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Job Title:  Aerospace Engineer
Department:  Department Of Transportation
Agency:  Federal Aviation Administration
Job Announcement Number:  AWA-AST-13-DB75082-28984

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$62,110.00 to $96,271.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 to Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy - Washington DC, DC   View Map
Current or Former Federal Employees & EVHO
Click here for definition of EVHO.


The Next Generation of Flight is Underway - and you can be part of it! We need you and your fresh ideas to shape the air transportation system of tomorrow, and the way America flies. Come be a part of the new generation in aviation, an industry that is absolutely critical to this nation's economy and security.

The Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) is a fundamental transformation of our nation's airspace system. It uses 21st century technologies to meet future demands, avoid gridlock in the sky and on the runways, further improve safety, and protect the environment. For more information on NextGen, watch this brief introduction : NextGen Introduction

About the FAA         Employment Information

Business Component: Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation Licensing & Evaluation division, AST-200

No Permanent Change of Station (PCS) payments are authorized.


  • U.S. Citizen
  • Regular travel is required.
  • Successful completion of a security investigation will be required.
  • This is a drug-testing designated position.


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The incumbent will serve as an Aerospace Engineer in the Licensing and Evaluation Division of the Office of Commercial Space Transportation (AST) to analyze and conduct safety evaluations of space transportation activities that involve the launch or reentry of expendable and reusable launch vehicles and operation of launch and reentry sites. The incumbent will assist with analyzing and evaluating launch and range safety operations and requirements that involve the design, development, test, and evaluation of flight safety and launch vehicle systems. He/She will support technical reviews and makes recommendations regarding the adequacy of technical documents and analyses submitted by an applicant seeking a launch license or experimental permit; assist with technical evaluations that form the basis for determining if safety and regulatory requirements have been met; and support the development of regulatory requirements for new and existing technologies and concepts for commercial space transportation involving expendable and reusable launch vehicles.


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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; OR, ALTERNATIVE REQUIREMENTS: A. Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following: Professional registration: Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico; Written Test: Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico; Specified academic courses: Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A; Related curriculum: - Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. 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. SPECIALIZED experience is experience which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position and that is typically in or related to work of the position to be filled. An example of SPECIALIZED experience may be but not limited to processing and dissemination of published and unpublished technical documents and information on work in progress and completed work to facilitate their use. Classifying and declassifying technical information where use must be controlled in the national interest. To qualify for the FV-H level, applicants must have specialized experience equivalent to the GS/FG-11 or FV-G pay level in the Federal service. Candidates must have at least one-year experience of comparable experience working with system safety for commercial expendable and reusable launch vehicle operations.

We are not accepting applications from noncitizens.

IMPORTANT: Ensure that your work experience supports your Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) answers. Your answers and associated work experience will be evaluated further to validate whether the answers that you selected are appropriate. Answers may be adjusted by a Human Resource Specialist as appropriate.


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.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA)

1. Knowledge of conducting safety evaluations of launch vehicle systems and operations.

2. Knowledge of design, development, test, and evaluation of spacecraft or launch vehicle systems.

3. Knowledge of launch and range safety operations and requirements.

4. Ability to write technical documents and present technical briefings and findings to diverse audiences.

To preview the application questionnaire, click the following link: View Application Questionnaire


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FAA offers an excellent comprehensive benefits programs. To learn more about the federal government benefits, please click here.


We may use this vacancy to fill other similar vacant positions.
Travel may be required.
Position may be subject to a background investigation.
A one-year probationary period may be required.

1. This is a sensitive (Level 2) position.
2. This position is covered by the Department of Transportation's Drug and Alcohol Testing Program and subject to random drug and/or alcohol testing.
3. In the text box following each Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA); please provide a brief explanation of your possession of the applicable KSA. Include the name, title, organization name, and phone number of at least one reference that can be contacted for further verification of your level of capability.
4. Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and selective factor(s), if applicable, may be further evaluated on the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: score order, category grouping, or alphabetical and referred to the selecting official for consideration.
5. This position is covered by the FAA Core Compensation Plan. Additional information about Core Compensation is available on the following website:
6. You may be asked to verify information you have provided on your application for employment with the FAA.
7. 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.
8. Some, all or none of the applicants may be interviewed.
9. You MUST apply on-line for this vacancy.
10. AHR Headquarters organization may fill similar positions from this announcement.
11. This position is also being announced as Vacancy Announcement No. AWA-AST-13-DB75082-28986 as All US Citizens. Please review both vacancy announcements to determine if you are eligible to apply.

This is a bargaining unit position.

Links to Important Information: Locality Pay, COLACitizenshipFinancial Disclosure


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You must apply online to receive consideration. Your application must have a status of "Submitted" by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the Close Date for it to be accepted. If you are applying for positions associated with FAA registers, your application must have a status of "Submitted" each time a referral list is created in order to receive consideration for positions associated with register.


We strongly encourage applicants to utilize the USAJOBS resume builder in the creation of resumes.

Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information:
  • Job Title (include series and grade if Federal Job)
  • Duties (be specific in describing your duties)
  • Employer's name and address
  • Supervisor name and phone number
  • Start and end dates including month and year (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008)
  • Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)
  • Salary

  • Determining length of General or Specialized Experience is dependent on the above information and failure to provide ALL of this information may result in a finding of ineligible.

    You may upload completed documents to your USAJOBS Account. This will provide you the opportunity to utilize the uploaded information again when applying for future vacancies. Please see this guide, Document Upload Guide, for more information on uploading and re-using the documents in your applications.


Applicants claiming eligibility for the Expanded Veterans Hiring Opportunity (EVHO), MUST submit a DD Form 214 reflecting character of service to verify eligibility by the closing date of the announcement as requested by the Human Resource Office. Eligibility for EVHO will be considered based on applicable documentation submitted by the closing date.

Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50), upon request.

Only supplemental documentation, e.g. transcripts or veteran's documentation will be accepted in combination with your on-line application. These documents must be faxed to (202) 267-7032 on or before the closing date of this announcement. All submitted documents should reference the announcement number.

You must submit a copy of your college transcripts or certificates at time of application. If selected, official transcripts will be required prior to employment


Human Resource Services Division
Phone: 202-267-8012
Fax: 1-866-291-3009
Agency Information:
Federal Aviation Administration
Human Resource Services Division, AHP-200
800 Independence Avenue, SW
Room 523
Washington, DC
Fax: 1-866-291-3009


Candidates for FAA positions are evaluated using our Automated Vacancy Information Access Tool for Online Referral (AVIATOR) system. AVIATOR compares your skills and experience as described in your application with the requirements of the position. If you are found to be an eligible, highly-qualified candidate, you will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. (In some cases, individuals with priority for special consideration must be considered and selected before other candidates.) Whether or not you are contacted for an interview depends upon the location of the position and the judgment of the selecting official.

Important - If you make any change to your application, you must resubmit it. If you change your application and do not resubmit it, your changes will not be considered part of your application package, and your previous application will be considered.

FAA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or other non-merit factors. DOT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Additional information on reasonable accommodations procedures or on EEO Programs is available on or by contacting the local FAA Civil Rights Office.

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