Quality Assurance Specialist

National Aeronautics and Space Administration Hampton, VA
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The Research Services Directorate (RSD) at NASA Langley Research Center is currently seeking interested applicants for the position of Quality Assurance (QA) Specialist in the Aviation Safety & QA Office (D108). This position performs quality assurance surveillance and testing that supports the mission.

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Responsibilities

As a Senior QA expert, plans, develops, and administers program procedures and internal controls, not limited to, QA management in an aircraft environment, occupational safety, and contract management. Responsible for fixed wing aircraft operations, including avionics, electronics, airframes, power plants, mechanical modifications, and general aircraft airworthiness and methodology applicable to NASA, and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations and requirements.

Occupational Safety: Reports ground safety operations, conducts aircraft safety inspections to identify, report, and correct unsafe conditions which could cause damage to aircraft and/or personnel. Serves as adviser on matters of aviation ground safety. Evaluates safety programs for effective dissemination of information contained in accident/operational hazard/incident reports. Investigates ground mishaps/incidents, determines root causes and corrective actions; and completes formal reporting requirements.

Contract Management: Performs contract administration functions for procurement contracts issued for QA goods/services. Reviews procurement documents, engineering drawings, and specifications to ensure adequate quality requirements are provided in acquisitions. Provides expert QA advice and assistance to Contracting Officers. Works with Contracting Officer Representatives (COR) to ensure all contracts, contractors, and visitors meet the safety requirements of the Center. Monitors delegated agency performance of QA functions and audits delegated agencies for compliance to Letters of Delegation and compliance with contractual terms. Provides expert acquisition and Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) interpretation for QA personnel. Provides QA requirement interpretations for contractor and federal agencies. Conducts pre-award surveys to assess contractor's production activities, technical capabilities, and competence to meet contract QA requirements.

QA Management: Administers a comprehensive aircraft QA program for all QA functional program areas, e.g. acquisition, maintenance and manufacturing, supply QA, and staff QA. Performs surveillance and technical quality control inspections to evaluate all sub-areas of related equipment, systems, and procedures. Technical expert on avionics, electronics, airframes, power plants, and mechanical modifications. Advises on principles and aircraft safety techniques. Manages quality surveillance of programs (aircraft log books and records, metrology and calibration, foreign object damage, tool control program, ground support equipment, CADs/explosive, confined space, EMI/ESD, fuel surveillance, HAZMAT/environmental, oil analysis, weight/balance, and unapproved parts).

Establishes quality requirements to support continuous risk mitigation. Oversees/approves QA operations involving aircraft, experiments, and ground support equipment (engine changes, propeller changes, cabin pressurization tests, and mechanical modifications). Serves on the Configuration Control Board, Engineering and Flight Readiness Reviews Boards, and Experimental Systems Readiness Reviews for aircraft modifications. Verifies preflight, post-flight, periodic, and acceptance inspections; and component replacement and operation checks of assigned aircraft/equipment, for adequacy/completeness of work. Verifies accomplishments/documentation of maintenance and maintenance inspections.

Verifies maintenance and maintenance inspections, to include Phase, calendar and hourly inspections. Manages work of others who process aircraft inspections; aircraft repairs that fall under safety critical mandatory inspection points; aircraft weight and balance; Engine borescope inspections; Pilot-static calibrations' Maintenance manual and flight manual change tracking; and aircraft configuration control. Determines procedures for repair or replacement of aircraft components. Monitors/performs quality verification inspections of NASA LaRC and/or contractor's inspections and quality control procedures during maintenance, modification, test, and operation of assigned aircraft, projects, missions, and systems.

Utilizes Government Source Inspection requirements, outlines quality surveillance functions, including audits in accordance with directives, to be performed by NASA and/or delegated agencies, in consonance with product life cycle/risk factors. Recommends delegation of QA oversight for supervisor?s approval via a formal letter of delegation. Investigates/analyzes adverse quality trends/conditions and initiates corrective action. Identifies possible causes for subtle/difficult to trace conditions. Develops refined monitoring and measurement plans to troubleshoot contributing factors, e.g. continued airworthiness procedures. Develops/implement corrective strategies. Develops indicators to provide objective evidence of the effectiveness of quality procedures and controls.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

13

Who May Apply This job is open to… Current federal employees on career/career-conditional appointments OR employed by an agency with an OPM interchange agreement. Former federal employees eligible for reinstatement. VEOA eligibles. Individuals eligible for special hiring authorities [VRA, 30% or more disabled veterans, Schedule A for individuals with disabilities, former Peace Corps, AmeriCorps & VISTA employees, certain military spouses, certain former overseas employees]. NASA term employees with conversion eligibility.

Questions? This job is open to 6 groups.

* Job family (Series)

1910 Quality Assurance

* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* Occasional travel may be required

* Position subject to pre-employment background investigation

* Selectee must complete a financial disclosure statement

* Subject to pre-employment and random drug testing

* A one-year probationary period may be required

You must meet qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Position may be filled at either the GS-12 or GS-13 level. The full performance level for this position is GS-13. If selected at the lower levels, employee may be non-competitively promoted to the next grade when qualified and recommended by management.

Deliberate attempts to falsify your application information, such as copying portions of this job

announcement into your resume, may result in you being removed from consideration for this position.

As identical vacancies are identified, additional selections may be made.

To receive consideration, you must submit a resume and answer NASA-specific questions. The NASA questions appear after you submit your resume and are transferred to the NASA web site. If you successfully apply, USAJOBS will show your application status as 'Received'. If your status is 'Application Status Not Available', you have not successfully applied. Do not rely on a USAJOBS email to confirm successful application. Only an email from NASA confirms a successful application.

Qualifications

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: Applicants must possess the following Selective Placement Factor to be considered minimally qualified for this position: The applicant must have: (1) FAA Airframe and Powerplant License or Military/Demonstrated Equivalent; and (2) FAA Inspection Authorization or Military/Demonstrated Equivalent. Those without these specified in their resume will be found not qualified for this position so please specifically address the requirement and provide appropriate dates in order to be considered.

As a condition of employment in order to fly on NASA aircraft, the selectee will be required to pass a LaRC Flight Crew Equivalency Medical exam.

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.

For the GS12: Examples of specialized experience include experience in quality assurance functional programs, concepts, operating principles, aeronautical standards, documentation procedures, airworthiness activities, and methodology; experience managing key quality assurance program events and milestones and defining the methods for evaluating the effectiveness of aircraft quality assurance programs; experience in aircraft maintenance, modification, interpretation of specifications and technical data; aircraft systems (hydraulics, pneumatics, powerplant, electrical and electronics, instrumentation and egress) in order to inspect aircraft maintenance and modifications; and/or experience with electrical and electronic equipment, computer operation and programming, fiber optic technology, electrical design activities, and mechanical design.

For the GS13: Examples of specialized experience include experience in quality assurance functional programs, concepts, operating principles, aeronautical standards, documentation procedures, airworthiness activities, and methodology; experience managing key quality assurance program events and milestones and defining the methods for evaluating the effectiveness of aircraft quality assurance programs; experience in aircraft maintenance, modification, interpretation of specifications and technical data; aircraft systems (hydraulics, pneumatics, powerplant, electrical and electronics, instrumentation and egress) in order to inspect aircraft maintenance and modifications; experience identifying trends, recurring discrepancies, high failure rate components, and high usage materials; experience identifying underlying causes for poor quality, improving efficiency and effectiveness of QA processes, and performing the verification function of the quality program; and/or experience with electrical and electronic equipment, computer operation and programming, fiber optic technology, electrical design activities, and mechanical design.

Education

There are no education requirements for this position.