Federal Aviation Administration Aerospace Engineer in Washington, District Of Columbia

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

Opened Tuesday 10/18/2016 (4 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 11/7/2016 (16 day(s) away)

Job Overview

About the Agency

Business Component:

Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety, Aircraft Certification Service, Design, Manufacturing, and Airworthiness Division, Certification Procedures Branch, Design Certification Section, AIR-111.


As a technical expert, the incumbent applies experience and advanced knowledge of 14 CFR part 21 engineering principles, theories, and concepts that are applicable to aerospace engineering, as well as an understanding of new technologies and methodologies, to perform critical tasks that require the development of new concepts or innovative approaches. Directs/performs the development and coordination of new and revised regulatory standards, advisory documents, and national policy and procedures in support of the Design, Manufacturing and Airworthiness Division, and Aircraft Certification Service. Applies engineering principles of one or more of the following aircraft technologies: (1) rulemaking and policy development for 14 CFR parts 21, 45 and 183; (2) policy related to type certification, changes in type designs, continued operational safety of aircraft, and approval of data for post-certification changes; (3) Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA), and Technical Standard Order (TSO) policies and procedures; and (4) systems safety engineering concepts, and risk based resource, and safety management principles. Establishes collaborative relationships with internal and external representatives to resolve complex problems and arrive at a common understanding of issues.

In addition to complex, specialized assignments in the principal field of expertise, performs less complex general assignments involving the full range of technically diverse activities mentioned above. Analyzes and evaluates issues such as the formulation, development, and coordination of international and domestic regulations, guidance material, PMAs, TSOs, policies, and procedures for the design, development, type certification, and product life-cycle safety of aviation products, and parts as well as advanced, state-of-the-art aircraft components, systems, and equipment that are generally applicable to all types of aircraft.

Ensures risk management and system thinking philosophies are applied to work priorities and policy/standards development including a clear understanding of FAA’s and industry’s roles and responsibilities enabling an effective and appropriate level of involvement.

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.
  • This position has a positive education requirement; transcript is required.
  • Travel may be required.

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


Experience developing and interpreting rules, policies, and/or procedures pertaining to type certification, parts manufacturer approval, technical standard orders, and/or continued operational safety instructions.

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


Basic Requirement: (You MUST submit a copy of your college or university transcript by the closing date.)

Degree: 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.


For a description of how to qualify based on a combination of education and experience go to: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/all-professional-engineering-positions-0800/

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.


  1. 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, Ability narrative responses 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 narrative response for each, 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 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.

  1. Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements may be further evaluated on the KSA listed above. 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.

  2. This position is also being announced as Vacancy Announcement No. AWA-AIR-17-0002RJ-49792 as open to Current or Former Federal Employees & EVHO. Please review both vacancy announcements to determine if you are eligible to apply.

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

  4. If the Agency decides to interview any qualified employee on the selection list, then all on the list who are qualified must be interviewed. If the selection list is shortened to a best qualified list through a comparative process, then the best qualified list shall be considered to be the selection list. If it is determined that interviews are required and telephone interviews are not utilized, travel expenses incidental to these interviews will be paid in accordance with the Agency’s travel regulations and this Agreement.

This is a bargaining unit position.

Links to Important Information:Locality Pay, COLA

Salary Range: $94,621.00 to $146,688.00 / The above salary range includes locality pay of 24.78% for Washington, DC Metro Area.

Series & Grade: FV-0861-J/J

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens

Control Number: 453648900

Job Announcement Number: AWA-AIR-17-0002RJ-49832