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    Quote Originally Posted by nauticalmike View Post
    I guess that I'm screwed I need to do something, but I can't find anything that I want to do....
    Rescue coordinator for the coastguard?
    You do you. I'll do me. Happy I changed it?

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  2. #42

    Best employer of this great Nation. Apply.


    Shift your paradigm over from engineering marine ships to space ships. NASA needs to engineer the next generation of space ships to go to the moon and beyond to Mars.

    Newt Gingrich stated during his Florida campaign, "... by the end of 2016 the first permanent base on the moon. By the end of 2020 will have the first continuous propulsion system in space capable of getting to Mars."

    There's no excuse not to apply.

    Apply below.


    Job Title:
    Department:National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Sub Agency:U.S. National Aeronautics & Space Administration, NASA Wide, Various Locations
    Job Announcement Number:NA11N0006


    $17,893.00 to $140,300.00 / Per Year OPEN PERIOD:

    Tuesday, February 01, 2011 to Tuesday, October 02, 2012 SERIES & GRADE:


    Multiple Appointment Types - Multiple Durations

    Many vacancy(s) - Throughout the Nation

    This announcement is open to U.S. citizens with disabilities.

    NASA, the world's leader in space exploration and aeronautics, has been recognized as one of the best places to work in the Federal government. At NASA, employees work together on projects that break the boundaries of human knowledge. If you want to work in an environment where every member of the team is valued, where imagination is welcomed, and where innovation is a way of life - NASA has what you're looking for!
    If you are an individual with a disability or disabilities, you may be eligible to apply for NASA positions even when there are no current vacancies or open announcements. The "Qualifications and Evaluation" tab of this announcement provides more information on eligibility.

    If you apply to this announcement, you may be referred to positions for which you qualify if such positions are available within 90 days of your application. If you wish to receive further consideration, you must resubmit your application.

    Use this notice to submit your resume to NASA for vacancies. You will be considered for appropriate vacancies in locations and at grades in which you express interest.

    This announcement does not guarantee vacancies in specific jobs, grades, or locations. To maximize your employment opportunities, we strongly encourage you to apply for specific vacancies as they occur on USAJOBS


    NASA uses the USAJobs resume as the basic application document. NASA limits resumes to the equivalent of about six typed pages, or approximately 22,000 characters (including spaces). You cannot complete the application process if your USAJobs resume is too long. More information about the NASA application process is also available under the "How to Apply" section of this announcement.

    • Position may require a pre-employment drug test
    • Position may require pre-employment background investigation
    • U.S. citizenship is required


    Back to top The duties will depend upon the specific positions for which you are considered.

    For more information on NASA Career Opportunities, check out our What We Do site.


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    To apply under this announcement, you must be an individual with a disability or disabilities.

    If you are offered a position, you must be able to provide certification that you have a severe disability, are eligible for Schedule A appointment, and are able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation. The certification must also describe any needed reasonable accommodation. The certification may be documented in one of the following ways:

    1) By a counselor at either a State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency or the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service of the Department of Veterans Affairs; OR
    2) By a statement or letter on a physician's or medical professional's letterhead stationery from a licensed physician or medical professional certified by a State, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory to practice medicine; OR
    3) By a statement, records, or letters from a Federal Government agency that issues or provides disability benefits, such as the Social Security Administration.

    If you would like more information on your rights as an individual with a disability, consult the Federal Employment of People with Disabilities website at: Federal Employment of People with Disabilities
    Qualification requirements depend on the job being filled. You may review the qualification requirements at the following website: Qualification Standards

    Many NASA positions have specific educational requirements, so we encourage you to provide a complete description of your educational achievements.

    NASA determines qualifications based solely on information provided in your resume. We do not accept separate qualification statements, so we encourage you to ensure that your resume fully reflects your background and competencies.

    Candidates will be evaluated on the competencies they possess that are directly related to the duties of the position being filled. A human resources specialist will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official. Candidates should refer to NASA's Applicant Guide for assistance in developing a complete resume.


    Back to top NASA offers excellent benefit programs and competitive salaries. To learn more about pay and benefits at NASA, click HERE.

    Your USAJOBS account asks you to assign a name to each of your resumes. When you apply to a NASA position, we will show you the text of the resume you have submitted, but we do not maintain the name you have assigned to that resume. If you wish to keep track of that information, we recommend you make note of it at the time you apply.

    Any applicant tentatively selected may be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation.

    As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

    Any applicant tentatively selected may be required to submit to screening for illegal drug use prior to appointment and may be subject to random drug tests.


