• Duties described below are at the full-performance level. Duties assigned at a lower grade level will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity; duties will be commensurate with the grade of selected employee.
  • Utilizes equipment such as rate tables, vibration shakers, frequency generators, frequency counters, centrifuge, pressure/vacuum chambers, scopes, meters, transistor checkers, circuit and component analyzers, load banks, and signal generators.
  • Performs testing for the purpose of determining performance characteristics and checking preliminary engineering designs on avionics, telecommunications, optical, or other electronic instrumentation systems and equipment.
  • Prepares and performs engineering tests, considers test parameters established by project engineers, requirements to be met, adequacy of facilities, availability of instrumentation, safety issues involved, and time availability.
  • Designs and fabricates special test mockups incorporating standard test equipment; designs and fabricates special test equipment required to operate, repair, calibrate, environmentally test, and maintain specified electronic systems.
  • Uses standard measurement techniques, performs and/or participates in the final evaluation of test results in terms of user objectives and requirements.
  • Evaluates test results in terms of operational sufficiency, feasibility, or meeting objectives; modifies equipment and parts to resolve fit/interface conflicts with the structures/hardware.
  • Designs and fabricates one-of-a-kind mock-ups and fixtures to be used in calibrations and environmental tests for various flight hardware and instruments.
  • Uses comprehensive, intensive, and practical knowledge to provide the adoption of new or enhanced testing approaches for integration into the testing process.


Conditions of Employment

  • This position is open to U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
  • Position subject to pre-employment background investigation.
  • You must meet qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
  • This position requires the incumbent to have successfully completed a vision exam corrected to 20/20.


Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular ability, skill, and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of this position and is typically in or related to this line of work.

To qualify for GS-09, you must have:

a) One year of directly related specialized experience equivalent to the GS-08 level in the Federal service:

  • Using schematic diagrams, a variety of test equipment, and the application of appropriate electronic formulas involved in such duties as testing, troubleshooting, modifying, designing, calibrating, installing, maintaining, repairing, developing, and instructing on electronic equipment or similar functions;
  • Performing work as a technician that showed practical knowledge of electronic theory, and of the characteristics, function, operation, and capabilities of a variety of types of electronic equipment;
  • Determining performance characteristics and checking preliminary engineering designs for various electronic systems, such as on avionics, telecommunications, optical, or other electronic instrumentation systems/equipment, for avionics systems and flight research instrumentation.

b) Completed all requirements for a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree with a major in electrical engineering, electronics engineering, electronics technology, or directly related field.
c) Completed at least 2 full academic years of graduate education with a major in electrical engineering, electronics engineering, electronics technology, or directly related field.
d) Completed an internship that was directly related to the work of this position.
e) An equivalent combination of experience and graduate education

Your resume must include a clear and detailed narrative description, in your own words, of how you meet the required specialized experience. Experience statements copied from a position description, vacancy announcement or other reference material constitutes plagiarism and may result in disqualification and losing consideration for the job.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Additional selections may be made for similar positions across NASA within the local commuting area(s) of the location(s) identified in this announcement. By applying, you agree to have your application shared with interested selecting official(s) within NASA. CTAP/ICTAP will be cleared for any additional selection from this announcement.

If you have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), you must:

  • Indicate your eligibility when applying for a position. The questionnaire asks you to identify your ICTAP/CTAP eligibility.
  • Meet the minimum qualifications requirements for the position
  • Submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP as indicated in 'Required Documents'

For additional information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, click here - https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/#ictap.

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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.

Direct Hire Authority: These positions will be filled through the Office of Personnel Management's Direct Hire Authority. Category rating and veterans' preference will not be considered in evaluating applicants. For more information on Direct Hire Authority, please see: OPM Direct Hire Fact Sheet.

Veterans: Under the provisions of Direct Hire Authority, veterans' preference does not apply. However, applicants who are eligible for veterans' preference are encouraged to include that information in their application and submit supporting documentation (i.e. DD-214, or other substantiating documents). For more information please see: Veterans' Preference information on the FedsHireVets website.

You will be evaluated for this position based on how well you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements listed in this vacancy announcement. To determine your qualifications and referral status, we may review your resume and supporting documentation and compare it against your responses to the vacancy questionnaire. Overstating your qualifications and/or experience in your application materials or application questionnaire may result in your removal from consideration.

You will be assessed on the following competencies:

  • Technical Competence
  • Design and Development Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Systems
  • Structural Impact Dynamics Characterization, Evaluation and Test Capability

NASA considers 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.

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$66.134k - $85.971k
United States, Edwards AFB, California
Posted 12d ago
Job offer closed
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