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Aerospace Engineer, AST, Aerospace Flight Systems (Direct Hire)

  • ... Huntsville, Alabama, United States
  • ... Full time
  • ... Salary: 98079 per year
  • Posted on: Mar 17, 2024       Expires on: May 01, 2024

Aerospace Engineer, AST, Aerospace Flight Systems (Direct Hire)   

JOB TITLE:

Aerospace Engineer, AST, Aerospace Flight Systems (Direct Hire)

JOB TYPE:

Full-time

JOB LOCATION:

Huntsville Alabama United States

JOB DESCRIPTION:

Duties

  • Duties described below are at the highest grade advertised.
    Duties assigned at lower grade levels will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity; duties will be commensurate with the grade of selected employee.
  • Analyzes and evaluates aerospace vehicles/structures operating within, above, and beyond the earth's atmosphere including production, fabrication, operation, certification, and maintenance of aerospace vehicles or integrally associated equipment.
  • Analyzes, tests, evaluates, validates, and certifies flight hardware and system capabilities based on design and operational and safety requirements.
  • Applies critical inquiry, problem solving, and scientific methodology to complete assessments, make recommendations, or resolve issues.
  • Assesses system performance and vehicle integration needs to meet technical and safety objectives; supports risk assessments; verifies mitigation implementation through inspection, test, and/or analysis; develops recommendations to resolve issues.
  • Coordinates communication and integrates with customers and the directorates to establish and document technical content, schedule, and deliverables.
  • Determines system performance and interface requirements to meet technical and safety objectives; prepare risk assessments; verifies mitigation implementation through inspection, test, analysis, etc.
    ; develops recommendations; resolves issues.
  • Identifies problems and initiates necessary actions to meet objectives.
  • Performs pre-project planning duties, such as concept development, integration planning, operations planning, and programming design for projects, taking into account feasibility, costs, and performance.
  • Reports aerospace research results; develops and delivers technical results/briefs to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Supports engineering activities to ensure delivery of the completed aerospace system.
    Applies basic knowledge of how products are to be produced, integrated, verified, validated, and transitioned to the next level of the system.
  • Fosters a culture of engagement, diversity, inclusiveness, excellence and innovation.
    Champions NASA commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility to create an environment that promotes a commitment to safety, integrity, and teamwork.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • This position is open to U.
    S.
    citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.
    S.
  • Position subject to pre-employment background investigation or higher level clearance.
    Investigation/Clearance may differ and be required based on the duties/location-NASA Center requirements.
  • You must meet qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
  • Financial Disclosure, Drug Testing, and/or the Travel Requirements for this position may differ and be required based on the duty location/NASA Center requirements.
  • This position may require a one-year trial period.

Qualifications

In addition to the Basic Education Requirement (in the Education section below), to qualify for this position you must meet the requirements below.
Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular ability, skill, and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of this position and is typically in or related to this line of work.


NASA utilizes OPM-approved qualification and rating requirements specific for Aerospace Technology (AST) positions which recognizes NASA's unique aerospace work.
The specific qualifications and minimum education requirements are further described below and within the education section of the job announcement.