    Back to top This vacancy is being filled through NASA STARS, an automated Staffing and Recruitment System. NASA partners with USAJOBS in providing a seamless application process. Before you begin the application process, please read the vacancy announcement carefully and have all required information available. You may begin the process of submitting your resume by clicking on the "Apply Online" link.

    In order to be considered, you must submit a resume completed on the USAJOBS site. When completing your USAJOBS resume, please remember that NASA limits resumes to the equivalent of approximately SIX typed pages, or approximately 22,000 characters including spaces. You will NOT be allowed to complete the application process if your resume is too long or if your resume was uploaded to USAJOBS from a second source. Additionally, NASA does not accept documents that you are allowed to attach through USAJOBS.

    Once you submit your resume to NASA, you will be asked to complete a short series of additional questions. You must finish the entire process in order to have a complete application package and receive consideration. Your answers will not be saved unless you finish the entire application.

    You may edit a previously-submitted application, if the announcement is still open. For more information, see the Applicant Guide.

    If you are unable to apply electronically for this position, submit your resume and supplemental questions to: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Resume Operations Center, Mailstop: HS50, Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812. DO NOT submit your resume directly to the Center advertising this vacancy. Mailed resumes must be received by the close of business on the closing date of the announcement. Hard copy resumes requirements are provided at: Hard Copy Resume Requirements.

    If you are a first time applicant, we recommend that you review NASA's Applicant Guide to ensure that you are providing a complete resume. Failure to submit the supplemental data and a resume that contains all of the required information may result in loss of consideration for positions in which you are interested.

    All applications must be received no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.


    NASA's application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for the information we absolutely need to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility. In order to apply for this position, you only need to submit your resume and answer the screening questions and supplemental information. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. In this way we allow you to focus on preparing a resume that best describes your background and abilities. For assistance in preparing your resume, consult the Applicant Guide.

    Nothing further is required until requested by the Human Resources Office. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume. For example, we may ask you to provide academic transcripts or certification of disability and Schedule A eligibility. If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.


    NASA Recruitment at

    Agency Information:
    NASA's Resume Operations Center
    Mailstop: HS50
    Marshall Space Flight Center, AL


    If you are found qualified, you may be referred to the Selecting Official for further consideration. Whether or not you are contacted for an interview depends upon the location of the position and the judgment of the Selecting Official.

    For a list of NASA Selective Placement Progam Coordinators, go to: Selective Placement Program Coordinators
    "We must overcome difficulties rather than being overcome by difficulties."

  3. #43
    I have been in this same situation myself. However, I have been disabled my entire life. Long post, but I am happy with what I'm doing with my life right now.

    I have worked with children with special needs all my life so I thought I wanted to be a special education teacher. I went into a minimum-wage co-op program in the 11th grade (I was 16-17 at the time). I left that co-op program knowing I was NOT prepared to be a teacher.

    Prior to that, I had met two friends (one friend who was born Deaf, and my current best friend who has a progressive loss) that are Deaf, at the age of 12. I decided then to learn sign language. For the last 4 years I have been involved in a Deaf Women's retreat that is sponsored by the local Deaf church here in Houston.

    I'm now 33 and almost a year from completing my American Sign Language Interpreting associate (should graduate with that by December 2013).

    Last November, I took and passed the written portion of the Board of Evaluators for Interpreters of the Deaf exam (BEI TEP, Test of English Proficiency). I still have to take the sign-to-voice and voice-to-sign portion when I finish my interpreter training (I have an internship coming up in that too).

    These events have shown me that my true calling in life is Sign Language Interpreting. I am hoping that wherever I decide to work will accomodate me physically so I can work and also do what I love (I'm most worried about people not being able to see me while I am doing voice-to-sign interpreting because I am sitting down). I will be wearing a microphone if I have to do sign-to-voice interpreting so that's no problem.

    Right now, DARS is helping me to find a suitable job that can allow me to work, hopefully take 2 week off in the summer for travelling (probably won't happen), and have some sort of gainful employment.

    Sometimes it takes doing something you hate to prove that you should follow your heart and do what you love within the limits of your disability. Good luck.

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    Great Erica, hope to see you someday sitting on stage interpreting a president's speech to the hearing impaired. Go girl.

  5. #45
    Once again, thanks to all, you all have given me great advice, which considering this is an online forum is a rather rare occurrence if you ask me. Just another cudos to this particular forum. You are all a wonderful, caring, helpful group of individuals and I count my blessings every time I come on here and elicit your help on anything. Thank you Ti, DD, EB, Cass, and everyone else that I can't rememberer off of the top of my head.

