National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) | General Engineer/Technical Analyst – Entry Level | Chantilly, VA | United States | | 2023-01-31

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Job Location: Chantilly, VA

Job Detail:


For sixty years, the NRO has developed, acquired, launched and operated the satellites that are the foundation for America’s advantage and strength in space. Using a diversified architecture of spacecraft, NRO collects and delivers the best space-based intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance content on the planet.

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Basic Eligibility For A Position With The NRO

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen Be a U.S. citizen
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI security clearance
  • You will be subject to pre-employment and periodic drug testing
  • You will be subject to pre-employment and periodic polygraph examinations

Where You Will Work

Do you enjoy designing, creating, and exploring possibilities? Are you a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics major looking to launch an exciting and challenging career? Does designing complex and innovative overhead reconnaissance systems interest you? Does a career with an “out of this world” mission sound intriguing?

The NRO Cadre is collecting resumes for consideration against current and future opportunities for entry level (GG 7-9), General Engineers and Technical Analysts, occupational series 0801. For more information on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) occupational series, click here.

The current hiring focus is for individuals with the following degrees and experience:

  • Aerospace or Astronautical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics or Computer Engineering
  • Software Engineering (including AGILE development)
  • Systems Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Applied Physics
  • Applied Mathematics (including operations research)
  • Computer Science (including AI/ML)

Who May Apply

  • This position is open to the public.
  • Federal government employees MUST currently be at the grade level or higher as indicated in this announcement. This is NOT a promotion opportunity for current Federal government employees. If selected for the position, Federal government employees will transition laterally at their current grade level and step.
  • Federal applicants who exceed the advertised grade may voluntarily request acceptance at the lower grade per IAW DoD 1400.25 Volume 2006.
  • The NRO is only accepting external applicants for this job announcement. Current NRO Cadre employees should apply internally.

What You Will Be Doing

Developmental employees (GG 7-9) will receive the following opportunities:

  • Specific instructional guidance and a formal development plan to enable the individual to progressively perform increasingly technically complex assignments and tasks with more responsibility and less guidance.
  • On-the-job training providing technical and professional advice on issues affecting the NRO.
  • Formal training on how to originate new and improve existing applications and strategies for technical concepts, theories, and principles that affect the planning, completions and direction of major scientific and engineering projects.
  • Instructional guidance on making decisions to resolve specific issues and problems while considering different, incomplete and often conflicting information and alternatives.
  • On-the-job training for developing, delivering, and sustaining overhead reconnaissance systems, including technical solutions for spacecraft hardware, ground, and communication components, and mission software systems.
  • Diverse training in various mission areas including program management, procurement, development, and supporting technical initiatives and/or operations.
  • Pursuing full performance target level of GG-12 duties.

At the full performance level (GG-12), General Engineers/Technical Analysts/Interdisciplinary Technical (0801/1301/1501) duties include:

  • Prepare, provide, and evaluate conventional plans, designs, design specifications, and related documentation determining and/or executing actions for a wide range of assignments involving a combination of complex features.
  • Provide advice to senior colleagues and/or management officials responsible for broad program operations.
  • Research trends and patterns; develop new methods and criteria; propose new policies and practices; conduct technical analysis and field laboratory work to achieve products or services.
  • Evaluate the value and applicability of new or improved technology, strategies, trends, or applications.
  • Assess project and program effectiveness interacting with NRO-user community with respect to system and/or operational requirements.
  • Provide expertise and advice on program planning and policy-making functions covering a broad range of engineering and scientific program and plans. Develop and advise on and implement critical projects and/or segments of NRO programs, projects, or activities.
  • Initiate and conduct thorough and comprehensive analytical studies or other complex studies involving varied subject matters. Studies vary in complexity based on scenario and the number of analytical models employed. Define the problem, formulate scope, establish objectives, formulate methodologies, coordinate research contributions of others and identify significant findings.
  • Produce insightful findings, alternative courses of action, solutions to critical problems, etc., which have significant impact in changing or improving practical and/or theoretical concept development to future special operations.
  • Conduct systemic exploration of problems and analysis of alternatives. Present trend analysis data ascertaining potential problem areas. Define the problems involved, formulate concepts in addressing these problems, and review and evaluate the final outcomes of the study. Identify and clarify major factors and issues of the study. Establish the objectives and approach; formulate methodologies; and plans, advise on and coordinate study activities.
  • Plan, execute and report on original studies or ongoing studies requiring a fresh approach to resolve new problems, modifying and adapting standard procedures, methods and techniques to address problems.
  • Plan, coordinate, implement, test, and conduct projects, serving as an advisor to other scientists or engineers.
  • Perform scientific and technical evaluation, correlation, synthesis and presentation or important data in a complex field making significant technical and scientific recommendations and decisions.

What You Need

  • Requires: Bachelor’s degree in STEM major (e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, computer science, mathematics,) is preferred. However, a Bachelor’s degree with a combination of technical coursework, licenses, training, and applicable work experience may be considered.
  • Technical Analyst/Interdisciplinary Technical positions require a combination of education (certifications included) and experience. If qualifying on experience, applicants must have directly applicable experience that demonstrates the possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies necessary for immediate success in the position. Qualifying experience may have been acquired in any public or private sector job or through coursework, but will clearly be reflected in your resume.


Chantilly, VA


2023 Salary Range for Washington DC Area:

GG-07: $53,105- $69,035. A Bachelor’s in a related occupation is qualifying for this level.

GG-09: $64,957 – $84,441. A Master’s degree in a related occupation is qualifying for this level.

**This position is a Full Performance level DCIPS position. The NRO is accepting applications from U.S. Citizens and current federal government employees for this position. To qualify for the position, federal government employees MUST currently be at the GG-09, GG-11, or GG-12 grade level and may ONLY apply for a lateral reassignment at their current grade level and step. Federal applicants who exceed the advertised grade may voluntarily request acceptance at the lower grade per IAW DoD 1400.25 Volume 2006.

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