ELECTRONICS TECHNICIAN (Open to All U.S. Citizens)

    • Lenexa, KS

Who May Apply

Job Posting Title: Electronics Technician (Open to All U.S. Citizens)

Are you interested in a career supporting investigative and intelligence operations at America's premier national security and law enforcement agency? Do you have experience or the desire to provide program support in the area of electronics?

As an Electronics Technician, you will be directly involved with the installation, maintenance, and repair of the Bureau's electronic communications systems, data networks, and access control systems. The technician work you will perform in this position impacts everything from on-site safety to ensuring the performance of communications equipment during investigative operations

Note: If you are interested in the Electronics Technician position, please complete the Electronics Technician Candidate Experience Form along with your application.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is looking for Electronics Technicians for all 56 FBI Field Offices, and their Resident Agencies.

All qualified candidates within the United States and its territories may apply.

This posting will close on February 27, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST.

Questions regarding this posting should be addressed to FBI_FOStaffing@fbi.gov.

About Us

The mission of the FBI is to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States.

FBI Field Offices

The FBI has 56 field offices (falling within a Division of the same name) centrally located in major metropolitan areas across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. They are places where the Bureau carries out its investigations, assesses local and regional crime threats, and works closely with partners on cases and operations. Each field office is overseen by a Special Agent in Charge, except for the offices in Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington D.C., which are headed by an Assistant Director in Charge due to their large size.

Within these field offices are a total of about 380 Resident Agencies located in smaller cities and towns. Resident Agencies are managed by Supervisory Special Agents.​

Working Hours: Will vary depending on Division needs

Physical Demands

Work requires strenuous physical exertion such as climbing tall ladders or towers, long periods of standing, recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching or similar activities; and recurring lifting heavy objects in excess of 50 pounds such as radio and related communications systems.

Work Environment

Work involves high risks with exposure to potentially dangerous situations such as electrical shocks, falls from high towers, inclement weather conditions (rain, snow, ice, and high winds), requiring a range of safety and other precautions, including accompaniment by another technician when performing duties considered hazardous to life and limb.

Salary & Benefits:

GS-5: $30,113.00 - $39,149.00

GS-7: $37,301.00 - $48,488.00

GS-9: $45,627.00 - $59,316.00

GS-10: $50,246.00 - $65,321.00

GS-11: $55,204.00 - $71,764.00

GS-12: $66,167.00 - $86,021.00

NOTE: The salaries listed above are the Base rate of pay for federal employees on the General Schedule (GS) pay scale. A complete list of Pay Tables factoring in locality pay (based on the geographical area) can be found on OPM.gov.

Full Performance level: GS-12

The FBI offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.

This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees: http://www.opm.gov/insure/new_employ/index.asp

Key Requirements

  • Must be a United States citizen.
  • Must be able to obtain a Top Secret clearance-SCI Clearance.
  • Must be able to pass a Fit for Duty physical exam.
  • Must have (or be able to obtain) a valid driver's license.
  • Some travel will be required.
Major Duties

As an Electronics Technician you will:

GS 5:
  • Assist higher grade level technician(s) in performing installation and preventative and corrective (or emergency) maintenance and service work on FM radio systems, data networks, and electronic physical security systems.
GS 7 (In addition to the above):
  • Inspect equipment for adherence to standards and tolerances.
  • Install and maintain two-way FM radios and associated equipment in automobiles.
GS 9 (In addition to the above):
  • Perform corrective maintenance to restore a system which is out of operating condition; conduct extensive analytical testing and take positive action to replace or repair deficient or malfunctioning components and units.
GS 10 (In addition to the above):
  • Use both regular and highly specialized test equipment (e.g., volt-ohm, watt meter, frequency meters, oscilloscopes-single and dual trace, spectrum and distortion analyzers, RF signal generators, and similar equipment), apply highly advanced techniques to independently carry out all phases of installation, maintenance, repair, and operational testing of base stations, repeaters, remote transmitters, receivers, and mobile equipment.
  • Install and maintain active and passive intrusion systems which include closed circuit television, ultrasonic, infrared, and photo-electric, with associated control panels and reporting equipment.
GS 11 (In addition to the above):
  • Install or replace portions of the Bureau's communication and intrusion systems; assist senior technician and FBIHQ technical personnel in the installation of new stations and/or equipment. Conduct surveys and advise of redesign or alteration in equipment to solve unique operational deficiencies based on personal experience with geographic, climatic and physical conditions existing in the area for which the systems are being established. Evaluate test results of new or modified equipment in terms of operational efficiency, and attainment of objectives.
  • Conduct a competent inspection, maintenance, and repair program to insure optimum operational capability of all electronic and electro-mechanical systems and equipment for which technically responsible including stand-by and emergency equipment and/or systems. Much of the equipment is geographically dispersed with subsystems located in hard to reach areas or in high towers requiring the Electronics Technician to perform maintenance and repair functions in such a manner as to assure trouble-free operation.
GS 12 (In addition to the above):
  • Provide guidance and assistance in the installation of major components of the Bureau's communications and intrusion detection systems. Verify test results conducted by lower grade level Electronics Technicians with regard to new or modified equipment; prepare schematics of modified equipment for them when necessary.
  • Responsible for Electronics Technicians personal safety when working on high-voltage equipment. Inspect completed work, furnish advice and assistance on technical equipment problems and conducts on-the-job training in more complex technical work. Conduct training programs as necessary and affords instruction to Special Agent and support personnel on various types of equipment.
Qualification Requirements

