Aerospace Engineer

Wallops Island, Virginia
Aug 06, 2022
Aug 10, 2022
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time

Responsible for the planning, development, standardization, evaluation, and effectiveness of the engineering, maintenance, and operational aspects of AED programs on a national-wide basis. Responsible for identification and planning of program issues with engineers and Aircraft Certification Offices (ACO's) and engages with aviation safety inspectors from the field offices, AED offices; headquarters; foreign regulatory authorities; and the aviation community.

Acts as a liaison between the Aircraft Certification Service (AIR) and AED as well as other of Flight Standards Service (FS) organizations. Assists with the development of regulatory policy and procedural requirements that may have domestic and international impact. Researches and applies knowledge of existing material (e.g., regulations, orders, notices, Advisory Circulars, technical papers, and comments from various entitles, etc.). Assesses the need for and/or participates in the establishment or amendment of national standards, regulations, advisory material, criteria, policies, and procedures pertaining to FS and AIR functions, responsibilities and interests. Coordinates the comments/ recommendations among AED personnel, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) headquarters, foreign regulatory authorities, and industry.

Applies understanding of advanced concepts, principles, and practices of aerospace and engineering necessary to evaluate various programs and activities. Applies technical concepts to the regulatory process and provides consultation for activities pertinent to the FSS/AIR functions. Serves as a subject matter expert for evaluations and as a consultant to the aviation industry, other FAA lines of business and investigatory organizations. Interprets the intent of the title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) based on supporting documents in order to write and evaluate policy documents, and to advise industry, aviation safety inspectors, and other engineering personnel on various matters relating to airworthiness. Applies knowledge of engineering design, operation, and maintenance to participate in, establish, monitor, and evaluate various AED functions and programs such as type certification and acting as a subject matter expert consulting engineer. Works with and coordinates activities with the appropriate aviation safety inspector (ASI). Ensures the exchange of technical data and information regarding policy necessary on matters relating to engineering.

Works with FS offices to obtain on-going support for initiatives coordinated with the ACO. Provides expert advice from an engineering perspective to the FS workforce. Actively supports and enables the Office of Aviation Safety (AVS) integration and safety management principles. Ensures guidelines include the full range of policies and CFR's pertaining to AED and FS functions and responsibilities, engineering materials, manufacturers' manuals and designs, operators manuals, state-of-the-art technical papers, accepted engineering and maintenance practices.

Assist in developing and implementing new program requirements including policies and procedures with the manufacturers and operators. Conducts extensive research on existing related guidelines; discussing similar-type
programs and the implications of such policy with FAA headquarters, other AED branches, the AIR offices, manufacturers, operators, and foreign regulatory authorities. Identifies and resolves any issues that may arise regarding new or proposed policy, to include writing draft policy or procedures in a concise document for coordination and approval by the appropriate FSS and AIR responsible organizations.

Responsible for obtaining (draft) policies/guidelines, issued by foreign regulatory authorities and industry organizations. Evaluates that information/data with the intent of ensuring that the FAA's (FS/AIR/ AED) interests are addressed.


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 : Successful completion of a full four-year professional engineering curriculum leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in engineering in an accredited college or university. To be acceptable the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the ABET as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics; OR,

Alternative Requirements : Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

•Professional Registration: Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT), or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico;

•Written Test: Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico;

•Specified academic courses: Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A;

•Related curriculum: - Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.

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. Mastery of advanced concepts, principles, and practices of aerospace and repair engineering necessary to evaluate various maintenance inspection programs and repair activities. Mastery of principles and concepts of the regulatory process involving aircraft operation and maintenance which allows the incumbent to investigate and provide consultation services for the entire range of activities pertinent to the AFS/AIR functions. Technical knowledge of advanced materials, digital electronic hardware and software, mechanics, repair processes, and engine/propeller operation and maintenance. This knowledge is also needed to serve as a recognized expert aircraft evaluation
consultant to industry leaders, other FAA lines of business and investigatory organizations.


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.

You may also be considered for this vacancy based on eligibility under the 30% or More Disabled Veteran Program, and Persons with Disabilities/Persons with Targeted Disabilities. To be considered for one of these special hiring authorities, you must identify your eligibility in your questionnaire in the Applicant-Preferred Conditions of Employment section. In addition, you must submit documentation that provides evidence of eligibility as indicated in the Required Documents section of the announcement.

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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.

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 app

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 KSAs 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.

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

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

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