Aerospace Engineer

Washington D.C.
Aug 03, 2017
Oct 31, 2017
Full Time

The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and air, space and cyberspace. To achieve that mission, the Air Force has a vision of Global Vigilance, Reach and Power. That vision orbits around three core competencies: Developing Airmen, Technology-to-Warfighting and Integrating Operations. Core competencies and distinctive capabilities are based on a shared commitment to three core values -- integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.

For DHA Positions:
These positions are being filled under Direct-Hire Authority for the Department of Defense for Post-Secondary Students and Recent Graduates. The Secretary of the Air Force has delegated authority by the Office of the Secretary of Defense to directly appoint qualified post-secondary students and recent graduates directly into competitive service positions; these positions may be professional or administrative occupations and are located Air Force-Wide. Positions may be filled as permanent or term with a full-time or part-time work schedule. Pay will vary by geographic location.
*** The term "Current post-secondary student" mean a person who is currently enrolled in, and in good academic standing at a full-time program at an institution of higher education; and is make satisfactory progress toward receipt of a baccalaureate or graduate degree; and has completed at least one year of the program.
*** The term "recent graduate" means a person who was awarded a degree by an institution of higher education not more than two years before the date of the appointment of such person, except that in the case of a person who has completed a period of obligated service in a uniform service of more than four years.

For Direct Hire Positions:
This is a Direct Hire Public Notice,
under this recruitment procedure applications will be accepted for each location/ installation identified in this Public Notice and selections are made for vacancies as they occur. There may or may not be actual/projected vacancies at the time you submit your application.

This Public Notice is to gather applications which may or may not result in a referral or selection.

This Public Notice may be used to fill positions in other equivalent pay systems (i.e., NH, NJ, NK).

Please read this Public Notice in its entirety prior to submitting your application for consideration.

  • Occasional Travel
  • You may be expected to travel for this position.

  • No

  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Males must be registered for Selective Service, see
  • Total salary varies depending on location of position
  • PCS expenses if authorized will be paid IAW JTR and Air Force Regulations
  • Recruitment incentives may be authorized
  • This posn is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program
  • The Basic Requirement is qualifying for GS-5 positions.


    GS-7: One year of specialized experience at the GS-5 grade or equivalent under Federal pay systems. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: performing professional engineering and scientific work concerning the integration of the aeronautics and astronautics sciences within the broad arena of aviation and space exploration and includes related materials, equipment, systems, applications, and components.

    GS-9: One year of specialized experience at the GS-7 grade or equivalent under Federal pay systems. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: performing aeronautical science and aviation technology, aerospace engineers develop, test, evaluate, research, operate, maintain, remodel, and decommission aircraft and/or spacecraft; work involving the generation and/or application of theories, principles, practical concepts, processes, and systems related to the science and practices of aeronautics involving designing, manufacturing, and operating airborne vehicles traversing the earth?s atmosphere.

    GS-11: One year of specialized experience at the GS-9 grade or equivalent under Federal pay systems. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: performing professional aerospace engineering work in the areas of aviation, aerospace defense systems, components, and/or associated equipment in support of the acquisition, development, and/or sustainment of weapon systems and subsystems to include planning, research, design, development, test and evaluation, cost analyses, program and project management, manufacturing, operation, quality management, aircraft flight safety certifications, airworthiness qualification determinations, sustainment, and disposal.


    To view qualifying educational requirements and/or combination of education and specialized experience click on the following link:


    Click on the following link to view occupational requirements :

    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
    1. Knowledge of rigorous scientific and aerospace engineering methods of research and investigation to the solution of complex scientific, engineering, and/or developmental problems.
    2. Ability to coordinate and communicate with specialists in related disciplines.
    3. Ability to apply and direct the application of aerospace engineering and scientific methods of investigation and research techniques to the solution of complex science and engineering problems in determining the optimum solution consonant with the organizational objectives.
    4. Ability to plan, delegate, and accomplish the quality and quantity of work expected within set limits of cost, schedule, and performance by motivating, training, and working with subordinates, superiors, and peers.
    5. Ability to process or resolve organizational, management, personnel, and technical actions or problems.

    PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

    VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    IF USING EDUCATION TO QUALIFY: You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.


    • Position may be subject to random drug testing
    • Employee may be required to work other than normal duty hours, to include evenings, weekends and/or holidays
    • Shift work and emergency overtime may be required
    • Employee must maintain current certifications
    • Position may require an appropriate security clearance



    • Provide direction and guidance to flight chiefs in formulating Civilian Career Enhancement Plans. Establish and maintain a cohesive integrated Civilian Personnel Training Program.
    • Review all Test program documentation and participates in periodic reviews of all test programs conducted in the Squadron.
    • Assure that required test results are obtained and that economy, feasibility and desirability of projects are in the best interests of the Air Force and DoD. Implement changes when required.
    • Exercise technical leadership of assigned high level personnel. Serve as an expert consultant to the Air Force, DoD and other agencies on all matters related to track and test.
    Additional Information:
    This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.
    Duties and responsibilities vary and may increase according to grade level.
    This public notice may be used to fill target grades (e.g. GS-5 Target GS-11)
    May have promotion potential above GS-11.