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Job Title:  Aerospace Engineer
Department:  National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Agency:  Langley Research Center
Job Announcement Number:  LA14R0002

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$44,176.00 to $66,493.00 / Per Year
Monday, December 09, 2013 to Monday, December 30, 2013
Full Time - Recent Graduates
1 vacancy in the following location:
Hampton, VA View Map
To be considered for this position you must be a U.S. citizen and have graduated from an accredited educational institution within the last two years or be within 9 months of completing a degree program at an accredited educational institution. Veterans who were unable to apply for Pathways Recent Graduate jobs due to active military service are eligible for two years after release or discharge from active duty, up to six years after completing degree requirements.


Are you thinking about the future? At NASA, we make the future happen. Become a part of the NASA team - and develop job skills that could take you farther than you ever imagined. Start your career by building a bright future for yourself at NASA, recognized as one of the best places to work in the Federal government. The opportunities are "out of this world!"

This career developmental position will develop into that of a Structural Analyst working on the challenging experimental and theoretical analysis of spacecraft, launch vehicle and aircraft structures to determine their behavior in atmospheric and space environments and their interaction with the environment.

NASA's Recent Graduates program provides an opportunity for individuals to gain experience in Federal civil service positions at the beginning of their careers. Participants are placed in a dynamic, one-year career development program which may include specialized training, formal rotational assignments, and other developmental activities. Participants who successfully complete the program may be converted to term or permanent positions.

Recent Graduates will enter a formal training program, be provided a mentor, and execute an Individual Development Plan outlining training requirements and program expectations.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen
  • Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by appointment date
  • Position subject to pre-employment background investigation
  • Must have received qualifying degree within 2 years of appointment date
  • Relocation expenses may be authorized.


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This position is part of the NASA Pathways Recent Graduate Program which is a formal training program. You may be required to perform rotational assignments in various organizations.

You will receive training and development opportunities to expand your knowledge of aerospace engineering concepts, theory, principles and methods with particular understanding of structures design and analysis of aerospace structural systems. You will use your knowledge of engineering automation tools such as MATHLAB, MATHCAD and other Computer Aided Design tools to apply this knowledge to the solution of aerospace structures problems. You will research and analyze data on such topics as the structural response to loads and temperatures, vibration and damping properties; fatigue, fracture toughness, crack growth, creep and static and dynamic stability characteristics of structures and their components and prepare well organized presentations related to work assignments.


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Qualified applicants must have successfully completed a standard professional curriculum at an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree with major study in an appropriate field. The following major(s) are preferred: Aerospace Engineering, Structural Engineering or Mechanical Engineering.

To be found qualified on the basis of your education your resume must clearly state the GPA, degrees earned, or other criteria as listed in 1 through 9 below.

To be eligible for this position, you must:
1) Be a U.S. citizen;
2) Be at least 16 years of age at the time of appointment; and
3) Have completed degree requirements within the last two years. If you are a veteran and did not complete degree requirements within the last two years, you must have been discharged or released from active duty military service within the last six years to be eligible.

Applicants may qualify at the GS-7 level if they meet any of the following criteria:

(1) Are in the upper third of their class in the college, university, or major subdivision (e.g., school of engineering).

(2) Have an average of 2.90 or better on a 4.0 scale for either all completed college work at the time of application or have all college courses completed during the last two years of the undergraduate curriculum.

(3) Have achieved a grade average of B+ (3.5 on a 4.0 scale) or better in the major field of study where such field is fully qualifying. This is either the average of all completed college work in the major field of study at the time of application or the average of all college courses completed in the major field of study during the last two years of the undergraduate curriculum.

(4) Have been elected to membership in one of the national honorary scholastic societies meeting the minimum requirements of the Association of College Honor Societies (other than freshman honor societies).

(5) Have successfully completed a five-year program of study (e.g., one designed to be completed in no less than five years) or at least 160 semester hours leading to a bachelor's degree in an accredited college or university.

(7) Have successfully completed all requirements for two bachelor's degrees, one in an appropriate field of science or engineering.

(8) Have received honors or elective positions indicating superior leadership other than scholastic, provided the applicant's academic standing was in the upper half of the graduating class.

(9) Have established a pattern of completing courses having unusual preparatory value or direct relation to the particular aerospace specialty for which they are being considered.

To be qualified for GS-9 you must have completed of two full academic years of graduate education in an appropriate field or completion of a Masters' or equivalent.

You will be required to sign a Pathways Participant Agreement.


We will review your application, including your answers to the NASA-specific questions, to ensure that you meet eligibility requirements and minimum qualifications. Candidates may be further evaluated based on preferred areas of study described above.

Veterans' preference applies in the hiring process. In order to receive preference in hiring, you must clearly identify your claim for veterans' preference when you apply. Veteran's preference will only be considered based on what is supported. For instance, if you claim 10-point preference, but are only able to document 5-point preference, you will be considered accordingly. For more information about Veterans' Preference, please visit this link.

Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you or removal after hiring.


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NASA offers excellent benefit programs and competitive salaries. To learn more about pay and benefits at NASA, visit the NASA Jobs website.


You must meet eligibility requirements by the date of appointment.

You may be promoted to higher grades; however, promotions are not guaranteed.

You will be expected to comply with policies located at:

You will be required to sign a Pathways Recent Graduate Participant Agreement.

You will serve a trial period for the duration of the Recent Graduate appointment.


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Before you begin the application process, please read the vacancy announcement carefully and have all required information available. Failure to submit a resume that contains all of the required information may result in loss of consideration. Your application must be received no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.

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 using the resume builder available on the USAJobs site. NASA does not accept uploaded resumes created outside of the USAJobs resume builder process. Additionally, NASA does not accept documents attached through the USAJobs' document attachment feature.

Once you submit your resume to NASA, you will be transferred to a NASA website and asked to complete a short series of NASA-specific 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. If you successfully apply, USAJobs will show your application status as 'resume received - complete' (if your status is 'Application Started', you have not successfully applied.) Do not rely on a USAJOBS email to confirm successful application. Only an email from NASA confirms a successful application. [Centers to delete if not using USAJobs to receive applications]

If you are unable to apply electronically for this position, submit your resume to:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Resume Operations Center, Mail stop: 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 resume requirements are provided at: Hard Copy Resume Requirements.


NASA's application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for 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 NASA supplemental questions. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. In this way we allow you to focus on preparing a resume that best describes your background and abilities. 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. 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.


Kathlyn Baker
Phone: 757-864-2558
Agency Information:
NASA's Resume Operations Center
Mailstop HS50
Marshall Space Flight Center, AL


If you are found qualified, you may be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. Whether or not you are contacted for an interview depends up on the location of the position and the judgment of the selecting official.

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