Federal Aviation Administration Mechanical Engineer (Interdisciplinary Position) in Atlantic City, New Jersey

Federal Aviation Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Atlantic City, NJ
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

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

** Closes Thursday 10/20/2016 (0 day(s) away)

Job Overview

About the Agency

Business Component:

Assistant Administrator for NextGen, Aviation Research Division, Structures and Propulsion Branch, Structures and Materials Section, ANG-E281.


We are looking for a highly motivated, innovative individual to serve as an engineer within the NextGen Organization. NextGen is a comprehensive initiative that integrates new and existing technologies, policies and procedures to reduce delays, and save fuel and lower aircraft exhaust emissions to deliver a better air travel experience. NextGen is supported by executive-level processes for ensuring commitment, accountability, and timely delivery of system improvements.

The person selected for this position will serve as an engineer in the Aviation Research Division's Structures and Propulsion Branch at the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center. The incumbent works in the Structures and Materials Section, primarily as the project coordinator of the Maintenance and Inspection Program and laboratory coordinator for the Structures and Materials Laboratory (SML), overseeing its initial startup phase as well as normal operations. You will support various programs in the Maintenance and Inspection program. Your primary duties will include serving as the following:

  • Project coordinator of the Maintenance and Inspection Program. A major thrust is the Inspection and Teardown of Bonded Repairs project, a keystone in-house project in the SML. This entails coordinating with industry, academia and sponsors, overseeing testing at external facilities as well as standing up an in-house research project in the SML You will process large aircraft parts with bonded repairs from retired aircraft as well as locate and acquire new parts with such repairs, removing them from the retired airframes and subject them to a suite of nondestructive and destructive testing at both the coupon and component level.
  • Laboratory coordinator of the SML. The building of the SML was completed in July, 2016. You will, over the course of the next one to two years, oversee the fit-out of the SML with it basic equipment including large hydraulic pumps, chillers, composite fabrication, material test capability, and large structural test capability.
  • Section Safety Officer, ensuring that all safety related documents such as Health and Safety Plans, Job Hazard Analyses, and Material Safety Data Sheets are complete and current. You will ensure that all training is complete and current, and is compliant with occupational Safety and Health Administration rules. You will hold daily and weekly safety meetings.

In addition to the duties listed above, at the payband I you will serve as overall program manager for Maintenance and Inspection. You will work with sponsors, academia, and industry to identify research areas, write research requirements and research execution plans, and oversee and perform research. Once the SML is operational you will oversee scheduling and resource management, ensuring that equipment maintenance and calibration is current, as well as manage the laboratory budget.

Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Interdisciplinary Position

Degree: professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1)be in a school of engineering with at least 1 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 1st year physics & chemistry) in 5 of these 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, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics. OR 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: Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico; OR evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) exam, or the written test required for professional registration; OR 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 paragraph 1; OR successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, provided the applicant had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision.

In addition to above, to qualify for this position at the payband H, you must demonstrate in your application that you have one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the payband G or FG/GS-5/7/9. Specialized experience is experience that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.

Specialized experience may include but is not limited to: experience assisting in the design, conduct of technical research that includes physical experiments; experience in laboratory management or resource management for maintaining or calibrating equipment, resource allocation or scheduling.


3 years of progressively higher level graduate education Ph.D. or Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree.

Education must be directly related

In addition to above, to qualify for this position at the payband I, you must demonstrate in your application that you have one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the payband H or FG/GS-11/12. Specialized experience is experience that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.

Specialized experience may include but is not limited to: experience in the design, conduct of technical research that includes physical experiments; experience in laboratory management or resource management for maintaining or calibrating equipment, resource allocation or scheduling; experience leading a technical program.

Applicants should include examples of specialized experience in their Work History.

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


THIS POSITION HAS A POSITIVE EDUCATION REQUIREMENT. If you are not currently working for the Federal Government in the 800 (engineering) series OR have never held a position in the Federal Government in the 800 series, you must submit a copy of your transcripts prior to the closing date of this announcement. FAILURE TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN LOSS OF CONSIDERATION. If you cannot upload your transcripts to your application, please fax a copy to 609-485-8995 to the attention of Mary Ann Quinn and reference the announcement number on the FAX. IF SELECTED, OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS WILL BE REQUIRED PRIOR TO EMPLOYMENT. If you do not have an official transcript (original with a raised seal) you should request it today. 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

We are not accepting applications from noncitizens.

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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.

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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 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 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs), 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.

  1. Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements may be further evaluated on the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 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.

  2. All, some or none of the applicants may be interviewed.

  3. 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.

  4. This is an interdisciplinary position. This position will be filled as either a General Engineer, Aerospace Engineer, or Mechanical Engineer, depending on the qualifications of the individual selected.

  5. Full promotion potential to the FV-I Level: Identification of promotion in the vacancy announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon the selectee meeting training, qualification requirements, and recommendation by the supervisor.

  6. The position may be filled at the FV-H or FV-I.

This is a bargaining unit position.

Links to Important Information:Locality Pay, COLA

Salary Range: $62,962.00 to $117,486.00 / Salary includes a 22.22% locality payment.

Series & Grade: FV-0830-H/I

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens

Control Number: 452856700

Job Announcement Number: ACT-ANG-17-MAQE281-49628