Citation 2: OPM INTRO TO THE POSITION CLASSIFICATION STANDARDS, AUG 91
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.
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: CHERYL KRISTANT, NG-J1-TNC
Reviewed Date: 07/26/2016
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PD Status: VERIFIED
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PD released as part of PDR 16-21.
This position works within an Air National Guard Aviation Wing, Maintenance Group, Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Avionics Element, Avionics Shop, Communications/Navigation/ECM, or Guidance and Control shop. It is an Air National dual status technician position that requires military membership, compatible military skill assignment and classification. The primary purpose of this position is to install, modify, overhaul, maintain, troubleshoot, repair, align, calibrate, and rebuild multi-system avionics complexes consisting of multiple completely integrated electronic avionics systems where the complex accomplishes a number of major functions. The worker in this career field must demonstrate the ability to perform on- or off-equipment maintenance on one or more complete electronic integrated systems associated with the assigned aircraft and/or maintenance on automatic flight control systems, instrument systems, inertial and radar navigation systems.
1. Performs scheduled and unscheduled maintenance on one or more multi-complex electronic integrated systems. Completes operational checks, inspections, tests, trouble shooting, removal and replacement of Line Replaceable Units (LRUs) which are linked with integrated systems and LRUs which are independent or associated with nonintegrated systems. Isolates unusual malfunctions using technical orders, schematics, wiring diagrams, tools, and test equipment including automatic test equipment and Flight Line Test Systems (FLTS). Solves complex problems by analyzing installation, circuitry, and operating characteristics of the systems. Adjusts and aligns system sensors, transmitters, amplifiers, power supplies, display devices, controls, transponders, actuators, servos, computers and other related components. Installs serviceable components into aircraft and performs total systems alignment and harmonization in accordance with existing technical orders and directives. Accomplishes technical order compliances, modification of components/systems and completes thorough system checks for proper operation. Maintains, modifies, calibrates and inspects a wide variety of user test, measurement, and diagnostic equipment (TMDE). Installs, modifies, overhauls, maintains, troubleshoots, repairs, rebuilds, aligns, and calibrates complete electronic avionics multi-systems control. Demonstrates a thorough working knowledge of complex aircraft avionics and or ECM systems such as the electronics package in a highly automated aircraft where the integrated flight and Integrated Countermeasures System, electronic multiplex communications bus, Inertial Navigation System, multi-function displays, head-up display, data transfer equipment, Global Positioning System, Situation Awareness Data-Link (SADL), Data Modem, Flight Control System, pitot-static system and related instrumentation, flight director instrumentation, Central Air Data Computer, engine, hydraulic and fuel quantity indicating systems, voice message warning, VHF, UHF, SATCOM Data, intercom, secure voice communications, Identification Friend or Foe (IFF), and Tactical Air Navigation System (TACAN). Evaluates operational characteristics of the integrated systems by observing and analyzing waveforms, voltage, current, power indications, computer registers and printouts. Analyzes the malfunctions encountered through fault codes, determines repair sequence process and performs the repairs. (30%)
2. Reviews and analyzes maintenance data; determines if criteria are sufficient to provide adequate test, troubleshooting and repair procedures; devises and recommends tests, procedural changes, or data corrections. Aligns, adjusts, and performs final calibrations on integrated systems to determine successful repairs. Analyzes equipment failure and malfunctions and suggests changes to improve operation. Monitors the operation of complex, interrelated systems, analyzes operating trends, proposes preventative maintenance down time to assure continued operating capability, and recommends components for overhaul or engineering evaluation for disposal. Applies technical data and equipment specifications to determine the impact that equipment modifications or substitutions will have upon integrated multi-system operations and various maintenance alignment procedures. Uses algebraic and trigonometric functions to adapt standard formulas to the specific requirements of the integrated system. Installs, operates, and repairs prototype or experimental electronic systems such as inertial navigation, automatic flight control as assigned. Advises Aerospace Engineering personnel on the operation and maintenance effects of proposed Time Compliance Technical Orders (TCTO) modifications on new or existing equipment. Interacts directly with aircrews for mission/sortie debrief and enhanced system troubleshooting. (20%)
