all requirements of an academic course of study leading to a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution or a veteran, who, due to a military service obligation, was precluded from applying to the Recent Graduates Program during any portion of the 2-year eligibility period described shall have a full 2-year period of eligibility upon his or her release or discharge from active duty. The eligibility period may not extend beyond 6 years from the date on which the individual completed the requirements of an academic course of study.

    The Pathways Recent Graduates Program is a 1-year Excepted Appointment program structured to help prepare and promote individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying education institutions or programs for a possible career in the federal government.  Recent graduates may be non-competitively converted to a term or permanent appointment if all training and program requirements are met. Conversion is neither guaranteed nor conferred.

    An agency is not required to convert any individual in a Pathways position to a position in the competitive service, whether upon completion of degree requirements or otherwise. Conversion to a competitive service position is not an entitlement.

    The applicant must also be a U.S. citizen upon conversion.

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    This is a developmental position assisting higher graded Electronic Engineers in performing professional engineering assignments.

    • Perform assigned portions of professional or technical projects involving duties as reviewing conventional designs of telecommunications equipment, structures or systems using established criteria or specifications; tests material, equipment, or systems for compliance with specifications or for evaluation in terms of operational use
    • Reviews technical aspects of applications, designs or proposed plans for compliance with laws, regulations, standards, specifications, or other requirements.
    • Perform administrative duties such as: gathers and reviews a variety of narrative and/or statistical data to prepare reports and/or conducts analyses of data to support conclusions or recommendations for action.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel – 1-5 Days

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Recent graduates from a qualifying educational institution having completed an academic program within the preceding two years. Veterans who were precluded by their military service obligation from meeting this requirement will have up to six years to apply.

    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

  • Job family (Series)

    0855 Electronics Engineering

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  • Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

    Placement in the program confers no right to conversion to a career conditional appointment. To be eligible for conversion, Recent Graduates must:

    • Meet the qualification standards for the position to which the Recent Graduate will be converted.
    • Have at least 1-year of continuous work experience;
    • Receive a satisfactory recommendation by his/her mentor.
    • Meet training requirements as specified in the USDA Pathways Programs Training Plan.
    • Must sign a USDA Pathways Program Participant Agreement.
    • Participants will serve a trial period for the duration of the excepted service appointment.
    • Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDA’s TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).
    •  Perform their job successfully and satisfactory.
    •  Must be 16 years of age
    •  All requirements must be met by the closing of this announcement.
    •  To be eligible for appointment to this position, the new hire must be cleared to come on board once the results of the fingerprint check, review of the OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and the candidate’s Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing (eQIP) entries have been reviewed and determined to be satisfactory.  This position requires a favorable credit check as part of the background investigation.
    •  Applicants must have, or be able to obtain within a reasonable time consistent with designated state(s)’ testing/licensing procedures, registration as a Professional Engineer. Application must contain sufficient information to ascertain the possession of such registration or ability to obtain registration within a reasonable period of time.
    • Must be a U.S. citizen at the time of non-competitive conversion to a term or permanent position.


    Applicants must
    provide documentation (such as a transcript, professional
    registration, Engineer-In-Training certificate, etc) to show they
    meet the Basic Requirements, either Option A or Option B for this
    position. Failure to provide documentation may result in loss of
    consideration for this position:


    1. Degree:
      Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a
      bachelor’s degree in a school of engineering with at least one
      program accredited by 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.


    1. 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)1, 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)2 examination or any other
      written test required for professional registration by an
      engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of
      Columbia, Guam, and 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 the basic requirements under paragraph A.
    4. Related curriculum — Successful completion of a
      curriculum leading to a bachelors 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 bachelor’s degree in
      engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of
      professional engineering experience acquired under professional
      engineering supervision and guidance.

