Engine, Emissions and Vehicle Research Division
QUALIFICATIONS: A Specialist must have knowledge of: advanced systems, applications of new technology in their field of specialization, project management, performance and reports, and application of modern PC-based software for use in their activity. Must have the ability to supervise subordinate staff, conduct technical sessions, communicate with clients concerning project activities, write and present materials effectively, act independently to solve problems, and promote project work to clients. Individuals should have a Bachelor's degree from an accredited university with two to seven years experience in their field of specialization or equivalent knowledge and expertise obtained through on-the-job experience. Professional certification in a field such as that obtained by a Certified Public Accountant may be necessary.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The specialist provides significant contributions for the accomplishments of specific tasks within both project and support assignments. Project assignments normally involve design, development, testing, or administration and delivery of discrete systems processes or products comprised of components or technology that are well established. The configuration of the final deliverable may be unique to meet client's specifications and have sophisticated technical components but usually does not involve original engineering or scientific design. Specialists employed in support assignments provide services in such areas as project and division administration, safety, security, publications, accounting, personnel, and contracts. Persons providing services at the specialist level have specialized skills and knowledge in their specific area of activity and often provide expert consultant services to management and division staff. The specialist independently conducts conventional investigations in field of specialization; composes or contributes to technical correspondence reports and peer review papers; develops and promotes (or assists with such activities) proposal efforts for new or follow-on projects; analyzes, designs, develops, and delivers programs for clients; and applies recent PC software technology to satisfy complex program assignments; work may require advanced knowledge of applications of certain software.