Airway Transportation Systems Specialist

Fairbanks, AK; 1 vacancy , United States
May 11, 2023
Jun 10, 2023
Full Time

ATO, Technical Operations, WSA, Anchorage District, Northern Alaska Group, FOX SSC WWQ14-FAI, Fairbanks Alaska is seeking an Airway Transportation Systems Specialist at the full Journeyman Level, FV-2101-H


Airway Transportation Systems Specialist performs multiple, varying and complex assignments associated with the NAS. Receives general work assignments from a supervisor. Uses own judgment, experience, and knowledge to solve problems and complete assignments. Applies broad experience and advanced technical knowledge of assigned discipline and/or specialty. Utilizes and interprets FAA orders, technical manuals, manufacturer's instructions, procedures and other publications as required to complete multiple and complex work assignments. Applies judgment and discretion to select the most appropriate method to complete the work assignment with a high degree of independence, keeping supervisor advised of significant problem areas, which may impact ATC operations. Supervisor furnishes general instructions on the scope of work, time limitations, and priorities.

Possesses comprehensive knowledge of the NAS as an integrated system of the relationship of the parts to the whole and of the capabilities within the NAS to deal with unusual problems or unanticipated air traffic safety issues. Understands how assigned systems, components, and disciplines are integrated with other systems, components, and disciplines. Initiates action to install, repair, or restore systems and services, takes into account the availability of back-up systems, possible reconfigurations to minimize service interruptions, and the relative criticality of particular functions to the safe and efficient operation of the NAS.

Collaborates with system users, planners, engineers, and contractor personnel in the installation and testing of new or modified systems and in identifying needed improvements or enhancements. Develops and recommends methods of enhancing efficiency of systems through modification and application of existing or emerging technology.

The ATSS is considered a key technical point of contact for assigned systems, programs, and projects. Contacts are made to provide technical information on multiple systems, instruct other employees, share information across organizations, provide ATC systems data, provide status briefings on system reliability, coordinate, and oversee the activities of contractors. In addition, Defense (DoD), airport management. contractors, and utility companies to resolve complex technical or engineering issues.

The ATSS possesses a broad knowledge of the FAA orders, Technical Instruction manuals, policies and procedures pertaining to the maintaining FAA systems safely in a variety of work environments, including Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA), Facility and Systems Security, National Electrical Code (NEC) and Human Resources Directives. Must use proper personal protective equipment and use safety procedures while accomplishing work assignments. Contributes to the organizational goals as a senior specialist, team member, or lead specialist for specific projects or work assignments. Assigned tasks are reviewed in terms of compliance with FAA policies and technical requirements within the ATSS's areas of expertise.

ATSSs must be able to efficiently perform the essential functions of the position without hazard to themselves or others. Due to the nature of the job, usable vision (including color vision and near vision), hearing, and speech may be required. ATSSs may be required to lift and/or carry objects weighing up to 50 pounds; climb stairs/ladders up to 100 feet; be able to bend or stoop for extended periods; work in diverse environmental conditions (outside/extreme weather); work rotating shifts, weekends and/or holidays; possess a valid driver's license, and possibly travel away from home up to 75% of the time.

ATSSs work out of offices located at or near airports and on service equipment located on airports, in Air Traffic Control Towers (ATCT), Air Route Traffic Control Centers (ARTCCs), and other remote facilities.


Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must submit an SF50 (See Required Documents)
  • Designated or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Supervisor's Endorsement is required. Not required if ingrade/downgrade.
  • Successful completion of a moderate risk (POS SEN 5) security upgrade/refresh may be required.
  • Please read "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" section carefully.


Specialized Experience: Applicants must provide a resume which demonstrates and/or show that you possess the specialized work experience in your work history. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. The specialized experience should demonstrate an extensive knowledge of and experience in technology system interrelationships, and management of civilian or military automated aviation, navigation and electronics systems.

There is no timeframe requirement at the Level II/FV-G to compete. Candidates must show experience at the level of difficulty and responsibility that is appropriate to the position. Generally, experience at the next lower level (Pay Band G/Level II or equivalent), meets the minimum qualifications for this position as long as the experience supports the DEMONSTRATED ABILITIES identified below.

In addition to your resume, in the space provided under each Demonstrated Ability, you MUST provide a NARRATIVE justification on how you meet this ability. The justification should be clear and concise, providing a description of your education, training, and experience that would describe the degree to which you possess each Demonstrated Ability listed below. Eligible candidates may be ranked based on the Demonstrated Abilities.

