Do I meet the minimum qualifications for Security Engineering Officers?

To be considered as a candidate for the Security Engineering Officer position, you must meet the minimum education and experience qualification requirements listed below.

Education Specialized Experience Check Your Level
B.S. or M.S. from approved program None
—– OR —–
Less than above


  1. In addition to education and experience requirements, candidates must be able to pass a computer-based skills test.
  2. Approved degrees include Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Electrical Engineering Technology, Electronics Engineering Technology, Computer Engineering, Computer Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Physics, Engineering Physics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology, Electromechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, General Engineering, Industrial, Systems or Manufacturing Engineering, Materials Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Telecommunications Engineering, Telecommunications Engineering Technology, Wireless Engineering, Marine Engineering. Regionally accredited Physics programs, that are not ABET accredited, may be accepted.

Further, to be considered for the Security Engineering Officer position, you must be willing to move around the world.

Question Verification
Are you willing to be mobile and available anywhere around the world, including moving one’s home base, uprooting children from school, etc., every 2-3 years, and having to re-establish friendships or professional contacts at new locations?
Furthermore, are you willing to spend time, often brief (e.g., few days) but occasionally prolonged (e.g., month or more) away from your family because of job responsibilities?

Factors Influencing Your Competitiveness

There are a wide variety of factors influencing who is offered a position as a Security Engineering Officer. These include how well a candidate performs on the oral assessment, the number of vacancies, the number of eligible hires already in line, and the number of people who accept job offers. Even though there are no guarantees that anyone will be offered a position, there are certain evaluation factors used to distinguish between candidates.

Below is a list of some of the factors used to evaluate candidates. By rating yourself honestly, you can get an idea of how competitive you might be. When you are finished, click the “Submit” button to view an analysis of your competitiveness. The self-evaluation is a guide for your use only. The U.S. Department of State does not use, pass on, or even record and retain the information contained in this questionnaire.


Please rate yourself on the extent to which you possess the experience. Use the following scale:

Score Experience Description Typical Years of Experience
5 I am considered an expert in performing this task. Because of my expertise, I am normally the person who is consulted by others to train them in doing this task. 3 years of direct experience
4 I have routinely performed this task independently with little or no supervision. 2 years of direct experience
3 I have performed this task on the job with occasional assistance. 1 year or less of direct experience
2 I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job. No experience
1 I have not had education, training, or experience in performing this task. No experience


Experience 1 2 3 4 5
Experience with installing, testing, and maintaining security equipment.
Experience with electronically and physically examining computer systems for evidence of penetrations or indications of improper use.
Experience with physically and electronically examining computer systems and networks for adherence to regulations, unauthorized connections, and illegal activities to detect compromises.
Experience with addressing emergencies on a timely basis.
Experience with serving as the security engineering subject matter expert for a team or region.
Experience with providing on-site training and assistance to Information Systems Security personnel.
Experience with preparing courses that present basic engineering skills to other staff.
Experience with directing security engineers, technicians, and other staff engaged in equipment maintenance, repair, and calibration.
Experience with evaluating and assisting employees through counseling, mentoring, and discussions.
Experience with managing significant fiscal resources and personnel resources, participating in the budget process, and carefully monitoring expenditures.


Please continue by rating your knowledge and skills.
Knowledge and Skills

Please rate yourself on the extent to which you possess the following knowledge and skills. Use the following scale:

Score Knowledge and Skills
5 I am considered an expert in this knowledge or skill. Because of my expertise I am normally the person who is consulted by others to train them.
4 I have knowledge or skill in this area and can use it on the job with little or no supervision.
3 I have some knowledge or skill in this area and can use it on the job with occasional assistance.
2 I have had education or training in knowledge or skill, but have not performed it on the job.
1 I have not had education, training, or experience in this knowledge or skill.


Knowledge/Skill 1 2 3 4 5
Knowledge of closed-circuit television systems.
Knowledge of access denial and vehicle arrest equipment.
Knowledge of computerized maintenance management system programs.
Knowledge of the theory and practice of electronics technology.
Knowledge of computer programs including the Microsoft Office Suite, AutoCAD LT, and web page development tools.
Skill in developing, reading, correcting and interpreting schematic diagrams and electrical drawings.
Skill in selecting, tailoring, and operating a wide range of unique electronic equipment designed for technical security countermeasures tasks.
Skill in evaluating published policy and standards with how well staff and facilities comply with these requirements.
Skill in assimilating a wide range of ideas, details, and program materials in order to rapidly retrieve information and develop solutions to problems.
Skill in guiding an engineering project from start to finish while meeting milestones, staying within an established budget, using personnel resources effectively, and obtaining deliverables on a timely basis.
Skill in leading, coordinating, motivating, and directing a diverse, sometimes large, and usually multinational group of people.


Amount of Self-Assessed Fit for Security Engineering Officers

The table below indicates how well your self-indicated knowledge, skills and abilities, and experience fits with the requirements of the job and many of the factors with which candidates are evaluated.

Self-Evaluation of Competitiveness for Security Engineering Officer

Score Key

Score (%) Amount of Fit
74-100 High
47-73 Medium
20-46 Low

For salary, detailed job description and information on how to apply for this position, please review the vacancy announcement.