Aerospace Engineer

Washington D.C.
Aug 04, 2017
Aug 21, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

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Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation, Regulations & Analysis Division (AST-300)

  • No

  • 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.
  • This position requires frequent travel.
  • Form DD 214 is required if claiming Veteran's Preference
  • In addition to the basic requirements, all candidates must demonstrate one year (52 weeks) of SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the next lower grade in the Federal service. To qualify for the FV-I level, applicants must have SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS/FG-12 or pay level (H band) in the Federal service. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is defined as experience which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position and that is typically in or related to work of the position to be filled.

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE for this position include:

    • Experience conducting software safety analyses related to flight systems and operations OR;
    • Developing safety analysis tools and techniques for commercial launch and reentry vehicles OR;
    • Developing technical guidance or regulatory requirements documents related to commercial space transportation.


    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 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: engineering.

    Applicants must submit a copy of their college or university transcript by the closing date. If selected, an official transcript will be required.

    We are not accepting applications from noncitizens.



    The mission of the Office of Commercial Space Transportation is to ensure protection of the public, property, and the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States during commercial launch or reentry activities, and to encourage, facilitate, and promote U.S. commercial space transportation. The Regulations and Analysis Division develops, manages, and executes the AST Rulemaking Program and the AST Tools and Analysis Program. Under the Tools and Analysis Program, the Regulations and Analysis Division conducts or evaluates flight safety, system safety, and explosive safety analyses.

    Serves as a member of the technical staff applying experience and an advanced knowledge of aerospace engineering principles, theories, and concepts applicable to aerospace engineering to accomplish assignments and to develop plans and techniques to improve programs and policies. Understands how aerospace engineering interacts with and, is affected by other engineering disciplines (e.g., mechanical, electronics, computer, etc.) and considers the objectives of the LOB when developing, integrating, and implementing solutions to diverse, complex problems sufficient to identify and evaluate mitigation of potential software hazards associated with public safety in support of commercial launch and reentry vehicle operations, including flight and ground operations.

    Applies a professional knowledge of system software organization in order to evaluate applicant’s methods and approaches for understanding, assessing and validating the safety of software in safety-critical applications associated with public safety.

    Updates Division policy and procedures governing software safety as directed, makes recommendations for changes needed to keep policy and procedures up to date.

    Keeps pace with or develop new software safety analysis tools and techniques applicable to commercial launch and reentry vehicles.

    Supports or leads Division efforts in the development of regulatory requirements and technical guidance documents for commercial space transportation. There are established policies/procedures which provide guidance for most assignments, but allow considerable discretion to select the most appropriate approach or to recommend new approaches. Most assignments require solutions that are derived at by interpreting and extrapolating from situations that were faced in the past. Will provide recommendations to improve work processes.

    Adapts quickly and works well in both a team environment as well as independently.

    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. Identifies and informs management of problems that require their attention. Often develops and recommends techniques to address problem situations.

    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. Work activities typically support and may be vital to the success of projects or activities of one or more organizational units, subdivisions, and LOBs/SOs. The work also affects the safety and security of the flying public.

    Performs other duties as assigned to ensure safe and successful commercial space transportation.

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