Job posting 18-12
Opening date: February 20, 2018
Closing date: March 7, 2018
TITLE:Supervisory Electronics Engineer, GS-0855, Grade 13; $89,566.00 - $116,437.00 /yr plus a
COLA of 5.08% and 8% hazardous duty pay
TYPE OF POSITION: Federal Career/Career-Conditional
DIVISION: - SMA
LOCATION: Hilo, HI
AREA OF CONSIDERATION: This position is open to all U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals.
Note: Federal employees with permanent status or individuals eligible for special appointing authorities may apply to
Job Announcement 18-13.
The incumbent is responsible for providing specialized electronics technical support and assistance to the SMA in the
testing, troubleshooting, and documentation of electronic, electrical, and electromechanical systems, with emphasis
on the servo, antenna electronic, and data acquisition systems.
1. Lead the activities at the SMA on Maunakea of design, development, deployment, evaluation, testing, and
maintenance of new instrumentation, with particular emphasis on electronics assemblies comprising
signal transmission and processing systems. Coordinate deployment activities with engineering staff in
Cambridge, with deliveries from the development labs, with resource availability, and with staff
schedules. Maintain an overall schedule of technical activities at the SMA. Balance deployment of new
equipment with ongoing science observations using existing systems. Prepare associated documentation
in accordance with SMA standards.
2. Confirm, document, and control the overall SMA signal transmission and processing architecture,
including the partition into subsystems. Confirm, document, and control the interfaces between
subsystems. Develop and maintain engineering specifications corresponding to scientific goals. Verify
subsystems will work together to achieve the overall performance goals and specifications.
3. Track the status and ongoing performance of SMA subsystems. Implement a maintenance schedule and
oversee maintenance activities to sustain optimal array performance and readiness. Oversee an inventory
of critical spares to ensure minimal disruption of operations in case of component failure. Perform
engineering tests and observations with the SMA and analyze the results to validate instrument
performance and to spur further development. Disseminate status and performance information through
oral presentations and written reports.
4. Supervise a portion of the SMA technical staff. Assign projects and tasks; prepare performance plans and
perform performance appraisals; approve work schedules, leave, and overtime; resolve conflicts and take
disciplinary action when required; nominate staff for awards to reward exceptional performance; give
advice, counsel, or instruction to staff on both technical and administrative matters; determine training
needs and arrange training as appropriate; and interview and hire new staff when vacancies occur.
NOTE: Possession of a valid driverís license is required along with the ability to responsibly drive SMA vehicles.
In addition to the Basic Requirements, applicants must meet the following:
One year of professional experience in an appropriate field at least equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to
grade 12 level work in the Federal service within or closely
Specialized experience for this position would typically include work with microwave electronics, submillimeter
astronomy, signal processing, signal transmission, systems engineering of complex systems, and supervision of
(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;
(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. OR
(B) Combination of education and experience--college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that
(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.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: We will only accept applications on line for this position. For complete
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