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Job Title:  Aerospace Engineer (Propulsion)
Department:  Department Of Transportation
Agency:  Federal Aviation Administration
Job Announcement Number:  ASW-AIR-13-368-31561

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$88,813.00 to $137,684.00 / Per Year
Monday, July 15, 2013 to Monday, August 05, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy - Fort Worth, TX   View Map
U.S. Citizens


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About the FAA         Employment Information

Business Component: Southwest Region, Aircraft Certification Service, Rotorcraft Directorate, Regulations and Policy Group, ASW-111

Permanent Change of Station (PCS) - In accordance with applicable FAA Travel regulations, full relocation benefits will be paid (actual expenses).


  • U.S. Citizen


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Serves as an Aerospace Engineer with propulsion systems and engine installation engineering expertise in the Rotorcraft Standards Staff, Regulations and Policy Group. Responsible for evaluating rotorcraft propulsion systems, and engine installations by use of rules, policy, and the associated standards for rotorcraft applications. Serves as an agency expert in rotorcraft type certification and continued operational safety (COS) issues related to rotorcraft propulsion systems and engine installations and is responsible for detailed coordination with other engineers within the FAA's Aircraft Certification Offices and Foreign Civil Aviation Authorities. As an expert, you will provide staff assistance and serve as advisor to the Manager, Regulations and Policy Group on matters to the assigned area of responsibility pertaining to rotorcraft type certification and COS. Provides policy for the implementation of regulations, as well as when regulations do not adequately address the technology being employed. Recognizes the need for new rules or policy that may be necessary for new applications of equipment or the application of new state of the art propulsion/engine equipment. Provides policy and guidance for domestic and international consideration for standardization. Develops and coordinates rotorcraft type certification policy. Initiates, organizes and conducts the development of new Federal Aviation Regulations pertaining to rotorcraft propulsion systems and engine installations, or projects of a nature directly or indirectly related to rotorcraft programs. Evaluates the safety of rotorcraft propulsion systems, and engine installations, and where necessary participates in the analysis of accidents, malfunction and service difficulty reports involving rotorcraft propulsion systems, and engine installations. Participates in Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committees/Aviation Rulemaking Committees to draft new rules and ad hoc teams with industry, other aviation authorities, and agencies to develop regulations, policies and standards. Prepares correspondence, advisory material, reports, directives, memoranda, and delivers presentations on controversial or complex technical issues. Identifies trends in the continued operational safety (COS) arena related to rotorcraft propulsion systems, and engine installations, and formulates strategies to address the issues. This may involve investigating rotorcraft accidents, incidents, failures, malfunctions, performance, maintenance or service problems; performing root cause analyzes, statistical analyzes, risk assessments, developing corrective actions for the identified hazards and monitoring the implementation and effectiveness of the corrective actions. Identifies appropriate corrective actions as a result of safety trends observed through data analysis. Develops Airworthiness Directives and Safety Information Alert Bulletins; reviews and responds to NTSB and FAA Safety Recommendations; and identifies and participates in research and development studies to ascertain the need for new safety standards or to implement new technologies necessary to improve continued operational safety. Serves as project officer (PO) for various rotorcraft models responsible with performing project management duties for the rotorcraft models assigned. Duties include working with project team members, domestic and foreign applicants, other FAA offices, and owners/operators to address and resolve a variety of type certification and COS issues pertaining to the rotorcraft models assigned. Performs other duties as assigned.


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Successful completion of a full 4-year professional engineering curriculum leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in engineering in an accredited college/university. To be acceptable, the curriculum must (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses in 5 of the following 7 areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statistics, dynamics (b) strength of materials (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics (d) thermodynamics (e) electrical fields and circuits (f) nature and properties of materials or (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics, OR A COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE.

To qualify for this position you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the FV-I in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Specialized experience may include but is not limited to: experience that has provided a technical knowledge and/or practical knowledge of aircraft propulsion systems and engine installations in order to serve as the technical authority in these areas.

In addition to the minimum qualifications, the following has been determined to be a selective factor for this position. This means possession of this criterion is part of the minimum qualifications and is essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of this position. Applicants who do not possess this criterion are ineligible for further consideration.

  • Expert knowledge and experience in aircraft propulsion systems and engine installations.

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. Expert knowledge and experience in aircraft propulsion systems and engine installations.

2. Ability to apply ADVANCED engineering concepts, principles and practices to aircraft propulsion systems and engine installations.

