Aerospace Engineer
US Department of Transportation
 Washington, DC
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Summary

The Regulations and Analysis Division, develops, manages, and executes the AST Rulemaking Program and the AST Tools and Analysis Program. Under the Tools and Analysis Program, the Regulations and Analysis Division conducts launch vehicle quantitative and qualitative analyses such as flight safety analyses, system safety analyses, and other specific types of risk analyses that address public safety.

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Responsibilities

Serves as a System Safety Analyst applying experience and knowledge of aerospace engineering principles, theories, and concepts applicable to aerospace engineering to accomplish assignments and to develop plans and techniques to improve programs and policies. Provides technical advice, guidance, and performs technical reviews on all aspects of the systems safety program. He/she plans and accomplishes highly complex and challenging projects/programs and other work activities under the minimal direction of a manager, project/program manager, team leader, or more experienced engineer. Considers the objectives of the LOB when developing, integrating, and implementing solutions to diverse, complex problems.

Applies experience and comprehensive knowledge of system safety and risk assessment to ensure compliance with appropriate standards (e.g., DO-i 78C, MIL-STD-882E, ANSl-STD-0010); and safety analysis principles to effectively determine public safety requirements for launch and re-entry hazards and risks. Identifies and evaluates mitigation of potential hazards associated with public safety in support of commercial launch and reentry vehicle operations, including flight and ground operations as well as the reliability of critical systems and components, flight trajectories, policies and procedures, and safety personnel and organization.

Applies comprehensive knowledge of aerospace engineering principles and system safety organization in order to evaluate applicant's methods and approaches for understanding, assessing and validating the safety and reliability of data analysis provided by launch operators and the software in safety-critical applications associated with public safety. He/she applies experience with commercial space transportation systems, or other complex aerospace systems.

Provides guidance on updates for Division policy and procedures governing system safety as directed and makes recommendations for changes needed to keep policy and procedures up to date. Keeps pace with or develops new safety analysis tools and techniques applicable to commercial launch and reentry vehicles. Broad policies and objectives provide general guidance for addressing issues, but allow considerable discretion to develop new and innovative approaches. Draws on experience to solve unusual problems and may create new solutions and policy interpretations, as the situation requires. Provides policy guidance and instruction to others, both internally and externally.

Defines, organizes, and assigns resources to accomplish organizational objectives. Allocates resources to accomplish large work activities within established schedules. Supports Division efforts in the development of regulatory requirements and technical guidance documents for commercial space transportation.

Adapts quickly and works Well in both a team environment as well as independently. Provides guidance to lower-level staff to solve difficult technical issues. Resolves all, but unique, technical problems without the intervention of management or a more experienced engineer. Develops plans, techniques, and policies to address current or anticipated problems and issues. Works with senior management to solve problems.

Work is reviewed rarely, typically though status reports and at project completion, to ensure technical compliance and alignment with the requirements of the project or other work activity. Work activities typically impact directly on the objectives of one or more major subdivisions and/or LOB's/SOs and may impact on the objectives of the FAA. In some areas, the work may affect the safety and security.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

NA

  • Job family (Series)

0861 Aerospace Engineering

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Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must submit an SF50 (See Required Documents)
  • Designated or Random Drug Testing required.
  • This position has a positive education requirement. Transcript(s) required.
  • Some, all, or none of the referred candidates may be interviewed.

Qualifications

Applicants must demonstrate at least one year (52 weeks) of SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (FV-I or FG/GS-13) that is typically related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been at least equivalent to the next lower level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

Specialized Experience is defined as:

  • experience conducting system safety analyses related to commercial space flight systems and operations;
  • experience developing safety analysis tools and techniques for commercial launch and re-entry vehicles;
  • experience developing technical guidance or regulatory requirements documents related to commercial space transportation.

You should include relevant examples of the specialized experience in your work history. Errors or omissions may impact your rating or may result in you not being considered.

Answer all questions to the best of your ability. DO NOT ASSUME THAT BECAUSE YOU HOLD, OR HAVE HELD THIS POSITION, YOU WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE FOUND ELIGIBLE. You may be asked to provide evidence or documentation that you have this type of experience later in the selection process. Your responses are subject to verification through job interviews, or any other information obtained during the application process. Any exaggeration of your experience or any attempt to conceal information can result in disqualification.

  • Applicants who fail to demonstrate possession of any of the above criteria AND who do not provide the required documentation will receive no further consideration for this position.*

Applicants may be asked to verify information on your application for employment with the FAA.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

Education

This position has a positive education requirement: Applicants must submit a copy of their college or university transcripts(s) and certificates by the closing date of announcement to verify qualifications. If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. You may upload these documents with your application in USAJOBS or fax it to fax number provided in the announcement (please include announcement number on each page).

Failure to do so will result in loss of 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: www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html.

Foreign education must be evaluated by a private professional organization specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials or an accredited U.S. educational institution in terms of equivalence to a degree acquired at an American college or university. A copy of the evaluation results must be included, otherwise your foreign education will not be considered.

Basic Requirements: A. Successful completion of a full four-year professional engineering curriculum leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in engineering in an accredited college or university. To be acceptable the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the 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); (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics; OR,

ALTERNATIVE REQUIREMENTS: 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:

  • Professional registration: Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico;
  • Written Test: Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico;
  • 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;
  • 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 at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.

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