Job opening: Aerospace Engineer, AST, Flight Systems Safety (Direct Hire)
Salary: $69 107 - 128 043 per year
Published at: Sep 01 2023
Employment Type: Full-time
NASA is seeking a highly qualified candidate to serve as a Flight Safety Analyst in the Flight Safety Branch within the Safety & Mission Assurance Division at Wallops Flight Facility. As a Flight Safety Analyst for suborbital and orbital aerospace flight vehicles, with a focus on sounding rockets, you will coordinate, monitor, maintain, and use technological processes in support of operations and safety analysis for aerospace and aeronautical programs from definition to launch.
Duties described below are at the full-performance level. Duties assigned at a lower grade level will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity; duties will be commensurate with the grade of selected employee.
Identify flight hazards and controls to mitigate flight hazards in aerospace or aeronautical vehicle tests or operations. Perform risk studies and prepare risk analysis and flight safety plans.
Analyze mission objectives to assure compliance with NASA and GSFC/WFF Range Flight Safety criteria and advise range users on risk factors as they pertain to the mission. Adapt analysis methods and approaches to meet the unique requirements.
Work with senior analysts to conduct conceptual definition studies and complex detailed analysis to establish preliminary designs and alternatives for a variety of advanced systems on proposed new projects for which no precedents are available.
Perform theoretical, aerodynamic studies to evaluate various factors (performance, stability, trajectory, etc.) that affect flight safety. Perform expectation of casualty and protected area impact probability studies.
Calculate flight safety limits for guided and unguided launch vehicles. Identify alternative approaches or compromises to develop the most effective technical solutions and analyze post-flight data.
Provide technical advice in flight systems safety both internal and external. Serve as a member of working groups, review panels, and failure investigation boards as required.
Integrate various study and analysis results into comprehensive technical briefings and reports to review panels and senior management to ensure that the risks for the mission are understood.
Perform operational flight safety support functions and duties for assigned launches. Prepare and validates flight safety computer graphics displays and real-time computers are operational for launch.
- This position is open to U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
- Position subject to pre-employment background security investigation
- You must meet qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement
- If selected, you will be required to complete a financial disclosure statement
- This position may require a one-year trial period
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-11, you must have:
a) You must have one year of directly related specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the federal sector
Using tools and trajectory modeling methods to assist with the analysis of aerospace systems;
Applying aerospace or aeronautical theories to assist in system analysis following safety plans;
Assembling reports and information for senior engineer review.
b) Completed all requirements for a doctoral degree (i.e., Ph.D. or equivalent) in an appropriate field
c) Completed 3 full academic years of graduate education in an appropriate field
d) Have an equivalent combination of experience and graduate study as discussed in a), b) and c) above
To qualify for GS-12, you must have one year of directly related specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the federal sector:
Using tools and trajectory modeling methods to support the evaluation of aerospace systems or safety analysis of flight systems;
Applying aerospace and aeronautical theories, principles, concepts, standards, or methodologies to assist in the analysis of flight system safety;
Serving as a member of a project or mission team, assembling reports and information for senior engineer review.
To qualify for GS-13, you must have one year of directly related specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the federal sector:
Utilizing tools and trajectory modeling methods to perform flight safety and system analysis;
Utilizing aerospace and aeronautical methodologies to analyze flight performance and safety hazards;
Participating in conducting risk studies to evaluate flight system safety plans.
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.
Required college majors for applicants qualifying on the basis of graduate education only:
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.
Basic Education Requirement:
You must have successfully completed a bachelor's degree 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.
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://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
All degrees must have been received in the year of, or any year subsequent to the original date of accreditation.
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