To qualify for GS-07, you must have:
a) One year of directly related specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level
  • Studying or applying theories, concepts, principles, and methodology to assist in the design and development of various aerospace systems and subsystems, or components; or
  • Assisting with collecting the data to support requirements development and analysis; or
  • Assisting with the preparation of performance and aerospace/spaceflight vehicle risk assessments; or
  • Assisting in resolving issues for engineering systems and/or systems testing.
OR
b) Completed 1 full academic year of graduate study in an appropriate field
OR
c) Expect to complete at least one of the education degree requirements for this grade level by June 30, 2024
OR
d) Any combination of experience and graduate study in an appropriate field
OR
e) You may also qualify at the GS-07 level by meeting one of these Special Provisions:
  • Are in the upper third of your class, based on completed college work at the time of filing an application.
  • Have an average of 2.
    9 or better on a 4.
    0 scale for either all completed college work at the time of application, or all college courses completed during the last 2 years of the undergraduate curriculum.
  • Achieved a grade average of B+ (3.
    5 on a 4.
    0 scale) or better in the major field of study where such field is fully qualifying.
    This is either the average of all completed college work in the major field of study at the time of application or the average of all college courses completed in the major field of study during the last 2 years of the undergraduate curriculum.
  • Elected to membership in one of the national honorary scholastic societies meeting the minimum requirements of the Association of College Honor Societies (other than freshman honor societies).
    These honor societies are listed at ACHS.
  • Completed 12 months of student trainee experience that includes at least one work period equivalent to the GS-5, or at least 15 months of appropriate student trainee experience which includes one work period equivalent to the GS-04 level.
    One work period is 2 months or 320 hours.
  • For engineering positions, successfully completed a 5-year program of study, or at least 160 semester hours, leading to a bachelor's degree.
  • For engineering positions, have a professional engineering degree, and up to 12 months of experience gained as a technician or technologist equivalent to the GS-5 or higher level.
  • Successfully completed all requirements for two bachelor's degrees, one in an appropriate field of science or engineering.
  • Have six months of directly related/specialized experience or training, including 3 months gained after the junior year of college.
    This experience may have been obtained on a part-time or intermittent basis and may have been paid or unpaid.
  • Received honors or elective positions indicating superior leadership outside of your academic setting.
    Additionally, your academic standing must have been in the upper half of the graduating class.
  • Have pattern of completing courses that include unusual preparatory value or direct relation to the particular aerospace specialty for which you are being considered.
  • Have creative research aptitude or special talent for NASA scientific or engineering work.
    This must be shown by evidence obtained and documented by NASA in certifications from college professors or officials, or standardized questionnaires, or similar techniques.
To qualify for GS-09, you must have:
a) One year of directly related specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level
  • Assisting a team of engineers involved in the design and development of various aerospace systems, subsystems, components, or assisting with collecting the data to support requirements development and analysis; or
  • Assisting with the preparation of performance and spaceflight vehicle risk assessments; or gathering data to resolve issues for aerospace testing; or
  • Assisting with researching behavior in atmospheric and space environments to support resolving issues for aerospace systems.
OR
b) Completed all requirements for a master's or equivalent graduate degree in an appropriate field
OR
c) Completed 2 full academic years of graduate education in an appropriate field
OR
d) Have an equivalent combination of experience and graduate study as discussed in a), b) and c) above
OR
e) Expect to complete at least one of the education degree requirements for this grade level by June 30, 2024

To qualify for GS-11, you must have:
a) You must have one year of directly related specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level
  • Working with a team of multi-disciplinary engineers involved in the applying scientific concepts, methods, and processes related to theoretical analysis of aerospace vehicles to determine their behavior in their environments; or
  • Applying engineering disciplines involving theories, concepts, principles, and methodologies to accomplish test, analysis, and technical problem solving on aerospace systems; and
  • Supporting system engineering activities to ensure delivery of the completed aerospace system.
OR
b) Completed all requirements for a doctoral degree (i.
e.
, Ph.
D.
or equivalent) in an appropriate field
OR
c) Completed 3 full academic years of graduate education in an appropriate field
OR
d) Have an equivalent combination of experience and graduate study as discussed in a), b) and c) above
OR
e) Expect to complete at least one of the education degree requirements for this grade level by June 30, 2024

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.
NASA prohibits the use of artificial intelligence (AI) or AI-assisted tool in drafting application and assessment responses.
Please visit https://www.
nasa.
gov/careers/how-to-apply/#Artificial-Intelligence to review NASA's guidance on the use of AI tools during the application process.


Required college majors for applicants qualifying on the basis of undergraduate or graduate education only (GS-7 through GS-11):

Aeronautical Engineering, Aeronautics, Aerospace Engineering, Astronautical Engineering, Astronautics, Biomedical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Materials Engineering, Materials Science, Applied Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Metallurgy, Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Engineering Physics, Physics, Applied Physics, Engineering Physics, Structural Engineering, Welding Engineering.
Other majors will qualify if the major includes or is supplemented as follows: Ceramic Engineering, Ceramics, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Mathematics (Pure or Applied) (or other related field), if it includes or is supplemented by nine semester hours (or the equivalent) in machine design, mechanics, hydraulics, dynamics, thermodynamics, mechanical design or mechanical measurement.

Education

Basic Education Requirement: You must have successfully completed a bachelor's degree or expect to complete the basic education requirement for this position by June 30, 2024 with a major in one of the following:
a) Engineering from a college or university that has ABET accredited engineering programs
b) Physical Science, Mathematics, Life Science or other field of Science
c) Computer Science that included 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of course work in any combination of mathematics, statistics and computer science with at least half of those hours in mathematics and statistics courses that included differential and integral calculus; and that provided an in-depth knowledge of theoretical 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.


If you did not complete a qualifying bachelor's degree, you may be eligible if you have obtained a graduate degree in an AST qualifying field, as listed above.


Degrees in engineering technology are not considered qualifying for this position.


