Airway Transportation Systems Specialist

Washington, D.C
Jan 14, 2022
Jan 22, 2022
Full Time

This position is located in Safety and Technical Training, Technical Training Directorate, Technical Operation Training Group, TO Training Policy and Requirements Team (AJl-2330). This Group is responsible for providing technical training programs that meet requirements set by the Technical Operations Service Unit.

As an Airway Transportation System Specialists, he/she is responsible for performing work of broad scope and complexity. He/she provides the highest organizational level of technical support associated with analyzing and evaluating the most complex aviation equipment, and airport traffic systems for which the FAA is responsible. Using broad experience and comprehensive technical knowledge of aviation communication and navigation equipment, and airport traffic systems, he/she analyzes and evaluates new and updates legacy training initiatives, and coursework. This work directly supports AJI objectives and the safe and continual operation of the National Airspace System (NAS) and contributes to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Safety Culture efforts.

As a technical expert, he/she uses experience operating and maintaining NAS communication, navigation and/or surveillance equipment and systems to review and evaluate NAS change proposals for impacts to national training courses. He/she applies experience providing On-the-Job Training (OJT) in an FAA facility or airport, to analyze current training courses and curricula to determine the need to revise them or to develop new courses related to communication, navigation and/or surveillance equipment. He/she uses experience troubleshooting various navigation systems, such as the Instrument Landing System (ILS) to plan the scope and development of new courses. Monitors and reports on progress to all stakeholders. He/she uses experience testing and repairing communication equipment such as the Terminal Voice Switch (IVS) system to prepare objectives, write course material, and to prepare lesson plans and examinations. He/she resolves highly complex issues and unique problems that significantly effects technical operations training operations and procedures.

Using field experience installing or maintaining NAS equipment, the Requirements Specialist researches and analyzes new technologies for contribution to FAAs short- and long-term training development goals. Incorporates existing and new emerging learning technologies into training delivery strategies and provides customers with training products and services required to conduct and support FAA operations. As requested by the operational service units, uses experience working on joint labor/FAA work groups to develop and implement new and recurrent training courses.

Contacts are both internal and external to the ATC), and in some cases to the FAA as a whole. He/she often represents AJI as a primary technical point of contact for the evaluation of NAS change proposals for impacts to national training courses. He/she coordinates and implements plans to obtain information and resolve problems. He/she provides guidance, instructions and advice to representatives of the ATO operational service units to design, coordinates and integrates business approaches to maximize technical operations training. In some cases, oversees and monitors contractor activity.

The Communication/Navigation/Surveillance Requirements Lead identifies work in terms of priorities, overall objectives, and boundaries. The Specialist identifies resources needed to perform assignments and organizes and assigns resources needed to accomplish large work activities within established schedules. He/she independently resolves all but unique technical problems. Completed assignments are considered technically authoritative and are reviewed only for general compliance with organizational objectives.


Conditions of Employment

  • Review the Additional Information Section of this vacancy announcement for important information regarding pre-employment COVID Vaccine requirement.
  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must submit an SF50 (See Required Documents)


To qualify for the position you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the FV-H, FG/GS-12 level. This experience typically related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has 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 level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

Specialized Experience is defined as:

Experience testing and repairing Navigation/Communication systems to prepare objectives, write course material, and to prepare lesson plans and examinations, AND;

Experience installing or maintaining technical equipment to analyze new technologies for contribution to FAA's short- and long-term training development goals.

You should include relevant examples of the specialized experience in your work history. Errors or omissions may impact your rating or may result in you not being considered.

Answer all questions to the best of your ability. DO NOT ASSUME THAT BECAUSE YOU HOLD, OR HAVE HELD THIS POSITION, YOU WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE FOUND ELIGIBLE. You may be asked to provide evidence or documentation that you have this type of experience later in the selection process. Your responses are subject to verification through job interviews, or any other information obtained during the application process. Any exaggeration of your experience or any attempt to conceal information can result in disqualification.

The Locality Rates and The Salary Range ( including locality ) are shown below:

Washington, DC - (30.48% locality) - $88,211 - $136,714

Oklahoma City, OK - (15.95% locality) - $78,388 - $121,490

In accordance with HRPM EMP 1.29/1.29a, this position MAY be a Career Enhancement Program/Career Progression assignment. The selectee(s) may be eligible for pay retention. Career Diversity is not enhanced when an employee is assigned to a staff or supervisory position in which they previously held on a permanent basis. CEP/CP selectees will be required to certify eligibility. Pay retention is not guaranteed.

*Applicants who fail to demonstrate possession of any of the above criteria AND who do not provide the required documentation will receive no further consideration for this position. *

Applicants may be asked to verify information on your application for employment with the FAA.

**All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement. **


Education cannot be substituted for experience.

Preview Job Questionnaire
Make sure your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications and answers to the job questionnaire.

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.

The U.S. Department of Transportation strives to ensure that equity, transparency, accountability, collaboration, and communication permeate all that we do for the betterment of the Department, the traveling public, and our nation. As such, DOT values a highly diverse workforce of persons who promote a culture of belonging by respecting the personal dignity and worth of each individual and fostering a positive environment where all feel safe and welcome. If these commitments coincide with your personal ideals and professional aspirations, please consider joining the DOT family.

If selected, you will be required to acknowledge/affirm that you are or will be fully vaccinated prior to entering on duty, and will be required to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination upon entering on duty. If you are not fully vaccinated, your start date may be delayed until you are fully vaccinated or request and receive a legally required exception.

1. This position is covered by the FAA Core Compensation plan. Additional information about core compensation is available on the following website:

2. As a part of the Federal-Wide Hiring Reform Initiative (streamlining the hiring process), the FAA is committed to eliminating the use of Knowledge, Skills and Ability (KSA) narratives from the initial application in the hiring process for all announcements. Therefore, as an applicant, you are NOT required to provide a narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA.

In lieu of providing a KSA narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA section, in your work history, please include information that provides specific examples of how you meet the response level or answer you chose for each KSA. Your work history examples should be specific and clearly reflect the highest level of ability. Your KSA answers will be evaluated further to validate whether the level that you selected is appropriate based on the work history and experience you provided.

3. Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and/or selective placement factor(s) (SPF) may be further evaluated on the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) and/or Quality Ranking Factor (QRF) listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: (I) score order; (2) category grouping; (3) alphabetical; or (4) priority grouping, and referred to the selecting official for selection consideration.

4. Some, all, or none of the applicants may be interviewed.

5. This Level 5 (Moderate Risk; Public Trust) position requires favorable adjudication of a Minimum Background Investigation (MBI) background investigation prior to appointment, unless a waiver is obtained.

This is a bargaining unit position. This position is represented by PAACE: ATC Training & Development.

Links to Important Information: Locality Pay , COLA