Senior Aerospace Engineer

Washington D.C.
Aug 10, 2017
Aug 23, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

Amendment Date: 08/21/2017
Amendment Note: This announcement has been extended.

Business Component:

Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety, Aircraft Certification Service, Policy and Innovation Division, Systems and Equipment Standards Branch, Communication and Surveillance Technologies Section (AIR-6B2)

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  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) - U.S. Citizens: A fixed relocation payment of $10,000 will be paid to new hires to Federal service and student trainees; and a fixed relocation payment of $27,000 will be paid to employees with status.

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Designated or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Must submit an SF50 (See Required Documents)
  • 25 Percent Domestic and International travel may be required.
  • This position has an Individual Occupational Requirement (IOR) meaning you must possess the required education as listed in the Basic Requirement below; you MUST submit a copy of your college or university transcript by the closing date of this announcement.

    Basic Requirement:

    Degree: professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (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); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.


    For a description of how to qualify based on a combination of education and experience go to:

    In addition to the above basic qualification requirement, ALL applicants must demonstrate one year of SPECIALIZED experience equivalent to the next lower grade in the Federal Government. SPECIALIZED experience is 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. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been at least equivalent to the next lower grade in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. To qualify, specialized experience must be equivalent to the FG/GS-14 or FV-J pay level in the Federal service.

    Specialized experience is:

    Experience administering regulations and safety standards pertaining to aircraft surveillance systems, their safety and certification requirements and guidelines, safety assessment processes, and methods used for hazard identification and mitigation.

    **Specialized experience must be reflected in the work history section of your resume; failure to do so, will result in a rating of not eligible.

    All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

    In addition to the minimum qualifications, the following has been determined to be a selective factor for this position. This means possession of this criterion is part of the minimum qualifications and is essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of this position. Applicants who do not possess this criterion are ineligible for further consideration.
    • SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: Experience formulating technical performance standards as it pertains to surveillance avionics (for example: Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) and Mode S Transponder).

    IMPORTANT: Ensure that your work experience supports your Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA), and Other Factors answers. Your answers and associated work experience will be evaluated further to validate whether the answers that you selected are appropriate.


    Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program. For further information,

    We are not accepting applications from noncitizens.



    Provides highly complex advice and guidance to management and executives for challenging activities pertaining to manned and unmanned aircraft surveillance systems, their safety and certification requirements and guidelines, safety assessment processes, and methods used for hazard identification and mitigation. Advice and guidance often cross multiple projects/programs or functional/technical areas requiring precise coordination and communication. Provides input into the development of tactical and strategic initiatives. Provides oversight to the development of new and innovative concepts, approaches, methodologies, techniques, policies, standards, regulations, guidance, and training material.

    Provides leadership and expertise in the identification, assessment, and mitigation of safety hazards regarding aircraft surveillance systems. Leads the surveillance team and coordinates their work towards the successful accomplishment of a task, goal, or project. Analyzes and evaluates aircraft surveillance systems regulatory compliance, safety assessment processes, and methods used for hazard identification and mitigation. Applies risk based decision making techniques used to analyze and evaluate the safety and security of systems or components.

    Develops research, engineering & development (RE&D) requirements and position of FAA; sponsors those requirements as a member of the Technical Community Research Group. Works directly with the research program manager to evaluate research results and to ensure that programmed research meets the requirements. Utilizes inter-agency, industry, and civil authority partnerships to collaboratively leverage surveillance systems research.

    Represents the FAA at various inter and intra-agency committees, workshops, and teams (such as, Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Equip 2020, ICAO Surveillance Panel, and RTCA Special Committees) related to the identification, assessment, and mitigation of aircraft surveillance systems safety hazards. Interacts with, advises, and assists civil aviation authorities, other U.S. Government agencies, professional and academic organizations, and industry in addressing aircraft surveillance systems-related issues. Formulates and coordinates development of and explains need for ADS-B and Mode S Transponder performance standards. Advocates and negotiates with individuals and groups to resolve complex problems and arrive at a common understanding of an issue.

    Ensures risk management and system thinking philosophies are applied to work priorities and policy development including a clear understanding of FAA’s and industry’s roles and responsibilities enabling an effective and appropriate level of involvement.

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