Federal Aviation Administration Aerospace Engineer(Mechanical Systems/ Airframe Structures) in Fort Worth, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration
  • 1 vacancy - Fort Worth, TX
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Tuesday 10/18/2016 (7 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 11/7/2016 (13 day(s) away)

Job Overview

About the Agency

Amendment Date: 10/18/2016 Amendment Note: amended the date from 11-8-2016 to 11-7-2016.

Business Component:

Southwest Region, Aircraft Certification Service, Rotorcraft Directorate, Certification Branch, ASW-142


Serves as a Mechanical Systems or Airframe Structures Aerospace Engineer with regulatory oversight responsibility for assigned programs/projects related to the certification of aeronautical products and parts (continuing operational safety, type certification, design approval, production approval, and airworthiness certification). Provides guidance and procedural assistance to applicants. Participates in/leads team reviews and evaluations of projects for regulatory compliance and initial safety determinations. Provides oversight to certain Designated Representatives/Organizations of the Administrator. Applies Mechanical Systems or Airframe Structures engineering knowledge, safety management principles, and risk management techniques to make recommendations and manage assignments. Title 14 CFR parts 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 33, 45, and 183 and related FAA policies and procedures are utilized to perform responsibilities.

You will learn and apply risk management in planning and decision making regarding the appropriate level of FAA involvement in: oversight of organizational delegations and/or individual designees who are authorized to make findings on behalf of the FAA; certification projects; continued operational safety decisions; review of findings made by Foreign Civil Aviation Authorities. Each of these areas depend upon a clear understanding of FAA and industry roles and responsibilities to enable effective and appropriate FAA involvement in consideration of shared safety responsibilities.

Additionally, applicants need to learn and apply systems thinking to the above responsibilities. The FAA is moving to a systems based approach to oversight of the aviation industry and it is essential for applicants to be able to evaluate large/complex delegated organizations as well as smaller delegated entities and determine how to most efficiently and effectively oversee these entities based upon risk to operation within the aviation system.

Develop mutually rewarding relationships with fellow employees, industry, and stakeholders. All corporate activities are conducted to the highest ethical standards by communicating effectively, remaining flexible, respecting differing opinions, and exercising patience in challenging situations.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) - U.S. Citizens: A fixed relocation payment of $10,000 will be paid to new hires to Federal service and student trainees; and a fixed relocation payment of $27,000 will be paid to employees with status.
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Bargaining Unit: Yes

Candidates must have One Year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower level (FV-H, FG/GS-11/12) that is typically in or 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 in this 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 may include but is not limited to: 1) experience of aircraft structural system design and modification related to the Federal Aviation Regulations (FARs) policies, standards, and procedures for certification or 2) experience with the analysis, design, and modification of composite structures or 3) competency to lead and direct projects as evidenced by a broad background in project management.

Qualifications must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

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), 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.

A Quality Ranking Factor is a knowledge, skill, ability or competency that could be expected to significantly enhance performance in a position, but, unlike a Selective Placement Factor, is not essential for satisfactory performance.

  • Skill in applying Title 14 CFR regulations, policies, procedures, and principles related to type certification, design approval, production approval, and/or continuing operational safety programs with specific emphasis on mechanical systems or airframe structures.

IMPORTANT: Ensure that your work experience supports your Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) answers. Your answers and associated work experience will be evaluated further to validate whether the answers that you selected are appropriate.


Successful completion of a full 4-year professional engineering curriculum leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in engineering in an accredited college/university. To be acceptable, the curriculum must (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses in 5 of the following 7 areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statistics, dynamics (b) strength of materials (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics (d) thermodynamics (e) electrical fields and circuits (f) nature and properties of materials or (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics,


A COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE. To qualify based on education, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. Failure to do so will result in loss of consideration. If selected, official transcripts will be required.

Complete OPM Qualification Standard for the Professional 800 series:


We are not accepting applications from noncitizens.

We are not accepting applications from noncitizens.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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

Office of Civil Rights (ACR)


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Other Information

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.

This is a bargaining unit position.

Links to Important Information:Locality Pay, COLA

Salary Range: $75,074.00 to $116,352.00 / Salary includes locality payment of 21.04%

Series & Grade: FV-0861-I/I

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens

Control Number: 453650300

Job Announcement Number: ASW-AIR-17-BM007-50030