Test Engineer (Level 0, 1, 2, or 3)

Location: Ft. Meade, Maryland

Description

ACTIVE SECURITY CLEARANCE REQUIRED:   TS/SCI with “Favorable” Polygraph

*All applicants must undergo a Clearance/Polygraph examination to be considered for this position*

 

REQUISITION NUMBER:  041916.03-SCiip
POSITION: Test Engineer  (Level 0, 1, 2 or 3)
LABOR CATEGORY: Test Engineer (Level 0, 1, 2, or 3)
LOCATION:  Ft. Meade, Maryland
SEAT LOCATION:  Hanover, Maryland


Job Description OVERVIEW:
The Software Central program provides support to agency customers utilizing the Enterprise Software Repository for software that is commercially licensed (COTS), developed by the Government (GOTS), and imported from the internet (FOSS).  The Test Engineering positions are primarily responsible for developing evaluation and test plans and procedures, preparing for and conducting the data collection and analysis, and report status and results.  Supports the development of Government test and evaluation documentation (Test & Evaluation (T&E) Strategy, Test & Evaluation Master Plan, Event Test Plans, Test Readiness Assessments, and T&E Reports).


Responsibilities include:
   • Perform Functional Verification Testing to ensure new tools and versions function correctly
   • Developing evaluation and test plans and procedures, preparing for and conducting the data collection and analysis, and report status and results
   • Execute Testing and Data Collection per plan
   • Produce associated Test Plans, Procedures, and Reports/Briefings, Data Management Plan


Note EDUCATION Qualifications:  Each Labor Category level is defined below.  If Degree holder, must be Computer Science or related discipline and from an accredited college or university is required.


LABOR CATEGORY REQUIREMENTS:
The Test Engineer - Analyzes system requirements and concept of operations documents, acquisition
plans, and system descriptions to develop evaluation and test plans and procedures, prepare for and conduct the data collection and analysis, and report status and results. Supports the development of Government test and evaluation documentation e.g., Test & Evaluation (T&E) Strategy, Test & Evaluation Master Plan, Event Test Plans, Test Readiness Assessments, and T&E Reports. Works with other test organizations to support T&E program integration. Provides specialized T&E capabilities tailored to system functions, level, maturity, and performance area as assigned in the SOW.


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     Skill for Test Engineer, Level 0
      EDUCATION Qualifications:
      • Bachelor’s Degree  +  No demonstrated experience needed, OR
      • Four (4) years of T&E experience may be substituted

      Test Engineer, Level 0  shall be able to perform the following indicated tasks:
      - Assist with any or all of the Level 1 tasks as constrained by technical training and previous testing experience
      - Conduct research into and apply knowledge of Government test and evaluation concepts and related

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     Skill for Test Engineer, Level 1:    
     EDUCATION Qualifications: 
      • Bachelor’s Degree  +  Two (2) years, OR
      • High School + Six (6) years of additional TE experience on may be substituted

     CERTIFICATION Qualifications:  *** One of the following technical certifications or equivalent*** is required:
       1.   Associate Systems Engineering Professional (ASEP) from the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE)
       2.   Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) - Systems Planning, Research, Development and Engineering (SPRDE) - Level 1
       3.   DAWIA - Test and Evaluation - Level 1

       NOTE:  Level 1 TE Certification Equivalency – One (1) year of additional TE experience and evidence within the past year of completed T&E training/coursework – to include training/coursework obtained through corporate sponsorship, the International Test and Evaluation Association (ITEA), and/or the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA).

       Perform the following indicated for either: System Evaluation Tasks / Planning & Execution of Performance Analysis:
 (U) Performance Requirement Analysis -- Assess operational and system performance requirements for testability and criticality to frame and prioritize T&E objectives and enable evaluation planning
 (U) Decision criteria analysis – Review planned acquisition approaches to support T&E schedule alignment with decision maker needs for T&E support
 (U) System Analysis – Coordinate with program Systems Engineering (SE) and review T&E-related SE information to leverage functional analysis, system descriptions, parameter selection and dependencies, Modeling and Simulation, and initial performance risk assessments to inform evaluation planning
 (U) User liaison -- Assess operational environments and priorities for evaluation attention and scenario selection, and to coordinate user participation in T&E
 (U) Analyze performance risk areas to focus T&E planning
 (U) Specify, validate, and adapt Modeling and Simulation for T&E use
 (U) Plan for program- and event-level risk-tailored performance estimation and analysis of system and operational Effectiveness and Suitability metrics & conditions; levels of T&E include inspection, demonstration, paper analysis, survey, simulation, and physical test
 (U) Apply Statistical Analysis of variations in performance behavior to characterize confidence in performance estimates
 (U) Design surveys for evaluation of Subject Matter Expert (SME) input and user assessments of performance
 (U) Select, develop, & use analysis tools
 (U) Participate in the T&E Working-level Integrated Product Team (WIPT) and/or Integrated Test Team for coordination of evaluation plans
 (U) Execute the evaluation plan on data collected by the Testing Tasks
 (U) Produce Evaluation Plans (metric framework, scenarios/threads, timelines, requirements/T&E cross- walk), Analysis Plans, Data Requirements, Risk Assessments, Evaluation Reports, Status reports; provide input to Government T&E products (e.g., Technology Readiness Assessments, Test & Evaluation Strategy, Test & Evaluation Master Plan, T&E Plans & Procedures and Test Readiness Reports)

