General Engineer

Department of Defense Edwards, CA
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A BOLD SPIRIT. A PROUD HISTORY. Ad Inexplorata. It means "Toward The Unexplored." This motto defines the very spirit and history of Edwards Air Force Base, CA. It is where Capt. "Chuck" Yeager became the first human to break the sound barrier, where tomorrow's ambitious aviation breakthroughs continue to become reality and where talented civilian professionals experience truly unique careers.

The primary purpose of a General Engineer (Instructional Engineer (Mission Systems/Flying Qualities/Test Management)), NH-0801-03, is to provide specialized ground and flight instruction to experienced operational pilots, combat systems officers (rated navigators, electronic warfare officers, and weapon system operators), RPA pilots, and engineers in order to educate them on the theories, procedures, and techniques necessary to test and evaluate research, prototype, and production aerospace vehicles and their systems.

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* Instruct students on a variety of flight test and supporting topics throughout the curriculm, with the primary emphasis in the assigned Phase (Performance, Flying Qualities, Mission Systems, Test Management).

* Instruct students in a classroom setsting, in small groups, and individually.

* Perform active role in curriculm development.

* Work closely with the Phase Technical Experts to develop and update technical manuals, teaching materials, course objectives, exams, mission information briefs, test plans, flight cards, and reference materials for any Phase academic course, etc.

* Work with Phase Technical Experts and appropriate Brach personnel to determine instructors (in-house or guest) for each specific course in respective Phase.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Subject to Temporary Duty Assignment (TDY): Approximately 10 days per year.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


* Job family (Series)

0801 General Engineering

* Requirements

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* U.S. Citizenship is required

* Must be registered for Selective Service, see Legal and Regulatory Guidance

* Gaining unit may or may not pay PCS expenses

* This posn is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program

* For more information on Acq Demo please go to DoD AcqDemo Homepage and Fact Sheet

* SECURITY CLEARANCE: Incumbent must be able to obtain and maintain a SECRET security clearance as a condition of employment.

* This position has been designated for drug testing. If you are selected for this positon you may be subject to urinalysis testing prior to appointment and you will be subject to random urinalysis testing as a condition of employment.

* Disclosure of Political Appointments

* ACQUISITION POSITION: This is an acquisition coded position. Selectee must complete required certification level 2 in Test and Evaluation within 24 months of assignment.



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 and 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 For a description of how to qualify based on a combination of education and experience go to this link

NOTE: Applicants with a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, must provide a written statement describing the extensive training plan he/she has completed to develop professional engineering competence, or how their several years of engineering-type experience has provided them with the professional knowledge of engineering, which is defined as the comprehensive, in-depth knowledge of mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences applicable to a specialty field of engineering that characterizes a full 4-year professional engineering curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree, or the equivalent.

AND SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Subsequent to meeting the Basic Education requirements outlined above, you must also possess at least one year of professional experience in or directly related to the work of the position. This experience must have equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties described above. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to that of the next lower grade (GS-11), pay band (NH-02) or equivalent in the Federal Service. Specialized experience at the next pay band (NH-02), pay grade (GS-11) or equivalent, or the level of difficulty and complexity is described as instructing specialized ground and flight instructions to pilots and engineers on theories, procedures and techniques within test and evaluation research, prototype, and aerospace vehicles including their systems; assist with developing curriculum and teaching materials; evaluate student progress and provide feedback.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Applications will be accepted from students who expect to complete qualifying education within 9 months from the date of application. Agencies must verify that the education was completed successfully before the applicant can be appointed.

A related Bachelor's degree would qualify for a NH-0801-02 Potential NH-03 entry level position.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

1. Comprehensive knowledge of regulations, policies, guidelines, and procedures relating to USAF TPS and flight test operations at Edwards AFB.

2. Knowledge of advanced concepts, theories, principles, practices, methods, and techniques of engineering flight test, including practical application of aerospace and/or electrical engineering theory, sufficient to analyze, evaluate, explain and demonstrate to others ground and flight test theory and techniques on developmental or modern aerospace systems.

3. Skill at developing academic lesson plans and teaching in a classroom environment.

4. Ability to multi-task, plan ahead, organize, and manage a fast-paced, multi-dimensional test project.

5. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and to use modern computer software applications in support of communications and presentations.


* PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Flying duties require exposure to a dynamic and physically demanding flight environment. Incumbents must pass and maintain a Class 3 aviation Service Code (ASC) 9D flight physical (or higher) as directed by AFI 11-402 (paragraphs 1.52 and 2.12). NOTE: THIS POSITION REQUIRES A PRE-EMPLOYMENT PHYSICAL.

* WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work is performed in a typical office setting, requiring the use of normal safety precautions necessary for an office environment. The work area is adequately lighted, heated and ventilated.

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.