Serve as a Senior Aerospace Engineer and Program Manager in the Space Launch System Program Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center. Duties include managing space and aeronautical flight systems, vehicles, and/or payloads, including design and operational requirements definition, hardware and/or software development, testing, verification, safety, integration, certification and operations.
Serve as a Program Manager executing requirements for aerospace and aeronautical flight system programs and projects. Lead multi-disciplinary professionals in charge of managing aerospace flight systems, vehicles, and payloads.
Perform design, operational requirements definition, hardware/software development testing, verification and validation of vehicle flight readiness, integration, assesses risk, performs safety processes, and certify operations.
Apply theories, principles, practical concepts, processes, and systems related to the science and practices of aeronautics. Develop, design, test, and research, operate and perform maintenance on aircraft<br>and/or spacecraft.
Analyze, design, and operate aerospace vehicles and structures in the earth's atmosphere. Duties may include: production, fabrication, operation, type certification, and/or maintenance of aerospace vehicles or<br>associated equipment.
Oversee the investigation of phenomena encountered in aerospace flight, monitor and analyze unknown vehicles, navigate aerospace vehicles, and develop aviation safety standards and regulations.
Conduct specialized studies on flight vehicles.
Perform functions such as:
planning, research, design, development, test and evaluation, cost and analyses. Work alongside contractors integrating new technologies, improving reliability, extending vehicle lifetime, and managing costs.
Oversee contractor proposals for flight systems, provide technical management of contracts involving design, development, integration, test, evaluation, operation, and sustaining long-term flight systems.<br>Manage contractors work.
Define operational performance requirements and the modifications and enhancements needed to increase capability, manage cost, schedule and technical aspects including risk management of the aerospace projects<br>and/or programs.
Occasional travel - Travel may be required for training or other work-related duties
Job family (Series)
0861 Aerospace Engineering
Conditions of Employment
A one-year trial period may be required.
Position subject to a pre-employment drug test
Position subject to pre-employment background investigation
In addition to the Basic Education Requirement, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-14), which has equipped you with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.
To qualify for the GS-15:
Specialized experience includes leading and/or overseeing engineers managing space vehicles and aeronautical flight systems programs or projects; experience managing all phases of the payload development, design and operational requirements definition, hardware and/or software development, testing, verification, safety, integration, certification and operations processes; experience serving as a technical subject matter expert to other engineers or scientists for scientific or engineering projects related to spacecraft or aircraft and operating aerospace vehicles and structures in the earth's atmosphere.
Your resume must include a clear and detailed narrative description, in your own words, of how you meet the required specialized experience. Experience statements copied from a position description, vacancy announcement or other reference material constitutes plagiarism and may result in disqualification and losing consideration for the job.
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Basic Education Requirement:
A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major study in Aeronautical Engineering, Aeronautics, Aerospace Engineering, Architecture, Astronautical Engineering, Astronautics, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Biomedical Engineering, Ceramic Engineering, Ceramics, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science*, Life Science, Earth and Planetary Science, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Geology, Geophysics, Industrial Engineering, Materials Engineering, Materials Science, Mathematics (Pure or Applied), Applied Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Metallurgy, Meteorology, Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Engineering Physics, Oceanography, Optical Engineering, Physics, Applied Physics, Engineering Physics, Space Science, Structural Engineering, Welding Engineering or other appropriate physical science or engineering field. Degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position.
- Note: Curriculum must include 30 semester hours of course work in a combination of mathematics, statistics and computer science that provided in-depth knowledge of the following: (1) theoretical foundations and practical applications of computer science, including digital computer system architecture and system software organization, the representation and transformation of information structures and the theoretical models for such representations and transformations; and (2) essential mathematical and statistical techniques. Of the 30 semester hours, 15 must be in any combination of statistics and mathematics which includes differential and integral calculus
U.S. Engineering degrees must have been awarded from a college or university school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). To find out if a degree meets this requirement, go to http://www.abet.org.
Foreign Engineering degrees must be recognized by a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA), often known as accords These are non-governmental agreements among organizations that accredit academic degree programs. MRAs recognize the substantial equivalence of mature accreditation systems and programs
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Science and other related degrees must have been awarded from colleges or universities that are accredited by recognized accrediting organizations. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, go to http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.
All degrees must have been received in the year of, or any year subsequent to the original date of accreditation.
Official transcripts will be required at the time of selection to verify that you meet the educational requirement or substitution.
This position is announced under Direct Hire authority. Recruitment for this position will follow guidelines established by the Office of Personnel Management for use of Direct Hire authority.
If you have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), you must:
Indicate your eligibility when applying for a position. The USAJOBS resume asks you to identify your ICTAP eligibility; the NASA Supplemental Information asks you to identify your CTAP eligibility.
Be well qualified for this position to receive consideration. See 'How You Will Be Evaluated' for NASA's definition of well qualified.
Be prepared to submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP if you are selected for the position. This includes copies of your agency notice, most recent Performance Rating and most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) noting current position, grade level, and duty location.
As identical vacancies are identified, additional selections may be made.
You must meet qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
This appointment may be extended beyond the initial appointment date, for a period not to exceed a total of
Current Federal civilian employees may apply for this position. If selected, a break in service of at least 4
calendar days may be required prior to appointment to this position.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
This position is announced under Direct Hire authority. A Human Resources Specialist will review your resume to determine if you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements as listed in 'Requirements'.
CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be assessed using NASA STARS, an automated system that matches the competencies extracted from your resume to the competencies identified by the selecting official for the position. Based on the competencies you match, you are placed in one of three categories identified as 90, 80, or 70 point quality categories, which are defined as:
90 pt. Category - Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and has experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.
80 pt. Category - Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.
70 pt. Category - Fails to meet criteria described in the 80 pt. category.
For the purpose of the CTAP and ICTAP, candidates rated in the top quality (90 pt.) category are considered well-qualified.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
NASA's application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for the information we absolutely need to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility. In order to apply for this position, you only need to submit your resume and answer the screening questions and supplemental information. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. (For example you need not submit narrative 'KSA' statements; they are not required and will not be evaluated.) In this way we allow you to focus on preparing a resume that best describes your background and abilities. For assistance in preparing your resume, consult the Applicant Guide. Nothing further is required until requested by the Human Resources Office. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume. For example, we may ask you to provide academic transcripts or proof of Federal employment status. If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.