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Software engineer (GS 12/13)

Software engineers are accountable for working on a team to create applications that meet user needs within the technical constraints of the project. They create technology implementations with a focus on producing the simplest system possible that accomplishes the user’s needs. Software engineers work on cross-functional teams to deliver human-centered products using modern software development practices.

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Typical work assignments

  • Implementing software applications using prototyping and proof of concepts within full-stack web development
  • Creating web layouts from static images or prototypes
  • Working with designers and researchers to explore user needs
  • Writing user-friendly documentation
  • Learning new programming tools and techniques
  • Working with open source solutions

Specialized experience

In addition to meeting the qualifications listed above, you must have at least one year of specialized experience at the next lower GS-grade level (or equivalent). Specialized experience for this role is defined as experience delivering components, projects, tools or products as part of an engineering team.

Specialized experience for GS-12

You qualify for the GS-12 grade level if you have at least one (1) year of specialized experience at the GS-11 grade level (or equivalent) performing the following duties:

  1. Participating in web development with other engineers
  2. Writing documentation for application releases
  3. Developing modern web applications or cloud infrastructure using approaches such as test-driven development, continuous integration & deployment, or distributed version control such as GitHub
  4. Communicating technical concepts to stakeholders across a range of disciplines

Specialized experience for GS-13

You qualify for the GS-13 grade level if you have at least one (1) year of specialized experience at the GS-12 grade level (or equivalent) performing the following duties:

  1. Architecting and developing complex modern web applications or cloud infrastructure using approaches such as test-driven development, continuous integration & deployment, or distributed version control such as GitHub
  2. Considering and mitigating risks that might impact the successful launch of a product
  3. Communicating technical concepts to stakeholders across a range of disciplines
  4. Performing system or service analysis to identify and better support user needs
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