Federal Aviation Administration Civil Engineer in Memphis, Tennessee

Federal Aviation Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Memphis, TN
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Thursday 10/13/2016 (7 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 11/2/2016 (13 day(s) away)

Job Overview

About the Agency

Business Component:

Southern Region, Airports Division, Memphis Airports District Office (ADO)


This position serves as a Civil Engineer for the Office of Airports (ARP), Memphis Airports District Office (ADO) in the Southern Region, in support of the Airport Improvement Program (AIP). The ADO serves as the principle Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) organization responsible for all airport program matters in airport design, construction, maintenance, operations and safety. Incumbent reviews, evaluates and makes recommendations on all aspects of the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants-in-aid program regarding the Airports Capital Improvement Plan (ACIP) and/or Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) funding eligibility, justification, and conformance with the approved Airport Layout Plan (ALP). Review and comment on engineering design drawings, specifications, construction safety, and phasing plans for compliance with established requirements. Attend pre-design, preconstruction and construction meetings. Collaborate with senior engineer or supervisor to ensure development projects meet FAA regulations, standards and guidance. Review data from field inspections, status reports, and project closeout reports. Coordinate findings with senior engineer/supervisor to ensure projects meet technical compliance and alignment with requirements. Visit airports and current and proposed construction sites to observe construction progress and perform construction inspections. Provide results to a senior engineer or supervisor to ensure acceptable levels of safety are provided. Serve as point of contact with internal FAA stakeholders to coordinate assigned AIP development projects. With support of senior engineer or supervisor, contacts local, state and federal officials in the coordination, evaluation, and approval of federal grants for airports. Collaborate with public airport owners within the context of the national airport system by applying technical and programming expertise resulting in the sound investment of federal funds. Review professional services contracts, including change orders and supplemental agreements to determine eligibility of work. Prepare and submit final review determinations to senior engineer or supervisor before approval. Review and in collaboration with senior engineer, develop proposed recommendations for submission to ADO Management and Airports Regional office regarding requests for Modification of Standards (MOS) for design and construction documents. Participate in runway safety meetings and make recommendations to management regarding funding allocations for any recommended runway safety projects. Review and process aeronautical studies. Coordinate with other FAA divisions regarding reimbursable agreements and projects that may affect an FAA facility or operation. Resolve routine problems and/or issues in absences of applicable guidelines. Drafts correspondence for review by more experienced engineers including Congressional responses, briefing papers, approval letters, and guidance to sponsors associated with all aspects of airport development. Performs other duties as assigned.

Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • A recent SF-50 is required (See Required Documents for requirements)
  • Successful completion of a security investigation will be required.
  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering from an ABET Accredited School.
  • Transcript must be submitted for verification of Degree.

In addition to the basic requirement listed below in the EDUCATION section, to qualify for this position, applicants must meet the specialized experience required for the position. You must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the FV-G or FG/GS-5/7/9 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 may include but not limited to: Experience reviewing and commenting on project engineering design drawings and specifications, including construction safety phasing plans; experience reviewing and commenting on contracts, change orders, and/or supplemental agreements; and experience gathering and analyzing data from a variety of sources and presenting findings via report or formal briefing.

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

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 alphabetical and referred to the selecting official for consideration.

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.

In addition to the minimum qualifications, the following has been determined to be a selective factor for this position. This means possession of this criterion is part of the minimum qualifications and is essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of this position. Applicants who do not possess this criterion are ineligible for further consideration.

  • Knowledge of airport design, construction standards and methods.

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.


To qualify for this position, you must also have successfully completed a 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree or higher in 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 in 5 of the following 7 areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials; (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials; and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics; OR 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, demonstrated by one of the following: Current registration as a professional engineer; OR evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training examination (EIT); OR successful completion of 60 semester hours of courses in physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements; OR successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or appropriate professional field, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.

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

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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.

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 position is covered by the FAA Core Compensation plan. Additional information about core compensation is available at http://jobs.faa.gov/FAACoreCompensation.htm

If the Agency decides to interview any qualified employee on the selection list, then all on the list who are qualified must be interviewed.

This is a bargaining unit position.

Links to Important Information:Locality Pay, COLA

Salary Range: $58,907.00 to $91,307.00 / Salary Range above includes locality pay of 14.35%.

Series & Grade: FV-0810-H/H

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens

Control Number: 453236300

Job Announcement Number: ASO-ARP-17-A003R-50016