    GS-07 grade level

    : Applicants must
    have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the
    GS-05 or its non-federal equivalent that
    demonstrates: Experience providing limited and basic engineering
    support to senior staff; receiving projects of limited scope and
    difficulty designed to develop policy & technical engineering
    competencies. Under the guidance of senior level engineers, reviews
    cost estimates of telecommunications facilities and projects;
    interprets basic computations and calculations; and services loan
    & grant applications that are funded OR 1 year
    of graduate-level education OR Superior Academic
    Achievement at the baccalaureate level in a professional engineering
    curriculum, which is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point
    average, (3) honor society membership.  Equivalent combination of
    education and experience are qualifying for this grade level.

      • Class
        Standing— Applicants must be in the upper third of the
        graduating class in the college, university, or major
        subdivision, based on completed courses.
      • Grade-point
        average— Applicants must have a grade-point average of:3.0 or
        higher out of a possible 4.0 as recorded on their official
        transcript, or as computed based on 4 years if education, or as
        computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of
        the curriculum; OR 5 or higher out of a
        possible 4.0 based on the average of the required courses
        completed in the major field or the required courses in the
        major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.
      • Election to
        membership in a national scholastic honor society.

    GS-09  grade

    Applicants must
    possess one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at
    least the next lower grade level; or its non-Federal equivalent that
    demonstrates: experience providing engineering support to senior
    technical staff and performs projects of limited scope and
    difficulty designed to develop technical engineering competencies
    including ensuring that the need for the proposed facilities are
    supported by borrowers approved loan design or grant application;
    design plans/specifications; ensure the cost of proposed facilities
    in the loan application are generally consistent with current costs
    of construction; perform loan budget analysis appropriate for the
    loan application; prepare draft recommendations to senior level
    engineer; composes correspondence or other documents related to the
    review of contracts and funds requests OR Masters
    or equivalent graduate degree OR 2 full years of
    progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a
    degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related. Equivalent combination
    of education and experience are qualifying for this grade level.

    NOTE: To be
    considered for this position, you must meet all qualification and
    eligibility requirements for the GS-0800 series set forth in the
    Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards by
    the closing date of the announcement. A copy is available at:

    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.


    All academic degrees or course work must be completed in an educational institution that has obtained accreditation from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Additional information

    •  BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK:  Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.
    •  Direct Deposit – Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.
    •  E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS ‘E-VERIFY’ system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.
    •  If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.
    •  If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
    •  If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.
    •  Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDA’s TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).

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    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Individuals will be evaluated against OPM qualification standard for the position being filled.  NOTE: To be considered for Pathways Internship positions, you must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements set forth in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards by the closing date of the announcement. A copy is available at:  http://www.opm .gov/qualifications/index.asp.

    Each applicant will receive a determination of eligible or ineligible.

    We will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements and assess your ability to perform this job. Before any certificate can be issued to the selecting official, the resume and supporting documents are reviewed by an HR Specialist to ensure that minimum qualification requirements are met.

    Qualified applicants eligible for veterans preference will be referred and considered ahead of non-veterans.

    Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the “Apply Online” button to the right.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Public Trust – Background Investigation

  • Required Documents

    The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

    • Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor’s phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications.
    • If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.
    • If claiming veterans preference, you must submit a DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. If currently on active duty you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. Veterans preference must be verified prior to appointment. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran’s preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted.
    • If claiming 10-point veteran’s preference you must provide the DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans’ Preference. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference. For more information on veterans’ preference please visit the Feds Hire Vets website.
    • Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from
    schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply

    Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

    Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00a.m. – 4:00p.m., Monday – Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be complete and submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.

    This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact the Agency Contact to request this.

    To begin, click “Apply Online” and follow the instructions to complete the Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and all required documents.

    NOTE: You must verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBS transfer into the Agency’s staffing system. Applicants may combine all like required documents (e.g., all SF-50s) into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping like documents into files will simplify the application process. Documents must be in one of the following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digital signature, or other encryption to open.

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    USDA Rural Development
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    Next steps

    Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for the position prior to issuing referral lists to the selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log in to your USAJOBS account at USAJOBS account to check your application status. We expect to make a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for applications.

    Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.

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    Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

    The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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    Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

    Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

    • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
    • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
    • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

    You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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    • Financial suitability
    • Social security number request
    • Privacy Act
    • Signature and false statements
    • Selective Service
    • New employee probationary period

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