Airway Transportation Systems Specialist

Columbus, OH, United States
Sep 16, 2023
Oct 16, 2023
Full Time

Serves an Airway Transportation Systems Specialist (STARS Systems Specialist) at the Columbus Radar SSC (WCP21-CMH).


The Airway Transportation Systems Specialist (ATSS) at this level is recognized as the subject matter expert in their field. All duties of an ATSS are tied to maintaining safe and efficient operating capacity of the vast and complex network of electronics systems required for the world's largest air traffic control and navigation system. ATSS personnel install, evaluate, maintain, modify and certified facilities, services and equipment that support the national airspace system in (NAS). They are also responsible for various duties that contribute to providing reliable and safe FAA services to the flying public.

Serves as an ATSS who specializes in the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS). Performs a variety of functions directly related to the operation of the NAS. Independently evaluates the functional status of assigned subsystems, systems and facilities. Plans, coordinates, and resolves unique technical problems without managerial intervention, providing coordination and suggesting solutions, making adjustments as necessary to deal with system outages and performance deterioration.

Recognized as a principal technical specialist on legacy and newly developed systems within a large facility or multiple facilities over a large geographical area. Performs work of broad scope and complexity with a high degree of independence. Responsibilities include integration, restoration, testing and evaluation of new advanced services or service component, hardware/software systems and processes. Applies comprehensive technical knowledge to protect the integrity of all components and systems to provide NAS service delivery. Initiates action to install, repair or restore systems and services.

As a principal specialist or team leader for major projects and/or program areas, resolves unique technical problems without managerial intervention, providing coordination and suggesting solutions. Carries out work in accordance overall plans and objectives of the organization, resolving problems as they arise and making adjustments as necessary to deal with unanticipated situations and organizational needs. This work includes responsibility for evaluating diagnostic data from multiple systems that are integrated to support a network of services or service products. Evaluation of this data is used for correcting deficiencies on Contractor Acceptance Inspection/Joint Acceptance Inspection, and timely resolution of equipment, systems or services with the NAS.

Acts in a security and administration role for STARS system. Conducts day to monitoring and management of system and user activity that affect STARS information security, performs the day to day hands on operational and security duties, performs security administration performance checks, reviews/ manages user accounts, files, and directories, reviews and analyze audit logs, attends the STARS Systems Specialist course, installs and reconfigures approved software and adaptions, performs user account management, and follows all agency policy and guidance on the STARS systems.

Review and evaluates all automation tickets. Works with air traffic and other stakeholders to eliminate erroneous tickets before forwarding to OSF.

ATSS must possess expert knowledge, skill or ability to perform the operation with the installation, maintenance, modification, repair, troubleshooting, flight check and certification of Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System (STARS). This discipline is heavily engaged in operations and maintenance of industrial computer systems in the corporate environment, industrial systems to include both hardware and software applications. In addition, this position maintains other electrical/mechanical equipment/systems necessary to ensure reliability of facilities on and off airports with the network of the NAS.

Performs other duties as assigned

Incumbent must possess a valid driver's license.


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.


There is no time-frame requirement at the Level IV/FV-I to compete. Candidates must show experience at the level of difficulty and responsibility that is appropriate to the position. Experience that demonstrates an extensive knowledge of, and experience in: technical knowledge and experience with complex NAS systems, emerging technology, and legacy systems, in the Terminal GNAS environment;knowledge and experience with Terminal Automation (STARS, STARS ELITE, etc.) Terminal RADAR (ASR-9, ASDE-X), Computer/Networked Base Tower Display Systems and other legacy Terminal NAS Systems.

Generally, experience at the next lower level of Level III/ FV-H or equivalent, meets the minimum qualifications for this position as long as the experience provides the demonstrated abilities identified below.

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

You must provide a narrative statement for each Demonstrated Ability. The narratives 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. Candidates must show experience at the level of difficulty and responsibility appropriate to the position.

Notice: Answer all questions to the best of your ability. DO NOT 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 that you have this type of experience at a later stage in the selection process. Your responses are subject to verification through job interviews, or any other information obtained during that application process. Any exaggeration of your experience or any attempt to conceal information can result in disqualification. Failure to submit demonstrated abilities statements will prevent you from receiving further consideration.

SUPERVISORY ENDORSEMENT. If your selection for this position would be considered a promotion then a supervisory statement endorsing your candidacy (Career Level III to Career Level IV) is required by the closing date of this announcement. The endorsement must include the announcement number. You may upload your document with your application or fax to: 847-294-7858

Supervisory Endorsement to Career Level IV must be received by closing date of the vacancy announcement. Failure to submit the supervisory endorsement, will remove the applicant from receiving further consideration.

For ingrade/downgrade candidates, a Supervisory Endorsement is not required.

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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.

Interviews: Interviews will be conducted IAW PASS-ATO Collective Bargaining Unit Agreement.

FAA's Core Compensation Plan: This position is covered by the FAA Core Compensation Pay Plan.

This is a temporary assignment NTE 2 years. May be extended, terminated, or may be made permanent without further competition.

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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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.


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Required Documents

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Your Supervisory Endorsement (Career Level III to Career Level IV) must be uploaded into your application or faxed to: 847-294-7858 to the attention of Lissette Castillo, HR Specialist. Faxed or uploaded endorsements must contain the vacancy announcement number and must be received by the closing date of the announcement. You must apply online to receive consideration for this position. Faxed or emailed applications will not be considered.

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.


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Agency contact information

Lissette Castillo


1 (847) 294-7725


1 (847) 294-7858



Federal Aviation Administration
AGL Regional HR Services Branch
2300 E. Devon Ave., Room 250
Des Plaines, IL 60018

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.

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