Engineering Technician (Aerospace)

Washington D.C.
Aug 09, 2017
Aug 25, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

The Applied Engineering & Technology Directorate, Mechanical Systems Division, Advanced Manufacturing Branch (Code 547) is seeking a highly skilled individual to serve as an Engineering Technician. You will serve as a senior designer technician responsible for the computer-aided design (CAD) of precision mechanical and electromechanical components and assemblies for use in space flight applications.


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  • A one-year probationary period may be required
  • Occasional travel may be required
  • You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-12), which has equipped you with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.

    Specialized experience is defined as being a technical expert in designing conceptual layouts and detailed configurations; use of CAD software; developing CAD models, drawings, and inspection requirements; developing CAD tools to assists in CAD software usage; applying geometric dimensioning and tolerance methods using ANSI standards; and generating drawings to fabricate and assemble aerospace components, instruments, structures, and ground support equipment (GSE) using metallic or composite materials. In addition, experience in leading a team of designers throughout the life-cycle of a project, to include being the expert interface between the engineering personnel and the designer personnel.

    Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs.

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    As an Engineering Technician specializing in Aerospace you will serve as a senior mechanical designer technician responsible for the engineering design of precision mechanical and electromechanical components and assemblies for use in space flight systems. This position is in the Advanced Manufacturing Branch of the Mechanical Systems Division at the Goddard Space Flight Center. You will provide mechanical designer expertise for the conceptualization, design, fabrication, and assembly of mechanical and electromechanical components for flight proposals, projects and programs. You will support space flight projects through all developmental phases, from design creation through flight development and delivery (Phase A through launch).

    You will serve as a recognized expert mechanical designer in the design and development of advanced mechanical and electromechanical systems for space applications. You will utilize advanced parametric design software such as CREO ProEngineering, SolidWorks and others. Computer-aided design (CAD) software will be the primary tool used to build, maintain and manage all mechanical designs. You will establish design parameters for flight and prototype hardware through consultation with scientists, researchers, and engineers. Consideration of manufacturing techniques shall be incorporated to enable Goddard Space Flight Center science and technology programs to utilize your design for space applications. You will design experimental CAD concepts for instrument configurations, devices, or components in support of research and development projects with undefined or uncertain performance. You will explore unusual or arcane sources of information to support design integrity when standard rationale is not acceptable to the design requirements. You will document, study and analyze all observed characteristics of items under test. You will determine and evaluate alternative approaches with collaboration of supervisors, project engineers, or other professionals.

    As a Senior Mechanical Designer, you will serve as a creative conduit through which the Lead Mechanical Engineer can achieve his/her design objectives. Typical duties include, but are not limited to, designer support for proposal submission, concept evaluation, design creation, production of fabrication drawings to ANSY Y-14 and/or ASME Y14.5 standards, mechanical component fabrication and production oversight, model correlation and assessing the ultimate assembly design of the finished product as directed by the Lead Mechanical Engineer.

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