Supervisory Aerospace Engineer (Flight Test Section Manager)

Wallops Island, Virginia
Jan 21, 2023
Jan 27, 2023
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time

Incumbent is responsible for the safe and effective implementation of flight test activities through the supervision of a cadre of Flight Test Pilots, Flight Test Engineers and Human Factors Specialists. Incumbent assures that subordinates work is in close coordination with the other AIR offices, responsible for conducting certification, oversight, and policy activities. The Manager is responsible for the Section's participation in the FAA Flight Program. The work includes a mixture of routine and complex projects/programs. Incumbent manages the flight test aspects of Continued Operational Safety (COS), delegation oversight, training, and certification of aircraft. Applies an advanced knowledge of the technical aspects of the work directed, an advanced knowledge of budget, human resource management, and other administrative policies and procedures; and an advanced understanding of the objectives of AIR, AVS, and the FAA. S/he determines the levels of staffing and resources needed to accomplish goals by utilizing data such as, an analytical tool in identifying trends, adjusting work programs for assigned aviation programs.

S/he is responsible for assuring that the office adheres to AIR Flight Test Program regulations, policy, and guidance and maintains an awareness of all Section flight activities. Incumbent serves as a member of the Flight Test Leadership Team (FTLT) and is expected to maintain flight currency, in accordance with national policy for flight test managers. Incumbent, as a crewmember, will be a member of a flight test team and will be required to participate in flight tests on experimental aircraft.

The Section Manager supports the Branch Manager in fulfilling the Section's mission. Provides strategic leadership to the Section and supports the execution of daily operations, including:
• Aligning Section resources, activities, and stakeholders with AIR objectives
• Developing Section personnel and resources consistent with AIR's future needs
• Fostering a work environment and culture that emphasizes employee engagement, risk-based decision making, innovation, collaboration, communication, accountability, diversity and inclusion throughout the Section

Specific duties include:
1. Direct Report Supervision: Monitors and evaluates performance. Executes personnel actions and/or corrective/disciplinary actions. Works to prepare employees for future opportunities across the division, with focus on continuity of operations and long-term organizational success. Coaches, mentors, and develops employees to perform current work and support career progression for the future.

2. Team Environment: Monitors organizational health and regularly seeks input and feedback from employees. Establishes and enhances practices to encourage diversity and inclusion, communication, collaboration, and innovation in the resolution of issues. Communicates and regularly reinforces connectivity between subordinate employee activities and the broader AlR mission. Defines and assigns accountability for key internal performance objectives. Engages personnel in monitoring key performance indicators and making adjustments necessary to achieve key performance objectives.

3. Operations Monitoring: Engages employees in documenting, refining, and assuring compliance with processes governing all activities. Assesses the productivity, quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of the Section processes, by overseeing daily operations to ensure timeliness, efficiency, productivity, and compliance with policy in attaining organizational goals. Defines, acquires, and allocates budget, staff, and other resources to accomplish objectives for organizational units/projects/ programs and across various functions and/or disciplines.


Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Designated or Random Drug Testing required.
  • This position has a positive education requirement. Transcript(s) required.
  • Successful completion of a security investigation will be required.
  • A one-year supervisor/managerial probationary period may be required.
  • Interviews may be conducted


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.

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

To qualify for this position, you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to FV-J, FG/GS-14. 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 managing and directing the work of technical and administrative subordinate staff, safety and flight test risk management, setting priorities and establishing schedules for completion


Experience determining the levels of staffing and resources needed to accomplish goals by utilizing data as an analytical tool in identifying trends, adjusting work programs for assigned aviation programs

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.

All applicants are encouraged to provide NARRATIVES for each "Managerial Selection Factors" and address each factor with description and/or level/percentage of experience. Please include specific examples and details which illustrate your knowledge, skills, and abilities. Please include applicable date ranges.

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

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.

This position is covered by the Department of Transportation's Drug and Alcohol Testing Program. Any applicant tentatively selected for this position will be subject to pre-employment or pre-appointment drug screening. Persons occupying a "testing designated position (TDP)" will be subject to random drug and/or alcohol testing.

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 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 or Leadership and Management Dimension.

In lieu of providing a KSA narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA or Leadership and Management Dimension in your work history, please include information that provides specific examples of how you meet the response level or answer you chose. Your work history examples should be specific and clearly reflect the highest level of ability. Your 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.

Only the following locations will be negotiable. Percentages next to City/State represents the locality rate (for 2023) for that location.
  • Anchorage, AK - 31.32%
  • Des Moines, WA - 29.57%
  • Lakewood, CA - 34.89%
  • Wichita, KS - 16.50%
  • Fort Worth, TX - 26.37%
  • Kansas City, MO - 18.18%
  • Des Plaines, IL - 29.79%
  • Burlington, MA - 31.05%
  • Westbury, NY - 36.16%
  • Hapeville, GA - 23.02%

Some, all, or none of the applicants may be interviewed.

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

This is not a bargaining unit position.

Links to Important Information: Locality Pay , COLA