$100K — $150K *
Applies experience and comprehensive knowledge of aerospace engineering principles, theories, and concepts applicable to system safety and related risk analyses, as well as an understanding of new technologies and methodologies, to solve complex problems and to develop improved technical processes. He/She also applies and integrates safety management principles and techniques to aircraft certification, policies, regulations, continued operational safety, and development of industry consensus standards for aircraft safety assessment and development assurance.
Broad policies and objectives provide general guidance for addressing project/program issues. The incumbent provides advice to the Policy & Innovation Division branches and aircraft certification offices in area of expertise to enable the safe certification of aircraft products that employ existing or new and emerging technologies. He/She works across organization boundaries to assess the safety of aircraft system designs, and evaluates compliance to applicable regulations, policy, and industry standards. Recommends, develops, and processes rules, special conditions, exemptions, advisory circulars, and national directives pertaining to specialty area. Supports the development and application of safety risk management methodologies across the Division.
The incumbent provides policy and guidance for domestic and international consideration for standardization. Initiates, organizes, and conducts the development of new or modified Federal Aviation Regulations pertaining to aircraft systems. Participates in Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committees/Aviation Rulemaking Committees to draft new rules, and on ad hoc teams with industry, other aviation authorities, and agencies to develop regulations, policies and standards. Where necessary, participates in the analysis of accident, malfunction, and service difficulty reports involving aircraft systems.
Plans and accomplishes highly complex and challenging projects and other work activities under the minimal direction of a manager. Solves complex problems and develops improved technical processes for the organization. Works closely with Policy & Innovation Division management, internal FAA stakeholders and external stakeholders (i.e., industry, other aviation authorities, etc.) to address challenges with emerging technologies. Identifies and participates in research and development studies to ascertain the need for new safety standards, or to implement new technologies to improve continued operational safety (COS). Develops mutually rewarding relationships with fellow employees, and other stakeholders. All activities are conducted to the highest ethical standards by communicating effectively, remaining flexible, respecting differing opinions, and exercising patience in challenging situations.
Contacts are both internal and external. The incumbent coordinates with FAA technical specialists and industry members to facilitate technical discussions and negotiate consensus solutions that benefit the general public, aircraft operators, and manufacturers. Develops, integrates and implements solutions to diverse, complex problems that frequently require working across functional and/or organizational lines. Applies systems thinking to work task and responsibilities. The FAA is moving to a systems based approach to oversight of the aviation industry and it is essential to evaluate large/complex delegated organizations, as well as smaller delegated entities, and efficiently and effectively oversee these entities based upon risk to operation within the aviation system. The incumbent will perform other duties as assigned.
Provides educational outreach, policy guidance, and instruction to others, both internally and externally. Communicates policies and objectives to provide guidance for addressing issues, but also allow considerable discretion to develop new and innovative approaches.
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:
Specialized Experience: In addition to the basic requirements, to qualify for this position you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to FG-13 or FV-I. 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 includes:
- Experience in the application of aircraft certification requirements, policies, and procedures used in the design and certification of an aircraft or aircraft system (i.e., 14 CFR Parts 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 33, 35; advisory circulars; and, policy memorandums).
- Experience designing, testing, or evaluating aircraft or other transportation vehicle systems.
- Experience in the development assurance of aircraft or other transportation vehicle systems.
- Experience in using system safety analysis methods and tools to evaluate systems.
- Experience with fostering the open exchange of technical ideas and information in order to develop engineering solutions to resolve complex issues that involves input from different FAA and/or other organizations.
Valid through: 8/13/2020