Computer Engineer

US Department Of Transportation Oklahoma City , OK 73113

Posted 2 months ago

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Due to the Pandemic, and individual states with different phases of reopening, the selectee's report date to the official duty station/facility may be delayed until such time as employees are allowed to report to the workplace. The person selected may telework up to the maximum extent possible, up to and including full time, until it is safe to relocate.

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Provides computer engineering knowledge and experience in support of the systems engineering function for National Airway Systems Engineering (NASE). He/she provides resolution to complex problems related to the introduction of new systems into the NAS through problems associated with continued operation of commissioned facilities.

The Computer Engineer provides engineering experience in support of the systems engineering function for the air route radar systems (includes En Route Long Range Radar Systems and Fixed Position Surveillance Systems) and resolve complex problems related to the introduction of new systems into the NAS. Performs multiple, varying, and complex assignments and plans the implementation of projects/programs under limited direction of a manager, project/program manager, or more experienced engineer.

Applies experience and advanced knowledge of computer engineering principles, theories, and concepts applicable to his/her discipline to accomplish assignments and to develop plans and techniques to improve programs and policies. Possesses knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming. Provides national level technical assistance to in-service improvements, analysis, design and implementation of system-wide hardware/firmware/software modifications, service life extension, and failure analysis/support in response to NAS related problems beyond the assigned repair capability of the field. Provides support to the NAS configuration management; quality assurance; development and issuance of associated national technical directives and maintenance guidance. Analyzes and evaluates operational readiness and/or supportability of new NAS systems for deployment and technical support to new system acquisition efforts. Analyzes system performance and fault information from field facilities to identify causes of system failures.

Defines, plans, and organizes assigned resources to accomplish organizational objectives. Develops technical solutions to improve/ enhance system performance and lengthen service life. Determines technical requirements for functional improvements or major system enhancements, and provides assistance for system users and other technical support staff on system functionality and support requirements.

Contacts are internal and external. May act as a key technical point of contact for assigned activities. Contributes to the preparation of management/technical reports or contractual documents, and may be called upon to communicate the overall results of a project or work activity to FAA management, the aviation and aerospace industries, and other external parties.

Established policies/procedures provide guidance for most assignments, but allow considerable discretion to select the most appropriate approach or to recommend new approaches. Assignments typically require solutions that are to be derived by interpreting and extrapolating from situations that were faced in the past. Provides recommendations to improve work processes. Resolves all but unique technical problems without the intervention of management or a more experienced engineer. Identifies and informs management of problems that require their attention. Often develops and recommends techniques to address problem situations.

Work is reviewed periodically, typically at major milestones and at completion, for technical compliance and alignment with the requirements of the project or other work activity.

Travel Required

25% or less

  • The job may require up to 25% travel.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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0854 Computer Engineering

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Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

  • Must submit an SF50 (See Required Documents)

  • This position has a positive education requirement. Transcript(s) required.

  • Successful completion of a security investigation may be required.

  • A one-year probationary period may be required.

  • Occasional travel of 25% or less will be required.

  • Please review Required Documents & Additional Information.


To view the complete qualification standard, applicants should reference

  • U.S. Office of Personnel Management the Individual Occupational Requirements for All Professional Engineering Positions, 0800.


(A) 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 & 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 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:

  1. Professional registration-Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.

  2. Written Test

  • Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for the professional registration which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

  1. 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 above.

  1. 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 a least one 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.)


To qualify for this position you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least (1) one year of specialized experience equivalent to FV-H (FG/GS-11/12) level. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, to include the NAS specialized knowledge specific to the position being filled.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE may include but not limited to:

  • Experience providing operations and maintenance support of air route radar systems involving the modification and modernization of hardware/firmware/software systems.

  • Experience analyzing operational readiness and/or supportability of new NAS systems for deployment.

Qualifications must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

Applicants should include examples of specialized experience in their Work History.


This position has a positive education requirement: Applicants must submit a copy of their college or university transcripts(s) and certificates by the closing date of announcement to verify qualifications. If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. You may upload these documents with your application in USAJOBS or fax it to fax number provided in the announcement (please include announcement number on each page).

Failure to do so will result in loss of consideration.

Schools must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Accreditation may be verified at the following website:

Foreign education must be evaluated by a private professional organization specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials or an accredited U.S. educational institution in terms of equivalence to a degree acquired at an American college or university. A copy of the evaluation results must be included, otherwise your foreign education will not be considered.

As a part of the Federal-Wide Hiring Reform Initiative (streamlining the hiring process), the FAA is committed to eliminating the use of the Knowledge, Skills and Ability (KSA) narratives from the initial application in the hiring process for all announcements. Therefore, as an applicant for this announcement, you are NOT required to provide a narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA.

In lieu of providing a KSA narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA, in your work history, please include information that provides specific examples of how you meet the response level or answer you chose for each KSA. Your work history examples should be specific and clearly reflect the highest level of ability. Your KSA answers will be evaluated further to validate whether the level that you selected is appropriate based on the work history and experience you provided. Your answers may be adjusted by a HR Specialist as appropriate.

Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and selective factor(s), if applicable, may be further evaluated on the KSA listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: score order, category grouping, or alphabetical and referred to the selecting official for consideration.

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