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ARMY POSITION DESCRIPTION
 

PD#: YU550626

Sequence#: VARIES

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PHYSICAL SCIENCE TECHNICIAN

GS-1311-11

Organization Title:

POSITION LOCATION:

Servicing CPAC: YUMA PROVING GROUNDS, AZ

Agency: VARIES

Installation: VARIES

Army Command: VARIES

Region: WEST

Command Code: VARIES

POSITION CLASSIFICATION STANDARDS USED IN CLASSIFYING/GRADING POSITION:

Citation 1: OPM JFS TECHNICAL WORK IN THE PHYSICAL SCIENCE GRP, AUG 2002

Supervisory Certification: I certify that this is an accurate statement of the major duties and responsibilities of this position and its organizational relationships, and that the position is necessary to carry out Government functions for which I am responsible. This certification is made with the knowledge that this information is to be used for statutory purposes relating to appointment and payment of public funds, and that false or misleading statements may constitute violations of such statutes or their implementing regulations.

 

Supervisor Name: BRIAN DRESSEN

Reviewed Date: 10/20/2020

Classification Review: This position has been classified/graded as required by Title 5, U.S. Code in conformance with standard published by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management or if no published standards apply directly, consistently with the most applicable published standards.

 

Reviewed By: COL GOULD

Reviewed Date: 10/20/2020

POSITION INFORMATION:

Cyber Workforce:

  • Primary Work Role: VARIES
  • Additional Work Role 1: VARIES
  • Additional Work Role 2: VARIES

FLSA: NON-EXEMPT

FLSA Worksheet: NON EXEMPT

FLSA Appeal: NO

Bus Code: VARIES

DCIPS/CES PD: NO

  • Mission Category: VARIES
  • Work Category: VARIES
  • Work Level: VARIES

Functional Code: 00

Interdisciplinary: NO

Supervisor Status: VARIES

PD Status: VERIFIED

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:

Drug Test Required: VARIES  

Financial Mgmt Cert:

Position Designation: VARIES

Position Sensitivity: VARIES

Sec. Clearance Level: VARIES

Sec. Access (Child Care Bkgd Check): VARIES

Emergency Essential:   

Requires Access to Firearms: VARIES

Personnel Reliability Position: VARIES

Information Assurance: VARIES

Influenza Vaccination: NO

Financial Disclosure: VARIES

Financial Disclosure: NO  

Enterprise Position: VARIES

Acquisition Position: NO

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POSITION ASSIGNMENT:

Competitive Area: VARIES

Competitive Level: VARIES

Career Program: VARIES

Career Ladder PD: NO

Target Grade/FPL:  

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POSITION DUTIES:

Serves as civilian Physical Science Technician for developmental tests (DT), Joint Concept Technology Demonstrations (JCTD) Advanced Concept Technology Demonstrations (ACTD) and other events conducted by the United States Army Dugway Proving Ground. Major responsibility is to assist the test officer in the planning and execution of the event, to include development of specified test plans, coordination with test participants and other resources, preparation of the event daily schedule, conduct of testing, pilot tests, and execution of record event. Assists in developing the structure of and organizing the work of test teams. Coordinates with all personnel, agencies, test participants, and with support elements to ensure requirements are performed and resources are available to ensure that all required test events are conducted. Assists the Operations Research Analyst (ORSA), Project Scientist, or the Test Officer in analysis of test issues, determining test concept, writing test methodologies or researching and writing background material for systems concepts being tested.
30%

As directed by the Test Officer provides operational control of test execution and ensures conduct of required events. Monitors communication on the radio during missions to ensure adherence to scenarios and safety. Coordinates the operation of the test control cell to meet planned requirements. Assists the Test officer, Project Scientist, and the ORSA in ensuring pilot test validation of test methodology, data collection, and reduction procedures. Ensures test team are notified of changes in daily sequence of events. Informs test team of daily start time, end time, changes to test scenarios, and test locations during test execution. Assists with Safety plans and Risk Migration plans. Assists the Data Manager in conducting quality assurance reviews to ensure data collection procedures are properly adhered to. Maintains Test Logbook.
20%

