Applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade, which has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.
To qualify for the GS 13 level, applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS 12 level. Examples of experience at the GS 12 level should include operations of modified aircraft or aircraft systems, mission planning and analysis, procedure development, flight crew training, and research piloting or flight test experience including aircraft systems tests.
To qualify for the GS 14 level, applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS 13 level. In addition to GS 12 level experience above, examples of experience at the GS 13 level should include large, multi-engine aircraft operations as Pilot in Command especially high performance and extended envelope fixed-wing and/or rotary-wing research or experimental aircraft, complex mission planning, international flight operations, in-flight coordination with multiple aircraft, flight in hazardous conditions to include considerable nighttime operations, and Airline Transport Pilot Rating.
Applicant should describe in their resume, experience which demonstrates knowledge of aircraft operations, flight test programs, and testing evaluation techniques/procedures. Please include any research, engineering, or flight test experience, including aircraft systems tests, and any experience developing procedures, training, or mission planning. Please include all aircraft experience including helicopter, single engine and multi-engine experience.
Must have large aircraft experience (greater than 150,000 pounds). Please describe your experience, to include research piloting or testing of large aircraft, in your resume.
Candidates must meet the Basic Education Requirement, the Specialized Experience requirement, and the Additional Qualification Requirements as outlined below:
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
Must possess a current first-class medical certificate or equivalent, in accordance with FAA regulations at time of appointment.
Must possess a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Commercial Pilot license with instrument, multi-engine and single engine land ratings or the appropriate military rating.
NOTE: Candidates establishing eligibility based on military flight experience must provide official orders, forms, or logbooks showing their status as a rated military pilot, when requested.
Resume must show flight experience to include documentation to show possession of the knowledge and skills required for the work by meeting certain minimum flight hour requirements in manned aircraft, including recency of flight experience as follows (refer to OPM Operating Manual for GS-2181: Aircraft Operations Series requirements):
1500 hours Total Flight Time
1500 hours Pilot-In-Command, with 750 hours as Pilot In Command in transport or bomber class aircraft (greater than 150,000 pounds)
75 hours Night Flying
100 hours Flying Time, Last 12 Months
Basic Education Requirement: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major study in engineering, physical science, mathematics, life sciences, computer science, or other field of science. Degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position.
U.S. citizenship is required.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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.