Engineering degrees earned within the United States: Engineering degrees earned within the United States must be from a college or university that has at least one ABET accredited engineering program.
To find out if a school has at least one ABET accredited program, please visit http://www.
abet.
org.


Engineering degrees earned outside the United States: Engineering degrees earned outside the United States 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 accredited by signatory organizations within their jurisdictions.
For a listing of Signatories, please visit, https://www.
abet.
org/global-presence/mutual-recognition-agreements/is-your-program-recognized/.


Science and other related degrees earned within the United States: 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/.


Science and other related degrees earned outside the United States: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs.
These education credentials must be deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.
S.
education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.
S.
accredited college or university.
For further information, visit: https://sites.
ed.
gov/international/recognition-of-foreign-qualifications/.


All degrees must have been received in the year of, or any year subsequent to the original date of accreditation.

Additional information

Additional selections may be made for similar positions across NASA within the local commuting area(s) of the location(s) identified in this announcement.
By applying, you agree to have your application shared with interested selecting official(s) within NASA.
CTAP/ICTAP will be cleared for any additional selection from this announcement.


This appointment may be extended beyond the initial appointment date, for a period not to exceed a total of 10-years.

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.


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 questionnaire asks you to identify your ICTAP/CTAP eligibility.
  • Meet the minimum qualifications requirements for the position
  • Submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP as indicated in 'Required Documents'

For additional information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, click here - https://www.
opm.
gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/#ictap.


Depending on position assignment, position may or may not be in a bargaining unit.
To learn more about bargaining units at NASA please click here NASA Unions (Bargaining Units) | NASA.

  • Benefits

    A career with the U.
    S.
    government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package.
    As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
    Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

    Review our benefits

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent.
    Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Direct Hire Authority: These positions will be filled through the Office of Personnel Management's Direct Hire Authority.
Category rating and veterans' preference will not be considered in evaluating applicants.
For more information on Direct Hire Authority, please see: OPM Direct Hire Fact Sheet.


Veterans: Under the provisions of Direct Hire Authority, veterans' preference does not apply.
However, applicants who are eligible for veterans' preference are encouraged to include that information in their application and submit supporting documentation (i.
e.
DD-214, or other substantiating documents).
For more information please see: Veterans' Preference information on the FedsHireVets website.


You will be evaluated for this position based on how well you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements listed in this vacancy announcement.
To determine your qualifications and referral status, we may review your resume and supporting documentation and compare it against your responses to the vacancy questionnaire.
Overstating your qualifications and/or experience in your application materials or application questionnaire may result in your removal from consideration.


You will be assessed on the following competencies:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Flight Systems
  • Problem Solving
  • Teamwork
NASA considers paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.
g.
, Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.
g.
, professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social).
Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.
You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

  • Benefits

    A career with the U.
    S.
    government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package.
    As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
    Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

    Review our benefits

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent.
    Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • Required Documents

    As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits.
    Your benefits depend on the type of position you have - whether you're a permanent, part-time, temporary or an intermittent employee.
    You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure you're eligible under their policies.

    A complete application package includes a resume, required documents and completion of the vacancy announcement questionnaire.
    Please see this guidance: What to include in your resume.
    Your resume should describe your specialized experience and support your answers to the vacancy announcement questionnaire.
    If you are using a Curriculum Vitae (CV) as a resume, it must meet all requirements listed above for a complete resume package.
    Please note: if any of the following types of information are included on your resume, your application package will be disqualified:

    • Classified or government sensitive information.
    • Social Security Number (SSN)
    • Photos of yourself
    • Personal information, such as age, gender, religious affiliation, etc.
    • Encrypted and digitally signed documents.
    If your resume contains any of the above information, you must redact that information prior to the submission of your application.


    The following documents are required:
    • Resume
    • Transcript


    For transcripts the following documents are acceptable:
    • An unofficial transcript
    • A copy of an official transcript
    • If you qualify at the GS-07 level based on Superior Academic Achievement criteria, you must provide your grade point average (GPA).
      You will lose consideration if you do not submit proof of your education.
      Documents must fully support the education requirements listed above.
      Incomplete documents or documents that do not show completion of required degree program or coursework may result in disqualification.
    You will lose consideration if you do not submit proof of your education.
    Documents must fully support the education requirements listed above.
    Incomplete documents or documents that do not show completion of required degree program or coursework may result in disqualification.


    There may be other supporting documents (licenses, certification, veterans preference, etc.
    ), depending on your answers to the questionnaire and job announcement description, that you may need to submit, please verify your application.
    Do not submit an OF-306 with your application.


