Job opening: General Engineer, AST, Flight Systems Training and Operations (Direct Hire)
Salary: $79 766 - 147 793 per year
Published at: Sep 22 2023
Employment Type: Full-time
You will serve as an Operational Specialist which could include the roles of Flight Controller, Instructor, Analyst, and Technical Specialist in mission operations for the International Space Station, Commercial Crew, Commercial LEO (Low Earth Orbit) Development Program (CLDP), Artemis, Orion, Human Lander Systems and Gateway Programs in the Flight Operations Directorate.
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.
Provides engineering leadership in the development, definition, and integration of overall operations requirements. Supports the definition and development of concepts, ground rules, and techniques for human spaceflight operations.
Analyzes and resolves joint issues and constraints of both pre-flight and real-time operations. This includes developing and executing clear, concise communication in a real-time operational environment.
Represents the organization as a senior Flight Controller for human spacecraft at various technical and operational meetings with other NASA and Government elements, commercial partners and with contractor personnel.
Leads mission, spacecraft, operational product development, and on-board software design activities ensuring constraints and requirements between mission objectives and vehicle capabilities are met while maximizing crew safety and mission success.
Develops operations documentation to effectively accomplish mission objectives without compromising crew safety. Documentation includes flight rules, crew and ground procedures, operations support timelines, systems manuals, and console handbooks.
Evaluates the performance of group personnel in training, informs the group lead of evaluation results, and provides oral and written critiques to the individual under evaluation. Recommends any additional training to ensure proficiency.
Presents operations concepts, techniques, and proposed solutions to boards and panels containing diverse audiences of varying levels of NASA and contractor leadership.
- 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.
- You must meet qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
- This position may require a one year trial period.
- This position requires the ability to successfully obtain and maintain a Flight Controller Physical.
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:
Supporting development of engineering analysis, operational concepts, plans, procedures, or real time support requirements for spacecraft hardware and software systems for the real-time flight control of human space flight;
Applying console operating procedures and the operational aspects of human rated spacecraft and ground support systems, as used to develop flight procedures, flight techniques, and/or mission rules; and
Supporting the execution of mission objectives including spacecraft hardware and software systems management as well as their functions, operations, design, crew procedures, or mission rules.
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:
Performing work as a flight controller, flight controller instructor, or crew instructor in support of human space flight mission operations;
Preparing technical and engineering documents or reports and giving oral presentations at technical forums concerning human space flight mission operation issues; and
Participating in the development of flight procedures, flight techniques, and mission rules and crew operating procedures and mission objectives related to console operation procedures and human rated spacecraft and ground support systems such as, spacecraft hardware and software systems as well as their functions, operations, design, crew procedures, or mission rules.
To qualify for GS-13, you must have one year of directly related specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level:
Performing work as a senior flight controller, flight controller instructor, or crew instructor in support of human space flight mission operations;
Preparing technical and engineering documents and reports and giving oral presentations at technical forums to high level officials in time critical or high-pressure situations concerning human space flight mission operation issues; and
Developing flight procedures, flight techniques, and mission rules and crew operating procedures and mission objectives related to console operation procedures and human rated spacecraft and ground support systems such as, spacecraft hardware and software systems as well as their functions, operations, design, crew procedures, or mission rules.
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 (GS-11 Only):
Aeronautical Engineering, Aeronautics, Aerospace Engineering, Astronautical Engineering, Ceramic Engineering, Ceramics, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Materials Engineering, Applied Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Engineering Physics, Optical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Welding Engineering. Other majors will qualify if the major includes or is supplemented as follows: Astronautics, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Geology, Materials Science, Mathematics (Pure or Applied), Metallurgy, Physics, Applied Physics, Engineering Physics (or other related field), if includes or is supplemented by 12 semester hours (or the equivalent) in appropriate physical science or engineering courses.
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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