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Job Title:  Lead Engineering Technician (Mechanical)
Department:  National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Agency:  Dryden Flight Research Center
Job Announcement Number:  DF13C0005

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$76,644.00 to $99,636.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 to Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Edwards AFB, CAView Map
Open to current Federal employees serving on a career or career-conditional appointment, former Federal employees eligible for reinstatement, or those eligible for non-competitive appointment under special authorities. NASA term employees with term conversion eligibility under P.L. 108-201 may also apply. Veterans who are preference eligibles or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 or more years of continuous active service may apply.


NASA, the world's leader in space and aeronautics is always seeking outstanding scientists, engineers, and other talented professionals to carry forward the great discovery process that its mission demands. Creativity. Ambition. Teamwork. A sense of daring. And a probing mind. That's what it takes to join NASA, one of the best places to work in the Federal Government.

The Flight Loads Laboratory is NASA Dryden's facility for conducting thermal and structural ground tests on aircraft, components, and payloads. These tests include mechanical loading, aerodynamic heating simulations, and modal surveys. Incumbent serves as the Lead Engineering Technician in the Flight Loads Laboratory leading a team of electronics and mechanical technicians, responsible for performing modifications, fabrication, repairs, maintenance, installation, troubleshooting, and system calibration on complex and advanced electronic and mechanical systems and equipment. The incumbent is responsible for direction, work load distribution and other administrative assignments required within the scope of the leadership position. Works on the design, fabrication, layout, modification, diagnosis and repair, maintenance, installation operations, and troubleshooting of test systems and test setups in the Flight Loads Laboratory.

Travel and relocation expenses will not be authorized.


  • Position subject to a pre-employment drug test
  • Position subject to pre-employment background investigation
  • Position subject to random drug testing
  • Selectee must pass a pre-employment physical examination
  • A valid state Driver's License is required


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Provides direction to technicians and mechanics who assemble, service, maintain, and repair extremely complex test systems and equipment related to thermal and structural testing. Provides technical leadership in problem investigations, troubleshooting, and issue resolution activities involving flight vehicles and hardware, advanced structural test articles, and associated thermal and structural test equipment and facilities. These investigations include procurement, quality problems, review of nondestructive test results, and collaboration with responsible engineers.

Prepares engineering evaluation tests of equipment such as prototype test articles or experimental vehicles conceived and designed by engineers. Considers test parameters established by the project engineer, requirements to be met, adequacy of facilities, availability of instrumentation, safety issues involved, and time available when planning the execution of work.

Troubleshoots, adjusts, modifies, and improves test systems or equipment to provide support that minimizes interruptions in the ability to carry out critical testing and evaluation activities. Ensures that tests are set up and carried out in accordance with established objectives and milestones for project completion.
Services, maintains, modifies fabricates and repairs extremely complex test systems including hydraulic loading systems and one-of-a-kind structural and thermal test systems. Performs and/or directs the performance of maintenance efforts to ensure that equipment is in reliable operating condition and available for normal daily functions and emergencies.

Provides technician assistance to quality assurance specialists, engineers, and team members by conducting analyses and evaluations such as audits or process compliance reviews.


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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.

Examples of specialized experience at the GS-11 level include: leadership in troubleshooting, repair, maintenance, installation, testing, and evaluation of extremely complex test systems and equipment; mechanical fabrication, assembly, repair, and troubleshooting of vehicles or other structures; ability to read and interpret technical drawings and manuals; and ability to assembly, troubleshoot, and repair hydraulic systems.

Additionally, experience related to the assembly, maintenance, and repair of electronic systems is desirable though not required.

At this grade level, there is no substitution of education for specialized experience.

U.S. citizenship is required.
A valid State Driver's License is required.


Resumes will be rated by an automated system (Resumix) that matches the competencies extracted from the candidate's resume to the competencies identified by the selecting official for the position. Candidates will be evaluated on the competencies they possess that are directly related to the duties of the job, as described in this announcement. Candidates should refer to NASA's Applicant Guide for assistance in developing a complete resume. NASA will not accept separate KSA statement.

A category rating method will be used to evaluate candidates. All candidates will be assigned to either a 70, 80, or 90 pt. quality category based on the degree to which their competencies meet the position requirements. All candidates in the 90 pt group, which is the highest quality category, may be referred for consideration. A human resources specialist will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official. In certain instances when a large candidate pool exists within the highest quality category, additional weighting of scores may occur to further distinguish best qualified candidates. 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.


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NASA offers excellent benefit programs and competitive salaries. To learn more about pay and benefits at NASA, click HERE.


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.

U.S. citizenship is required.

Qualified NASA term employees who have term conversion eligibility under the NASA Flexibility Act of 2004 will be referred and considered equally with other NASA permanent employees under internal competitive placement procedures.

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.

Current Federal employees must meet time in grade and three months after competitive appointment restrictions by the closing date of the announcement.

Any applicant tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to screening for illegal drug use prior to appointment and will be subject to random drug tests while occupying the position.

Travel and relocation expenses will not be authorized.

Any individual selected for this position must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.


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This vacancy is being filled through NASA STARS, an automated Staffing and Recruitment System. NASA partners with USAJOBS in providing a seamless application process. Before you begin the application process, please read the vacancy announcement carefully and have all required information available. You may begin the process of submitting your resume by clicking on the 'Apply Online' link.

In order to be considered, you must submit a resume completed on the USAJOBS site. When completing your USAJOBS resume, please remember that NASA limits resumes to the equivalent of approximately SIX typed pages, or approximately 22,000 characters including spaces. You will NOT be allowed to complete the application process if your resume is too long or if your resume was uploaded to USAJobs from a second source. Additionally, NASA does not accept documents attached through USAJobs' document attachment feature.

Once you submit your resume to NASA, you will be asked to complete a short series of additional questions. You must finish the entire process in order to have a complete application package and receive consideration. Your answers will not be saved unless you finish the entire application.

You may edit a previously-submitted application, if the announcement is still open.For more information, see the Applicant Guide.

If you are unable to apply electronically for this position, submit your resume and supplemental questions to: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Resume Operations Center, Mailstop: HS50, Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812. DO NOT submit your resume directly to the Center advertising this vacancy. Mailed resumes must be received by the close of business on the closing date of the announcement. Hard copy resumes requirements are provided at: Hard Copy Resume Requirements.

If you are a first time applicant, we recommend that you review NASA's Applicant Guide to ensure that you are providing a complete resume. Failure to submit the supplemental data and a resume that contains all of the required information may result in loss of consideration for positions in which you are interested.

All applications must be received no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.


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.


Nancy Campbell
Agency Information:
NASA's Resume Operations Center
Mailstop HS50
Marshall Space Flight Center, AL


Candidates for NASA positions are evaluated using our automated staffing and recruitment system, NASA STARS, which compares your skills and experience as described in your resume with the requirements of the position. If you are found to be a 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.

At NASA, we pride ourselves on efficient and timely recruitment actions, and you can normally expect to learn the outcome of the selection process in a fairly short period of time. In addition, to ensure that you can measure progress for yourself, NASA provides you with regularly updated information on the status of the vacancy announcement.

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