    If you are a surplus or displaced employee (CTAP and ICTAP), submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP.
    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.


    Official documents are required at the time of appointment for verification of eligibility and qualifications.
  • How to Apply

    Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin an application and have all required information available.
    We encourage you to provide a complete description of your educational achievements and include both paid and non-paid work in the experience portion of your resume.
    If you submit a resume that does not contain the required information, you may lose consideration.


    To apply for this position, you must complete the initial online application, to include the initial online assessment and submission of the required documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.


    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.
    The application process is as follows:

    1.
    To begin the application process, you will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account.
    If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application process.
    Once logged in to your account, click on the \"Apply\" link.

    2.
    Follow the prompts to select your resume and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package.
    We strongly encourage you to utilize the USAJOBS resume builder when creating your resume.
    Using the resume builder will help you ensure your resume includes important information related to your qualifications and eligibility for this position.
    Answer the questions presented in the application and attach all necessary supporting documentation.
    During the application process you can review, edit, delete and update your information.
    We'll automatically save your progress as you go, so you won't lose any changes.
    Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

    3.
    After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the 'Include Personal Information' section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.
    You will be taken to the vacancy questionnaire which you must complete in order to apply for the position.
    Complete the online application, verify all required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.

    4.
    Click the Submit Application button prior to 11:59PM (ET) on the announcement closing date.


    NASA's online application process provides step by step guidance to ensure you provide all needed information.
    If you are unable to apply online, please contact NSSC-CONTACTCENTER@MAIL.
    NASA.
    GOV for assistance.
    Be advised - application materials faxed, emailed, and/or mailed to Marshall Space Flight Center will not be accepted for this announcement.


    NASA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.
    If you are an applicant with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency contact center listed on the job vacancy announcement.
    The decision on granting reasonable accommodations will be on a case-by-case basis.

    Agency contact information

    NASA Shared Services Contact Center

    Phone

    1-877-677-2123

    Fax

    1-866-779-6772

    Email

    nssc-contactcenter@mail.
    nasa.
    gov

    Address

    Marshall Space Flight Center
    Marshall Space Flight Ctr
    Huntsville, AL 35811
    US

    Next steps

    Once you submit your application package, you will receive an acknowledgement email.
    Throughout the process you will receive regular status updates through USAJOBS.
    To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (https://my.
    usajobs.
    gov/Account/Login), all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen.
    The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated.
    For information on what each Application Status means, visit: https://www.
    usajobs.
    gov/Help/how-to/application/status/.


    Whether or not you are contacted for an interview depends upon the location of the position and the judgment of the hiring manager.


    If you are selected, you will be notified by phone or email with a tentative job offer.
    If you fail to meet the conditions of employment or any other pre-employment requirements, such as missing a scheduled appointment, we may rescind a tentative job offer.


    NASA will not ask you to disclose criminal history record information during the application process or before we make a conditional/tentative offer of employment.
    If you apply for this position and are selected, NASA will conduct a suitability/security background investigation after you accept a tentative job offer.
    If you feel you are asked to disclose your criminal history before you accept a tentative offer and wish to file a complaint, please contact: Agency-FCCJ@NASA.
    gov.


    An official, written job offer will be issued once all requirements have been verified.

  • Fair and Transparent

    The Federal hiring process is set up to be fair and transparent.
    Please read the following guidance.

    • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy
    • Reasonable accommodation policy
    • Financial suitability
    • Selective Service
    • New employee probationary period
    • Signature and false statements
    • Privacy Act
    • Social security number request

Required Documents

A complete application package includes a resume, required documents and completion of the vacancy announcement questionnaire.
Please see this guidance: What to include in your resume.
Your resume should describe your specialized experience and support your answers to the vacancy announcement questionnaire.
If you are using a Curriculum Vitae (CV) as a resume, it must meet all requirements listed above for a complete resume package.
Please note: if any of the following types of information are included on your resume, your application package will be disqualified:

  • Classified or government sensitive information.
  • Social Security Number (SSN)
  • Photos of yourself
  • Personal information, such as age, gender, religious affiliation, etc.
  • Encrypted and digitally signed documents.
If your resume contains any of the above information, you must redact that information prior to the submission of your application.


The following documents are required:
  • Resume
  • Transcript


For transcripts the following documents are acceptable:
  • An unofficial transcript
  • A copy of an official transcript
  • If you qualify at the GS-07 level based on Superior Academic Achievement criteria, you must provide your grade point average (GPA).
    You will lose consideration if you do not submit proof of your education.
    Documents must fully support the education requirements listed above.
    Incomplete documents or documents that do not show completion of required degree program or coursework may result in disqualification.
You will lose consideration if you do not submit proof of your education.
Documents must fully support the education requirements listed above.
Incomplete documents or documents that do not show completion of required degree program or coursework may result in disqualification.


