Engineering Technician (802) Specialized Experience


Examples of GS-4/FG-4 (Equivalent F Band) Specialized Experience


Experience that provided intensive knowledge of engineering principles, techniques, methods, and precedents, e.g., as an Engineering Technician or a related occupation such as draftsman, surveying technician, construction estimator, physical science technician or mathematical technician.  Trade or craft experience may be creditable if it provided the intensive knowledge of engineering principles, techniques, methods, and precedents, e.g., positions with substantive developmental, test, or design responsibilities.  Example duties at this level include:
  • Assists senior technicians who are working on a variety of tasks at varying levels of complexity. Assignments are communicated as detailed instructions with specific timelines for completion. Work is thoroughly reviewed in progress, and upon completion of each phase of the assignment, for compliance with instructions and technical accuracy.
  • Performs a variety of tests in accordance with established methods, including related tasks such as preparing test specimens, adjusting and operating equipment, and recording instrumental readings.
  • Performs standardized, repetitive tests on soils, concrete, and concrete aggregates to determine the liquid and plastic limits of soils or the flexural and compressive strength, air content, and modulus of elasticity of concrete.
  • Computes the volumes and surface areas for enclosures of primarily regular shape using the data contained in sectional drawings and perspective drawings, supplemented by actual measurements. Uses instruments to measure the cross-sectional areas and linear distances. Uses algebraic formulas to compute volumes and surface areas.


Examples of GS-5/FG-5 (Equivalent F Band) Specialized Experience


Assignments at this level are usually familiar and/or fully covered by ample documentation or instructions. Uses basic equipment for the profession and performs adjustments as necessary; carries out prescribed procedures according to an established schedule; work is carefully reviewed by senior technicians, professionals, or the supervisor. Example duties at this level include:
  • Uses basic test instruments and performs adjustments as necessary. Receives training in the use of more specialized test instruments and learns simple troubleshooting procedures.
  • Follows specific layout and schematic diagrams to construct and package simple devices and subunits of equipment, such as power supplies, oscillators and amplifiers.
  • Performs tests to determine the flame resistance of insulating materials. The test procedures include such operations as: adjusting the gas flame (i.e., gas mixture and gas pressure); attaching thermocouples and mounting the test specimen to ensure proper exposure to the gas flame; and observing and recording the behavior of the test specimen to determine the degree of flame resistance in relation to other materials. Experience and judgment are required in adjusting/positioning the specimen in relation to the flame and in evaluating the specimenís behavior.
  • Assists design modification project leader by compiling related design, specifications, and materials data pertinent to specific items of equipment or component parts. Develops and compiles information and summary data concerning operational failures, previous modifications, and other experience with item. Exercises judgment and initiative in recognizing inconsistencies or gaps in the information and in seeking possible sources of data.


Examples of GS-7/FG-7 (Equivalent F Band) Specialized Experience

Assignments at this level typically provide technical support to the work of professionals or scientists in this field. References used include technical manuals and specifications, equipment procedures, reference books, publications, standards and orders. The supervisor or senior technician is readily available to provide guidance. Work is reviewed for technical adequacy and conformance to requirements. Example duties at this level include:
  • Completes technical tasks relative to the design, development, evaluation, testing, construction, installation, or maintenance of facilities and/or equipment for the National Airspace System (NAS). Develops or reviews assigned sections of project specifications pertaining to a variety of materials and construction methods such as roofing, flooring, waterproofing, and caulking. Adapts paragraphs from guides and other project specifications. Describes materials or methods by analyzing and extracting information from drawings, notes, and other sources. Uses judgment to determine whether items satisfy design requirements.
  • Modifies, constructs, tests, and operates a variety of equipment and instruments used in field experimentation. In preparation for extensive field tests, adjusts test instruments & recording equipment and the specific experiments to be performed. After construction of first unit, tests and calibrates and arranges for fabrication of additional units including procurement of parts. Participates in field experiments by installing, adjusting, operating, and maintaining equipment and instruments.
  • Receives an explanation of the problem and of equipment requirements; obtains advice on unexpected results; and works from rough sketches or block diagrams to resolve problems and complete tasks. Relies heavily on precedent type, or parallel methods, that could be extended or modified in completing the basic design concept of Engineers or Scientists.


Examples of GS-9/FG-9 (Equivalent F Band) Specialized Experience

Assignments at this level are varied and have definite objectives. Converts a professionalís or scientistís outline of the objectives and the theories involved into practical work products. Completed work is reviewed for compliance with instructions, adequacy, technical judgment, and satisfaction of requirements. Example duties at this level include:
  • Plans, conducts and provides technical support for experimentation and evaluation efforts. Prepares and conducts tests (full-scale and laboratory). Provides technical support in all areas of experimentation in a specialty area, e.g., digital communication. This includes project planning, analysis of data, reporting of results, and other related activities.
  • Performs design work of limited scope on systems under test and/or development. Receives an outline of the objectives desired and a description of operating characteristics and the theories involved; converts the theoretical ideas of Engineers and Scientists into practical units, devices, or equipment.