Applicants can qualify for GS level based on Specialized Experience (SE), Education, or a combination of both as outlined below.

Your application will be evaluated for SE and/or Education, compared to your responses to the online assessment questionnaire, and will be used to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements for each GS level. If you meet all qualification requirements, and are deemed Competitive, you will be referred to respective hiring managers for further consideration. Self-assessment that is not supported by information in your resume, and/or supporting documents, will eliminate you from Competitive status.

Applicants must meet ALL requirements by the closing date of this job opening.

Specialized Experience (SE)

In order for you to qualify based on SE alone, you must possess the SE below for the various GS levels. Please ensure all SE can be identified in your resume.

GS-5: Applicant must possess at least one (1) year of SE equivalent to the GS-4 grade level, as defined below:
  • Assisted in the performance of physical installation and maintenance of electronic communication systems.
  • Packaged a variety of defective or obsolete equipment for return to appropriate vendors.
  • Prepared and maintained basic maintenance records.
GS-7: In addition to the above, applicant must possess at least one (1) year of SE equivalent to the GS-5 grade level, as defined below:
  • Conducted routine equipment tests; performing basic corrections and/or replacing defective parts.
  • Handled, stored, and inventoried a variety of electronic equipment and components.
GS-9: In addition to the above, applicant must possess at least one (1) year of SE equivalent to the GS-7 grade level, as defined below:
  • Performed installation and preventive and corrective (or emergency) maintenance and service work on FM radio systems, data networks, or electronic physical security systems.
  • Inspected equipment for adherence to standards and tolerances.
GS-10: In addition to the above, applicant must possess at least one (1) year of SE equivalent to the GS-9 grade level, as defined below:
  • Utilized test equipment and accepted techniques to perform installation, maintenance and repair tasks, and operational testing in at least one of the following areas: FM radio systems, data networks, and/or electronic physical security systems.
  • Performed work with AC and DC circuits that includes: reading schematics, identifying electronic components, installing components, and soldering.
GS-11: In addition to the above, applicant must possess at least one (1) year of SE equivalent to the GS-10 grade level, as defined below:
  • Utilized test equipment and advanced techniques to perform installation, maintenance and repair tasks, operational testing in a least two of the following areas: FM radio systems, data networks, and/or electronic physical security systems.
  • Worked with application of advanced electronics concept using various electronics testing equipment including the multi-meter, oscilloscope (single and dual trace), spectrum analyzer, watt meter, frequency counter, spectrum analyzer, distortion analyzer, etc.
  • Provided network configuration services that involve an understanding of various IP network protocols and sub-netting.
GS-12: In addition to the above, applicant must possess at least one (1) year of SE equivalent to the GS-11 grade level, as defined below:
  • Utilized test equipment and advanced techniques to perform installation, maintenance, and repair tasks, and operational testing in each of the following areas: FM radio systems, data networks, and electronic physical security systems.
  • Carried out the installation, replacement, and analysis of electronic systems; making recommendations on design or alteration based on data collected through testing or other analytical methods.
  • Provided physical installation and configuration of network devices (routers, switches, and encryption devices) that involve and understanding of IP network protocols, Virtual Private Networks, and sub-netting.
  • Conducted a competent inspection, maintenance, and repair program to insure optimum operational capability of all electronic and electro-mechanical systems and equipment including stand-by and emergency equipment and/or systems.
Note: In your resume, please describe in detail how you meet the SE. You may have acquired the SE through technical school training, in a military occupation and/or employment.

Education

Education may be substituted for SE, and all degrees must be from an accredited college or university. Transcripts are required when qualifying based on education.

