This Position Is No Longer Available
  1. Overview
  2. Duties
  3. Qualifications & Evaluations
  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Mechanical Engineer

Department:Department Of Transportation

Agency:Federal Aviation Administration

Job Announcement Number:AAC-EXT-14-AMP400-37425

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$69,412.00 to $107,576.00 / Per Year
Salary includes locality payment of 14.16%.


Wednesday, August 6, 2014 to Tuesday, August 19, 2014




Full Time - Permanent


2 vacancies - Oklahoma City, OK View Map


U.S. Citizens - This announcement is open to United States Citizens.






About the Agency

Business Component: FAA Aeronautical Center Region, Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center, Office of Facility Management, Architectural & Engineering Division, AMP-400

No Permanent Change of Station (PCS) payments are authorized.


  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Successful completion of a security investigation will be required.
  • Must be licensed as a Registered Professional Engineer (PE) in Oklahoma.
  • Positive Education - Transcripts Required.


Back to top

The successful candidate for this position will serve as project manager and technical expert in the discipline of mechanical engineering in the Office of Facility Management for new construction and renovation of existing facilities.

Serves as management's technical expert in implementation of mechanical system designs that comply with high performance building designs and with current executive orders on green building initiatives. Applies knowledge of building codes and FAA's energy policies and objectives to ensure organization compliance.

The mechanical engineer is responsible for the interpretation, reviewing and analysis of mechanical design concepts, reviews A/E consultant works for compliance with program requirements, reviews construction activities for compliance with contract documents.

Produces plans and specification necessary for competitive bid documents through the use of the Computer Aided Engineering Graphic, software AutoCAD. Provides mechanical engineering guidance to lower-level staff to solve routine and difficult technical issues.

Prepare budgetary cost estimates with a high level of detail to present to management. Prepares project schedules and reports progress of project milestones.

Acts as the Contracting Officer Representative and provides the Contracting Officer with technical oversight of construction activities.

Contacts are internal and external. Formulates and recommends to management position on major projects/policies/issues. Prepares reviews and recommends approval of reports on projects, program and other work activities for internal and external distribution. Develop briefings to convey strategic vision and/or organizational policies to internal and external audience. The mechanical engineer works with all levels of architects and engineers, federal, local and state governments agencies, to plan, and implement design solutions.

Provides expert technical guidance and instruction both internally and externally to address diverse complex issues which often cross, multiple project, programs and/or functional areas. Develops and recommends approaches to address current and anticipated problems and issues. Work with management to identify and resolve problems.

Work is reviewed periodically, typically at major milestones and at completion, for technical compliance and alignment with project requirements.

The mechanical engineer will be licensed as a registered professional engineer (P.E.) in the state of Oklahoma.


Back to top

OPMs Individual Occupational Requirements (IOR) for Professional Engineering Positions in conjunction with the Group Qualification Standard for Professional & Scientific Positions.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS: (A) Degree: Professional Engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; OR (2) include differential AND integral calculus AND courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in FIVE of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature & properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics. OR (B) Combination of Education and Experience: College-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following: 1) Professional registration-Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. 2) Written Test - Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for the professional registration which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. 3) Specified Academic Courses - Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A above. 4) Related Curriculum - Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had a least one year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g. in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)


TO QUALIFY AT THE FV-I (FG/GS 13) LEVEL, you must demonstrate in your application you possess 52 weeks of Specialized Experience equivalent to the FV-H (FG/GS 11-12) level 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 INCLUDES: Advanced knowledge of engineering principles, theories, and concepts to accomplish assignments and develop plans and techniques to improve programs and policies. Professional mechanical engineering work interpreting, reviewing, and analyzing mechanical design concepts to produce plans and associated details necessary for competitive bid documents through the use of the Computer Aided Engineering Graphics, (CAEG).
In addition to the minimum qualifications, the following has been determined to be a selective factor for this position. This means possession of this criterion is part of the minimum qualifications and is essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of this position. Applicants who do not possess this criterion are ineligible for further consideration.

  • SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR (SPF): Candidates will be evaluated based on their possession of the specialized experience AND selective factors required. In order to be found eligible, applicants MUST be licensed as a registered professional engineer (P.E.) in the state of Oklahoma. Do you meet the SPF?

