Aerospace Engineer
Department of the Air Force 11,119 reviews - Eglin AFB, FL
Full-time, Part-time

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Looking for a rewarding job with a promising future? Join Eglin Air Force Base Team, in leading the way for Air Force and Material Command in installation excellence. The Air Armament Center, in partnership with its associate units, is the heart of the team that covers the complete weapon-system life-cycle from concept through development, acquisition, experimental testing, procurement, operational testing and final employment in combat. This synergy is called, "Team Eglin."

The primary purpose of this position is to serve as an advanced trainee in aerospace engineering, to receive on-the-job training, and to complete developmental assignments and training as required by the organizational assignment. The target grade for this position is GS-12.

May Be Paid.


U.S. Citizenship Required (regardless of residence)

Males born after 31 December 1959 must be registered for or exempt

from Selective Service (See

Suitable for Federal employment as determined by a background investigation

College Transcripts or A Complete Course List Required

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Performs aerospace engineering tasks of limited scope and difficulty which are screened by a higher grade engineer. Performs aerospace engineering work of limited scope and complexity in support of projects assigned to higher grade engineers. Uses engineering manuals, standard publications, and technical material to obtain information and pertinent data to be used by higher level engineers, contractors, and/or customers. Keeps abreast of emerging technologies and professional developments to maintain currency in the field and for application to work assignments.

The following are the job-related Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) necessary to perform the work of this position:

Professional knowledge of aerospace engineering policies, theories, principles, and concepts and familiarity with other engineering disciplines.

Ability to analyze, interpret, and apply aerospace engineering rules and procedures in a variety of situations and recommend effective solutions to senior engineers.

Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Knowledge of computer operations and standard software applications.

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. You must meet one of the following basic qualification requirements:



: Have a Bachelor's degree in Professional Engineering from an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited school and/or the curriculum included Differential and Integral Calculus and courses (beyond 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); and (g) any other comparable area of Fundamental Engineering Science or Physics, such as Optics, Heat Transfer, Soil Mechanics or Electronics.




: Have a 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

. Have current registration as a professional Engineer.


Written Test

. Have evidence of having successfully passed the written test required for professional registration or have successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination and have completed all the requirements for either (a) a Bachelor's degree in Engineering Technology (BET) from an accredited college or university that included 60 semester or 90 quarter hours of courses in the physical, mathematical and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by ABET.


Specified Academic Courses

. Have successfully completed at least 60 semester or 90 quarter hours of courses in the Physical, Mathematical and Engineering sciences and in Engineering that included the courses specified in "A" above.


Related Curriculum.

Have successfully completed 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) and have at least 1 year of Professional Engineering experience under the guidance and supervision of a Professional Engineer. Ordinarily, there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop Professional Engineering competence, or several years of prior Professional Engineering type experience. [Note: Your education/experience will be thoroughly evaluated under this provision. To ensure you receive maxium consideration, you should provide detailed descriptions of professional engineering duties performed under the guidance and supervision of a professional engineer; continuing education/training received; evidence of acceptance in the professional engineering field (i.e., patents, associations, published articles, etc.), and any other relevant factors.]


. This position has a specific education requirement, failure to submit the following documentation will result in you being rated ineligible. You must submit the documentation as specified in A or B above:


copy of college transcripts qualifies under the provisions of A/B3/B4


complete college course list qualifies under the provisions of A/B3/B4


professional engineer license qualifies under the provisions of B1/B2

If selected, you will be required to provide an original/official copy of your documentation before entering on duty.



Subsequent to meeting the basic qualifications above, you must also meet one of the following qualifications:


Specialized Experience:
You must have at least 1 year of specialized experience applying basic engineering knowledge, skills, and abilities in the field of aerospace engineering.

This experience must have been at a level of difficulty and complexity sufficient to demonstrate the ability to independently perform the duties of this position. It may have been gained in the private sector, volunteer service, military service and/or government service, etc.



One full year of graduate education meets the requirements for GS-7


in those instances where it is directly related to the work of the position.



Successful completion of a 5-year program of study of at least 160 semester hours leading to a bachelor’s degree in engineering.



Superior Academic Achievement based on (A) class standing, (B) grade-point average, or (C) honor society membership.



Class standing

-- Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses.



Grade-point average (G.P.A.)

-- Applicants must have a grade-point average of:

3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better)

as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or


3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better)

based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.

Grade-point averages are to be rounded to one decimal place. For example, 2.95 will round to 3.0 and 2.94 will round to 2.9.

The G.P.A should be credited in a manner that is most beneficial to the applicant. For example, applicants may list their G.P.A. as recorded on their final transcript, or they may choose to compute their G.P.A. The specific provisions are detailed below:

G.P.A. as recorded on the final transcript. The final transcript must cover the period being used to determine G.P.A., i.e., all 4 years or last 2 years.

G.P.A. including course work after bachelor's degree. Undergraduate course work obtained after an applicant has received a bachelor's degree can be credited in computing the G.P.A. of applicants who need those courses to meet minimum qualification requirements, i.e., the courses are required by the standard or by the individual occupational requirement. They are treated as described in the following example:

An applicant for a Biologist position has a bachelor's degree that included no biology course work, but has taken 24 semester hours in undergraduate biology courses after obtaining the bachelor's degree. The grades earned in the biology courses should be included in the computation to determine this applicant's eligibility for GS-7 under the Superior Academic Achievement provision. These courses should be counted in determining (1) the overall grade-point average, (2) the average obtained during the final 2 years of the undergraduate curriculum, and/or (3) the average in the major field of study. For purposes of this example, biology would be considered the major field of study.