There may be other supporting documents (licenses, certification, veterans preference, etc.
), depending on your answers to the questionnaire and job announcement description, that you may need to submit, please verify your application.
Do not submit an OF-306 with your application.


If you are a surplus or displaced employee (CTAP and ICTAP), submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP.
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.


Official documents are required at the time of appointment for verification of eligibility and qualifications.


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    S.
    Citizens, Nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.
    S.

Position Details

POSTED:

Mar 17, 2024

EMPLOYMENT:

Full-time

SALARY:

98079 per year

SNAPRECRUIT ID:

S-1710911279-65ea349bae0e0bf0ee4219f6515ff4ae

LOCATION:

Alabama United States

CITY:

Huntsville

Job Origin:

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Duties

  • Duties described below are at the highest grade advertised. Duties assigned at lower grade levels will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity; duties will be commensurate with the grade of selected employee.
  • Analyzes and evaluates aerospace vehicles/structures operating within, above, and beyond the earth's atmosphere including production, fabrication, operation, certification, and maintenance of aerospace vehicles or integrally associated equipment.
  • Analyzes, tests, evaluates, validates, and certifies flight hardware and system capabilities based on design and operational and safety requirements.
  • Applies critical inquiry, problem solving, and scientific methodology to complete assessments, make recommendations, or resolve issues.
  • Assesses system performance and vehicle integration needs to meet technical and safety objectives; supports risk assessments; verifies mitigation implementation through inspection, test, and/or analysis; develops recommendations to resolve issues.
  • Coordinates communication and integrates with customers and the directorates to establish and document technical content, schedule, and deliverables.
  • Determines system performance and interface requirements to meet technical and safety objectives; prepare risk assessments; verifies mitigation implementation through inspection, test, analysis, etc.; develops recommendations; resolves issues.
  • Identifies problems and initiates necessary actions to meet objectives.
  • Performs pre-project planning duties, such as concept development, integration planning, operations planning, and programming design for projects, taking into account feasibility, costs, and performance.
  • Reports aerospace research results; develops and delivers technical results/briefs to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Supports engineering activities to ensure delivery of the completed aerospace system. Applies basic knowledge of how products are to be produced, integrated, verified, validated, and transitioned to the next level of the system.
  • Fosters a culture of engagement, diversity, inclusiveness, excellence and innovation. Champions NASA commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility to create an environment that promotes a commitment to safety, integrity, and teamwork.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • This position is open to U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
  • Position subject to pre-employment background investigation or higher level clearance. Investigation/Clearance may differ and be required based on the duties/location-NASA Center requirements.
  • You must meet qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
  • Financial Disclosure, Drug Testing, and/or the Travel Requirements for this position may differ and be required based on the duty location/NASA Center requirements.
  • This position may require a one-year trial period.

Qualifications

In addition to the Basic Education Requirement (in the Education section below), to qualify for this position you must meet the requirements below. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular ability, skill, and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of this position and is typically in or related to this line of work.

NASA utilizes OPM-approved qualification and rating requirements specific for Aerospace Technology (AST) positions which recognizes NASA's unique aerospace work. The specific qualifications and minimum education requirements are further described below and within the education section of the job announcement.

