Federal Aviation Administration Aerospace Engineer (Propulsion) in Los Angeles County, California

Federal Aviation Administration
Few vacancies in the following locations:
  • Los Angeles County, CA
  • Renton, WA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Thursday 10/6/2016 (19 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 10/26/2016 (1 day(s) away)

Job Overview

About the Agency

Business Component:

Federal Aviation Administration, Aviation Safety, Aircraft Certification Service, Northwest Mountain Region, Transport Airplane Directorate, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office, Propulsion Branch, ANM-140S, Los Angeles Aircraft Certification Office, Propulsion Branch, ANM-140L, Boeing Aviation Safety Oversight Office, Certification Services Branch, ANM-106B.


Incumbent serves as an Aerospace Engineer with responsibility for regulatory oversight of aircraft or rotorcraft certification programs and continuing operational safety in the propulsion technical discipline. Incumbent is responsible for applying safety management principles using engineering knowledge and risk management techniques. Responsibilities include review and evaluation of regulatory compliance for aircraft or rotorcraft certification projects and initiation of safety determinations for continuing airworthiness. Incumbent supervises and audits delegated organizations, individual products and processes for compliance with applicable requirements.

The incumbent learns and applies 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, the incumbent must be able to 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 the incumbent 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 compliance and safety risks within the aviation system.

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.
  • Pre-employment Screening Assessment is required.
  • Interviews may be conducted.
  • Position has education requirement, transcripts MUST be submitted.
  • Please see "Required Documents" section.
  • Duty location is actually Lakewood, CA (Not Los Angeles)
  • Successful completion of a one-year probationary period is required.

BASIC QUALIFICATION: To qualify for this position you must have a degree in 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.


A combination of education and 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.

There are alternate methods to meeting the engineering educational requirement (for example, holding current professional engineering registration, having passed the EIT examination, or having completed specified academic courses or a related degree). For more information on the alternate methods, please refer to the OPM Qualification Standards for Engineering at: http://main.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/IORs/gs0800/0800.htm, or you may contact the Employment Services Section (AHF-W200), Human Resources Division.

In addition to the basic qualification, to qualify for this position you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to FV-H, FG/GS-11/12 in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Specialized experience includes but is not limited to: Documented work experience in showing compliance or finding compliance to 14 CFR Parts 23, 25, 27, 29 (Propulsion Systems), 33 (engines) or 36 (noise).

Applicants should include examples of specialized experience in their work history.

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

Please ensure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may impact your rating or may result in you not being considered for the job.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING EDUCATION: If you are not a current FAA employee in an Engineering Series position, you MUST submit a copy of your college or university transcript(s) by the closing date. If selected, an official transcript will be required. You may upload these documents with your application in USAJOBS or fax it to (425) 227-2199 (please include announcement number on each page). 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 equivalency to a degree acquired at an American college or university. A copy of the evaluation results must be included in your application package. If you do not include a copy of the evaluation as part of your application package, your foreign education will not be considered.

We are not accepting applications from noncitizens.

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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

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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.

Applicants must apply on-line to receive consideration for this vacancy announcement. Faxed, mailed or e-mailed applications cannot be accepted. If you need to submit additional documents to supplement your on-line application, e.g. transcripts, SF-50, or veterans' documentation, you may upload these documents with your application in USAJOBS. Supplemental documentation can also be faxed to (425) 227-2199 on or before the closing date of this announcement. Please include your name and the vacancy announcement number on each of your faxed pages and redact all Personally Identifiable Information (PII), such as social security number and date of birth.

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 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 WORK HISTORY THAT DESCRIBES HOW YOU MEET THE 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. Your answers may be adjusted by a Human Resource Specialist as appropriate.

Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and selective factor(s), if applicable, may be further evaluated on the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA); listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: score order, category grouping, or priority grouping and referred to the selecting official for consideration.

FAA's CORE COMPENSATION PLAN This position is covered by the FAA Core Compensation plan. Additional information about core compensation is available at: .http://jobs.faa.gov/FAACoreCompensation.html

You may also be considered for this vacancy based on eligibility under the 30% or More Disabled Veteran Program, Veterans' Recruitment Appointment, and Persons with Disabilities/Persons with Targeted Disabilities. To be considered for one of these special hiring authorities, you must identify your eligibility in your questionnaire in the Applicant-Preferred Conditions of Employment section. In addition, you must submit documentation that provides evidence of eligibility as indicated in the Required Documents section of the announcement.

This is a bargaining unit position.

Links to Important Information:Locality Pay, COLA

Salary Range: $62,024.00 to $96,127.00 / Salary shown includes base pay only. Locality pay will be added based on your duty location: Renton 22.26%, Los Angeles 27.65%.

Series & Grade: FV-0861-I/I

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens - This announcement is open to all U.S. Citizens

Control Number: 452705200

Job Announcement Number: ANM-AIR-17-140SLB-49960