G.P.A. excluding pass/fail courses. Applicants usually cannot claim credit based on their


G.P.A. if more than 10 percent of their total credit was based on pass/fail or similar systems rather than on traditional grading systems. However, if they can document that only their freshman-year courses (25 percent or less of their total credit) were credited on a pass/fail or similar system, they can use their overall G.P.A. to claim Superior Academic Achievement. If 10 percent or fewer credits or only freshman-year courses were based on pass/fail or similar systems, such credits can be ignored and the G.P.A. computed on the graded courses. Applicants can, however, still claim credit based on their last 2 years if 10 percent or fewer credits were based on pass/fail or similar systems. Applicants who cannot claim credit under the G.P.A. requirements may claim credit for superior academic achievement only on the basis of class standing or honor society membership.


Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society

-- Applicants can be considered eligible based on membership in one of the national scholastic honor societies listed below. These honor societies are listed by the

Association of College Honor Societies

. Agencies considering eligibility based on any society not included in the following list must ensure that the honor society meets the minimum requirements of the Association of College Honor Societies. Membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision.

(Note: In crediting experience, full time credit is given for a normal work week of 35-40 hours and part time work is prorated. Be sure your resume/application fully documents your experience.)

If you are using education to qualify, failure to submit the following documentation will result in you being rated ineligible.

You must submit a legible copy of all your college transcripts or a complete list of all college courses you have completed that identify for each course: the college or university attended, semester or quarter hours earned, grade and grade-point received. Transcripts must reflect receipt of degree and date degree was awarded, if applicable. If selected, you will be required to provide an official copy of college transcripts before entering on duty.

To receive credit for foreign education, you must provide proof that the education has been evaluated by an organization specializing in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

Conditions of Employment/Other Requirements:
A pre-employment physical examination may be required if selected for this position.

The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants issued March 18, 2004 will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. Frequently Asked Questions about the DoD policy is available on


Former Federal Employees who return to work for the government after receiving Voluntary Separation Incentive Pay (VSIP) are normally required to repay an amount equal to the VSIP amount received, including Federal taxes that were withheld. This requirement remains in effect for 5 years after separation. Upon acceptance of a tentative offer, submission of a copy of the separation SF-50 will be required.

Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For addition information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at -


The work is sedentary with walking, bending, and carrying of light items required.

The work is normally performed in a typical office setting which is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated.

There is a regular requirement for the engineer's presence at munitions test sites, which requires knowledge of special safety precautions and procedural training, and, in some instances, protective gear to reduce the effects of moderate risks or adverse environmental conditions such as intermittent periods of loud noises, work located in the vicinity of munitions testing, work where moving vehicles, weapons, or test items pose some danger, or bad weather.

Travel by regularly scheduled commercial or military aircraft in accordance with Joint Travel Regulations may be required in the performance of TDY.

Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures. We will review your resume and supporting documentation and compare this information to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this job. Your total documented experience will then be reviewed to determine whether you should remain in the current category or be placed in a lower category or made ineligible.

Eligible candidates will then be placed for selection consideration into 3 categories as described below.

1. Qualified Category - Proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the position. Candidates may require extensive training in order to sufficiently perform the duties of the position.

2. Highly Qualified Category - Proficient in most, but not all, of the requirements of the position. Candidates may require minimum training in order to perform the duties of the position.

3. Best Qualified Category - Candidates are highly proficient in all of the job requirements and can perform effectively in the position almost immediately or within a minimum amount of training.

Application of Veterans Preference


The Category Rating Method does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three," but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Qualified) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied.

Individuals who have special priority selection rights under ICTAP must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they attain a score of 85.0 or higher, before the additional veterans' preference points. For more information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see



Federal employees seeking ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 showing position, grade level and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP eligible.

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for an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming TP veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (member 4) or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming XP, CP, or CPS veterans' preference, you may submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form OR you must submit an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying that the veteran has a service-connected disability of 10% or more. For more information on veterans' preference click



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To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package by 11:59 PM (EST) on . Monday, January 28, 2013

To begin the process, click the

Apply Online

button at the bottom of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the

Submit My


button at the end of the process.

To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page

using the following Vacancy ID . 822764

Fax your documents to



We strongly encourage you to apply online, if you cannot apply online click the following links to view and print the required documents to submit:

1. Occupational questionnaire

View Occupational Questionnaire

2. OPM Form 1203FX to provide your response to the occupational


3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any required and supporting documents to



. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax



f you are unable to apply online or you do not have computer access, please contact Robins DEU at (478) 926-6846 for information on how to apply for this vacancy.

Submission of a resume' or a 1203FX form alone


a complete application. This position requires the completion of additional forms as described under

Required Documents

section. Please carefully review the complete job announcement and the "How to Apply" instructions. Failure to provide the required information and/or materials will result in your application not being considered for employment.

The following documents are required and must be received by the closing date of this announcement:

1. Resume

2. Occupational Questionnaire (OPM Form 1203-FX, if not applying online)

3. Other supporting documents:
  • Veterans' Preference Documentation, if applicable
  • College transcript(s), if qualifying based on education
  • Copy of licensures, certificates, registrations, etc., if applicable
  • ICTAP Documentation, if applicable

Phone: (478)926-6846

Fax: (478)757-3144


Agency Information:



Fax: (478)757-3144

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