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    Serves as a Computer Scientist within the Operations Support Directorate, AJW, Communications, Flight Service & Weather Engineering Group, AJW-17, Interfacility Communications Engineering Team, AJW-178, Data Communication Sub Team, AJW-1782.

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    AJW-178 provides operational development, test, and support engineering for airline departure clearance messages between air traffic control and airline pilots, terminal system data distribution and national radio communications equipment used in the National Airspace System (NAS). AJW-178 is the highest level of engineering expertise in the FAA for these systems.

    Performs multiple, varying, and complex assignments under the limited direction of a manager, or more experienced technical specialist. He/she provides technical assistance to field facilities that are maintaining NAS equipment and restoring NAS services. As the computer scientist, he/she performs software modification to resolve problems with NAS equipment. Develops and maintains technical documentation used in the maintenance of NAS systems and services.

    Applies experience and advanced knowledge of computer science for the development of problem-oriented solutions to increase scope and effectiveness of computer applications. Uses computer software concepts (such as, software methodologies, network protocol, mathematical analysis, statistics and probability) to develop software source code to fix or enhance functionality for safety critical data communications includingtower data link services for the purpose of generating and delivering departure clearances and terminal information service information to commercial aircraft. Has knowledge of programming languages such as, C, C++, Java in the Linux environment. The employee understands how his/her technical area interacts with or affected by other disciplines and considers the objectives of varying NAS organizations when developing, integrating, and implementing solutions to diverse, complex systems problems. Providing technical support to Washington program offices for fielding system enhancements and to field facilities experiencing NAS outages, which requires knowledge and understanding of the software architecture and operation of systems.

    The employee plans, and organizes assigned resources to accomplish organizational objectives within established schedules. He/she performs operational support through software development, software modification and technical assistance for restoration, as it relates to one of the following National Airspace System (NAS) data communications systems/equipment: tower departure clearance system, and tower departure clearance distribution services. Tower departure clearance system software development processes are used to ensure software integrity, conformity to safety standards, and information security for NAS operational ground-based systems. He/she is responsible for manipulating, configuring, transforming and operating complex departure clearance server applications for controller and pilot messaging, terminal information services messaging, fault isolation and remote monitoring and control.

    He/she contributes to the preparation of technical reports and may communicate the overall results of a project or work activity to FAA management, the aviation and aerospace industries, and other external parties.

    Assignments typically require solutions that are derived by interpreting and extrapolating from situations previously faced in the past. He/she modifies software data to obtain solutions to solve problems/issues in the NAS systems/equipment. Resolves most technical problems without the intervention of management or a more experienced technical specialist. Identifies and informs management of problems that require their attention. Often develops and recommends techniques to address problem situations.

    Work is, reviewed periodically, typically at major milestones and at completion, for technical compliance and alignment with the requirements of the project or other work activity.

    Work activities typically support and may be vital to the success of projects or activities of one or more NAS organizational units. The work may affect the safety and security of customers.

    Travel Required

    25% or less - The job may require up to 25% travel.

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    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    1550 Computer Science

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