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Federal Aviation Administration Aviation Safety Inspector (Manufacturing) in Wichita, Kansas

Summary Due to the Pandemic, and individual states with different phases of reopening, the selectee’s report date to the official duty station/facility may be delayed until such time as employees are allowed to report to the workplace. The person selected may telework up to the maximum extent possible, up to and including full time, until it is safe to relocate. Responsibilities The duties described below are at the target grade level (FG/GS-13). At the developmental grade level (FG/GS-12), assignments are limited in scope, performed with less independence, and limited complexity.Serves as a Principal Aviation Safety Inspector (ASI) and performs certificate management and continued operational safety duties at aerospace organizations. The ASI determines conformity of prototype products utilizing the manufacturer’s quality procedures, experience, inspection personnel, equipment and facilities. In addition, the ASI evaluates the adequacy of processes and procedures to determine if the aeronautical product/article is reproducible after certification. The ASI is involved in the planning and implementation of a full range of Type, Production, and Airworthiness Certification programs at aerospace organizations within a Manufacturing Inspection District Office’s (MIDO), Manufacturing Inspection Satellite Office's (MISO), or Certificate Management Office's (CMO) geographic area of responsibility.ASI verifies assigned aerospace organizations comply with Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14CFR) with respect to production, original airworthiness, and certification programs. Determines certificate management actions for audit of assigned aerospace organizations. Establishes certificate management actions in terms of kind and areas of audit, location, and frequency that will be most productive to assure adherence to the aerospace organization’s quality system. Assures on a continuing basis, that quality systems, organization, production facilities, and aeronautical products of assigned aerospace organizations are in compliance with FAA approvals and 14CFRs. Conducts audits in accordance with FAA Orders 8120.22 Production Approval Procedures, 8120.23 Certificate Management of Production Approval Holders, and other established policies. Serves as a manufacturing expert in the investigation of violations, accidents, incidents and malfunction/defects that may be attributable to items manufactured in assigned organizations. The ASI coaches/mentors and reviews the work of lower grade inspectors, and performs other duties as assigned.ASI applies risk management in planning and decision making regarding the appropriate level of FAA involvement in: oversight and management of organizational delegations and/or individual designees; certification projects (production, airworthiness, and type) and continued operational safety decisions. Incumbent applies systems thinking principles to the above responsibilities in order to achieve comprehensive solutions. Uses a systems based approach to oversight of large/complex delegated organizations as well as smaller delegated entities and determines how to most efficiently and effectively oversee these entities based upon risk to operation within the aviation system. Requirements Conditions of Employment We are not accepting applications from noncitizens. Qualifications Applicants must meet all of the following requirements to receive consideration:Specialized Experience: All candidates must demonstrate one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade in the Federal government. Specialized experience is experience which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position and that is typically in or directly related to work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been at least equivalent to the next lower grade in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.To qualify for this position at the FG/GS-12 level -To qualify for this position at the FG/GS-12 level - All candidates must demonstrate one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (FG/GS-11). Examples of specialized experience may include: Specialized experience is defined as knowledge and experience of quality assurance systems as it relates to Aerospace Manufacturing environment in the areas of assembly, test and final inspection, and airworthiness determination as evidenced by practical experience working in this environment. Specialized experience may have been acquired as an FAA designee authorized to perform manufacturing inspection functions on behalf of the FAA, such as a Designated Manufacturing Inspection Representative (DMIR), a Designated Airworthiness Representative (DAR), or unit member of an Organization Designation Authorization (ODA).To qualify for this position at the FG/GS-13 level -To qualify for this position at the FG/GS-13 level - All candidates must demonstrate one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (FG/GS-12). Examples of specialized experience may include: specialized experience working at an FAA Production Approval Holder or applicant for a production approval (Production Certificate, Part Manufacturing Approval, Technical Standard Order Authorization) in a quality control/quality assurance position. Specialized experience is defined as knowledge and experience in design and manufacturing processes; quality assurance systems as it relates to Aerospace Manufacturing environment in the areas of assembly, test and final inspection, and airworthiness determination as evidenced by practical experience working in this environment. Specialized experience may have been acquired as an FAA designee authorized to perform manufacturing inspection functions on behalf of the FAA, such as a Designated Manufacturing Inspection Representative (DMIR), Designated Airworthiness Representative (DAR), or unit member of an Organization Designation Authorization (ODA).Applicants should include examples of specialized experience in their work history.In addition to the requirements listed above, all candidates must possess the below General Requirements.General Requirements:Not more than two separate incidents involving Federal aviation regulations violations in the last 5 years;Valid State driver's license;Fluency in the English language;No chemical dependencies or drug abuse that could interfere with job performance; andHigh school diploma or equivalent.Medical Requirements:Aviation Safety Inspector positions have job-related medical requirements. When applicable, applicants must meet job-related medical requirements which will be assessed and validated during the pre-employment process.Applicants must be physically able to perform the duties of the Aviation Safety Inspector position in a safe and efficient manner, with or