To qualify for GS-07, you must have:
a) One year of directly related specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level
  • Studying or applying theories, concepts, principles, and methodology to assist in the design and development of various aerospace systems and subsystems, or components; or
  • Assisting with collecting the data to support requirements development and analysis; or
  • Assisting with the preparation of performance and aerospace/spaceflight vehicle risk assessments; or
  • Assisting in resolving issues for engineering systems and/or systems testing.
OR
b) Completed 1 full academic year of graduate study in an appropriate field
OR
c) Expect to complete at least one of the education degree requirements for this grade level by June 30, 2024
OR
d) Any combination of experience and graduate study in an appropriate field
OR
e) You may also qualify at the GS-07 level by meeting one of these Special Provisions:
  • Are in the upper third of your class, based on completed college work at the time of filing an application.
  • Have an average of 2.9 or better on a 4.0 scale for either all completed college work at the time of application, or all college courses completed during the last 2 years of the undergraduate curriculum.
  • Achieved a grade average of B+ (3.5 on a 4.0 scale) or better in the major field of study where such field is fully qualifying. This is either the average of all completed college work in the major field of study at the time of application or the average of all college courses completed in the major field of study during the last 2 years of the undergraduate curriculum.
  • Elected to membership in one of the national honorary scholastic societies meeting the minimum requirements of the Association of College Honor Societies (other than freshman honor societies). These honor societies are listed at ACHS.
  • Completed 12 months of student trainee experience that includes at least one work period equivalent to the GS-5, or at least 15 months of appropriate student trainee experience which includes one work period equivalent to the GS-04 level. One work period is 2 months or 320 hours.
  • For engineering positions, successfully completed a 5-year program of study, or at least 160 semester hours, leading to a bachelor's degree.
  • For engineering positions, have a professional engineering degree, and up to 12 months of experience gained as a technician or technologist equivalent to the GS-5 or higher level.
  • Successfully completed all requirements for two bachelor's degrees, one in an appropriate field of science or engineering.
  • Have six months of directly related/specialized experience or training, including 3 months gained after the junior year of college. This experience may have been obtained on a part-time or intermittent basis and may have been paid or unpaid.
  • Received honors or elective positions indicating superior leadership outside of your academic setting. Additionally, your academic standing must have been in the upper half of the graduating class.
  • Have pattern of completing courses that include unusual preparatory value or direct relation to the particular aerospace specialty for which you are being considered.
  • Have creative research aptitude or special talent for NASA scientific or engineering work. This must be shown by evidence obtained and documented by NASA in certifications from college professors or officials, or standardized questionnaires, or similar techniques.
To qualify for GS-09, you must have:
a) One year of directly related specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level
  • Assisting a team of engineers involved in the design and development of various aerospace systems, subsystems, components, or assisting with collecting the data to support requirements development and analysis; or
  • Assisting with the preparation of performance and spaceflight vehicle risk assessments; or gathering data to resolve issues for aerospace testing; or
  • Assisting with researching behavior in atmospheric and space environments to support resolving issues for aerospace systems.
OR
b) Completed all requirements for a master's or equivalent graduate degree in an appropriate field
OR
c) Completed 2 full academic years of graduate education in an appropriate field
OR
d) Have an equivalent combination of experience and graduate study as discussed in a), b) and c) above
OR
e) Expect to complete at least one of the education degree requirements for this grade level by June 30, 2024

To qualify for GS-11, you must have:
a) You must have one year of directly related specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level
  • Working with a team of multi-disciplinary engineers involved in the applying scientific concepts, methods, and processes related to theoretical analysis of aerospace vehicles to determine their behavior in their environments; or
  • Applying engineering disciplines involving theories, concepts, principles, and methodologies to accomplish test, analysis, and technical problem solving on aerospace systems; and
  • Supporting system engineering activities to ensure delivery of the completed aerospace system.
OR
b) Completed all requirements for a doctoral degree (i.e., Ph.D. or equivalent) in an appropriate field
OR
c) Completed 3 full academic years of graduate education in an appropriate field
OR
d) Have an equivalent combination of experience and graduate study as discussed in a), b) and c) above
OR
e) Expect to complete at least one of the education degree requirements for this grade level by June 30, 2024

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. NASA prohibits the use of artificial intelligence (AI) or AI-assisted tool in drafting application and assessment responses. Please visit https://www.nasa.gov/careers/how-to-apply/#Artificial-Intelligence to review NASA's guidance on the use of AI tools during the application process.

Required college majors for applicants qualifying on the basis of undergraduate or graduate education only (GS-7 through GS-11):

Aeronautical Engineering, Aeronautics, Aerospace Engineering, Astronautical Engineering, Astronautics, Biomedical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Materials Engineering, Materials Science, Applied Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Metallurgy, Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Engineering Physics, Physics, Applied Physics, Engineering Physics, Structural Engineering, Welding Engineering. Other majors will qualify if the major includes or is supplemented as follows: Ceramic Engineering, Ceramics, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Mathematics (Pure or Applied) (or other related field), if it includes or is supplemented by nine semester hours (or the equivalent) in machine design, mechanics, hydraulics, dynamics, thermodynamics, mechanical design or mechanical measurement.

Education

Basic Education Requirement: You must have successfully completed a bachelor's degree or expect to complete the basic education requirement for this position by June 30, 2024 with a major in one of the following:
a) Engineering from a college or university that has ABET accredited engineering programs
b) Physical Science, Mathematics, Life Science or other field of Science
c) Computer Science that included 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of course work in any combination of mathematics, statistics and computer science with at least half of those hours in mathematics and statistics courses that included differential and integral calculus; and that provided an in-depth knowledge of theoretical 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.

