Aerospace Engineer (Safety)

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Employer
USAJobs
Location
Wallops Island, Virginia
Posted
Aug 13, 2019
Closes
Aug 21, 2019
Function
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

Serves as an Aerospace Safety Engineer in the Safety Office of the Suborbital and Special Orbital Projects Directorate with NASA Goddard Space Center assigned to Wallops Island, VA. Responsible for the identification and mitigation of hazards and risks to personnel, facilities, and equipment as well as the identification/control of ground and institutional safety hazards with aerospace and aeronautical systems, scientific research, facility development and operations.
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Responsibilities

  • Analyzes, identifies and documents hazards/risks to personnel, facilities, equipment and systems associated with aerospace vehicles, ground-based project systems, payload systems, and Ground Support Equipment (GSE).
  • Identifies methods for controlling hazards and verifying controls are in place to ensure mission safety risk is at an acceptable level.
  • Evaluates hazardous subsystems (e.g., mechanical and electrical systems, explosive and flammable systems, etc.) for operational safety risks; analyses, assessments, and develops safety plans.
  • Reviews operational procedures to identify hazardous processes; recommends changes to meet safety requirements.
  • Oversees hazardous systems/other operations to assure safety measures are in place by adhering to personnel limits and operational hazard area restrictions; verifies safety equipment and assures appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is used
  • Serves as an authoritative source of safety information and advice about OSHA and safety engineering during project planning, design and safety reviews, and other meetings in support of ground operations.
  • Participates in facilities and systems design by identifying requirements, reviewing drawings and specifications, and providing comments and corrective action.
  • Authors technical safety, risk, and requirements documentation; Briefs design and safety review panels and resolves post-meeting issues, as needed; Generates presentation and handout materials.
  • Duties assigned will be commensurate with the grade of selected employee.


Travel Required

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

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • A one-year probationary period may be required
  • Position subject to pre-employment background investigation
  • Successful completion of a security investigation will be required
  • This is a drug-testing designated position
  • Selectee must complete a financial disclosure statement
  • This is a bargaining unit position


Qualifications

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

To qualify for GS-11 consideration, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
(a) One year of professional experience in an engineering field at least equivalent in difficulty and
responsibility to GS-9 level work in the Federal service within or closely related to aerospace flight systems
safety. Specialized experience for this grade level is defined as professional working experience that
included the following:

(1) Knowledge of the concepts and principles of system safety engineering methods and electrical/electronic
engineering concepts, principles, and practices used in reviewing, analyzing, and advising on aerospace and
aeronautical systems and/or associated ground and support equipment sufficient to evaluate, advise on, and
recommend acceptance of safety plans and designs for aeronautical systems.
(2) Experience evaluating/interpreting OSHA safety requirements, defining/prescribing aerospace and
aeronautical systems practices, techniques, and equipment; and recommending appropriate actions to correct
hazardous processes and mitigate risks.

OR
(b) Completion of all requirements for a doctoral degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) within or closely related to
aerospace flight system;

OR
(c) Completion of three full academic years of graduate education within or closely related to aerospace
flight system;

OR
(d) An equivalent combination of experience and graduate education.
To qualify for GS-12 consideration, applicants must have one year of professional experience in an
engineering field at least equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to GS-11 level work in the Federal
service within or closely related to aerospace flight systems safety. At this grade level, specialized
experience is defined as:
(1) Experience performing safety oversight of hazardous operations for complex aerospace systems that
demonstrates knowledge of the principles and concepts of OSHA safety requirements to correct hazardous
processes and mitigate risks to people, facilities, and aerospace equipment.
(2) Experience providing guidance on safety and risk mitigation methods/techniques during project
planning, design, or safety reviews involving aerospace and aeronautical vehicles.

To qualify for GS-13 consideration, applicants must have one year of professional experience in an engineering field at least equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to GS-12 level work in the Federal
service within or closely related to aerospace flight systems safety. At this grade level, specialized
experience is defined as:
(1) Expertise providing advice/assistance in resolving novel or obscure safety-related issues, in
extending/modifying risk mitigation methods/techniques; and in developing new approaches to resolve a
variety of safety concerns involving people, facilities, and aerospace equipment.
(2) Experience that demonstrates ability to plan, organize, and coordinate operational safety approaches that
lead to the launch of aerospace and aeronautical vehicles.
(3) Experience applying the principles and concepts of OSHA safety requirements to one or more of the
following professional areas of engineering; command destruct systems, power systems, radio frequency
systems, pressure systems, chemical systems, pyrotechnic systems and explosives, flammable and
combustible systems, mechanical systems, and/or other equivalent systems.

You may lose consideration for the position if your application does not include all the information
requested on the vacancy announcement. The USAJOBS Resume must include a clear and detailed
narrative description, in your own words, of how you met the required specialized experience. Experiences
copied from a position description, vacancy announcement or other reference material constitutes plagiarism
and may result in disqualification and losing consideration for the job.


Identification of promotion in this position does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of
management to promote the employee. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the
continued need for an actual assignment and performance of higher level duties.

Education

Basic Education Requirement: In addition to meeting the Qualification Requirements, applicants must meet
the Basic Education Requirement: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major study in Aeronautical Engineering, Aeronautics, Aerospace Engineering, Architecture, Astronautical Engineering, Astronautics, Astronomy,Astrophysics, Biomedical Engineering, Ceramic Engineering, Ceramics, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science*, Life Science, Earth and Planetary Science, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Geology, Geophysics, Industrial Engineering, Materials Engineering, Materials Science, Mathematics (Pure or Applied), Applied Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Metallurgy, Meteorology, Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Engineering Physics, Oceanography, Optical Engineering, Physics, Applied Physics, Engineering Physics, Space Science, Structural Engineering, Welding Engineering or other appropriate physical science or engineering field. Degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position.

For GS-11 applicants seeking to qualify on the basis of undergraduate or graduate education only , required college majors are: Aeronautical Engineering, Aeronautics, Aerospace Engineering, Astronautical Engineering, Astronautics, Biomedical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Materials Engineering, Materials Science, Applied Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Metallurgy, Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Engineering Physics, Physics, Applied Physics, Engineering Physics, Structural Engineering, Welding Engineering. Other majors will qualify if the major includes or is supplemented as follows: Ceramic Engineering, Ceramics, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Mathematics (Pure or Applied) (or other related field), if it includes or is supplemented by nine semester hours (or the equivalent) in machine design, mechanics, hydraulics, dynamics, thermodynamics, mechanical design or mechanical measurement. *Note: Curriculum must include 30 semester hours of course work in a combination of mathematics, statistics and computer science that provided in-depth knowledge of the following: (1) theoretical foundations and practical applications of computer science, including digital computer system architecture and system software organization, the representation and transformation of information structures and the theoretical models for such representations and transformations; and (2) essential mathematical and statistical techniques. Of the 30 semester hours, 15 must be in any combination of statistics and mathematics which includes differential and integral calculus NOTE: Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. Most foreign education is not accredited by an accrediting body that is recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.

Additional information

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

This vacancy is being announced concurrently with merit promotion vacancy announcement #GS19C0160. Current and former Federal employees, disabled veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities wishing to be considered under merit promotion procedures may apply.

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

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
Sensitive Compartmented Information

Drug test required
Yes

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.

To receive consideration, you must submit a resume and answer NASA-specific questions. The NASA questions appear after you submit your resume and are transferred to the NASA web site. If you successfully apply, USAJOBS will show your application status as 'Received'. If your status is 'Application Status Not Available', you have not successfully applied. Do not rely on a USAJOBS email to confirm successful application. Only an email from NASA confirms a successful application.

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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