Job posting 18-18
Opening date: March 2, 2018
Closing date: March 21, 2018
TITLE:Electronics Technician, GS-0856, Grade 11; $62,841.00 - $81,697.00 /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 18-19.
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. Repairs and maintains antenna servo systems, chopping secondary mirror systems, deice systems, power distribution systems, and other analog and digital electronic and electrical systems as required.
2. Fabricates complex mechanical assemblies and electronics consisting of chassis, cables, connectors (MS, D, JDC,and coax styles), power supplies, junction boxes, terminal strips, and multi-layer circuit boards from schematics and
developed design specifications.
3. Performs test procedures for electronic circuits and systems and performs electronic circuit systems integration,testing, troubleshooting, and documenting using SMA approved methods.
4. Performs "hands on" debugging and maintenance of a wide range of electrical, mechanical and electromechanical subsystems, including transporter electronics and control systems, generators, batteries, antennas, 480 VAC electrical
wiring, and antenna motors and brakes.
One year of full-time experience at the GS-9 level that is close or similar to the work of this job. The experience
includes activities such as technical support for state of the art digital systems, operating high-speed digital
oscilloscopes and spectrum analyzers, and good hands-on electronic skills to isolate and repair faults in multi-layered
boards with a wide range of ICs such as FPGAs, ASICs and DSPs.
Additional qualification information can be found from the following Office of Personnel Management web site:
Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years
and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: We will only accept applications on line for this position. For complete
information about this position and the online application procedures, please visit:
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