3. Ability to utilize risk analysis techniques to analyze and evaluate the safety and reliability of aerospace vehicles, systems or components.

4. Ability to foster the open exchange of technical ideas and information in order to develop engineering solutions to resolve complex issues that involves input from different FAA and/or other organizations.

5. Ability to prepare clear and concise written documents that compel others to take a course of action, instruct others in carrying out activities, or explain the purpose, goals and objectives of a policy or regulation.

6. Develop mutually rewarding relationships with fellow employees, industry, and stakeholders. All corporate activities are conducted to the highest ethical standards by communicating effectively, remaining flexible, respecting differing opinions, and exercising patience in challenging situations.

7. QUALITY RANKING FACTOR (QRF). A QRF is a knowledge, skill, ability (KSA) or competency that could be expected to significantly enhance performance in a position, but unlike a Selective Placement Factor, is not essential for satisfactory performance. Experience performing detailed design analysis and demonstrated understanding of rotorcraft propulsion systems and engine installations and demonstrated understanding of the Part 27 and Part 29 certification regulations.

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.
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.
Direct deposit of pay is 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.

NOTE: Current and former federal applicants must submit a copy of their most recent SF 50 Notification of Personnel Action, showing grade, series and tenure/reinstatement eligibility.

Salary includes locality payment of 20.67%

Applicants must apply on-line to receive consideration for this vacancy announcement. Faxed, mailed or e-mailed applications cannot be accepted.

Applicants must meet qualification requirements and other conditions stated in this announcement as of the closing date.

To qualify based on education, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. Failure to do so will result in loss of consideration. If selected, official transcripts will be required.

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

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

Note: If the agency decides to interview any qualified employee on the selection list. Then all on the list who are qualified must be interviewed.

Supporting documentation may be uploaded to your application within the USAJOBS website. You may also mail or fax supporting documentation to the serving Human Resources Office at (817) 222-5852 however, we cannot guarantee timely receipt or assume responsibility for the qualify or legibility of any faxed documents. Regardless of the method of delivery, all supporting documentation MUST be received in the serving Human Resources Office by the closing date of announcement.

INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS: Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.


This is a bargaining unit position.

Links to Important Information: Locality Pay, COLA, Citizenship


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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.

    • SF-15  : Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference


All Veterans: You must submit a DD Form 214, Military Discharge (Member Copy 4 or equivalent). If you are claiming 10 point preference, in addition to your DD Form 214, you must submit a completed SF-15 and supporting documents outlined on the SF-15. Documents must be uploaded or faxed to the Servicing Human Resource Office listed in this announcement and all documents must be received by the closing date of the announcement. If you fail to submit documentation, you will be assessed as a non-veteran.

If you are claiming 10 point preference and submit a DD Form 214 but fail to submit the supporting documents outlined on the SF-15, you will be assessed as a 5 point preference eligible if your DD Form 214 reflects you have the service qualifying for tentative preference (i.e. served in a war, campaign or expedition). Documents must be uploaded or faxed to the Servicing Human Resource Office listed in this announcement and all documents must be received by the closing date of the announcement. If you fail to submit documentation, you will be assessed as a non-veteran.

Veterans on active duty claiming veterans' preference: You will be granted a tentative preference if your application shows that you have the required service (i.e. served in a war, campaign or expedition). Prior to being appointed, you must provide to the Servicing Human Resource Office a DD Form 214 documenting that the service was honorable or general. If you are on terminal leave, you must provide documentation certifying authorized terminal leave.

You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.

This position has a positive education requirement, you must upload or fax a copy of your college transcripts at time of application. If selected, official transcripts will be required prior to employment.

Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50), if applicable.

Combination education and experience may be qualifying for this position. Refer to OPM's Operating Manual Qualification Standards at, for more information.

To qualify based on education you must submit a copy of your high school or college transcripts or certificates.

Only supplemental documentation, e.g. transcripts or veteran's documentation will be accepted in combination with your on-line application. These documents must be uploaded or faxed to 817-222-5852 on or before the closing date of this announcement. All submitted documents should reference the announcement number.


Karen L. Hayes, Human Resources Specialist
Phone: 817-222-5851
Fax: 817-222-5852
Agency Information:
Federal Aviation Administration
Southwest Region
2601 Meacham Blvd.
Fort Worth, TX
Fax: 817-222-5852


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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