3. Troubleshoots operational malfunctions and analyzes system performance utilizing aircrew debrief data, Technical Orders, schematic and wiring diagrams, engineering drawings, data analysis, common and system-specific test equipment and built in system tests. Performs on and off-equipment maintenance on systems such as automatic flight control, instruments, communication, navigation, and inertial navigation. Coordinates back shop bench check (if applicable, completes testing, repair, inspection, modification, programming, reprogramming, mating, adjusting, alignment, and analyzing of LRUs and shop replaceable units (SRUs). Uses a variety of test equipment such as automatic test equipment (ATE), oscilloscopes, frequency counters, phase-angle voltmeters, optical alignment equipment, digital pitot-static testers, programming units and special purpose test analyzers. Tests and troubleshoots solid state electronic assemblies and subassemblies such as circuit cards, modules, rate generators, electronic control amplifiers, electro-mechanical assemblies, random access memories, programmable read only memories, and various integrated circuits. Identifies faulty parts and repairs to level authorized. Reassembles unit after repair, performs alignment and makes shop checks. (20%)
4. Recommends methods to improve equipment performance, technical data, and maintenance procedures by reporting hardware and software malfunctions, initiates material deficiency reports both on equipment and in technical data, and assists in design changes as necessary. Conducts aircrew debriefing to determine the nature of system malfunctions. Documents all discrepancies and maintenance actions performed by inputting information into the electronic records information systems (i.e.: CAMS, IMDS, GO-81, REMIS). Recommends hardware and software changes. Submits change recommendations to Technical Orders. Requisitions supply assets and processes repairable assets in accordance with Standard Base Supply System requirements. Documents maintenance actions in aircraft forms and documents man-hour expenditures and maintenance actions in the maintenance computer system. Maintains Electronic Warfare (EW) (if applicable) and analysis equipment such as infrared/radar warning equipment, infrared/radar jamming equipment, chaff/flare dispensing systems, signal analysis equipment, recorders, direction finders, and special purpose test equipment. Accomplishes organizational and intermediate level modifications. Configures complex aircraft ECM equipment (if applicable) to meet critical mission requirements. Performs intricate component alignment and calibration to ensure proper system operation. Performs flight operational test, adjusts or replaces units or components as required. Conducts aircrew debriefings to analyze maintenance problems and determines the nature of required modifications. (15%)
5. May upload and download chaff/flare dispensers. This hazardous task may involve the inspection, storage and handling of explosive devices; to include flares, chaff, impulse cartridges and similar items. Conducts on-the-job training on assigned systems and related support equipment and tasks to include classroom instruction as necessary. Provides training to lower graded personnel concerned with the repair of integrated avionics systems. Provides training to newly assigned personnel regardless of grade level. Prepares for and participates in Aerospace Expeditionary Force (AEF) tasking, deployments and various inspections and exercises. Processes and accounts for due-in from maintenance (DIFM) supply assets. Ensures that material and equipment are properly stored, protected and maintained and that funds are not obligated for material or parts without proper justification. (10%)
6. May be required to perform additional duties such as structural fire-fighting, aircraft fire/crash/rescue duty, serve as a security guard, remove snow, load and handle munitions, launch/recover and service aircraft, operate heavy equipment, maintain facilities and equipment, or serve as a member of a team to cope with natural disasters or civil emergencies. Complies with safety, fire, security, and housekeeping regulations. (10%)
Performs other duties as assigned.
SKILL AND KNOWLEDGE: -- Knowledge of electronic theories and practices of integrated electronic, pneumatic, hydraulic, optical, and mechanical systems of such applications as digital or analog computers, digital display devices which enables the incumbent to understand and predict the effects of subsystem malfunctions on the total function system.
-- Ability to apply electronic theories and practices to identify, isolate and repair malfunctions in one or more complex integrated systems where knowledge of the entire system is necessary to interpret error data and trace problems back through a number of units of the system to locate deficiencies.
