Aerospace Engineer, AST, Aerospace Flight Systems

Greenbelt, Maryland
Sep 10, 2019
Sep 18, 2019
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time


The Contamination & Coatings Engineering Branch (Code 546), is seeking someone to join their team as a Space Flight Thermal Coatings Engineer(SFTCE).The SFTCE characterizes thermal control surfaces & assesses degradation through empirical measurements from a variety of environmental effects (e.g. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation,outgassing,humidity). The SFTCE shall assess all mission phases for thermal properties & degradation of thermal coatings in support of the mission for spacecraft instruments.
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  • As the Space Flight Thermal Coatings Engineer (SFTCE), you will develop and integrate thermal coating systems and elements, including the resolution of issues on system performance, configuration, component definition, and operational capabilities.
  • Coordinates the integration and documentation of thermal coatings requirements through the development, pre-flight preparation, mission, and/or post-flight phases of assigned systems and/or payloads.
  • Performs thermal coatings analysis and testing to assess orbit performance of thermal coatings for assigned systems.
  • Recommends strategies to hold cost and schedule commitments without compromising performance parameters while ensuring contractors and team members remain within acceptable limits.
  • Provides technical management support for flight thermal coatings systems in accordance with project-level requirements.
  • Develops and maintains a database of thermal property test data.
  • Provides updates to cost and schedules for spaceflight projects as well as providing detailed cost analysis for proposal support.
  • Provides guidance and technical advice to other team members on thermal coating.
  • Performs coatings measurements in vacuum systems used for evaporative processes, thermal vacuum, and thermal balance tests.
  • Provides guidance, technical advice, and consultation to co-workers and contractors on assigned projects in the thermal coatings area. Monitors contractors support within the branch.
  • Consults with management and project personnel in preparing technical requirements and criteria for complex or high value projects with respect to thermal coatings.
  • Recommends strategies to hold cost and schedule commitments for the project and remains within acceptable limits.

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
  • Applicants must possess at least a Bachelor's Degree or equivalent
  • Occasional travel may be required
  • Selectee must complete a financial disclosure statement
  • This is a drug-testing designated position
  • Position subject to a pre-employment drug test


In addition to the Basic Education Requirement, applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade,(GS-12), 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 follows:

1. Experience in the development, operation, troubleshooting, and maintenance of unique environmental characterization facilities (e.g. Solar Wind, Calorimetric Emittance, Ultraviolet (UV) exposure, Electrostatic Discharge (ESD), thin film coating, and contamination assessment chambers), and thermal property measurements.

2. Participates and/or leads a team in the area of spaceflight thermal coatings, identifying the environmental effects,and thermal property measurements for spacecraft mission.

3. Knowledge of contamination control design, development, integration, test, evaluation, operation, and long-term sustaining of space flight hardware as it may impact thermal coatings performance.

4. Knowledge of space environmental effects on coating survivability and performance given on-orbit parameters based upon lifetime for spacecraft missions.

5. Experience and capability in the development of techniques for the application of silicates, polyurethanes, silver Teflon, silicone, composite thin film deposition coatings, molecular absorber coating, and other coating research.

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 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*, 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. *Note: Curriculum must include 30 semester hours of course work in a combination of mathematics, statistics and computer science. Of the 30 semester hours, 15 must be in any combination of statistics and mathematics which includes differential and integral calculus.

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

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

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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