AST, FACILITY SYSTEMS SAFETY
National Aeronautics and Space Administration - Stennis Space Center, MS

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NASA, the world's leader in space and aeronautics is always seeking outstanding scientists, engineers, and other talented professionals to carry forward the great discovery process that its mission demands. Creativity. Ambition. Teamwork. A sense of daring. And a probing mind. That's what it takes to join NASA, one of the best places to work in the Federal Government.

Every employee plays an important role in NASA's mission of pioneering the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research. The Agency seeks high-caliber professionals who share the same values of integrity, fairness, accountability, resourcefulness, teamwork, and commitment to excellence. As an AST, Facility Systems Safety engineer, you will be responsible for ensuring applicable safety requirements are incorporated into project and associated facility designs and construction, as well as center operations.

As identical vacancies are identified, additional selections will be made.

This announcement is for a full-time term appointment. This term appointment will be for 2 years and may be extended up to a total of 6 years and/or converted to a career or career-conditional appointment without further competition.
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • This is a drug-testing designated position
  • Position subject to random drug testing
  • Position subject to a pre-employment drug test
  • Position subject to pre-employment background investigation
  • A one-year probationary period may be required

DUTIES: Performs safety engineering functions for the operational activities at the Center, to include developing and
reviewing documents to ensure applicable requirements are incorporated. These documents include drawings, plans, institutional and program requirement documents, software, and work authorizing procedures and plans.

Actively participates in design efforts, safety analysis programs, safety inspections and audits to verify
compliance with established requirements.

Assists management in developing and implementing institutional and program level safety requirements for new and updated facilities.

Coordinates extensively with government and contractor safety personnel and is able to delegate activities and monitor contractor status.

Provides inherently governmental oversight of contractors involved in these activities as well as performing these activities for government in-house projects.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade, which has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.

GS-11: Specialized experience is defined as experience in the application of Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA) regulations, along with the ability to identify and control hazards, develop, evaluate,
coordinate, monitor and perform systems safety analyses of facilities.

GS-12: Specialized experience at the GS-11 level including specialized technical experience in design review for new and updated facilities, and relevant experience in generating or reviewing safety analysis in support of projects to construct or update complex facilities.

Basic Education Requirement: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major study in Aeronautical Engineering, Aeronautics, Aerospace Engineering, Astronautical Engineering, Astronautics, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Biomedical Engineering, Ceramic Engineering, Ceramics, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science*, Earth and Planetary Science, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Geology, Geophysics, Industrial Engineering, Materials Engineering, Materials Science, Mathematics (Pure or Applied), Applied Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Metallurgy, Meteorology, Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Engineering Physics, Oceanography, Optical Engineering, Physics, Applied Physics, Engineering Physics, Space Science, Structural Engineering, Welding Engineering or other appropriate physical science or engineering field. Degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position. *Note: Curriculum must include 30 semester hours of course work in a combination of mathematics, statistics and computer science. Of the 30 semester hours, 15 must be in any combination of statistics and mathematics which includes differential and integral calculus.

U.S. citizenship is required.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Announcement will be used for both internal and external applicants.

Internal (Status) candidates will be evaluated as follows :
Resumes will be rated by an automated system (Resumix) that matches the competencies extracted from your resume to the competencies identified by the selecting official for the position. Based on the competencies you match, you are placed in one of three categories identified as 90, 80, or 70 pt. quality categories, which are defined as:

90 pt. Category - Tentative meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and has experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.

80 pt. Category - Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.

70 pt. Category - Fails to meet criteria described in the 80 pt. category.

Additional application guidance is available in NASA's Applicant Guide. .

For the purpose of the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), candidates rated in the top quality category are considered well-qualified.

External (Non-Status) candidates will be evaluated as follows :
Same process as Internal (Status) candidates, with the additional procedures related to Veterans:

The Category Rating Process protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed at the top of the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher.

BENEFITS: NASA offers excellent benefit programs and competitive salaries. To learn more about pay and benefits at NASA, click HERE .

OTHER INFORMATION: Any applicant tentatively selected for this position may be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation.

Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. See 'How You Will Be Evaluated' for definition of well qualified.

Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP consideration must indicate their eligibility when applying for a position. The USAJOBS resume asks you to identify your ICTAP eligibility; the NASA Supplemental Information asks you to identify your CTAP eligibility. If you are selected for the position, you must be prepared to submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/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 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.

As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

In order to receive preference in hiring, you must clearly identify your claim for veterans preference on your resume. NASA's Applicant Guide provides the information needed to assist you in determining whether or not you can claim 5 or 10 point veterans preference. You should not submit documents to prove your eligibility for veterans preference at this time. However, you must be prepared to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form) as requested by the Human Resources Office. Veterans preference will only be considered based on what is supported. For instance, if you claim 10-point preference, but are only able to document 5-point preference, you will be considered accordingly. If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.

Your USAJOBS account asks you to assign a name to each of your resumes. When you apply to a NASA position, we will show you the text of the resume you have submitted, but we do not maintain the name you have assigned to that resume. If you wish to keep track of that information, we recommend you make note of it at the time you apply.

U.S. citizenship is required.

Identification of promotion potential in this position does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for an actual assignment and performance of higher level duties.

Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized.

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

Under the NASA Flexibility Act of 2004, individuals appointed under this announcement may be converted to permanent appointment, either non-competitively or through internal agency competitive placement procedures. Conversion is not guaranteed, and term conversion eligibility is contingent on the employee meeting all legal requirements.

Current Federal employees must meet time in grade and three months after competitive appointment restrictions by the closing date of the announcement.

Any applicant tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to screening for illegal drug use prior to appointment and will be subject to randome drug tests while occupying the position.

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