General Engineer

Washington, D.C
Apr 07, 2021
Apr 15, 2021
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time


This position is located in Air Traffic Organization, Technical Operations Services, Air Traffic Control Facilities & ES, National Engineering Support (NES) Group, NAS, Terminal/SUR/WX Team , AJW-2930.

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The employee is responsible for planning and accomplishing highly complex and challenging projects/programs and other work activities for Engineering Services in the Terminal and EnRoute Automation, Data Systems, Facilities, or Surveillance program areas, under the minimal direction of a manager, project/program manager, team leader, or more experienced engineer. He/she integrating multiple projects/programs in order to meet program goals.

Applies experience and comprehensive knowledge of engineering principles, theories, and concepts applicable to Terminal and EnRoute facilities and systems (i.e. Automation, Data Systems, and/or Surveillance Systems) that form the infrastructure of the National Airspace Systems (NAS), as well as an understanding of new technologies and methodologies, to solve complex problems and to develop improved technical processes for the organization. Provide deployment planning experience to the program office for programs seeking Joint Resource Council (JRC) investment decision.

May act as a principal technical specialist or as a project/program manager or team leader for large work activities. Interfaces between Engineering Services, Service Centers, and multiple Air Traffic Organization (ATO) service Units, and other headquarters stakeholders for deployment planning, implementation and operations engineering. Provides standardization and technical policy guidance to Engineering Services in each Service Area for implementation strategies, work planning, and design analysis for systems integration

Provides policy guidance to the program implementation managers, project engineers, and Service Units on matters related to program schedules, budget, implementation plans, program goals, designs, and specifications. Advocates for Engineering Services and the Service Center to resolve implementation and engineering issues

Provides and/or coordinates input to system procurements early in the acquisition process. Ensures consistent application of engineering processes, methodologies and best practices within these project support actives. Conducts independent and interdependent engineering studies such as, trend analysis, and other engineering economic studies.

Often represents FAA as a senior technical point of contact on projects, programs and other work activities. Communicates results to all levels internally or externally. Coordinates significant technical matters with representatives of external organizations.

Broad policies and objectives provide general guidance for addressing issues, but allow considerable discretion to develop new and innovative app roaches. Draws on experience to solve unusual problems and may create new solutions and policy Interpretations as the situation requires.

Provides guidance to lower-level staff to solve difficult technical issues. Resolves all but unique technical problems without the intervention of management or a more experienced engineer. Develops plans, techniques, and policies to address current or anticipated problems and issues. Works with senior management to solve problems.

Work is reviewed rarely, typically though status reports and at project completion, to ensure technical compliance and alignment with the requirements of the project or other work activity.

Travel Required

25% or less - The job may require up to 25% travel.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must submit an SF50 (See Required Documents)
  • This position has a positive education requirement. Transcript(s) required.
  • A one-year probationary period may be required.


PRIMARY METHOD: Successful completion of a full four-year professional engineering curriculum leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in engineering in an accredited college or university. To be acceptable the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the 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);(g)any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics. In addition to the basic requirements, all candidates must demonstrate one year of SPECIALIZED experience equivalent to the next lower grade in the Federal Government. (Must have held the next lower grade level at an FG-13 or FV-I band to qualify for an FV-J band and an FG-13 or FV-I band to qualify for a FV-J band).

SPECIALIZED experience is experience with advanced engineering principles, theories and concepts on grounding and bonding, electrical distribution code compliance, electrical architecture and functions. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is defined as experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. 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. Examples of specialized experience are:

Understanding of project management, specifically the five phases: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and closing and how they relate to FAA AMS cycle (PMP certified). Knowledge of the CWP and deployment planning activities.


This position has a positive education requirement: Applicants must submit a copy of their college or university transcripts(s) and certificates by the closing date of announcement to verify qualifications. If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. You may upload these documents with your application in USAJOBS or fax it to fax number provided in the announcement (please include announcement number on each page).

Failure to do so will result in loss of consideration.

Schools must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Accreditation may be verified at the following website: .

Foreign education must be evaluated by a private professional organization specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials or an accredited U.S. educational institution in terms of equivalence to a degree acquired at an American college or university. A copy of the evaluation results must be included, otherwise your foreign education will not be considered.

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Additional information

We may use this vacancy to fill other similar vacant positions.
Position may be subject to a background investigation.
A one-year probationary period may be required.
The person selected for this position may be required to file a financial disclosure statement within 30 days of entry on duty. FAA policy limits certain outside employment and financial investments in aviation-related companies.

This is a bargaining unit position.

Links to Important Information: Locality Pay , COLA

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

IMPORTANT: Applicants may be rated on the extent and quality of experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position(s). All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated. Ensure that your application package/resume supports your responses.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

FAA Employees: Please provide a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) which verifies current position title, series, grade, tenure, and organization of record.

This position has a positive education requirement; college transcripts are required for ALL candidates newly appointed to the FAA in the 0800 (Engineering) series.

College transcripts must be submitted from current FAA employees applying for internal vacancies if they have never held a position in the 0800 (Engineering) series with the FAA.

College transcripts are not required from current FAA employees who are currently occupying an 0800 (Engineering) series.

If selected, official transcripts are required prior to employment.

If you are an FAA employee, you MUST provide a copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) containing information in Blocks 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, and 24 so it can be used to verify your position title, series, grade, tenure, and organization of record by the closing date of the announcement. You may fax your SF-50 or upload it into the on-line application. If faxing the SF-50, please ensure you include the vacancy announcement number on the faxed copy.

If you are an FAA employee, you can access and print your SF-50 from the eOPF system .

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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