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Job Title:Technical Information Specialist

Department:National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Agency:Dryden Flight Research Center

Job Announcement Number:DF14D0006

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$64,585.00 to $83,960.00 / Per Year


Monday, March 03, 2014 to Monday, March 10, 2014




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Edwards AFB, CA View Map


This announcement is open to all qualified U.S. citizens.


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 incumbent administers the NASA Aircraft Management Information System (NAMIS) and acquires, schedules, organizes, and disseminates information across a wide spectrum of aircraft and associated equipment fields, including, but not limited to, aircraft, engines, munitions, missiles, space vehicles, aerospace ground equipment (AGE) and associated support systems.


  • A one-year probationary period may be required
  • Position subject to a pre-employment drug test
  • Position subject to random drug testing
  • This is a drug-testing designated position
  • Successful completion of a security investigation will be required


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Reviews various military technical traffic systems which include NATEC (Naval Air Technical Data and Engineering Service Command), the Pentagon, NAVAIR (Patuxent River Naval Air Station), IEMTS (Interactive Electronic Technical Manual System) and U.S. Air Force, AMHS (Automated Material Handling System), for information critical to the components or inspections pertaining to Center aircraft and associated systems.

Disseminates pertinent technical data. Reviews non-technical manual messages in the military technical traffic system and disseminates.

Identifies, examines, and evaluates major publications and trends in the aerospace field. Evaluates new information sources and tools and develops new methods of organizing and disseminating information. Determines the nature and extent of information needs or problem areas, and develops approaches best suited to fulfilling those needs or concerns.

Keeps abreast of specialized information needs which include the increasing quantity of data available on paperless media and changes in the means of accessing and disseminating information.

Provides information concerning specific aircraft and associated equipment on request. Analyzes specialized and/or technical information various sources. Analyzes requests to determine the specific types of information that will most directly meet the customer's needs. Searches a variety of published and unpublished sources, electronic databases, and websites to obtain technical reports of completed research and/or data on ongoing projects. May convey findings through written and oral reports, abstracts, summaries, charts, graphs, or other products.

Assists with gathering information or documentation, from other agencies, required for aircraft operations. Works with outside agencies' counterparts in sharing information. Reviews, evaluates and implements existing programs for expanding availability of technical publications.

Assists with implementation of a comprehensive automated system for filing, locating, and managing technical reference materials.

Serves as NASA Aircraft Management Information System (NAMIS) Database Administrator and provides user assistance, initial training, refresher training, and coordination of large group training sessions. Implements, troubleshoots, and administers all aspects of NAMIS. Serves as the NAMIS Maintenance Implementation Lead; responds to requests for NAMIS assistance concerning specific aircraft and associated equipment, transitions aircraft legacy data into NAMIS and adds newly acquired NASA aerospace assets into NAMIS. Reconciles data transferred into NAMIS, including hours, cycles, open maintenance actions, technical directives and scheduled inspections on aircraft, engines, and other aircraft-related assets. Validates that life limited components, previously tracked in legacy systems, were transferred to NAMIS accurately and completely. Documents and maintains aircraft support system records. Analyzes records and coordinates with all Maintenance and Operations Engineering Branches to facilitate efficient and effective scheduling of aircraft and associated equipment. Tracks maintenance information, cyclical requirements and develops associated briefings for Center Management. Creates Software Change Requests (CR) for Code O to correct deficiencies and errors, which requires considerable analysis and expert knowledge to determine if the specific technical need of the requester can be met by the system without major changes to the software. If changes are warranted, research is conducted on the change and the requests are prepared and submitted to the responsible NAMIS organization. Serves as NAMIS Configuration Control Board (CCB) participant. Maintains liaison with information sources from various NASA Centers which are relative to NAMIS best practices.

Reviews and maintains a wide variety of directives, regulations, technical manuals, manufacturer catalogs and other publications which pertain to aircraft at the Center.

Prepares and submits requests for changes to technical publications and deficiency reports on incorrect technical orders.


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Basic Requirements:
Education (for GS-5 positions): A full 4-year course of study that meets all the requirements for a bachelor's degree with major study in the subject-matter field of the position to be filled.

Experience (for GS-5 positions): Four years of experience that provided a knowledge of the basic principles, theories, practices, techniques, and terminology of a discipline or subject-matter field; an understanding of the standard methods, procedures, and techniques of research and analysis in the subject-matter field; and where appropriate, ability to read and comprehend nontechnical material in one or more foreign languages. Such experience must have been equivalent to that which would have been gained through a 4-year college curriculum.

A combination of education and experience as described above.

Additional Requirements for Positions at GS-7 and Above
In addition to meeting the basic requirements, applicants for positions at grades GS-7 and above must have the amounts of education and/or experience required for the grade level as shown below.

3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or doctoral degree (Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent) related to the position or 1 year specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-9.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for all grade levels for which both education and experience are acceptable.

Examples of experience at the GS-9 level should include basic troubleshooting, repair, and maintenance on research aircraft. Cataloging, retrieving, and managing technical information using an automated database management system.

In addition to the specialized experience above, resumes will be reviewed for the following competencies:
Information Management, Database Management Systems, Configuration Management, Technical Data Management, and Written, Oral Communication, Aircraft Maintenance, Aircraft Troubleshooting, and Aircraft Operations.

U.S. citizenship is required.


NASA uses an automated system (Resumix) that matches the competencies extracted from your resume to the competencies identified by the selecting official for the position. Based on the competencies you match, you are placed in one of three categories identified as 90, 80, or 70 pt. quality categories, which are defined as:

90 pt. Category - Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and has experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.

80 pt. Category - Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.

70 pt. Category - Fails to meet criteria described in the 80 pt. category.
Additional application guidance is available in NASA's Applicant Guide.

Information for Veterans: The Category Rating Process protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed at the top of the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.

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.


Any applicant tentatively selected for this position may be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation.

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.

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.

In order to receive preference in hiring, you must clearly identify your claim for veterans preference on your resume.

U.S. citizenship is required. NASA's Applicant Guide provides the information needed to assist you in determining whether or not you can claim 5 or 10 point veterans preference. You should not submit documents to prove your eligibility for veterans preference at this time. However, you must be prepared to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form) as requested by the Human Resources Office. Veterans 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. 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.

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.

Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized.

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

Occasional travel may be required.


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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 32,000 characters including spaces. NASA does not accept resumes uploaded to USAJOBS from a second source or 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.

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.


Sandra Evans
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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