NOTE: Answer all questions to the best of your ability. DON'T ASSUME THAT BECAUSE YOU HOLD, OR HAVE HELD THIS POSITION, YOU WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE FOUND ELIGIBLE. You may be asked to provide evidence or documentation of your experience at a later stage in the selection process. Responses are subject to verification through job interviews, or any other information obtained during that application process. Any exaggeration of your experience or attempt to conceal information can result in disqualification.

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 appropriate.

Qualifications must be met prior to or by the closing date of the announcement.

Preview Job Questionnaire
Make sure your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications and answers to the job questionnaire.

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.

-Type of Appointment - Full Time Permanent -

- Security Requirements: Moderate Risk (5): This position requires completion & favorable adjudication of a National Agency Check with Inquiry (NACI) background investigation prior to appointment, unless a waiver is obtained.

- Interviews: Conducted IAW PASS BU

- Bargaining Unit: Position is covered by the PASS-AF Bargaining Unit Agreement.

This is a bargaining unit position. This position is represented by PASS: Regional Tech Ops and AEA.

Links to Important Information: Locality Pay , COLA


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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IMPORTANT: Applicants may be rated on the extent and quality of experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position(s). All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated. Ensure that your application package/resume supports your responses.


A career with the U.S. government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

Review our benefits

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

Required Documents

As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits. Your benefits depend on the type of position you have - whether you're a permanent, part-time, temporary or an intermittent employee. You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure you're eligible under their policies.

A resume is required and must be submitted online when you apply.

A copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action is required. Please read the paragraph below which explains what your SF-50 must contain.

For Competitive Promotions: A Supervisor's Endorsement Form or Memorandum is required and must include the job announcement number and supervisor's signature.

Reassignment Ingrade/Downgrades: A Supervisor's Endorsement is not required for reassignments (ingrades) or voluntary downgrades.

We encourage applicants to use the upload feature in USAJOBS for submitting supporting documents such as your SF-50, and/or a supervisor's endorsement. If you are unable to use the upload feature, you may fax or mail your supporting documents to our office. Please refer to our Agency Contact Info for the fax number and mailing address. If you use the U.S. mail system or fax please include a coversheet with your name, announcement number, and contact phone numbers so that we can match your documents with your online application. All supporting documents must be received in our office on or before the closing date to receive consideration. In Addition:

If you are an FAA employee, you MUST provide a copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) containing information in Blocks 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, and 24 so it can be used to verify your position title, series, grade, tenure, and organization of record by the closing date of the announcement. You may fax your SF-50 or upload it into the on-line application. If faxing the SF-50, please ensure you include the vacancy announcement number on the faxed copy.

If you are an FAA employee, you can access and print your SF-50 from the eOPF system

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

How to Apply

You must apply online to receive consideration. Your application must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the Close Date for it to be accepted. If you are applying for positions associated with FAA registers, your application must be submitted at the time a referral list is created in order to receive consideration for positions associated with a register.


We strongly encourage applicants to utilize the USAJOBS resume builder in the creation of resumes.

Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information:
  • Job Title (include series and grade if Federal Job)
  • Duties (be specific in describing your duties)
  • Employer's name and address
  • Supervisor name and phone number
  • Start and end dates including month and year (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008)
  • Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)
  • Salary

Determining length of General or Specialized Experience is dependent on the above information and failure to provide ALL of this information may result in a finding of ineligible.

You may upload completed documents to your USAJOBS Account. This will provide you the opportunity to utilize the uploaded information again when applying for future vacancies. Please see this guide, Document Upload Guide, for more information on uploading and re-using the documents in your applications.

Amendment Date: 03/01/2023

Amendment Note: This announcement has been extended.

Agency contact information

Joann Hamilton


1 (907) 271-3572


1 (907) 271-5367



Federal Aviation Administration
AAL Regional HR Services Division
222 West 7th Ave #14
Anchorage, AK 99513

Next steps

Once we receive your complete application, the Human Resources Office will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications. Eligible and qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. You will be contacted directly if selected for an interview.

For instructions on how to check the status of your application, please go to: USAJOBS Help Guide.

Important - If you make any changes to your application, you must resubmit it. If you make changes to your application and do not resubmit it, your changes will not be considered part of your application package, and only your previously submitted application will be evaluated.

All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or other non-merit factors. DOT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency contact listed in the Agency Contact Information section of this announcement or the hiring manager. An employee with a disability must notify the decision-maker of the accommodation request. Job applicants and employees are required to follow up oral requests in writing. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Additional information on reasonable accommodations procedures or on EEO Programs is available on Office of Civil Rights (ACR) or by contacting the local FAA Civil Rights Office.

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