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Federal Aviation Administration General Engineer (Innovation Program Integration Manager) in United States


The incumbent serves as a General Engineer in the Center for Emerging Concepts & Innovation within the Policy & Innovation Division of Aircraft Certification Service (AIR). The incumbent is an Innovation Program Integration Manager for large projects/programs and/or as a team leader for single or small work activities.


Applies experience and comprehensive knowledge of engineering principles, theories, and concepts to develop plans and techniques to enable the safe certification of new and emerging technologies. Innovation programs include, but are not limited to, new aircraft and aircraft system designs such as urban mobility vehicles, civil supersonic aircraft, electric and hybrid-electric powered aircraft, new flight deck and crew interfaces, increased automation and autonomy, and new passenger interface and protection concepts. Typical assignments may include: Translate product requirements and oversee projects that may implement changes to projects, processes, or related certification requirements to facilitate the introduction of aerospace products; Perform technical design review of new projects submitted to potential applicants for certification; leads extensive research; and shares responsibility for project/program management.In this role the incumbent will apply strong leadership, technical, and interpersonal skills, in a collaborative environment to: Manage early engagement with potential applicants for FAA certification or other related approvals of innovative aviation products, technologies, systems, or services under the responsibility of the Aircraft Certification Service. Defines, organizes, and assigns resources to accomplish organizational objectives. Identifies and Allocates resources to accomplish large work activities within established schedules.

Works with management to bring the right team experts to bear for successful support and execution on innovation programs.Contacts are internal and external. Often represents FAA as a senior technical point of contact on projects, programs and other work activities. Communicates results to all levels internally (within an LOB/SO or across LOB's/SO's) and externally. Lead teams of diverse, cross-functional subject matter experts from various Policy & Innovation, Aircraft Certification Service and other FAA organizations as required, to define a clear pathway to certification or approval of assigned programs while meeting relevant time-lines and milestones.

Coordinates significant technical matters with representatives of external organizations. Ensure close coordination with counterparts and partners in cognizant aircraft certification offices and manufacturing inspection offices. Leads independent reviews of innovation program team progress and products. Draft, review, and edit reports for final approval prior to external distribution. Presents briefings to management to obtain consensus/approval on policies.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. Provides policy guidance and instruction to both internal and external customers. Communicate status, outcomes, and program needs with AIR management.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. Identify critical issues, and develop and manage appropriate plans to resolve these issues and meet objectives. Works with senior management to solve problems.Work is reviewed rarely, typically through status reports and at project completion, to ensure technical compliance and alignment with the requirements of the project and work activity. Work activities impact directly on the objectives of one or more major subdivisions, LOB's/SO's and may have an impact on the objectives of the FAA.


Conditions of Employment

We are not accepting applications from noncitizens.


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: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.Specialized Experience: To qualify for this position at the FV-J, FG/GS-14 level you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to FV-I, FG/GS-13 level. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Examples of specialist experience include, but are not limited to the following:- Experience interpreting and applying aircraft certification requirements, policies, and procedures used in the design and certification of an aircraft or aircraft system.- Experience leading teams using project or program management principles and practicesEligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and selective factor(s), if applicable, may be further evaluated on the KSAs listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: score order, category rating, or priority grouping and referred to the selecting official for consideration.Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.


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: www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html.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.This position has a minimum education requirement as specified in the Qualifications Required section. College/University transcript(s), or applicable documentation, described in the Qualifications Required section must be submitted by the closing date of this announcement to show the requirements are met; Failure to do so will result in loss of consideration. Please see Important Information Regarding Education under the Required Documents section.

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.This announcement may be used to fill multiple positions in any of the duty locations identified below. Note: The following are the salary ranges for the listed duty locations:Washington, District of Columbia: $107,818.00 to $167,149.00 includes 30.48% locality payDes Moines, Washington: $104,959.00 to $152.555.00 includes 27.02% locality payBurlington, Massachusetts: $102,309.00 to $158,608.00 includes 29.11% locality payKansas City, Missouri: $96,936.00 to $150,278.00 includes 17.31% locality payOklahoma City, Oklahoma; $95,812.00 to $148,535.00 includes 15.95% locality payFort Worth, Texas: $103,273.00 to $148,535.00 includes 24.98% locality payThis 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.htmAs 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.This is a bargaining unit position.Links to Important Information: Locality Pay , COLA