Engineering Technician (Aerospace)

Hampton, Virginia
Jun 13, 2019
Jun 21, 2019
Full Time


The Research Services Directorate at NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) is currently seeking interested applicants for the position of Engineering Technician (Aerospace) in the Research Systems Integration Branch (RSIB) (D105). This Technician position is a Research Systems Integration Specialist providing aircraft maintenance and maintenance planning to conduct research on NASA LaRC Aircraft.
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  • Provides technical knowledge/experience to conduct maintenance on-board NASA LaRC assigned aircraft. Plans and conducts maintenance across multiple platforms including developing work orders for scheduled/unscheduled maintenance activities.
  • Utilizes expert knowledge in a variety of aircraft systems to include: high-pressure air, , compressed gases, pneumatics, hydraulics, vacuum, electronic instrumentation and data acquisition, in support of fundamental
  • experimental research designed to enhance the knowledge and understanding of aerodynamics, aerothermodynamics, Earth sciences, flight safety and support Agency and industry-wide flight test experiments.
  • Performs testing, installation, repair, modification, and maintenance of aircraft and equipment for aerospace engineering projects. Specialized knowledge of aircraft hardware required for integration with aircraft test plans.
  • Provides technical leadership in problem investigations, troubleshooting, and issue resolution activities involving flight hardware, software, and associated ground support equipment and facilities.
  • Serves as project coordinator for special and/or advanced integration programs required to modify/update present aircraft and test systems capabilities through the integration of experimental equipment on aircraft.
  • Conceptualizes aircraft and system modifications, develops requirements, defines the scope of the initial design, reviews and makes inputs to the designs, and oversees the installation and acceptance phases of the program.
  • Provides critical judgments that affect the safety and reliability of aircraft and experimental hardware where failure could lead to serious consequences and submits recommendations related to system enhancements and aircraft productivity
  • Assists with test data interpretation and participates in problem/failure analysis of test program failure. Determines and evaluates alternative approaches in close collaboration with supervisors, project engineers, or other professionals.
  • Develops novel approaches to completing scheduled and unscheduled maintenance activities to minimize impact to research activities to include modification and development of aircraft scheduled maintenance programs.
  • Uses local electronic maintenance tracking tool to ensure maintenance properly performed and annotated. Reports daily to maintenance management. May be required to give presentations on upcoming maintenance planning.
  • Provides technical leadership in evaluating and recommending the adoption of new or enhanced maintenance approaches or practices for integration into the overall maintenance program.
  • Consults with the research staff on improved methods of technical accomplishment of research efforts, develops and implements technical innovations for unusual or unprecedented research test requirements, and writes detailed instructions.
  • Provides technical engineering advice and guidance with respect to aircraft maintenance and modification. Serves as an authoritative source of information and advice within the organization.
  • Consults with management and planning personnel in preparing requirements and criteria for complex or high value projects for modification of aircraft, aircraft systems, equipment, or hardware.
  • Teams with the Research Engineering Staff as test objectives are being developed and provides input during the planning phase of the project. Optimizes sequence of integration planning to improve efficiency and preserve consumables.
  • Provides technical advice to the performance of related assignments and is available to those employees for consultation on assigned projects in areas such as aerodynamics, aerothermodynamics, instrumentation, and advanced measurement systems
  • Using experience across a broad range of aircraft platforms, plans and performs maintenance on a variety of platforms, to include GIII, HU-25, B200, and single engine piston aircraft.
  • Plans and incorporates modifications and upgrades to experimental aircraft system components that allow expansion of capabilities and development of new technologies.
  • May be required to fly as a non-crew member on-board the assigned aircraft during functional check flight and research flights or to act as a member of the flight crew as needed.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel may be required for training or other work-related duties

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Position subject to a pre-employment and random drug testing
  • A one-year probationary period may be required
  • Position subject to pre-employment background investigation


SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: Applicants must possess the following Selective Placement Factor to be considered minimally qualified for this position: The applicant must have an FAA airframe and power plant certification. Those without this experience specified in their resume will be found not qualified for this position.

Applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS09), which has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.

Examples of specialized experience include experience with aerospace hardware, aircraft flight and flight operations, aircraft hardware and test technologies, and complex aircraft systems, to include aerodynamics, aerothermodynamics and their interaction.

As a condition of employment, the incumbent must have the ability to obtain and maintain an FAA equivalent Class III medical certificate.

Position will be filled at the GS-11 level. The full performance level for this position is GS-12. Employee may be non-competitively promoted to the next grade when qualified and recommended by management.

Deliberate attempts to falsify your application information may result in you being removed from consideration for this position. Your resume must include a clear and detailed narrative description, in your own words, of how you meet the required specialized experience. Copying portions of a position description, vacancy announcement, or other reference material constitutes plagiarism and may result in disqualification and losing consideration for the job.

As identical vacancies are identified, additional selections may be made.


There are no education requirements for this position.

Additional information

Any applicant tentatively selected for this position may be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation. Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. See 'How You Will Be Evaluated' for definition of well qualified. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP consideration must indicate their eligibility when applying for a position. The USAJOBS resume asks you to identify your ICTAP eligibility; the NASA Supplemental Information asks you to identify your CTAP eligibility. If you are selected for the position, you must be prepared to submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.

As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. In order to receive preference in hiring, you must clearly identify your claim for veterans preference on your resume.

NASA's Applicant Guide provides the information needed to assist you in determining whether or not you can claim 5 or 10 point veterans preference. You should not submit documents to prove your eligibility for veterans preference at this time. However, you must be prepared to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form) as requested by the Human Resources Office. Veterans preference will only be considered based on what is supported For instance, if you claim 10-point preference, but are only able to document 5-point preference, you will be considered accordingly. If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.

Your USAJOBS account asks you to assign a name to each of your resumes. When you apply to a NASA position, we will show you the text of the resume you have submitted, but we do not maintain the name you have assigned to that resume. If you wish to keep track of that information, we recommend you make note of it at the time you apply.

Fair Employment Opportunities for Applicants
NASA Credit for National Service

The payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

NASA uses an automated system (Resumix) that matches the competencies extracted from your resume to the competencies identified by the selecting official for the position. Based on the competencies you match, you are placed in one of three categories identified as 90, 80, or 70 pt. quality categories, which are defined as:

90 pt. Category - Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and has experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.

80 pt. Category - Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.

70 pt. Category - Fails to meet criteria described in the 80 pt. category.

Additional application guidance is available in NASA's Applicant Guide .

Information for Veterans : The Category Rating Process protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed at the top of the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.

For the purpose of the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), candidates rated in the top quality category are considered well-qualified

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

NASA's application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for the information we absolutely need to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility. In order to apply for this position, you only need to submit your resume and answer the screening questions and supplemental information. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. (For example you need not submit narrative 'KSA' statements; they are not required and will not be evaluated.) In this way we allow you to focus on preparing a resume that best describes your background and abilities. For assistance in preparing your resume, consult the Applicant Guide . Nothing further is required until requested by the Human Resources Office. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume. For example, we may ask you to provide academic transcripts or proof of Federal employment status. If you are claiming veterans' preference, we may ask you to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form). If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.

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.

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