Engineering Psychologist (Human Factors)

Wallops Island, Virginia
Jun 24, 2022
Jun 28, 2022
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time

The incumbent is responsible for the development and evaluation of human machine interface (HMI)-related regulations, guidance material, standards, policies, programs, procedures, training materials, and human factors criteria pertaining to civil aircraft, systems, and equipment. This includes, but is not limited to, systems and equipment for all types of aircraft (transport, rotorcraft, small aircraft, and unmanned aircraft systems). The incumbent will work with a team of other professionals from other disciplines to gather and exchange information. Performs multiple, varying and complex assignments under the minimal direction of a manager, project/program manager, team leader, or other technical experts.

The incumbent applies experience and comprehensive technical knowledge applicable to human factors, as well as an understanding of new technologies and methodologies, to solve complex problems and develop improved technical processes or systems. The incumbent serves as an advisor on human machine interface (HMI) for large work activities and issues related to aircraft, systems and equipment, including manned and unmanned. Assignments frequently require knowledge and experience working across functional and/or organizational lines.

Typical assignments include: responsibility for the development, review, analysis, and revision of new and existing regulations and guidance materials pertaining to HMI-related civil aviation aircraft, systems and equipment. This includes, but is not limited to, FAA and international regulations, policies, standards, and procedures related to HMI concerns in certification of systems and equipment for all types of aircraft (including transport category, rotorcraft, small aircraft, and unmanned aircraft systems).

The incumbent is responsible for soliciting and managing industry input, sponsoring and utilizing relevant research, and reviewing, updating, and providing training materials for HMI-related regulatory and guidance materials for certification of civil aircraft, systems, and equipment. The incumbent provides HMI-related technical expertise on the design and evaluation of aircraft, systems, and equipment, including displays and controls, procedures, workload and errors, and maintainability. The incumbent is responsible for other specialized assignments, in the field of expertise as well as general assignments. He/She defines, organizes, and assigns resources to accomplish organizational objectives. Allocates resources to accomplish large work activities within established schedules.

Contacts are internal and external. The incumbent coordinates with counterparts, subject matter experts, and management to enable safe introduction of advanced and emerging technologies proposed by national and international applicants. This requires coordination within and across the FAA, other regulatory authorities, industry, and international safety standards development organizations for global harmonization.

Broad policies and objectives provide general guidance for addressing issues, but allow considerable discretion to develop new and innovative approaches. Draws on experience to solve unusual problems and may create new solutions and policy interpretations as the situation requires. Provides policy guidance and instruction to others, both internally and externally. Provides guidance to lower-level staff on how to solve difficult technical issues.

Work is reviewed rarely, typically through status reports and at project completion, to ensure technical compliance and alignment with the requirements of the project or other work activity. The work activities impact directly on the objectives of one or more major subdivisions, the LOB's/SO's and impacts the objectives of the FAA.


Conditions of Employment

  • Review the Additional Information Section of this vacancy announcement for important information regarding your COVID vaccine status.
  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • This position has a positive education requirement. Transcript(s) required.


Basic Requirements :

Degree: Applicants must have successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree or higher that included a major in psychology or equivalent for all specializations except clinical psychology and counseling psychology.

Specialized Experience : In addition to the basic requirements, to qualify for this position you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to FG-13 or FV-I. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Specialized experience includes:

- Experience as an Engineering Psychologist applying principles and practices of HMI in order to conduct evaluations of human/machine interfaces and interaction and human performance in aircraft systems in operational contexts

- Experience with analysis of HMI/human factors issues

Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and selective factor(s), if applicable, may be further evaluated on the KSAs listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: score order, category rating, or priority grouping and referred to the selecting official for consideration.

Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

This position is located in AIR-626. However, this vacancy announcement may be used to fill future vacancies in any of the other AIR division offices or duty stations. Duty station will determine locality pay.


This position has a positive education requirement: Applicants must submit a copy of their college or university transcripts(s) and certificates by the closing date of announcement to verify qualifications. If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. You may upload these documents with your application in USAJOBS or fax it to fax number provided in the announcement (please include announcement number on each page).

Failure to do so will result in loss of consideration.

Schools must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Accreditation may be verified at the following website: .

Foreign education must be evaluated by a private professional organization specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials or an accredited U.S. educational institution in terms of equivalence to a degree acquired at an American college or university. A copy of the evaluation results must be included, otherwise your foreign education will not be considered.

This position has a minimum education requirement as specified in the Qualifications Required section. College/University transcript(s), or applicable documentation, described in the Qualifications Required section must be submitted by the closing date of this announcement to show the requirements are met; Failure to do so will result in loss of consideration. Please see Important Information Regarding Education under the Required Documents section.

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Additional information

We may use this vacancy to fill other similar vacant positions.
Position may be subject to a background investigation.
A one-year probationary period may be required.

The person selected for this position may be required to file a financial disclosure statement within 30 days of entry on duty. FAA policy limits certain outside employment and financial investments in aviation-related companies.

The U.S. Department of Transportation strives to ensure that equity, transparency, accountability, collaboration, and communication permeate all that we do for the betterment of the Department, the traveling public, and our nation. As such, DOT values a highly diverse workforce of persons who promote a culture of belonging by respecting the personal dignity and worth of each individual and fostering a positive environment where all feel safe and welcome. If these commitments coincide with your personal ideals and professional aspirations, please consider joining the DOT family.

If selected, you will be required to provide information regarding your COVID-19 vaccination status for the purposes of implementing workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.

One vacancy may be filled in one of the duty locations listed below:

Burlington, MA - 30.20%
Fort Worth, TX - 25.68%
Des Moines, WA - 28.28%
Westbury, NY - 35.06%
Hapeville, GA - 22.63%
Des Plaines, IL -29.18%
Lakewood, CA - 33.61%
Wichita, KS - 16.20%
Washington, DC -31.53%
Kansas City, MO - 17.67%
Oklahoma City, OK - 16.20%
Anchorage, AK -30.42%
Denver, CO - 28.10%

This position is covered by the FAA Core Compensation plan. Additional information about core compensation is available on the following website:

As a part of the Federal-Wide Hiring Reform Initiative (streamlining the hiring process), the FAA is committed to eliminating the use of the Knowledge, Skills and Ability (KSA) narratives from the initial application in the hiring process for all announcements. Therefore, as an applicant for this announcement, you are NOT required to provide a narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA.

In lieu of providing a KSA narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA, in your work history, please include information that provides specific examples of how you meet the response level or answer you chose for each KSA. Your work history examples should be specific and clearly reflect the highest level of ability. Your KSA answers will be evaluated further to validate whether the level that you selected is appropriate based on the work history and experience you provided. Your answers may be adjusted by a Human Resource Specialist as appropriate.

Moderate Risk (5): This position requires completion and favorable adjudication of an Access National Agency Check with Inquiry (ANACI) background investigation prior to appointment, unless a waiver is obtained. Subject to a 10-year period re-investigation.

This is a bargaining unit position. This position is represented by NATCA: Regional AIR - ACE ANM ANE ASW.

Links to Important Information: Locality Pay , COLA