Plans, schedules, conducts or ensures performance of all testing and training required for event execution. Coordinates New Equipment Training (NET) for participating personnel and ensures test team members receive familiarization training on the test item and that data collection personnel are trained on data collection and reduction methods and techniques.
10%

In conjunction with other test team members, develops detailed plans for event execution in the Detailed Test Plan to include: operational controls, support, training, data collection, instrumentation (with contingencies for instrumentation failure), communications, detailed test schedule, safety, security, operations security (OPSEC), photo, medical support, equipment accountability, and assists in development of an overall quality control plan.
15%

With broad guidance from the test officer identifies and determines resource requirements. Working with other test team members identifies and determines test resources and support requirements, determines materiel required, and prepares cost estimates for the test. Provide test support IAW regulations and approved methodology. Ensures that test equipment is accounted for, used properly, maintained, and turned-in upon completion of test.
10%

Works with other test team members to identify instrumentation requirements and determine timelines for development and installation. Prepares briefing documents such as reports, memoranda, and briefing slides to inform or gain approval of the test and evaluation program. Briefs officials as required. Responds to inquiries from other Army organizations, representatives from other services, other government agencies, or non-Federal organizations, if appropriate to identify problem areas in assigned projects, and determine actions required. Serves as a member of working groups to include the ATEC System Team (AST) as required. 10%

Assists in preparation of the event report, supports development of test team observations, test description, and test limitations. Assist in reduction and review of the collected data and assist the preparation of the test report.
5%

PERFORMS OTHER DUTIES AS ASSIGNED.


FACTOR 1 KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED BY THE POSITION FL 1-7 1250 PTS

Knowledge of Army military systems, subsystems, organizations, training and doctrine; support and support systems and ancillary equipment; knowledge of operating peculiarities and capabilities of equipment being tested; and a working knowledge of computer-based instrumentation systems used for collection and management of test data. Knowledge must be sufficient to render the incumbent capable of independently performing difficult and complex assignments relating to planning for and conducting chemical laboratory, chamber, and field tests.

Knowledge of pertinent Army field manuals, technical publications, regulations, standards, policies and procedures to inform the test plan and ensure relevant data is collected. In depth expertise in the coordination and execution of test programs.

Knowledge of army military operations, doctrine, tactics, and techniques is critical to this position.

Knowledge and understanding of the different types of developmental testing of military field operations and those systems/processes that support chemical missions must be at a level that will generate specialized advice and resolution of issues concerning research and development for material and concepts.

Knowledge of Army military operations and related materiel systems to include: tactics, doctrine, support, and maintenance as well as be knowledgeable in staff presentations, technical writing, and test requirements.

Knowledge of operating procedures and regulatory requirements pertaining to research and development. Must be able to analyze situations, identify potential problems, and implement corrective action.

FACTOR 2 SUPERVISORY CONTROLS FL 2-4 450 PTS

The Test Officer provides administrative guidance with assignment in terms of broadly defined missions or functions. The incumbent has responsibility for planning, designing, and carrying out work independently. The incumbent is permitted wide latitude for independent action in performance of work. Decisions are usually accepted by the test officer, and higher levels as technically authoritative. Results of work are considered as technically authoritative and are normally accepted without significant change. If the work is reviewed, the review concerns such matters as fulfillment of program objectives and effects on the overall program.

FACTOR 3 GUIDELINES FL 3-3 275 PTS

Uses a wide variety of requirement documents, regulations, directives, and other guidance. The incumbent must use judgment and ingenuity in interpreting the intent of guidance and in developing applications to specific work. Due to the diversity and scope of systems undergoing testing, the incumbent must use a high degree of professional judgment in devising methods to be used to complete mission assignment.

FACTOR 4 COMPLEXITY FL 4-4 225 PTS

Work assignments consist of broad, varied assignments and involve establishing criteria and developing new information. Testing referred to include doctrine, concepts, war-fighting systems, human factors, environmental factors, personnel support systems, and automated systems used for the conduct of testing. Decisions on what needs to be done normally include largely undefined issues, requiring extensive research and analysis to determine the nature and scope of the problem.