without a reasonable accommodation. The minimum medical requirements include the following requirements:Have good distant vision in each eye and be able to read printed materials the size of typewritten characters (glasses and contact lenses permitted) without strain;Have the ability to hear the conversational voice (hearing aid permitted);Not have any physical condition that would cause them to be a hazard to themselves or others or that would interfere with their ability to fly as passengers in a variety of aircraft.In addition, applicants for positions that require participation in the operation of the aircraft must:Possess a valid second – class medical certificate in accordance with FAA regulations; andPass recurrent medical examinations as prescribed by the FAA.Applicants not requiring valid second-class medical certificates who are tentatively selected will be required to:Provide documentation from a board-certified physician certifying that they meet the minimal medical requirements; orIndividuals who do not meet the minimum medical requirements but who are otherwise qualified will receive an individualized assessment to determine whether they can perform the essential functions of the position.When the predominant work involves manufacturing, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:A. Experience in the area of quality systems, methods, and techniques in the manufacture of products and/or articles that demonstrates the ability to determine whether aircraft and related products meet the approved design criteria, or the design criteria on which approval is being sought and is in condition for safe operations; orB. Experience involving either the actual issuance of airworthiness certificates or having responsibility for managing programs leading to the issuance of original airworthiness certificates or original export airworthiness approvals for products and/or articles; orC. Experience involving a combination of paragraph A and paragraph B above.Acceptable specialized experience for paragraph A includes actual experience in a majority of the following areas:First article, in process and final assembly inspection;Quality assurance provisions of special processes (e.g. heat treating, brazing, welding, carburizing, plating, CAD-CAM, robotics, software quality control, etc.,)Destructive and non-destructive inspection;Manufacturing processes;Airworthiness assurance;Developing and implementing quality systems and procedures;Testing procedures; andUse of improved design data.The experience in paragraph A or B is typically acquired in such positions as:Quality engineer;Quality systems supervisor/manager;Quality systems auditor;Service representative with technical quality experience;FAA designee such as a designated manufacturing inspection representative (DMIR); orDesignated airworthiness representative (DAR) authorized to perform manufacturing inspection functions on behalf of the FAA; orUnit member of an Organization Designation Authorization (ODA).Qualification requirements MUST be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement. Education No education substitution for qualifications for this position at this FG-12/13 grade level.Additional Information: This position is located in AIR-885. However, this vacancy announcement may be used to fill future vacancies in any of the other AIR Division Offices. Duty location/locality pay will be determined based on selection for one of the locations listed on this vacancy announcement.If the Agency decides to interview any qualified employee on the selection list, then all on the list who are qualified must be interviewed. If the selection list is shortened to a best qualified list through a comparative process, then the best qualified list shall be considered to be the selection list. Additional Information We may use this vacancy to fill other similar vacant positions.Position may be subject to a background investigation.A one-year probationary period may be required.The person selected for this position may be required to file a financial disclosure statement within 30 days of entry on duty. FAA policy limits certain outside employment and financial investments in aviation-related companies. www.faa.gov/jobs/workinghere/financialdisclosure_requirementsThe U.S. Department of Transportation strives to ensure that equity, transparency, accountability, collaboration, and communication permeate all that we do for the betterment of the Department, the traveling public, and our nation. As such, DOT values a highly diverse workforce of persons who promote a culture of belonging by respecting the personal dignity and worth of each individual and fostering a positive environment where all feel safe and welcome. If these commitments coincide with your personal ideals and professional aspirations, please consider joining the DOT family.Full promotion potential to the FG-13 grade level: This position may be filled at the FG/GS-12 or FG/GS-13 grade level. If selection is made at the FG/GS-12 level, promotion to the FG/GS-13 level may occur without further competition. Identification of promotion potential in the vacancy announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the selected candidate at some future date. Promotion will depend upon the selectee meeting training, qualification requirements, and recommendation by the supervisor.Single agency minimum eligibility requirements for the 1825 series and this position can be found at: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/1800/aviation-safety-series-1825/In lieu of providing a KSA NARRATIVE response in the text box listed below each KSA, in your work history on your resume, please include information that provides specific examples of how you meet the response level or answer you chose for each KSA. Your work history examples should be specific and clearly reflect the highest level of ability.Your KSA answers will be evaluated further to validate whether the level that you selected is appropriate based on the work history and experience you provided. Your answers may be adjusted by a Human Resource Specialist as appropriate. Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and selective factor(s), if applicable, may be further evaluated on the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be referred to the selecting official for consideration. Interviews: Some, all or none of the applicants may be interviewed. Current and former permanent civilian employees (or qualified civil service employees) from competitive or excepted service agencies must have completed a one-year probationary or trial period in the competitive or excepted service. Make sure your Resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications and answers to the job questionnaire.This is a bargaining unit position.Links to Important Information: Locality Pay , COLA

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