-- Thorough knowledge of the principles of digital and analog circuits, solid state devices theory, electromechanical devices, digital techniques, synchro/servo operation and integrated circuit theory. Ability to interpret/trace schematics, logic/wiring diagrams and use a wide variety of test, measurement, and diagnostic equipment (TMDE). Ability to perform algebraic and trigonometric formulas.
-- Knowledge of the technology and practices which integrate the components of the systems into a total functional system. Determine methods of repair where extremely complex relationships exist among numerous inter-connected units and control circuits; not only within the individual control systems but between them as well.
-- Knowledge and ability to perform complex mathematics including algebra and trigonometric formulas to calculate power relationships, signal phasing, etc., and to solve work related problems.
-- Ability to accurately identify, isolate, repair, align, and adjust complete multi-system complex malfunctions of the aircraft where target acquisition and tracking, weapons control, aircraft attitude control, navigation and other complex functions are performed by numerous systems which are extensively interconnected with data feedback loops.
-- Ability to follow drawings for multi-system complexes of numerous integrated systems; to trace the effect of a change in one subsystem to other integrated subsystems and determine which controls and devices must be changed or adjusted to compensate; and to repair, align, and adjust complete multi-systems such as the electronics package in a highly automated aircraft where target acquisition and tracking, weapons control, aircraft attitude control, navigation, and other complex functions are performed by numerous systems that are extensively interconnected with data feedback loops.
-- Ability to isolate malfunctions of complete multiple integrated system complexes consisting of closely interrelated integrated and non-integrated systems.
-- Skill in the set up and operation of computer controlled test equipment such as Portable Automated Test Station (PATS), Joint Service Electronic Combat System Tester (JSECST),test stands, oscilloscopes (dual trace, storage, digitized), spectrum, network and distortion analyzers, frequency counters, and signal generators; in interpreting complex drawings, specifications, and schematics of complete multi-system complexes such as the complete electronics package for an aircraft including numerous interconnections of signal paths both between and within individual subsystems of the multi-system complex; and in troubleshooting, installing, repairing, and maintaining electronic integrated multi-systems where circuit theory must be used to understand the operation of a large number of circuits and functions, and the interaction of subsystems which create malfunctions.
-- Working knowledge of the Technical Order system and other technical publications and directives relating to the section. Current certification in high reliability soldering techniques, as well as electrostatic discharge protective techniques.
RESPONSIBILITY: Shop supervisor provides general technical guidance and instructions covering the scope of the task assigned. Mechanic works independently to accomplish tasks and assignments with very little guidance from the supervisor. Available technical data may refer to specific portions of the complete integrated system. The mechanic must adapt and extend this data to take into account the multiple interrelationships of the total multi-integrated system. The incumbent is considered to be a highly qualified expert in the trade and is responsible for advising engineering personnel on the operation and maintenance effects of proposed modifications or new equipment. The work is reviewed in terms of overall results achieved, i.e. compliance of the finished product with accuracy requirements. Work is subject to quality control checks prior to and upon task completion for acceptability and adherence to instructions and established standards.
PHYSICAL EFFORT: Light to moderate physical exertion is required in lifting and carrying items weighing from 10 to 40 pounds and occasional objects weighing in excess of 40 pounds. Mechanics are required to stoop, bend, and stand for extended periods of time on concrete or composition floors and work in tiring and uncomfortable positions. Heavy lifting is accomplished with assistance.
WORKING CONDITIONS: Work is primarily performed inside in well lit, heated, and ventilated areas. Occasionally, work may be performed on aircraft in high, restricted or confined places, and in environmental conditions of heat/cold and outside inclement weather. Incumbent is continuously subjected to hazards such as electrical shock, cuts, bruises, high intensity burns caused by electrical, RF energy, soldering irons, and explosive detonation from chaff/flares. Due to the requirement to upload and download chaff/flare dispensers, incumbent is involved in the storage, inspection, handling of explosive devices and works in a high noise and dangerous explosive environment.
Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Determination
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: Exempt per Title 32 USC 709 (g)(2)
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT & NOTES:
1. Must be able to obtain and maintain the appropriate security clearance of the position.
2. This position is covered by the Domestic Violence Misdemeanor Amendment (30 Sep 96) of the Gun Control Act (Lautenberg Amendment) of 1968. An individual convicted of a qualifying crime of domestic violence may not perform the duties of this position.