FACTOR 5 SCOPE AND EFFECT FL 5-3 150 PTS

Work affects future military programs both from a materiel and a doctrine and tactics perspective. The incumbent provides technical expertise for the centralization of program planning for test efforts affecting scheduling, priorities, estimates, funding and accomplishment of tests, which ultimately impact on materiel added to the Army or Department of Defense inventory.

FACTOR 6 & 7 PERSONAL/PURPOSE OF CONTACTS FL 3B 110 PTS

Contacts are made with senior management, individuals and groups from within the command, and with members throughout the acquisition community. Routine contact is made with representatives at higher headquarters, government contractors and installation level staff throughout ATEC and the Chemical and Biological Defense Program.

Contacts are made to exchange information, define test objectives, advise management, resolve problems, explain data, and determine decision milestones.

FACTOR 8 PHYSICAL DEMANDS FL 8-2 20 PTS

Work requires some physical exertion such as long periods of standing; walking over rough, uneven or rocky terrain; recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, or similar activities. Depending upon the test requirements, work environment will vary from an office setting with controlled temperatures, to a military field environment subject to the extremes of weather, dust, etc. The work may require specific, but common, physical characteristics and abilities such as above average agility and dexterity. Maybe required to lift up to 50 pounds.

FACTOR 9 WORK ENVIRONMENTS FL 9-2 20 PTS

Work is performed in an office setting and field environment. Work involves some moderate risk or discomforts, which require specific safety precautions, e.g., working around and with moving equipment.

TOTAL PTS: 2500
POINT RANGE: 2355-2750
GRADE: GS-11


Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Determination = (NON EXEMPT)

 

1. Availability Pay Exemption - (e.g., Criminal Investigators, U.S. Customs and Border Protection pilots who are also Law Enforcement Officers).

 

2. Foreign Exemption - (Note: Puerto Rico and certain other locations do not qualify for this exemption – See 5 CFR 551.104 for a list of Nonexempt areas.)

 

3. Executive Exemption:

    

a. Exercises appropriate management responsibility (primary duty) over a recognized organizational unit with a continuing function, AND

    

b. Customarily and regularly directs 2 or more employees, AND

    

c. Has the authority to make or recommend hiring, firing, or other status-change decisions, when such recommendations have particular weight.

 

4. Professional Exemption:

    

a. Professional work (primary duty)

    

b. Learned Professional, (See 5 CFR, 551.208 ) (Registered Nurses, Dental Hygienists, Physician’s Assistants, Medical Technologists, Teachers, Attorneys, Physicians, Dentists, Podiatrists, Optometrists, Engineers, Architects, and Accountants at the independent level as just some of the typical examples of exempt professionals). Or

    

c. Creative Professional, (See 5 CFR, 551.209 ) (The primary duty requires invention and originality in a recognized artistic field (music, writing, etc.) and does not typically include newspapers or other media or work subject to control by the organization are just some examples of Creative Professionals). Or

    

d. Computer Employee, (See 5 CFR, 551.210 ) ( must meet salary test and perform such duties as system analysis, program/system design, or program/system testing, documentation, and modification). Computer manufacture or repair is excluded (non-exempt work).

 

5. Administrative Exemption:

    

a. Primary duty consistent with 5 CFR 551 (e.g.; non-manual work directly related to the management or general business operations of the employer or its customers), AND job duties require exercise of discretion & independent judgment.

  FLSA Conclusion:
  Exempt
  Non Exempt


FLSA Comments/Explanations:

Duties do not meet administrative exemption criteria.


CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT & NOTES:

1. Incumbent must obtain and maintain a secret security clearance.

2. This position is subject to pre-employment and random drug testing.

3. This position requires a pre-employment and annual physical.

4. Incumbent is required to obtain and maintain a valid state driver’s license

5. Must be able to lift up to 50lbs on a reoccurring basis.

6. This position requires the employee to meet and maintain the requirements of AR 50-6 for enrollment in the Chemical Personnel Reliability Program (CPRP).

7. Position requires the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as a mask (M-40), respirator, gloves, suits, and lab coat.

8. May be required to perform TDY assignments up to 25% of the time

9. Overtime and shift work may be required on short notice to include nights, holidays, and weekends due to this unit's operational requirement.



POSITION EVALUATION:

Not Listed