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Job Title:  Aerospace Engineer (Continued Operational Safety)
Department:  Department Of Transportation
Agency:  Federal Aviation Administration
Job Announcement Number:  ASW-AIR-14-KLH304-35060

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$73,370.00 to $113,711.00 / Per Year
Salary includes 20.67% locality
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 to Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy - Fort Worth, TX   View Map
U.S. Citizens
Public Trust - Background Investigation


About the Agency

Business Component: Southwest Region, Aircraft Certification Service, Rotorcraft Directorate, Airplane Certification Office, ASW-150

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.
  • U.S. Citizen


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Serves in the Rotorcraft Directorate as a Continued Operational Safety (COS)/Safety Management Specialist with expertise in all aspects of airplane and rotorcraft safety (certification, maintenance and operations.) Is responsible for detailed investigation and follow-up of accidents and service difficulties. Identifies trends in continued operational safety related to fielded products (Type Certificates, Supplemental Type Certificates, Parts Manufacturer Approvals or Technical Standard Order Authorizations) and formulates strategies to address these trends. Performs risk assessments and root cause analyses, works with manufacturers to develop suitable corrective actions, and interfaces with manufacturers, operators and maintenance personnel, as well as policy Directorates, FAA safety database specialist, Manufacturing Inspectors and Flight Standards Inspectors. Communicates with civil air authorities of other countries to achieve mutual safety objectives. Monitors the implementation and effectiveness of the corrective actions. Advises Oversight Management Team (OMT) leads on Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) COS issues. Implements the FAA safety data base procedures in the office and coaches other specialists in their use. Works with engineers and flight test pilots to identify appropriate corrective actions for safety trends observed during data reviews. Provides technical advice to applicants on COS aviation safety matters. When appropriate, recommends policy or regulatory changes to the appropriate offices. Drafts documents in support of Airworthiness Directives and responses to National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and FAA safety recommendations. Champions Safety Management principles to further continued operational safety initiatives within the office. The work requires the application of advanced mathematical or statistical techniques and safety principles, standards, practices and analytical techniques. Proactively seeks and builds relationships with internal and external sources of relevant safety data and mines these sources for useful information that may not be provided through normal channels of communication.

Develops 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.


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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-H, FG/GS-12 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 establishing engineering criteria, designing, analyzing, testing/evaluating to the criteria, correcting deficiencies and reporting/recording results; actual work experience on an incident or accident; experience improving individual and team performance; independent preparation of correspondence, advisory material, reports, directives memoranda, and on controversial or complex technical issues; different communication styles i.e. team environment, conferences, meetings or as the presenter.
Evaluation Criteria

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA)
1. Knowledge of risk analysis techniques used to analyze and evaluate the safety and reliability of systems or components, for example root cause analysis, Weibull analysis, statistical trend analysis, and data base methods. (Identify the analysis techniques you have used and how your analysis impacted the safety and reliability of systems or components).
2. Knowledge of principles and practices of aerospace engineering related to safety assessment of aircraft. (Provide examples of how you used knowledge of aerospace engineering to assure aircraft safety.)
3. Ability to foster the open exchange of technical ideas and information in order to develop engineering solutions to resolve complex issues that involve input from different FAA and/or other organizations. (Describe the strategies you have used to enhance communication of technical information and how you integrated that information to achieve the desired outcome).
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. (Describe the documents you have written and how they compelled others to accomplish the required objectives).
5. Ability to 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. (Describe how you develop relationships with fellow employees and internal customers, external customers and other stakeholders.)

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.

EDUCATION: 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 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.

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 e-mailed applications cannot be accepted.

Only supplemental documentation, e.g. transcripts or veteran's documentation will be accepted in combination with your on-line application.

Selection may also be made from ASW-AIR-14-KLH303-35059.

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

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.

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.

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.

Unofficial (copy) transcripts must be submitted with initial application.

Report of Separation from Active Duty (DD214) .

Notification of Personnel Action (SF50).
All Veterans: If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit either a DD Form 214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member 4 Copy or equivalent), or a document from the armed forces certifying that within 120 days you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service under honorable conditions. If you are claiming 10 point preference, you must also submit a completed SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran's Preference, and supporting documents outlined on the SF-15. Documents must be uploaded or faxed to the Servicing Human Resource Management 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 but fail to submit the supporting documents outlined on the SF-15, you will be tentatively assessed as a 5 point preference eligible provided your DD Form 214 reflects that you have the service required to qualify for preference. Documents must be uploaded or faxed to the Servicing Human Resource Management 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 currently on active duty claiming veterans' preference: You will be granted tentative preference if you submit a document from the armed forces certifying that within 120 days you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service under honorable conditions and your application shows that you have the required service. Prior to being appointed, you must provide to the Servicing Human Resource Management Office a DD Form 214 documenting discharge/release and showing 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.
Human Resource Management Office, AHF-C300
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 Office of Civil Rights (ACR) or by contacting the local FAA Civil Rights Office.

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