3. Ability to establish effective professional working relationships with coworkers and customers, contributing to a cooperative working environment and successful accomplishment of the mission.
4. May occasionally be required to work other than normal duty hours; overtime may be required.
5. The duties and responsibilities of your job may significantly impact the environment. You are responsible to maintain awareness of your environmental responsibilities as dictated by legal and regulatory requirements, your organization, and its changing mission.
NOTE: This position replaces the following PDs: D1765000, D2240000, D1764P01, Electronic Integrated Systems Mechanic, WG-2610-13 ********* D1360000, D1361000,D1386000, D1387000, D1424000, D1425000, D1426000, D1666000, Electronic Integrated Systems Mechanic WG-2610-12
A. Title, Series and Grade: Electronic Integrated Systems Mechanic, WG-2610-13
B. References: 1. USOPM Federal Wage System (FWS) Job Grading Standard for Electronic Integrated Systems Mechanic, WG-2610, dated Feb 1981 2. USOPM Introduction to the Federal Wage System Job Grading System, Jul 1999
C. Background: The Functional Manager submitted a request to replace all current FWS aviation 2610 positions with updated versions, due to all airframes in the inventory now meet the definition of electronic integrated systems.
D. Pay Plan, Series, Title, and Grade Determination:
1. Pay Plan: The Introduction to the Position Classification Standards provides guidance for distinguishing between positions in the General Schedule and the Federal Wage System (FWS). This determination is based on the paramount knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform the primary duty or responsibility for which the position has been established. If a position clearly requires trades, crafts, or laboring experience and knowledge as a requirement for the performance of its primary duty, and this requirement is paramount, the position is to be placed under the FWS. This position obviously meets the requirement of the avionics mechanic trade and is placed in the FWS pay plan.
2. Series: The primary purpose of this position is to install, modify, overhaul, maintain, troubleshoot, repair, align, calibrate, and rebuild multi-system avionics complexes consisting of multiple completely integrated electronic avionics systems where the complex accomplishes a number of major functions. WG-2610 series is assigned. This position performs duties and responsibilities which fully meet the series definition and intent of the Electronic Integrated Systems Mechanic, WG-2610 series; specifically, nonsupervisory jobs involved in rebuilding, overhauling, installing, troubleshooting, repairing, modifying, calibrating, aligning, and maintaining integrated electronic systems, i.e., where the output of a number of sensor subsystems is integrated in a logic subsystem and the resultant used to modify the operation of the total system. Examples provided by the standard are fire control, flight/landing control, automatic test equipment, flight simulators; the combining of navigation, and electronic warfare or multiple integrated electronic systems composed of several of these systems, which are closely interrelated and interdependent. The work requires a knowledge of electronics principles involved in a number of applications such the central computer complex, weapons control target acquisition and tracking radar, tactical electronic warfare, navigation and automatic flight control.
3. Title: The basic title for positions classified to the WG-2610 series is “Electronic Integrated Systems Mechanic.”
4. Grade: The USOPM Introduction to the Federal Wage System Job Grading System (reference #B, 2), specifies “The method of grading involves consideration of the total job. When comparing a job with the factor information and grade level definitions in job grading standards, a determination should be made as to the most appropriate grade value, overall, of the total job rather than a mechanical addition of individual factor judgments. This follows the basic principle that the grade value of a job is determined by its relative worth as a whole in comparison with all other jobs and their grade values. In grading jobs, no one factor should be considered by itself. Care should be taken to avoid any tendency to over-grade a job on the basis of a predominate characteristic, or to under-grade it because it does not contain a particular element. Rather, all pertinent job facts related to the four factors should be analyzed, including the possible relationships among the different elements of the job.”
