$80K — $150K *
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
Basic 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:
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).
Valid through: 4/2/2021