If you did not complete a qualifying bachelor's degree, you may be eligible if you have obtained a graduate degree in an AST qualifying field, as listed above.

Degrees in engineering technology are not considered qualifying for this position.

Engineering degrees earned within the United States: Engineering degrees earned within the United States must be from a college or university that has at least one ABET accredited engineering program. To find out if a school has at least one ABET accredited program, please visit http://www.abet.org.

Engineering degrees earned outside the United States: Engineering degrees earned outside the United States 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 accredited by signatory organizations within their jurisdictions. For a listing of Signatories, please visit, https://www.abet.org/global-presence/mutual-recognition-agreements/is-your-program-recognized/.

Science and other related degrees earned within the United States: 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/.

Science and other related degrees earned outside the United States: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs. These education credentials must be deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: https://sites.ed.gov/international/recognition-of-foreign-qualifications/.

All degrees must have been received in the year of, or any year subsequent to the original date of accreditation.

Additional information

Additional selections may be made for similar positions across NASA within the local commuting area(s) of the location(s) identified in this announcement. By applying, you agree to have your application shared with interested selecting official(s) within NASA. CTAP/ICTAP will be cleared for any additional selection from this announcement.

This appointment may be extended beyond the initial appointment date, for a period not to exceed a total of 10-years.

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.

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 questionnaire asks you to identify your ICTAP/CTAP eligibility.
  • Meet the minimum qualifications requirements for the position
  • Submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP as indicated in 'Required Documents'

For additional information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, click here - https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/#ictap.

Depending on position assignment, position may or may not be in a bargaining unit. To learn more about bargaining units at NASA please click here NASA Unions (Bargaining Units) | NASA.

  • Benefits

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    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Direct Hire Authority: These positions will be filled through the Office of Personnel Management's Direct Hire Authority. Category rating and veterans' preference will not be considered in evaluating applicants. For more information on Direct Hire Authority, please see: OPM Direct Hire Fact Sheet.

Veterans: Under the provisions of Direct Hire Authority, veterans' preference does not apply. However, applicants who are eligible for veterans' preference are encouraged to include that information in their application and submit supporting documentation (i.e. DD-214, or other substantiating documents). For more information please see: Veterans' Preference information on the FedsHireVets website.

You will be evaluated for this position based on how well you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements listed in this vacancy announcement. To determine your qualifications and referral status, we may review your resume and supporting documentation and compare it against your responses to the vacancy questionnaire. Overstating your qualifications and/or experience in your application materials or application questionnaire may result in your removal from consideration.

You will be assessed on the following competencies:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Flight Systems
  • Problem Solving
  • Teamwork
NASA considers paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

  • Benefits

    A career with the U.S. government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

    Review our benefits

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • Required Documents

    As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits. Your benefits depend on the type of position you have - whether you're a permanent, part-time, temporary or an intermittent employee. You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure you're eligible under their policies.

    A complete application package includes a resume, required documents and completion of the vacancy announcement questionnaire. Please see this guidance: What to include in your resume. Your resume should describe your specialized experience and support your answers to the vacancy announcement questionnaire. If you are using a Curriculum Vitae (CV) as a resume, it must meet all requirements listed above for a complete resume package. Please note: if any of the following types of information are included on your resume, your application package will be disqualified:

    • Classified or government sensitive information.
    • Social Security Number (SSN)
    • Photos of yourself
    • Personal information, such as age, gender, religious affiliation, etc.
    • Encrypted and digitally signed documents.
    If your resume contains any of the above information, you must redact that information prior to the submission of your application.

    The following documents are required:
    • Resume
    • Transcript


    For transcripts the following documents are acceptable:
    • An unofficial transcript
    • A copy of an official transcript
    • If you qualify at the GS-07 level based on Superior Academic Achievement criteria, you must provide your grade point average (GPA). You will lose consideration if you do not submit proof of your education. Documents must fully support the education requirements listed above. Incomplete documents or documents that do not show completion of required degree program or coursework may result in disqualification.
    You will lose consideration if you do not submit proof of your education. Documents must fully support the education requirements listed above. Incomplete documents or documents that do not show completion of required degree program or coursework may result in disqualification.

    There may be other supporting documents (licenses, certification, veterans preference, etc.), depending on your answers to the questionnaire and job announcement description, that you may need to submit, please verify your application. Do not submit an OF-306 with your application.

    If you are a surplus or displaced employee (CTAP and ICTAP), submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP. 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.

