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Federal Aviation Administration Aerospace Engineer (Human Factors) in United States

Summary The incumbent serves an an Aerospace Engineer completing work associated with aerospace engineering principles, theories, and concepts as Human Factors Specialist in the Aircraft Certification Service, Compliance and Airworthiness Division, Flight Test Branch. Responsibilities 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. May act as a principal technical specialist or as a project/program manager or team leader for large work activities. Incumbent applies experience and comprehensive knowledge of aerospace engineering principles, theories, and concepts as Human Factors Specialist in the Aircraft Certification Service, Compliance and Airworthiness Division, Flight Test Branch. Assignments frequently design require and knowledge integration; and extensive experience research; working and across direct functional responsibility and/or for organizational project/program lines. Typical assignments may include: the system application of Federal Aviation Regulations, programs, policies, and procedures pertaining to the type certification and continued operational safety of aircraft. Supports all aspects of human factor evaluation and flight testing related to certification programs, development programs, designee programs and continued operational safety. This includes, but is not limited to planning, development, review, and execution of applicants ground to and show flight compliance evaluations for the conducted design during and flight certification testing of programs. aircraft, aircraft Analyzes systems, and evaluates propulsion, technical human data factor submitted evaluation, by and flight crew interfaces. 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. Participates in the evaluation, standardization, and approval of flight display symbology, color philosophy, flight deck design, and pilot-vehicle interface for type certification programs while balancing standardization needs with existing certification practices, project schedules, pilot training, and operational issues. Works with appropriate Standards Staff personnel, Flight Test Pilots, ACO Branch aerospace engineers, and Aircraft Evaluation Group (AEG) personnel to evaluate HF related requirements for flight decks and flight deck displays. This includes coordinating and participating in formal team evaluations for new and novel display formats and technologies when necessary. When requested, participates in strategic initiatives to standardize Human Factors evaluation procedures and requirements within the FAA through policy and regulation development, and through industry panels, consensus groups, and technical committees including working with the Human Factors (HF) Chief Scientific and Technical Advisor to accomplish AVS HF related strategic goals. Supports the FAA as required in industry forums and public speaking events where HF related issues are discussed or presented. Model's leadership behavior through accountability, goal setting, collaborating, utilizing strategic thinking and influencing others to do the same. 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. Work ls 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. Incumbent, as a crew member, may be assigned as a member of a flight test team and will be required to participate in flight tests on experimental aircraft. As a crew member, incumbent is required to maintain currency in the tasks assigned in the Flight Test Operations Manual (FTOM) and is required to maintain a current first, second or third class medical and is subject to drug testing in a Testing ­Designated Safety Critical position. Requirements Conditions of Employment We are not accepting applications from noncitizens. Qualifications Specialized Experience for J-Band: All applicants must demonstrate one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the FV-I or FG/GS-13 level. 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. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE includes: Experience with the design and certification of advanced flight deck designs and flight display systems in FAR 23/25/27 /29 aircraft, FAR 23/25/27/29 Human Factors regulations and policy; Experience with flight testing experience as test conductor during experimental, developmental or certification testing of aircraft. 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. 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. 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: 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. EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: 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: 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. Additional Information We may use this vacancy to fill other similar vacant positions. 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. The U.S. Department of Transportation strives to ensure that equity, transparency, accountability, collaboration, and communication permeate all that we do for the betterment of the Department, the traveling public, and our nation. As such, DOT values a highly diverse workforce of persons who promote a culture of belonging by respecting the personal dignity and worth of each individual and fostering a positive environment where all feel safe and welcome. If these commitments coincide with your personal ideals and professional aspirations, please consider joining the DOT family. This position is covered by the Department of Transportation's Drug and Alcohol Testing Program. Any applicant tentatively selected for this position will be subject to pre-employment or pre-appointment drug screening. Persons occupying a "testing designated position (TDP)" will be subject to random drug and/or alcohol testing. Security Requirement: This position requires completion & favorable adjudication of a Moderate Risk (5) Background Investigation (Tier 2) unless waiver is obtained. This position may be located in AIR-711, AIR-713, AIR-714, AIR-715 & AIR-716. This vacancy announcement may be used to fill future vacancies in any of the other AIR Division Offices. Duty station will determine locality pay. Locality Rates: Des Moines, WA: 29.57% Fort Worth, TX: 26.37% Burlington, MA: 31.05% Wichita, KS: 16.50% Westbury, NY: 36.16% Des Plaines, IL: 29.79% Lakewood, CA: 34.89% Kansas City, MO: 18.18% This is a bargaining unit position. This position is represented by NATCA: Regional AIR - ACE ANM ANE ASW. Links to Important Information: Locality Pay , COLA