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Job Title:  Computer Engineer (Software)
Department:  Department Of Transportation
Agency:  Federal Aviation Administration
Job Announcement Number:  ASW-AIR-14-KLH026-32596

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, November 25, 2013 to Monday, December 16, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy - Fort Worth, TX   View Map
U.S. Citizens
Public Trust - Background Investigation


About the Agency

Business Component: Aircraft Certification Service, Rotorcraft Directorate, Rotorcraft Certification Office, ASW-170

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


  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.


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Serves as a Computer Engineer in Aircraft Certification Service, Rotorcraft Directorate and Rotorcraft Certification Office. Applies experience and expert knowledge of engineering concepts, principles and practices to software development assurance using RCTA DO-178B, Airborne (or complex) Electronic Hardware (AEH) assurance using RTCA-254 and subsequent versions as adopted by FAA. In addition, you will have complex specialized assignments throughout the range of engineering technologies to include systems, equipment, propulsion, advanced integrated avionics and advanced fly-by-wire flight controls to support civil aircraft certification projects. You may also be required to provide software and AEH assistance for other offices throughout the Aircraft Certification Service. Provides expert computer software and AEH advice to engineers and participates in the evaluation of certification applicants' software and AEH design work based on certification requirements, special conditions, applicable rules and regulations and good design practices. Identifies and defines discrepancies or inadequacies and major problems encountered. Provides expert assistance to resolve these problems, and or modifies the project through recommended changes or other appropriate methods. Provides authoritative information on software and AEH certification policy and technical concerns to other experts in the industry, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), foreign civil aviation authorities, the National Transportation Safety Board and other interested parties. Represents the FAA as the Technical Advisor while participating in local and national continuous improvement teams, industry meetings for software and AEH certification and continued operational safety (COS) of products using software and AEH. Assists the Rotorcraft Directorate and Aircraft Certification Service national policy offices in developing policy, guidance and training for all products. Analyzes and evaluates engineering issues concerned with the development of international and domestic regulations, technical standard orders (TSO), policies and procedures for the design, development and type certification of advanced state-of-the-art components and equipment that are generally applicable to all types of civil aircraft. Develops specific office processes and procedures to facilitate the implementation of national directives and guidance material. Work closely with Directorate Staff and other offices to determine the adequacy and effectiveness of these regulations and guidance material. Supervises Designated Engineering Representative (DER) and Organization Designation Authorizations (ODAs) in software and AEH certification areas and supports the DERs and ODAs through seminars and on an individual basis. Participates in Type Certification Board Meetings as the technical authority in software and AEH certification, assuring critical issues are adequately addressed in the certification process. Be assigned to Aircraft Certification audit teams as the technical advisor.


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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 (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. Candidates must have 52 weeks of professional engineering experience and specialized experience. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is experience developing software for advanced computer subsystems of civil aircraft electrical, electronic and avionic systems. Experience in engineering technologies; including systems, equipment, propulsion and flight test. To be creditable, this experience MUST have been at least equivalent to the next lower level or pay band.
Evaluation Criteria

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA)
1. Ability to apply experience and expert knowledge of engineering concepts, principles and practices to software development assurance using RTCA DO-178 versions B or C. Examples include using DO-178 versions B or C in software certification, auditing software development for compliance to DO-178 versions B or C, software verification, software configuration management, software quality assurance, software certification liaison and software tool qualification.
2. Ability to investigate and analyze accidents, failures, malfunctions and performance, maintenance or service problems and to recommend corrective actions.
3. Ability to oversee, review work and advise others to achieve technical objectives.
4. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely in both speech and writing in the English language, compelling others to take courses of action, instructing others to carry out activities and explaining the purposes, goals and objectives of policies and regulations.
5. Ability to develop mutually rewarding relationships with fellow employees, industry and stakeholders. All corporate activities will be conducted to the highest ethical and professional standards by communicating effectively, remaining flexible, respecting differing opinions and exercising patience in challenging situations.

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.

We are not accepting applications from noncitizens.


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.

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


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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.
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.

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

To qualify you must submit a copy of your official/unofficial college transcripts. Failure to do so will result in loss of consideration.

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

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

Selection may also be made from ASW-AIR-14-KLH027-32598.

Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

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

Application should include examples of specialized experience in their Work History.

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

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, day and year (e.g. June 18 2007 to April 05 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


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

If selected, official college or university transcript must be submitted.

Notification of Personnel Action (SF50), upon request.
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.


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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