Aerospace Engineer

Wallops Island, Virginia
Aug 13, 2022
Aug 17, 2022
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time

Studies, advises and consults on matters concerning the technical design and operation of flight simulators and training devices including integration of advanced aircraft avionics and Fly-By-Wire systems primarily used within Part 121 air carrier or part 142 training center environments. Evaluates Flight Simulator Training Devices (FSTD) to ensure it meets initial and continuing qualification requirements.

Uses objective testing methodology in the analysis of aerodynamic reaction of the FSTD model in response to ground reaction, vehicle configuration, control, and environmental inputs with respect to that of the aircraft being modeled. Performs testing to ensure fidelity in lateral, longitudinal and directional axes in air as well as on-ground characteristics. Ensures FSTD control, motion, visual, and sound systems are tested for proper calibration and correlation with FSTD modeling output. Uses holistic approaches in conducting analysis of FSTD handling, performance, and systems, this includes FSTD ancillary systems such as instructor operating stations (IOS) and others as applicable.

The employee develops new techniques for solving highly complex technical problems and provides expert advice in highly technical aspects of flight simulator technology. Provides advice and expert services on unusual situations not falling within the areas of typical flight simulator activity including new training device technologies and novel aircraft types. Develops methods, procedures and approaches for testing and evaluation of FSTD's. Conducts special studies of technical problem areas pertaining to flight simulator approval standards of criteria. Develops and recommends new agency wide standards and policy with respect to the objective testing and evaluation of FSTD's. Collaborates with other Aerospace engineers in the analysis of petitions for deviations, exemptions and Alternate Means of Compliance proposals.

Applies program management principles to manage FSTD programs related to new or existing aircraft by working directly with FSTD Sponsors, Training Device Manufacturers (TDM) and or aircraft Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM). Analyzes various types of data for the purpose of validating FSTD performance and handling including predicted data for aircraft in development. Advises the assigned Aviation Safety Inspector Team Leader of concern areas and suggests mitigation.

Participates in meetings to convey agency expectations and requirements, audits of engineering simulators, processes, and other program activities in accordance with established processes. Maintains records of events and advises the manager on program progress.

As a recognized expert in the flight simulation field, he/she provides consultation, advice, assistance to management and technical support to the Training and Simulation Group on matters pertaining to FSTD characteristics, capabilities, and qualifications. Supports all internal processes including those pertaining to FSTD modification and qualification status using applicable computer based applications. Contacts are with Flight Standards and FAA Management, senior technical experts, employees or groups in the immediate organization, field facilities, and with outside organizations such as consultants or contractors, government agencies, industry working groups, aircraft data providers, training device manufacturers, FSTD sponsors, and regulators from other National Aviation Authorities.

Prepares a variety of correspondence in response to internal and external inquiries and authors guidance intended for internal and or external stakeholders; Participates in industry work groups, regulatory panels and meetings with individual sponsors. Represent the organization to present topics of interest to industry or agency representatives.


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.
  • Must submit an SF50 (See Required Documents)
  • 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 a professional engineer 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. Specialized experience includes knowledge of flight simulation. Work experience in the application of flight simulation training device regulations, policy, and evaluation. Expertise in engineering theories, principals, concepts, standards and methods. Interpreting or developing flight simulation policies or programs. Using flight simulation knowledge to develop new and innovative approaches for advancing methods. Developing techniques to resolve highly complex technical problems and analyzing a variety of technical data.

In addition to the minimum qualifications, the following has been determined to be selective factors for this position. This means possession of this criterion is part of the minimum qualifications and is essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of this position. Applicants who do not possess this criterion are ineligible for further consideration.

1. Experience in applying engineering principles of aircraft and/or rotorcraft flight simulation, particularly in the areas of flight performance and handling, and/or flight simulator cueing systems.

2. Experience in the engineering, validation, and application of objective testing standards on FSTD hardware and software systems.

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


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.

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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 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 Internal 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 alphabetical and referred to the selecting official for consideration.

In-grade/downgrade applications will be accepted

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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