    Anyway, I did suit the computer support training last week and now have a meeting next monday with my counselor to try to figure out where I want to go from here. Others have mentioned that they got the DOR to buy them new Titanium chairs. How did you bing that topic up with them and get their approval. I have another thread wherein I was trying to find out what chair I should purchase because the one i currently have is a pos. If I could get DOR to buy me anew one that would be even better. Aside from the NASA thing which I will definitely be pursuing does anyone know of any schools in the SF Bay area that might have a program for designing boats perhaps, or something else that someone this that I may find interesting , since OI myself do not even know what interests me?

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    Just an update, my brother may have found me a job working repairing circuit boards for a small company that supplies steering system controls as we'll as alarm systems and controls for propulsion engines. Although not really what I was looking for I have repaired their systems in the past when they had problems on my customers boats before. That is to say, my customers have called me in to repair the systems this company sells before and I was able to do it. It would be pursuing just a small facet of the work I did previously, but I guess there would be potential that i would once I've mastered their systems that I could also provide telephone support troubleshooting any problems for their customers when they experienced problems with their systems as well, and then possible involvement with future designing of their products also. But like every job I considered pre-injury it would be specialization and I've always been kinda partial to being qualified as an expert on everything instead of just one thing. It was always sure I can add your product to the others rather than yours will be all I do. But I've started the application process and if they accept me to join their small company I am going to at least try it and see if I like the work before I decide that it's wrong for me. It sounds like they are willing to accommodate my disability by allowing me to do the work from my home by sending me the boards needing repair and me returning them after they are repaired. and also the technical service line thing. I've always liked electricity and electronics because they have always come very easily and naturally to me. It's actually kinda odd, when I would be troubleshooting a problem, sometimes I would just know what the problem was, like clairvoyantly. I would be looking at schematic of the system whatever it happened to be while examining the diagram to determine the cause and I would just be drawn to some component that was among the possible problems on the drawing , and once I figured out exactly what that component was physically on the actual piece of equipment that was always what was wrong with it. This ability saved me a lot of time troubleshooting everything that could possibly be wrong by pinpointing the actual problem right away. I guess maybe I was just lucky, but once I got that feeling, I was always right. And with some of the larger more complicated schematic diagrams I've troubleshot, I sometimes didn't even understand it consciously well enough to have been able to reason my way to the same conclusion logically, because I was either very tired or it was just a very complicated circuit that was very difficult to trace. I am not an electrical engineer and for that matter only had 3 classes back in school 20 years ago that dealt with electricity, and they only covered simple circuits. So anyway, assuming they hire me, I may have found a god job, only time will tell... Thanks to all that took the time to help me on this thread. Oh I'm gonna go ahead and apply for this NASA thing too, although I don't really know if I'm NASA material.

  7. #47
    Working after an injury is challenging for lots of reasons nauticalmike.

    I don't know about you or others but not working...really doesn't work for me. Not working really effects how you view yourself...usually in a way that's not very positive. It's also hard to establish a relationship when someone asks; "What do you do for work?", and you have to explain everything. I've really been trying to work but between the bad economy, lack of experience, need to find a job that pays enough (so helpers can be paid) and health set backs like pressure wounds (and surgeries)....working hasn't happened though I do have several applications in for state jobs.
    My injury happened when I was 17 (at c4/5) and now I'm 34... Yes, I'm coming up on spending half my life with a spinal cord injury. It's important to stay positive about working but as more time passes that gets harder...

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    Quote Originally Posted by KyleP2112 View Post
    Working after an injury is challenging for lots of reasons nauticalmike.

    I don't know about you or others but not working...really doesn't work for me. Not working really effects how you view yourself...usually in a way that's not very positive. It's also hard to establish a relationship when someone asks; "What do you do for work?", and you have to explain everything. I've really been trying to work but between the bad economy, lack of experience, need to find a job that pays enough (so helpers can be paid) and health set backs like pressure wounds (and surgeries)....working hasn't happened though I do have several applications in for state jobs.
    My injury happened when I was 17 (at c4/5) and now I'm 34... Yes, I'm coming up on spending half my life with a spinal cord injury. It's important to stay positive about working but as more time passes that gets harder...
    You are absolutely correct, I view myself as pretty much useless now that I am unemployed. This is the firsts time since I graduated high school that I have gone more than a week without having a job.

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    If you have an ABET accredited engineering degree you can find plenty of engineering positions within the government and most likely will qualify for Schedule A placement. Or, consider taking the PE exam and then work as a consultant. This route may be a little tougher but ultimately you will make more money and have much more job security.

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    I don't know if you'd find this interesting or not, but I'm sure any Maritime Academy would appreciate your experience as an engineer, and they're a great environment to work in. There are several on the west coast. I'm not sure how close this one is to you, but it might be something worth looking into. They have a degree in marine engineering:

    Good luck. It sucks when we can't do the things we love. I hope you find your dream job.

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