GS-5: Applicant must have at least four (4) years of education above the high school level. One year of full time academic study is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours (or the equivalent in a college or university), or at least 20 hours of classroom instruction per week for approximately 36 weeks in a technical school.

GS-7: Applicant must have a bachelor's degree with superior academic achievement or one (1) full year of graduate level education. Superior academic achievement is the
completion of all the requirements of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, which is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average of 3.0
or higher as recorded on an official transcript, or as based on courses completed during the final two years of the curriculum, or (3) honor society membership.

GS-9: Applicant must have a master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related.

GS-10, 11, 12: Education may not be substituted for SE at these grade levels.

NOTE: Qualifying education must show major study was in Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Electronics Technology, or other fields related to the position.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements provided you can show that the foreign education is comparable
to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.

Position Skills
As part of the application, process, you will have the opportunity to identify particular skills that relate to the position. If you possess any of the listed skills, please ensure you select those skills on your application.

Hiring managers will have the ability to filter for the skills needed to successfully perform the function of the position. Please ensure any skills you selected can be identified in your resume. If your identified skills match those skills required by the Hiring Manger(s), you will be deemed Most Competitive.

How to Apply

For detailed instructions related to applying, uploading documents, withdrawing an application or updating your application, please review instructions on How to Apply. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of this posting. If applying online is a hardship, please use the contact information listed in the job posting prior to the closing date for assistance.

Required Documents

The required documents include:
1. A resume (noting relevant work experience and associated start and end dates)
2. A complete online assessment questionnaire
3. College transcript(s) (if qualifying based on education)
4. Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) (if applicable)
  • Attach the Memorandum of Understanding to your application in the "Cover Letters and Attachments" section of My Career Tools on the Careers Home page. Please upload the attachment as type "Other."
For current or former federal employees: (This does not apply to current FBI employees)
  • Notification of your most recent Personnel Action, SF-50 (showing current grade level and salary).
  • Most recent Performance Appraisal (if available).
For Veterans:
  • Please attach your DD-214 and/or statement of eligibility.
  • Disabled Veterans - attach your DD-214, SF-15, and VA letter dated 1991 or later.
  • Joint Services Transcript (Army, National Guard, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy)
  • CCAF Transcript (Air Force)
Additional Information
  • The FBI is in the Executive Branch of the federal government. It is one of the components of the Department of Justice (DOJ). The FBI is the principle investigative arm of the DOJ. All FBI positions are in the excepted service.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens and consent to a complete background investigation, urinalysis, and polygraph. You must be suitable for Federal employment; as determined by a background investigation.
  • Failure to provide necessary and relevant information required by this job opening may disqualify you from consideration. Additional information will not be requested if your application is incomplete. Your application will be evaluated solely on the basis of information you have submitted.
  • Management may select any of the grades for which this position has been announced.
  • Identification of promotion potential in this posting does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for an actual assignment and performance of higher-level duties.
  • If you are hired, you will be required to serve a two-year probationary period. Probationary employees are precluded from being considered for all job opportunities until 12-months of their two-year probationary period has concluded. Probationary employees may be considered for competitive vacancies that are advertised within their respective division or field office after serving 90 days within the FBI.
  • Limited Movement: Policy has been implemented wherein support employees entering a position through a competitive OR non-competitive action may be precluded from moving to another position within the Bureau by means of reassignment or change to lower grade for a minimum of 12 months. This policy is waived for qualified personnel permanently assigned to Divisions identified to relocate to Huntsville, Alabama.
Veterans' Preference

If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume and application. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the FBI.

Nepotism

Nepotism is the act of favoring relatives in the hiring process, and is prohibited by law. Public officials are prohibited from hiring or promoting relatives, or relatives of officials in their chain of command, as well as actively or indirectly endorsing a relative's appointment or promotion. During the hiring process, all selected candidates and FBI hiring managers will be required to certify they are not related to anyone involved in the hiring process.

Reasonable Accommodation Request

The FBI provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and/or hiring process, please notify the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Affairs (OEEOA) Reasonable Accommodation (RA) Program by either e-mail at REASONABLE_ACCOMMODATIONS@ic.fbi.gov, telephone at 202-324-4128, or FAX at 202-324-3976. Your request will receive an individualized assessment.
This e-mail address is only for reasonable accommodation requests. Please do not submit your application and/or any questions unrelated to reasonable accommodations. Should any applications be received, they will not be forwarded for consideration during the hiring process.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The FBI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for this vacancy. Except where otherwise prohibited by law, selection will be made without regard to, and there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, parental status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, age, sex, sexual orientation, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factors.


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