The Job Grading Standard (JGS) for Electronic Integrated Systems Mechanic WG-2610 identifies and describes key characteristics, which are significant for distinguishing between levels of work. It evaluates grade levels by considering four factors: Skill and Knowledge, Responsibility, Physical Effort and Working Conditions. In addition, both levels of the standard discuss “General” characteristics for each grade level. These factors are addressed below. Physical Effort and Working Conditions are the same for grades WG-12 and WG-13 and will not be evaluated.
a. General: Electronics Integrated Systems Mechanics WG-2610 JGS for the WG-12 and WG-13 levels differentiates between the knowledge and skills required of a WG-12 to maintain an integrated system and those required of a WG-13 to maintain a multi-system complex consisting of several integrated systems.
b. Skill and Knowledge: As described in the WG-2610 JGS, Grade-12 level electronic integrated systems mechanics must have the ability to repair, align, and adjust major integrated electronic systems (composed of a number of individual subsystems). They possess extensive knowledge of electronic, pneumatic, and mechanical systems in order to understand and predict the progressive effect of malfunctions throughout the interrelated units. They must have a thorough knowledge of application of electronic theories and practices to one or more complex integrated systems. They apply knowledge of mechanics, hydraulics, optics, or pneumatics to correct malfunctions because the system’s equipment is so interrelated that output of functions of one component affect system operation and a malfunction may cause error indications in subsystems remote from the defect. Everything discussed at this level refers to requiring knowledge of one or more individual integrated systems and their subsystems.
At the Grade-13 level electronic integrated systems mechanics must have the ability to repair, align and adjust complete multi-systems in a highly automated aircraft where complex functions are performed by numerous systems which are extensively interconnected with data feedback loops. To do this they must have complete knowledge of all of the systems and units to determine methods of repair where extremely complex relationships exist among numerous interconnected systems and control circuits not only within the individual control systems but between them as well.
This position fully meets the Grade-13 level skills and knowledge as shown in the PD justifying the decision that modern airlift/refueling aircraft are highly automated aircraft where complex functions are performed by numerous systems which are extensively interconnected where individual systems depend on data generated by other systems and in turn produce feedback which is used by the originating system, creating a complex information loop, encompassing electronics, optical, mechanical, hydraulic, and pneumatic applications. The mechanics must be able to isolate malfunctions of complete multiple integrated systems.
c. Responsibility: Wage Grade-12 electronic integrated systems mechanics receive oral and written assignments in the form of work orders and a general discussion of the work to be performed, including such things as planned completion dates and modification schedules. They exercise judgment and independence in determining solutions to maintenance and repair problems which are complicated by the interactions of the various complex subsystems, so that the cause of an observable malfunction may be in some other area of the equipment and changes made in one area may affect other remote portions of the system. They often coordinate with technical and professional personnel on matters affecting operating specifications and changes of equipment. The supervisor reviews the work for compliance with acceptable trade practices and relies on the Grade-12 mechanics to take independent action in solving problems.
Wage Grade-13 electronic integrated systems mechanics receive broad general instructions covering the scope of the task assigned. Available technical data may refer only to specific portions of the complete integrated system. The mechanic must adapt and extend this data to take into account the multiple interrelationships of the total multi-system. They receive little guidance from their supervisors. They are considered to be highly qualified experts in the trade and are responsible for advising engineering personnel on the operation and maintenance effects of proposed modifications or new equipment. The Grade-13 mechanic’s work is reviewed in terms of overall results achieved, i.e. compliance of the finished product with accuracy requirements.
The level of responsibility exercised by the incumbents of this position fully meets the grade 13 criteria.
d. Physical Effort: The physical effort for both the WG-12 and 13 levels are the same and is not a grade determining factor in this evaluation.
e. Working Conditions: The working conditions for both the WG-12 and 13 levels are the same and are not a grade determining factor in this evaluation.
In summary, the grade which best reflects the skill, knowledge and responsibility of this position is WG-13. This conclusion was based on the determination that the applicable aircraft is made up of multiple integrated systems comprising multi-system complexes as defined by the Federal Wage System Job Grading Standard for the Electronic Integrated Systems Mechanic at the WG-13 level. The Electronic Integrated System Mechanics who work on these complex weapon systems also perform the duties and have the competencies which meet the criteria outlined at the WG-2610-13 level in the JGS.
E. Conclusion: Electronic Integrated Systems Mechanic WG-2610-13.