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Engineer (Developmental Program/Keystone) Carson, CA


See below for important information regarding this job.

This position is a Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) Keystone Program Opening.

Prior to appointment, all candidates will be required to sign a Keystone Conditions of Employment Agreement.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement.


  • Serves as a General Engineer developmental intern within DCMA.
  • Completes classroom and on-the-job training to acquire, exercise, and maintain knowledge of the duties inherent in the performance of professional general engineering duties.
  • Performs general engineering duties in support of a senior engineer who is responsible for two or more engineering functions, in connection with assigned products, processes, components, or systems.
  • In a developmental capacity, all DCMA Keystone engineers will engage in multifunctional teams to perform advanced predictive analysis, develop or assist in the development and communication of engineering findings and recommendations.
  • In a developmental capacity, all DCMA Keystone engineers will engage in multifunctional teams provide technical consultation to stakeholders, customers, all Contract Management Team (CMT) members.
  • Provides technical assistance to the supervisor of record or other senior engineers in progressively responsible assignments for a segment of a complex project as well as specific engineering duties.
  • Drafts project details on the basis of precedents established in related projects, devising and recommending alternative methods of analysis as a basis for solving problems.
  • In a developmental capacity, attends meetings and professional conferences and exchanges information with other engineers to keep abreast of the latest engineering developments within defense acquisition.
  • Utilizes effective written and oral communication skills in the performance of engineering duties.

Travel Required:

25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Security Requirements: Noncritical-Sensitive with Secret Access
  • Appointment is subject to the completion of a favorable suitability or fitness determination, where reciprocity cannot be applied; unfavorably adjudicated background checks will be grounds for removal.
  • Selective Service Requirement: Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service.
  • Selectee may be required to serve a trial/probationary period.
  • Acquisition, Technology & Logistics (AT&L) NON-CAP: Position requires DoD Acquisition Engineering & Technical Management, Foundational certification within required timeframes. Selectee must also achieve 80 hours of Continuous Learning Points (CLPs) every 2-years. Click here for more details and Resources.
  • COVID19 - To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.


To qualify for a General Engineer (Keystone), your resume and supporting documentation must support:

A. Basic Requirement:
A Bachelor's Degree or higher in professional engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.


A combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering.

B. Specialized Experience:
One year of specialized experience that equipped you with the particular competencies to successfully perform the duties of the position and is directly in or related to this position. To qualify at the GS-07 level, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level or equivalent under other pay systems in the Federal service, military or private sector. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements including time-in-grade (General Schedule (GS) positions only), time-after-competitive appointment, minimum qualifications, and any other regulatory requirements by the cut-off/closing date of the announcement.
Creditable specialized experience includes:
  • Applying general engineering principles and practices;
  • Communicating orally and writing technical reports or memoranda;
  • Analyzing facts, conditions and data to draw conclusions and make recommendations.

C. Education Substitution:
Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Education must be from a college or university accredited by an organization approved by the U.S. Department of Education. See If using education to meet basic qualifications, YOU MUST SUBMIT A TRANSCRIPT as supplemental documentation. To qualify based on education in lieu of specialized experience, you must possess:
1 year of graduate-level education or superior academic achievement.


D. Combination:
Combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total qualifications and may be computed by first determining the applicant's total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; then determining the applicant's education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level; and then adding the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for that grade level.


**You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Your transcripts must indicate a passing grade to be creditable towards the required hours. Unless otherwise stated, unofficial transcripts are acceptable at time of application.

The position of General Engineer is a DCMA Keystone Program opening. DCMA uses the Direct Hire Authority to recruit and attract exceptional individuals into the Federal Workforce. Prior to appointment, all candidates will be required to sign a Keystone Conditions of Employment Agreement.

NOTE: During the Keystone Program, participants will receive specialized formal classroom training, computer-based training, and on-the-job (OJT) training. The training development program will consist of the following:
  1. Report initially to the Contract Management Office (CMO)/Center in the duty location for which you were selected.
  2. Travel TDY (Temporary Duty Travel) for one week to attend training at the DCMA Learning Campus (DLC) in Fort Lee, VA. Dates to be determined due to COVID restrictions.
  3. Spend 6 months in the CMO/Center for on-the-job (OJT) and developmental training.
  4. Return within the three year developmental training to the DLC, HQ or other CMO locations for assessment/various functional specific training.