Examples of GS-11/FG-11 (Equivalent G Band) Specialized Experience

The GS-11 level typically provides technical support to professionals and/or scientists on complex, technical projects or tasks. Uses extensive or specialized knowledge of professional principles, techniques, methods, and precedents in their field of expertise. Methods are left to the incumbentís judgment and discretion. Completed projects are reviewed to ensure achievement of assigned objectives. Example duties at this level include:
  • Provides mechanical, structural, and electrical design and investigative services for structures, utilities, distribution systems, or construction modifications. Prepares designs using knowledge of physical and engineering principles; construction methods; material characteristics; and codes and standards for quality, safety, and space. Draws on practical experience, theoretical education and specific knowledge of the facilities to advise project managers, engineers, foremen and/or contractor representatives on how the mechanical, structural or electrical portions of the project may be accomplished, what limitations may be imposed, what difficulties may be encountered, what a particular portion of the project will cost, and alternate methods for obtaining the desired results.
  • Reviews parts of project designs done by others, and the written specifications to preclude any possible conflicts between different design areas (structural, mechanical, electrical, etc.) or between design and specification. Examines possibilities for cost reductions in alternate materials and methods.
  • Performs installation, maintenance, operation and testing duties for work on one or more complex projects or systems, e.g., replacement of systems or facilities where there are numerous, interrelated subsystems; geographically dispersed facilities, equipment, or subsystems; incomplete standardization within the systems; and/or risk that malfunctions, incorrect values, or failure of an aspect of the system would have a direct impact on the overall mission. Establishes the sequence and timing of complex projects; works out arrangements with suppliers, contractors, and other governmental, or private organizations; solves problems arising from the conflicting requirements and priorities. Determines whether system(s) is (are) operating within prescribed standards and tolerances.
  • Performs technical review of safety standards and their impact on facilities and furnishes guidance in meeting agency, OSHA, and fire and electrical codes.


Examples of GS-12/FG-12 (Equivalent H Band) Specialized Experience

The GS-12 level typically involves planning, testing, or installation duties for complex projects covering large or multiple facilities with highly specialized systems and equipment. May include installation and testing duties that require the application of knowledge, practices, principles, theories, concepts, methods, and techniques for one or more disciplines or specialties within the field. Example duties at this level include:
  • Performs installation, maintenance, operation and testing duties for work on one or more complex projects or systems that have significant impact on the Agencyís mission. Performs analyses and calculations within the engineering disciplines, including the analysis of technical proposals and designs by contractors and others. Considers energy efficiency, water conservation, and solar and other renewable energy projects for inclusion into all designs, and implements these features when feasible. Coordinates activities with other agencies, contractors, utility companies, state and local government authorities, and the general public.
  • Reviews agency headquarters' technical directives, specifications, drawing and suggestions to determine applicability to regional conditions, method of implementation and funding requirements. Assists in evaluation of technical proposals within the suggestion program, National Airspace System (NAS) change proposals, unsatisfactory condition reports (UCRs), and other related processes to assure consistency with regional policy standards and avoid conflicts with future plans.


Examples of GS-13/FG-13 (Equivalent I Band) Specialized Experience

The GS-13 level typically involves planning, testing, or installation duties for complex projects covering large or multiple facilities with highly specialized systems and equipment and may serve as team or technical lead of project. Work at this level may include challenging installation or testing tasks that require the application of specialized knowledge, practices, principles, theories, concepts, methods, and techniques for one or more disciplines or specialties within the field. Example duties at this level include:
  • Leads and participates in technical evaluations of field facilities and services. Establishes projects as necessary to resolve field maintenance problems. Assists in evaluation of technical proposals within the suggestion program, National Airspace System (NAS) change proposals, unsatisfactory condition reports (UCRs), and other related processes. Reviews and provides guidance to other organizational segments on project proposals to avoid duplication at the regional and national level, assure consistency with policy standards, and avoid conflicts with future plans.
  • Estimates, manages and accounts for assigned project, program, and operations funding, in accordance with applicable regulations, policy, and sound accounting practices. Prepares budget-related presentations for management, e.g., budget requests, justification for project or operations funding, cost and schedule variances, performance measures, etc. Assures that funding is adequate for all program activities.
  • Reviews agency headquarters' technical directives, specifications, drawing and suggestions to determine applicability to regional conditions, adequacy of instructions, method of implementation and funding requirements. Advises appropriate headquarters office of any corrections or improvements considered necessary.


Examples of GS-14/FG-14 (Equivalent J Band)  Specialized Experience

The GS-14 level typically involves leading or managing the planning, testing, or installation for multiple complex projects covering large or multiple facilities with highly specialized systems and equipment. Work at this level includes challenging installation or testing tasks that require the application of specialized knowledge, practices, principles, theories, concepts, methods, and techniques for one or more disciplines or specialties within the field. Example duties at this level include:
  • Leads highly complex and challenging projects and tasks with substantial impact on the accomplishment of agency strategic objectives. Uses expert knowledge in a specialty engineering field to develop new and innovative approaches to complex and sometimes unprecedented problems or issues. Projects may have large budgets to manage, cross organizational boundaries, be geographically dispersed, and involve multiple or very specialized engineering disciplines. Work is performed under the minimal direction of a professional, manager, or executive who gives guidance in the form of broad objectives and reviews projects infrequently or upon completion to ensure successful achievement of planned results.
  • Initiates, plans, and manages multiple and complex projects or programs, including the estimation, management and accountability for funding in accordance with applicable regulations, policy, and sound accounting practices. Leads studies to determine project feasibility, cost and benefit analysis, quantifiable and non-quantifiable risks, etc. Prepares and presents studies and other budget-related information to top management, e.g., budget requests, justification for project or operations funding, cost and schedule variances, performance measures, etc. Assures that funding is adequate for all project and program activities.