Evaluation Criteria

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA)
1. QUALITY RANKING FACTOR (QRF): The well-qualified candidates will possess experience in mechanical engineering design and experience with green building and sustainable design. Experience ranging from small to multi-million dollar, new or renovated facilities which include administrative, technical and, adult training facilities.
2. Knowledge of mechanical engineering concepts, principals, (HVAC, plumbing, domestic water, controls, fire protection, etc.), green building and sustainable design, and demonstrated experience sufficient to serve as the technical and business manager of designated multi-million dollar projects from the preliminary planning stage to point of occupation.
3. Ability to present clear and concise information consistent with the targeted audience.

IMPORTANT: Ensure that your work experience supports your Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA), and Other Factors 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.


THIS POSITION HAS A POSITIVE EDUCATION REQUIREMENT. You MUST upload or fax a copy of your transcripts on or before the CLOSING DATE TO (405) 954-3003. Failure to provide transcripts by the closing date of the announcement will eliminate you from further consideration.

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

As a part of the Federal-Wide Hiring Reform Initiative (streamlining the hiring process), the FAA is committed to eliminating the use of the Knowledge, Skills and Ability (KSA) narratives from the initial application in the hiring process for all announcements. Therefore, as an applicant for this announcement, you are NOT required to provide a narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA.

In lieu of providing a KSA narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA, and other Factors, in your work history, please include information that provides specific examples of how you meet the response level or answer you chose for each KSA. Your work history examples should be specific and clearly reflect the highest level of ability. Your KSA answers will be evaluated further to validate whether the level that you selected is appropriate based on the work history and experience you provided. Your answers may be adjusted by a Human Resource Specialist as appropriate.

Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and selective factor(s), if applicable, may be further evaluated on the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) and other factors listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: score order, category grouping, or priority grouping and referred to the selecting official for consideration.

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


Back to top

You can review our benefits at:


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.

Candidates may also apply and be considered for this vacancy based on eligibility under a Special Appointing Authority (e.g.: Disabled Veteran with 30% or more disability and Persons with Targeted Disabilities - PWTD, etc.). To be considered, you must submit: a separate application package referencing the Special Appointing Authority and the vacancy announcement number and documentation that provides evidence of eligibility for the special appointing authority. The application package must be faxed to 405-954-3003 and submitted by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

List of On-The-Spot Hiring Authorities:
Disabled Veteran with 30% or more disability -

Persons with Targeted Disabilities (PWTD) -

1) Applicants must apply online. Faxed, mailed or emailed applications cannot be accepted.

2) Applicants should include examples of specialized experience in their Work History/Resume.

3) If you are currently or have served in a Federal professional engineering series, you MUST upload or fax a copy of your latest Notice of Personnel Action, SF-50, that verifies such eligibility. Fax to (405) 954-3003 prior to closing date.

4) Some, none, or all applicants may be interviewed.

5) Position is covered by the FAA Core Compensation plan. Additional information about core compensation is available on the following website:

6) To verify receipt of faxed documentation please call Francine Ford at 405-954-7990.

This is a bargaining unit position.

Links to Important Information: Locality Pay, COLA, Citizenship


Back to top
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


Applicant must be a licensed as a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in the state of Oklahoma. You MUST upload or fax a copy of your current license/registration.

If you are currently or have served in a Federal professional engineering series, you MUST upload or fax a copy of your latest Notice of Personnel Action, SF-50, that verifies such eligibility. Fax to (405) 954-3003 prior to closing date.


Applicants who are not currently serving in a Federally classified engineering position MUST submit, prior to the closing date, a copy of their college transcript(s) via upload or fax to (405) 954-3003. Please reference the announcement number on your fax. Schools must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the Department of Education.
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 Hunter
Phone: (405) 954-7958
Fax: (405) 954-3003
Agency Information:
Federal Aviation Administration
6500 South MacArthur
HQ Building, Room 155
Oklahoma City, OK
Fax: (405) 954-3003


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.

Back to top
Print Preview

Job Announcement Number:


Control Number: