Aerospace Engineer (Airframe)

Wallops Island, Virginia
Oct 06, 2022
Oct 13, 2022
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time

Applies experience and advanced knowledge of engineering principles, theories, and concepts applicable to airframe structure to accomplish assignments and to develop plans and techniques to improve programs and policies. Understands how his/her technical area interacts with other disciplines and considers safety objectives when developing, integrating, and implementing solutions to diverse, complex problems. Incumbent is responsible for applying safety management principles using advanced engineering knowledge and risk management techniques.

Defines, plans, and organizes assigned resources to accomplish organizational objectives. Allocates resources to accomplish work-activities within established schedules. Responsibilities include review and evaluation of regulatory compliance for aircraft certification projects and initiation of safety determinations for continuing airworthiness. Supports the FAA's transition to an oversight organization and effective utilization of delegated organizations and designees. Oversees Organization Designation Authorizations (ODA) and Designated Engineering Representatives (DERs) for technical and procedural compliance to the regulations.

Established policies/procedures provide guidance for most assignments, but allow considerable discretion to select the most appropriate approach or to recommend new approaches. The incumbent may also work with applicants for design approvals related to 14 CFR parts 25 or 26 and other 14 CFR parts of the Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) as assigned. Engineers with experience in certification of large transport aircraft, in the disciplines of metal fatigue and damage tolerance: static and fatigue/damage tolerance of composite materials: external and internal loads: and flutter/vibration are highly encouraged to apply for consideration of employment.

Provides guidance to lower-level staff to solve difficult technical issues. Resolves all but unique technical problems without the intervention of management or a more experienced engineer. Work is reviewed periodically, typically at major milestones and at completion, for technical compliance and alignment with the requirements of the project or other work activity.

Performs other duties as assigned.


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.
  • Veterans Preference will not apply.


A. Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; 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); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.


B. 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 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: 1. Professional registration or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT)1 , or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions. 2. Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)2 examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. 3. Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A. 4. Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor's degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)

Note: An applicant who meets the basic requirements as specified in A or B above, except as noted under B.1., may qualify for positions in any branch of engineering unless selective factors indicate otherwise.

For more information on the alternate methods, please refer to the OPM Qualification Standards for Engineering at: .

In addition to the basic qualification, to qualify for this position you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to FV-H, FG/GS-12 level. 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 but is not limited to:

-Experience demonstrating the skills and working knowledge of issues effecting the structural design of aircraft.

-Experience with the regulatory requirements for certification of aircraft structures.

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

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.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs):As part of the Federal-Wide Hiring Reform Initiative (streamlining the hiring process), FAA is committed to eliminating the use of the Knowledge, Skills and Ability (KSA) narratives from the application in the hiring process for all announcements. 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, include WORK HISTORY THAT DESCRIBES HOW YOU MEET THE 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 you selected is appropriate. Your answers may be adjusted by a Human Resource Specialist as appropriate.

Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and selective factors, may be further evaluated on the announcement's KSA, and referred to the manager for consideration.

Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and selective factor(s), if applicable, may be further evaluated on the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) 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.


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.

Applications will be accepted from any U.S. citizen. On-the-Spot will be used to fill this position. The 'Rule of Three', Veterans Preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants does not apply to this vacancy.

Amended to remove 'Direct Hire' from position job title.

This position is located in AIR-863. However, this vacancy announcement may be used to fill future vacancies in any of the other Air Division Offices. Duty location may be negotiated at time of selection.

Only the following locations will be negotiable. Percentages next to the City/State represent the locality rate for that particular location.
  • Anchorage, AK -30.42%
  • Scottsdale, AZ - 20.84%
  • Lakewood, CA - 33.61%
  • Enfield, CT - 30.20%
  • Washington, DC -31.53%
  • Orlando, FL - 16.20%
  • Hapeville, GA - 22.63%
  • Des Plaines, IL -29.18%
  • Wichita, KS - 16.20%
  • Burlington, MA - 30.20%
  • Belleville, MI - 27.86%
  • Minneapolis, MN - 25.49%
  • Kansas City, MO - 17.67%
  • Saddle Brook, NJ - 35.06%
  • Farmingdale, NY - 35.06%
  • Queens, NY - 35.06%
  • North Olmsted, OH - 21.25
  • Vandalia, OH - 19.93%
  • Bethany, OK - 16.20%
  • Oklahoma City, OK - 16.20%
  • New Cumberland, PA - 17.90%
  • North Charleston, SC - 16.20%
  • Fort Worth, TX - 25.68%
  • San Antonio, TX - 17.39%
  • Des Moines, WA - 28.28%

Security Requirement: Moderate Risk (5). This position requires completion and favorable adjudication of a background investigation prior to appointment, unless a waiver is obtained. (Subject to a five-year period of reinvestigation).

Interview statement: If the Agency decides to interview any qualified employee on the selection list, then all on the list who are qualified must be interviewed. If the selection list is shortened to a best qualified list through a comparative process, then the best qualified list shall be considered to be the selection list

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