TOL question

Dbo29182

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Hello,
I have been a DOD employee for almost 2 years where I have been an Electronic Technician. I just received a TOL for a ATSS position. The offer puts me maxed out at the F pay band.

I'm wondering if I would be able to negotiate my salary for a few thousand more and put me into the G band. My justification would be I have 18 years of electronics experience between being a bench technician troubleshooting down to component level and aircraft avionics. I also have a B.S. in computer information systems.

Is it a good idea to try to negotiate a higher salary and move up a pay band?

Thanks for any help
 

BigHorse

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Yes, you can negotiate your salary BUT in this case it may not work into your favor because that would put you in another pay band; according to what you just posted.
 

Scotter

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Agreed. However, the promotions to G and H are non-competitive and achieved when you become certified on certain NAS systems that you will maintain. On average you should be an H within 2 years or sooner.

Scotter
 

Dbo29182

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Thanks for the replies. I sent the HR rep an email asking for a higher salary. I'm just waiting to hear back.
 

Scotter

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Thanks for the replies. I sent the HR rep an email asking for a higher salary. I'm just waiting to hear back.
Just FYI, when I came on in 2010, I negotiated my start salary for 4K higher (which I got), but had to wait 2 more months to actually start. Like I mentioned before, the bumps to G and H usually happen quickly,

Scotter
 

Dbo29182

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Thanks. The longer the better for me since I would have to move from the west coast to the east coast. That would allow my children to finish up the school year here also. Even if I don't get the bump in pay, I most likely will take the job. How do you like being an ATSS?
 

Scotter

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It's great. I was assigned to the Automation unit at ZFW working on all things scopes and computers. I am a retired Navy Avionics tech so there were many similarities in aircraft avionics (scopes and weapons systems computers) which made for an easy systems understanding. At the Center it is a 24/7/365 manning, and feast or famine for work. Basically if something fails, you're "Johnny on the spot" with a fix. But if there are no calls, you just occupy your time with system PMs and such.

Scotter
 

Dbo29182

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It's great. I was assigned to the Automation unit at ZFW working on all things scopes and computers. I am a retired Navy Avionics tech so there were many similarities in aircraft avionics (scopes and weapons systems computers) which made for an easy systems understanding. At the Center it is a 24/7/365 manning, and feast or famine for work. Basically if something fails, you're "Johnny on the spot" with a fix. But if there are no calls, you just occupy your time with system PMs and such.

Scotter
Awesome, I'm hoping I am placed into automation. I also was an avionics tech when I was in the Air Force and currently still work with avionics as a Air Force civilian.
Do you remember how long after asking for a higher starting salary, you heard back from the hiring official?
 

Scotter

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Awesome, I'm hoping I am placed into automation. I also was an avionics tech when I was in the Air Force and currently still work with avionics as a Air Force civilian.
Do you remember how long after asking for a higher starting salary, you heard back from the hiring official?
About 8 weeks, and I had not heard back so I actually called them. I got the 'ole "we were just getting ready to call you" - routine...

Scotter