 Testing Tasks– Planning and Execution of Performance Data Collection
 (U) Plan program- and event-level testing for collection of data required for analysis and to synch T&E events with supported decision points
 (U) Design data sampling schemes to optimize the information/resource balance and to control testing uncertainties
 (U) Select, coordinate, and calibrate Instrumentation, collection and data management tools, targets, & facilities
 (U) Ensure test readiness including training of test event participants re conduct of the event; equipment readiness, and security, legal, and privacy compliance arrangements
 (U) Establish and employ Data & Configuration Management capabilities
 (U) Support Data Authentication group functions; and comply with program Discrepancy Reporting criteria and processes
 (U) Participate in T&E WIPT and/or Integrated Test Team for coordination of data collection plans
 (U) Execute Testing and Data Collection per plan
 (U) Produce associated Test Plans, Procedures, and Reports/Briefings, Data Management Plan

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     Skill for Test Engineer, Level 2
      EDUCATION Qualifications: 
      • Bachelor’s degree + Five (5) years, OR
      • High School + Nine (9) years of additional TE experience on may be substituted

      CERTIFICATION Qualifications:  *** One of the following technical certifications or equivalent*** is required:
         1. Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) from INCOSE
         2. DAWIA - SPRDE - Level 2
         3. DAWIA - Test and Evaluation - Level 2

        NOTE: *Level 2 TE Certification Equivalency – Two (2) years of additional TE experience and evidence within the past two (2) years of completed T&E training/coursework – to include training/coursework obtained through corporate sponsorship, the International Test and Evaluation Association (ITEA), and/or the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA).

       Test Engineer, Level 2 shall be able to do all of the indicated tasks:
      - Coordinate between multiple project teams to ensure enterprise-wide integration of reengineering efforts
      - Responsible for effective transitioning of existing project teams and the facilitation of project teams in the accomplishment of project activities and objectives.
      - Constructs sound, logical business improvement opportunities consistent with corporate Information
      - Management guiding principles, cost savings, and system architecture objectives       Perform the following indicated tasks:
 
        (U) Level 2 Test Engineer shall be able to perform the indicated Level 0 & 1 tasks plus the following indicated tasks, and
 (U) Define and provide technical direction and guidance for the Level 1 tasks to the Level 0 and Level 1 TEs assigned to the task
 (U)  Recommend draft plans and reports from the Level 1 tasks for approval by the task leader
 (U)  Work directly with the Government sponsor to coordinate task implementation
 (U) Maintain knowledge of current and evolving agency, national, and international standards applicable to the system development of interest

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     Skill for Test Engineer, Level 3
     EDUCATION Qualifications: 
      • Master’s degree + Six (6) years,
      • Bachelor’s degree + Eight (8) years, OR
      • Twelve (12) total years of software experience on project(s)
 
      CERTIFICATION Qualifications:  *** One of the following technical certifications or equivalent*** is required:
         1. Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) from INCOSE
         1. DAWIA - SPRDE - Level 3
         1. DAWIA - Test and Evaluation - Level 3

      Level 3 TE Certification Equivalency – Three (3) years of additional TE experience and evidence within the past three (3) years of completed T&E training/coursework – to include training/coursework obtained through corporate sponsorship, the International Test and Evaluation Association (ITEA), and/or the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA).

      Test Engineer, Level 3 shall be able to do all of the indicated tasks:
      - Level 3 Test Engineer shall be able to perform the indicated Level 0, 1, & 2 tasks plus the following indicated tasks:
      - Provide overall leadership of the T&E task and serve as primary liaison to the government for supporting contract coordination and task execution
      - Manage T&E resources and tasks; ensure quality assurance of test processes and products
      - Coordinate and integrate Evaluation and Testing tasks and products
      - Participate in T&E WIPT and/or Integrated Test Team as needed to ensure proper coordination of T&E activities
      - Communicate issues and solutions to the broader government and contract management structure as requested by Leadership
      - Drive innovation and responsiveness to program changes and evolving T&E status to help manage program risk: develop alternative courses of action, work-arounds, and fall-back positions with a recommended course of action for each risk, and monitor and re-evaluate risks at appropriate milestones
      - Ensure the appropriate level of independence of the team from the solution provider to support government management of objectivity risk

 

    





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