This position is located in the United States Mint, Manufacturing, Engineering and New Technology Division, Anti-Counterfeit Branch Philadelphia, PA. The Anti-Counterfeit Branch has an analytical laboratory that conducts and oversees manufacturing process development, testing of new coinage and packaging materials for anti-counterfeit deterrence, analysis of suspect counterfeit coins and technical analysis of agency-wide or high impact problems.
As a Materials Engineer (Manufacturing) (Metals) (Process Development Engineer), you will:
•Analyze information relating; to current progress in manufacturing and engineering research and development; current and new coin, die, processes, methods and tooling; to determine potential for application within the United States Mint. • Conduct Research and Development efforts, including developing materials and/or production process test methods and specifications, and evaluate test results in relation to the material and resultant products.; examination, planning, review, and approval of chemical analysis and visual imaging standards of first-article specimens of key new supplies and coin designs; monitors the testing of the properties of materials to ascertain their appropriateness for use. • Develop and execute Lean Six Sigma projects. • Maintain personal experience utilizing a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and X-ray Diffraction Spectrometer (XRF) to analyze materials. • Perform special studies of related industries to develop favorable production and production-related patterns and identify opportunities. • Perform industrial process, materials and quality engineering studies. Analyze operational problems or situations, materials and processes to recommend solutions, new methods, alternative materials, or modifications and or resource utilization. Troubleshoots process deficiencies and material shortcomings.
Specialized experience: For the GS-14, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes:
-Experience independently leading research and development projects related to ferrous or non-ferrous metals that directly contributed to the development of advanced engineering concepts; AND
- Experience independently utilizing Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and X-ray Diffraction Spectrometer (XRF) to conduct elemental analyses and support research and development; AND
- Experience applying advanced statistical methods to large sets of data such as; analysis of variance, covariance studies, and multiple regression to design, analyze and solve multi-variable factor research and development challenges.
Basic Requirements: A. Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelors degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; 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.
OR B. 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 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. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:
1. Professional registration or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT)1, or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions. 2. Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)2 examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. 3. Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A. 4. Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelors degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)
The education generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Additional Salary Information: Bonus for reaching annual goals; health, dental, and vision insurance benefits; retirement plan
Internal Number: 21-MINT-18-P
About United States Mint, U.S. Dept. of the Treasury
The mission of the U.S. Mint is to serve the American people by manufacturing and distributing circulating, precious metal and collectible coins and national medals, and providing security over assets entrusted to us.Since our institution’s founding in 1792, the Mint has taken great pride in rendering the story of our nation in coins. To hold a coin or medal produced by the Mint is to connect to the founding principles of our nation and the makings of our economy.The Mint is the nation’s sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage and is responsible for producing circulating coinage for the nation to conduct its trade and commerce.The Mint also produces coin-related products, including proof, uncirculated, and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; and silver and gold bullion coins. The Mint’s programs are self-sustaining and operate at no cost to the taxpayer.