Aviation Safety Inspector (Maintenance)

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Employer
USAJobs
Location
Wallops Island, Virginia
Posted
Aug 06, 2022
Closes
Aug 14, 2022
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Serves on a team of Flight Standards technical experts with responsibility for the planning, development, standardization, evaluation and effectiveness of assigned UAS, Air Carrier or General Aviation aircraft maintenance programs nationwide.

Serves as an Aviation Safety Inspector responsible for reviewing and evaluating established rules and regulations related to assigned technical programs to assure that they have kept pace with the needs to which they were directed and that they are still reasonable, necessary, and adequate. Evaluates regulatory petitions or proposals from within or outside the agency, and recommends the development of new or amended rules, regulations, or other regulatory material, and discontinuance of rules and regulations no longer considered necessary. Responsible for the preparation of Federal Register notices regarding assigned technical programs for original petitions for exemptions and analysis of technical input from other employees within Flight Standards. Coordinates with other Aviation Safety and Flight Standards organizations to develop a complete analysis and appropriate response. Since exemptions are rulemaking documents, this review may include coordination with the Office of General Counsel so that the denial, grant or disposition of petition for rulemaking will withstand a legal challenge. Technical input must be reviewed for completeness and ensure it responds to all aspects of an exemption petition.

Analyzes and evaluates the effectiveness of division policy in assigned program areas to include evaluation and analysis. Develops policies, including advisory circulars, inspector guidelines, and training standards related to certification, inspection, surveillance and operation of assigned program areas. Reviews and evaluates, on a continuing basis, established rules and regulations to assure they have kept pace with needs to which they were directed and that they are still reasonable, necessary, and adequate. Assures effective coordination of assigned programs and activities with Safety Assurance offices, other organizational segments of the Division, the Agency and organizations outside of the agency.

Participates in national and international working groups and panels with other organization elements of the agency, or other government agencies, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and industry representatives for the purpose of resolving complex and controversial problems having a direct influence on the safety of assigned technical programs operations, facilities, and equipment. Conducts or participates in group or team meetings which include representatives of other government agencies, the aviation industry, aviation organizations, state, municipal and foreign governments where assigned programs and responsibilities are involved. Develops operational policies, including advisory circulars, inspector guidelines, and training standards, and other applicable standards in support of assigned programs. Analyzes and evaluates the effectiveness of division policy in assigned program areas.

The incumbent engages with internal and external stakeholders to promote safety, understanding, and compliance related to assigned programs. May represent the agency as a technical trainer/instructor delivering formal training for assigned technical programs. Develops new and revises existing agency employee training courses, to include on-the-job training (OJT) job task analysis (JTA) documents. Serves as course mentor for agency sponsored training courses.

Prepares, reviews, drafts input on a variety of highly technical, high priority correspondence to other organizations within Flight Standards, aviation industry, other governmental agencies, Members of Congress, and the general public.

Provides technical support, conducts research for internal stakeholders related to a variety of issues. Provides education resources and support when Safety Assurance offices are resource constrained.

Requirements

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.


Qualifications

General Requirements for All Positions:
  • Not more than two separate incidents involving Federal aviation regulations violations in the last 5 years;
  • Valid State driver's license;
  • Fluency in the English language;
  • No chemical dependencies or drug abuse that could interfere with job performance; and
  • High school diploma or equivalent.

  • Medical Requirements for All Positions:

    Applicants must be physically able to perform the duties of the Aviation Safety Inspector position in a safe and efficient manner, with or without a reasonable accommodation. The minimum medical requirements include the following requirements:
  • Have good distant vision in each eye and be able to read, without strain, printed materials the size of typewritten characters (glasses and contact lenses permitted);
  • Have the ability to hear the conversational voice (hearing aid permitted); and
  • Not have any physical condition that would cause them to be a hazard to themselves or others that would interfere with their ability to fly as passengers in a variety of aircraft.

  • In addition, applicants for positions that require participation in the operation of the aircraft must:
  • Possess a valid second - class medical certificate in accordance with FAA regulations; and
  • Pass recurrent medical examinations as prescribed by the FAA.

  • Applicants not requiring valid second-class medical certificates who are tentatively selected will be required to:
  • Provide documentation from a board-certified physician certifying that they meet the minimal medical requirements; or
  • Individuals who do not meet the minimum medical requirements but who are otherwise qualified will receive an individualized assessment to determine whether they can perform the essential functions of the position.

  • When the predominant work involves air carrier maintenance, applicants for Aviation Safety Inspector (Airworthiness) positions must meet all of the following requirements.
  • Experience involving the maintenance and repair of airframes, power plants, and systems of multi-engine aircraft of more than 12,500 pounds maximum certificated takeoff weight maintained under an airworthiness maintenance and inspection program.
  • Aircraft maintenance experience in a repair station; air carrier or airline repair facility; military repair facility; or local, state, or Federal governmental agency.
  • Experience involving the maintenance and repair of airframes, power plants, and aircraft systems with responsibility for certifying airworthiness.
  • Aircraft maintenance work experience within the last 3 years.
  • FAA Mechanic Certificate with airframe and power plant ratings.

  • When the predominant work involves general aviation maintenance, applicants for Aviation Safety Inspector (Airworthiness) positions must meet all of the following requirements.
  • Experience involving the maintenance and repair of airframes, power plants, and aircraft systems with responsibility for certifying airworthiness.
  • Maintenance experience with aircraft 12,500 pounds or less maximum certificated takeoff weight.
  • Aircraft maintenance experience in a repair station; air carrier or airline repair facility; military repair facility; or local, state or Federal governmental agency.
  • Aircraft maintenance work experience within the last 3 years.
  • FAA Mechanic Certificate with airframe and power plant ratings.

  • Note - Recency is waived for applicants currently in the 1825 series

    To qualify for this position you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to FV-I/FG-13. 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 extensive participation in certification, inspection, and surveillance as it relates to Air Carrier Maintenance or General Aviation Maintenance. Skill in applying, laws and regulations to inspection, investigation, enforcement, and/or compliance work. Providing expert technical advice, guidance, and recommendations to management and other senior agents or officers on critical operations. Skill in developing maintenance-related written guidance, polices, and procedures defining aviation safety related programs related to UAS operations. Solving problems demanding technologically advanced methods and innovative approaches. Applicant must have program-level experience specific to UAS maintenance operations.

    In addition to the above, this vacancy has a Quality Ranking Factor, listed below. Applicants who meet this factor will be placed in a Well Qualified category. This factor is also listed under the Other Factors section.

    Ability to communicate maintenance-related policies and the technical aspects of UAS maintenance operations to those affected. Please explain and provide examples.

    For Lateral Movements Between 1825 Specialties:

    To assist in determining qualification requirements, applicants transferring between specialties at the same grade level are strongly encouraged to complete the appropriate Qualifications Assessment Tool (QAT) check sheet and upload it along with their resume. Check sheets are contained in Order 3410.26, Flight Standards Service Air Carrier and General Aviation Qualifications Assessment Tool for AFS Aviation Safety Inspectors. This order is located at: https://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/media/Order/3410.26.pdf.

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

    In-Grade/Downgrade Applications will be accepted.

    Education

    High school diploma or equivalent

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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. www.faa.gov/jobs/working_here/financial_disclosure_requirements

    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.

    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.

    How You Will Be Evaluated for External Announcements:

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

    Incomplete Applications :

    Please ensure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may impact your rating or may result in you not being considered for the job.

    Applicants may be asked to verify information on your application for employment with the FAA.

    This is a bargaining unit position. This position is represented by PASS: Flight Standards Services.

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