<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />Serves as a Mechanical Engineering Technician in the Instrument Systems and Technology Division of the Engineering and Technology Directorate at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD; supports mechanical engineering R&D in the design/development of experimental instruments, devices/system components for projects with undefined or uncertain performance requirements, incomplete/conflicting data, or involve techniques/components that differ from normal and documented uses.<br /> Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>Manages, organizes, prioritizes, and oversees the workforce and work flow in multiple branch laboratories to meet critical milestones for multiple projects and programs that often having conflicting schedules.</li> <li>Trains laboratory technicians and assistants on the correct use of laboratory equipment and mentor and schedule laboratory staff.</li> <li>Ensures laboratory protocol, procedures, and safety documents are up to date, collected, and kept in a safe place; ensure laboratory benches, tools, and test equipment are calibrated prior to expiration.</li> <li>Designs and develop experimental system components for specialized cryogenic and chemical safety equipment to meet performance requirements.</li> <li>Develops and implement safe procedures and hardware for the fabrication and use of new technology for research and development projects.</li> <li>Designs and document plumbing and electrical components to evaluate and commission new equipment in a semiconductor fabrication laboratory.</li> <li>Provides authoritative advice to manufacturers, engineers, management, related organizations, and/or support contractors about space systems testing and evaluation.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Occasional travel – Travel may be required for training or other work-related duties<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 12 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>Position subject to pre-employment background investigation</li> <li>A one-year probationary period may be required</li> <li>This is a bargaining unit position.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br />Applicant must have one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade, which has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above. <b>Specialized experience is defined as professional working experience that included the following:</b><br /><br />* Knowledge and understanding of heating, ventilation and air conditioning sufficient to perform basic maintenance/repair; welding experience (prefer orbital welding); and machining experience using a lathe/milling machine. <br /><br />* Experience working responsibly with a professional engineer during all phases of the mechanical engineering research process (including input during the development of original hypothesis and proposal) including experience assuming full technical and operational responsibility for three or more of the following phases: <br /> (a) development of a study plan, e.g., establishment of a procedure, outline of the methods to be used, and citation of the anticipated outcomes; <br /> (b) resolution of any administrative concerns and otherwise planning for and organizing the practical aspects of the study or experiment; <br /> (c) development of data through field processes; <br /> (d) data refinement, verification and organization; <br /> (e) analysis and evaluation; and/or <br /> (f) preparation of reports which summarize the progress and results of projects and; <br /><b>OR</b><br />* Experience maintaining a significant function or area of responsibility on an ongoing basis such as overseeing day-to-day operation of an isolated field site or other comparable subdivision of a first level unit or a significant multi-phase project or a discrete and ongoing technical function in a first level unit.<br /><br />You may lose consideration for the position if your application does not include all the information requested on the vacancy announcement. <b>The USAJOBS Resume must include a clear and detailed narrative description, in your own words, of how you met the required specialized experience. Experiences copied from a position description, vacancy announcement or other reference material constitutes plagiarism and may result in disqualification and losing consideration for the job.</b> <br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br />There are no education requirements for this position.<br /><br />NOTE: Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. Most foreign education is not accredited by an accrediting body that is recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. <br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />Fair Employment Opportunities for Applicants <br /> NASA Credit for National Service <br /><br />As identical vacancies are identified, additional selections may be made. <br /><br />The payment of relocation expenses is not authorized. <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br />NASA uses an automated system (Resumix) that matches the competencies extracted from your resume to the competencies identified by the selecting official for the position. Based on the competencies you match, you are placed in one of three categories identified as 90, 80, or 70 pt. quality categories, which are defined as:<br /><br />90 pt. Category – Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and has experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.<br /><br />80 pt. Category – Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.<br /><br />70 pt. Category – Fails to meet criteria described in the 80 pt. category.<br /><br />Additional application guidance is available in NASA's Applicant Guide .<br /><br />Information for Veterans : The Category Rating Process protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed at the top of the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.<br /><br />For the purpose of the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), candidates rated in the top quality category are considered well-qualified <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Not Required <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />NASA's application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for the information we absolutely need to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility. In order to apply for this position, you only need to submit your resume and answer the screening questions and supplemental information. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. (For example you need not submit narrative 'KSA' statements; they are not required and will not be evaluated.) In this way we allow you to focus on preparing a resume that best describes your background and abilities. For assistance in preparing your resume, consult the Applicant Guide . Nothing further is required until requested by the Human Resources Office. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume. For example, we may ask you to provide academic transcripts or proof of Federal employment status. If you are claiming veterans' preference, we may ask you to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form). 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.<br /><br />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. <br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />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 . <br /><br />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.