    Official documents are required at the time of appointment for verification of eligibility and qualifications.
  • How to Apply

    Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin an application and have all required information available. We encourage you to provide a complete description of your educational achievements and include both paid and non-paid work in the experience portion of your resume. If you submit a resume that does not contain the required information, you may lose consideration.

    To apply for this position, you must complete the initial online application, to include the initial online assessment and submission of the required documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration. The application process is as follows:

    1. To begin the application process, you will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application process. Once logged in to your account, click on the \"Apply\" link.
    2. Follow the prompts to select your resume and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. We strongly encourage you to utilize the USAJOBS resume builder when creating your resume. Using the resume builder will help you ensure your resume includes important information related to your qualifications and eligibility for this position. Answer the questions presented in the application and attach all necessary supporting documentation. During the application process you can review, edit, delete and update your information. We'll automatically save your progress as you go, so you won't lose any changes. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
    3. After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the 'Include Personal Information' section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process. You will be taken to the vacancy questionnaire which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify all required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.
    4. Click the Submit Application button prior to 11:59PM (ET) on the announcement closing date.

    NASA's online application process provides step by step guidance to ensure you provide all needed information. If you are unable to apply online, please contact NSSC-CONTACTCENTER@MAIL.NASA.GOV for assistance. Be advised - application materials faxed, emailed, and/or mailed to Marshall Space Flight Center will not be accepted for this announcement.

    NASA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you are an applicant with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency contact center listed on the job vacancy announcement. The decision on granting reasonable accommodations will be on a case-by-case basis.

    Agency contact information

    NASA Shared Services Contact Center

    Phone

    1-877-677-2123

    Fax

    1-866-779-6772

    Email

    nssc-contactcenter@mail.nasa.gov

    Address

    Marshall Space Flight Center
    Marshall Space Flight Ctr
    Huntsville, AL 35811
    US

    Next steps

    Once you submit your application package, you will receive an acknowledgement email. Throughout the process you will receive regular status updates through USAJOBS. To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login), all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/.

    Whether or not you are contacted for an interview depends upon the location of the position and the judgment of the hiring manager.

    If you are selected, you will be notified by phone or email with a tentative job offer. If you fail to meet the conditions of employment or any other pre-employment requirements, such as missing a scheduled appointment, we may rescind a tentative job offer.

    NASA will not ask you to disclose criminal history record information during the application process or before we make a conditional/tentative offer of employment. If you apply for this position and are selected, NASA will conduct a suitability/security background investigation after you accept a tentative job offer. If you feel you are asked to disclose your criminal history before you accept a tentative offer and wish to file a complaint, please contact: Agency-FCCJ@NASA.gov.

    An official, written job offer will be issued once all requirements have been verified.

  • Fair and Transparent

    The Federal hiring process is set up to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

    • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy
    • Reasonable accommodation policy
    • Financial suitability
    • Selective Service
    • New employee probationary period
    • Signature and false statements
    • Privacy Act
    • Social security number request

Required Documents

A complete application package includes a resume, required documents and completion of the vacancy announcement questionnaire. Please see this guidance: What to include in your resume. Your resume should describe your specialized experience and support your answers to the vacancy announcement questionnaire. If you are using a Curriculum Vitae (CV) as a resume, it must meet all requirements listed above for a complete resume package. Please note: if any of the following types of information are included on your resume, your application package will be disqualified:

  • Classified or government sensitive information.
  • Social Security Number (SSN)
  • Photos of yourself
  • Personal information, such as age, gender, religious affiliation, etc.
  • Encrypted and digitally signed documents.
If your resume contains any of the above information, you must redact that information prior to the submission of your application.

The following documents are required:
  • Resume
  • Transcript


For transcripts the following documents are acceptable:
  • An unofficial transcript
  • A copy of an official transcript
  • If you qualify at the GS-07 level based on Superior Academic Achievement criteria, you must provide your grade point average (GPA). You will lose consideration if you do not submit proof of your education. Documents must fully support the education requirements listed above. Incomplete documents or documents that do not show completion of required degree program or coursework may result in disqualification.
You will lose consideration if you do not submit proof of your education. Documents must fully support the education requirements listed above. Incomplete documents or documents that do not show completion of required degree program or coursework may result in disqualification.

There may be other supporting documents (licenses, certification, veterans preference, etc.), depending on your answers to the questionnaire and job announcement description, that you may need to submit, please verify your application. Do not submit an OF-306 with your application.

If you are a surplus or displaced employee (CTAP and ICTAP), submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP. 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.

Official documents are required at the time of appointment for verification of eligibility and qualifications.


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