Student Trainee (Contracting)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers | Pittsburgh, PA

Posted Date 11/01/2019
Description About the Position: This is a Public Advertisement for positions being filled under the Department of Defense (DoD) Direct Hire Authority (DHA) for Post-Secondary Students, Sec 1106, PL 114-328, 12/23/2016.

Selections will be made for positions filled by this announcement as vacancies occur.Who May Apply: Post-secondary students who meet the definition below:
The term "post-secondary student" means a person who (1) is currently enrolled in, and in good academic standing at, a full-time program at an institution of higher education; and (2) is making satisfactory progress toward receipt of a baccalaureate or graduate degree; and (3) has completed at least one year of the program.

This position is designed to prepare a student trainee for employment after graduation as a Contract Specialist. Students will be assigned tasks designed to increase familiarity with the target occupation in a real world work environment.

This opportunity follows a standard promotional path:
  1. Selection will be made at the GS-03/04. These grade levels are what typical college students in their second, third, fourth or fifth year may, may qualify.
  2. Within 120 days after completion of requirements, you may be eligible for conversion to the entry-level for the target occupation. Entry level for these positions are typically at the GS-07 level. The actual grade level at the time of conversion depends on academic achievement and other factors.
  3. The full performance level of this position is GS-11.
  4. Progression from the entry-level to the full performance level for this occupation will depend on successful completion of all requirements for promotion.
To qualify as a GS-03, students must have completed one full academic year of post-high school study.

To qualify as a GS-04, students must have completed two full academic years of post-high school study or have an associate's degree.

For qualification purposes, an academic year is computed as follows:
  • At the undergraduate level, successfully completed education that has not led to possession of a degree is credited based on its relationship to 120 semester hours or 180 quarter hours. For example, 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours is comparable to 1 year of undergraduate education. Four years of progressive study or 120 semester hours meets the degree requirements. Additional credit cannot be given for duplicate course work.
  • For study at a business or technical school, 36 weeks of study (20+ classroom hours per week) is comparable to 1 academic year above high school.
  • An academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 academic year of full-time study. This determination is made based on normal course loads for a full year of study in the graduate program. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement. Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended.
  • When academic credit is expressed in contract months, units, or other terms that differ from conventional semester or quarter hours, it is the responsibility of the applicant to provide an interpretation of such credits from the appropriate institution in order to equate them to the semester or quarter hours specified in the standard.

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