Aerospace Engineer (Flight Structures)

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Greenbelt, Maryland
Aug 15, 2019
Aug 23, 2019
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time


Serves as an Aerospace Engineer in the Mechanical Engineering Systems Division of the Engineering and Technology Directorate at NASA Goddard Space Center, specializing in Flight Structures and Deployment Systems responsible for leading the development of designs for both large and small instrument and spacecraft structures and deployment systems for a variety of missions and launch vehicles.
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  • Analyze launch load forces for spacecraft/instruments; perform structural analyses/tests and flight certification, including deployment systems for items such as solar arrays or communication antennae.
  • Review/advise, plan and conduct experimental studies for several engineering disciplines that result in new mechanical design guidelines. Document/report study results to both Project and line management, and contractors.
  • Serve as a recognized information resource to researchers. Provide technical advice on complex analyses issues/problems where new analytical techniques must be developed to identify and evaluate findings.
  • Coordinate engineering design development for large multi-purpose, multiple-phase flight systems projects and in the fabrication/composition of materials and structures.
  • Serve as a mechanical systems engineer for facilities, systems, or equipment considered to be advanced, state-of-the-art engineering design. Coordinate with other project/program areas, to integrate concurrent standards, guides, and precedents.
  • Coordinate/integrate planning, programming, development, oversight, scheduling, and overall management of resources for multi-phase projects.
  • Assist in developing customer requirements; analyze requirements/design criteria, develop cost estimates, and assure requirements validation. Evaluate schedules, project feasibility/composition of materials, and structures/mechanical systems design.
  • Serve as technical expert, trouble-shooter, or consulting engineer for contract professionals, providing technical advice and guidance in developing new procedures, equipment, systems, tools, or in performing the work required by the contract.
  • Confer with other engineers/scientists and user organizations to detail development of objectives and to reconcile conflicts.

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 pre-employment background investigation.
  • A one-year probationary period may be required
  • A one-year trial period may be required.
  • Selectee must complete a financial disclosure statement.
  • This is a bargaining unit position.


Applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade, which has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above. Specialized experience is defined as professional working experience that included the following:

* Knowledge of methods, precedents, and standards in a broad subject-matter field of aerospace engineering in order to resolve unusual demands caused by extraordinary urgency, public interest, economic constraints, or environmental requirements.

* Recognized as an authoritative source of information within aerospace engineering to include deployment systems, and conversant in the refinements of the methodologies applied to perform mechanical design and data analysis.

* Experience designing, developing, and testing spaceflight deployment systems, structures, and components using computer aided design software and in recommending optimum configurations, structural designs, materials and processing techniques.

* Experience planning, organizing, directing, and coordinating development programs that demonstrate experience applying diverse creative and support efforts contributed by others.

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.


Basic Education Requirement: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major study in engineering, physical science, mathematics, life sciences, computer science, or other field of science. Degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position. You must indicate your major as well as your degree in order to receive full consideration.

Additional information

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

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
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.

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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