Aviation Safety Inspector (General Aviation Avionics) at Federal Aviation Administration
- Federal Aviation Administration
- Des Moines, WA 98148
The Principal Inspector (Avionics) General Aviation/Part 135 functions as the primary avionics interface between assigned air carriers/air operators/air agencies/airmen/designees and the Federal Aviation Administration.
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Has program responsibility to assure that assigned organizations meet Federal Aviation Regulations with respect to avionics maintenance, preventive maintenance, and alteration programs. Determines the need for, and then establishes work programs for surveillance and inspection of assigned organizations within manpower and budget limitations to assure adherence to the applicable regulations.
Assures on a continuing basis that assigned organizations are properly and adequately organized, staffed, and equipped; have and conduct an adequate training program, including an acceptable record keeping system; and have facilities and procedures that meet all regulatory requirements. Chairs joint FAA-industry meetings; maintains regular contact with organizations assigned; and coordinates with top management officials. Requires or directs correction of any deficiencies/discrepancies and refuses or withdraws approval if they cannot be resolved.
Develops maintenance program requirements through participation on Maintenance Review Boards. Coordinates Minimum Equipment List (MEL) approvals with the principal operations inspector. Takes enforcement action in instances of noncompliance with the MEL.
Is responsible for the conduct of enforcement investigations and preparation of final reports and recommendations on disposition. Performs or supervises the emergency suspension of certificates or cancellation of operations specifications. Conducts or directs the reexamination of certificated airmen or recertification of an operator or agency.
Conducts investigations of public complaints, congressional inquiries, and aircraft incidents and accidents.
Provides verbal and/or written technical assistance to legal counsel, testifies at court trials and formal hearings, and gives depositions.
Coordinates with geographic inspectors for the accomplishment of non-routine air carrier surveillance.
Has responsibility for initial and ongoing certification of air carriers, aircraft, airmen, and air agencies.
Makes recommendations on the appointment of designees.
Evaluates requests to operate under conditions not previously specified in the maintenance portion of the operations specifications and approves or disapproves requests and provides additional conditions and limitations as needed.
Provides guidance to the assigned air carrier in the development of required maintenance manuals and record keeping systems. Reviews and determines adequacy of manuals associated with the air carrier's maintenance programs and revisions thereto. Assures that manuals and revisions comply with regulatory requirements, prescribe safe practices, and furnish clear and specific instructions governing maintenance programs. Approves operations specifications and amendments thereto.
Determines if the maintenance facilities being established or contract arrangements entered into by air carriers for the purpose of overhaul work, major repairs, alterations, and other maintenance are satisfactory.
Reviews changes and negotiates with air carrier management to resolve problems.
Determines if overhaul and inspection time limitations warrant revision.
Evaluates an operator's proposed reliability programs for compliance with national policies. Advises operator of deficiencies and required changes. Approves/disapproves reliability programs.
Determines if the air carrier's training program meets the requirements of the FARs, is compatible with the maintenance program, is properly organized and effectively conducted, and results in trained and competent personnel.
Directs or participates in proving flight evaluations to determine compliance with the FARs. Recommends changes that will be required prior to approval.
Duties continued in Education
### Travel Required
Occasional travel - The job may require travel from time- to-time, but not on a regular basis. The travel may be for training or other work-related duties.
##### Supervisory status
##### Promotion Potential
* #### Job family (Series)
1825 Aviation Safety
#### Similar jobs
* Aircraft Inspectors
* Inspectors, Aircraft
### Conditions of Employment
* US Citizenship is required.
* Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
* Must submit an SF50 (See Required Documents)
* Accepting In Grade/Down Grade Applications
You must meet the minimum qualification requirements for an Aviation Safety Inspector in the 1825 series as outlined below:
**General Requirements for All Positions:**
1. Not more than two separate incidents involving Federal aviation regulations violations in the last 5 years;
2. Valid State driver's license;
3. Fluency in the English language;
4. No chemical dependencies or drug abuse that could interfere with job performance; and
5. High school diploma or equivalent.
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.
These medical requirements include:
**Medical Requirements:**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:
1. Have good distant vision in each eye and be able to read, without strain, printed materials the size of typewritten characters (glasses and contact lenses permitted);
2. Have the ability to hear the conversational voice (hearing aid permitted); and
3. Not have any physical condition that would cause them to be a hazard to themselves or others 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:
1. Possess a valid second – class medical certificate in accordance with FAA regulations; and
2. Pass recurrent medical examinations as prescribed by the FAA.
Applicants not requiring valid second-class medical certificates who are tentatively selected will be required to:
1. Provide documentation from a board-certified physician certifying that they meet the minimal medical requirements; or
2. Individuals 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 **general aviation avionics**, applicants for Aviation Safety Inspector (Airworthiness) positions must meet all of the following requirements.
1. Aircraft avionics experience involving the maintenance, repair, and troubleshooting of installed avionics systems on aircraft.
2. Aircraft avionics work experience (which could include supervision or auditing) in a repair station; air carrier repair facility; military repair facility; or local, state, or Federal governmental agency within the last 3 years.
In addition to meeting the minimum qualification requirements, applicants must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (FG/GS-12 or pay band H) in the normal line of progression.
Specialized experience includes but is not limited to experience in assisting in developing maintenance program requirements through participation on Maintenance Review Boards; experience in assisting in the conduct of enforcement investigations and preparation of final reports to include recommendations on disposition; experience in providing guidance to assigned air carriers in the development of maintenance manuals and recordkeeping systems; and experience in assisting with analyzing trends to detect deterioration in the maintenance program.
The recency of specialized experience requirements is waived for current and former FAA employees in the 1825 series.
Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
In-grade/downgrade applications will be accepted.
For Lateral Movements Between 1825 Specialties: To assist in determining qualification requirements, applicants transferring between specialties at the same grade level are strongly encouraged to complete the appropriate Qualifications Assessment Tool (QAT) check sheet and upload it along with their resume. Check sheets are contained in Order 3410.26, Flight Standards Service Air Carrier and General Aviation Qualifications Assessment Tool for AFS Aviation Safety Inspectors. This order is located at: https://employees.faa.gov/org/linebusiness/avs/offices/afs/tools/qat/
Positive Education not applicable.
Continuation of Duties
Directs the inspection and surveillance of the air carrier's continuous airworthiness maintenance program. Monitors all phases of the air carrier's maintenance operation, including the following: maintenance, engineering, quality control, production control, training, and reliability programs.
Analyzes trends to detect a deterioration in the maintenance program.
Analyzes reports submitted by the air carrier to insure compliance with the maintenance program and assures the air carrier has an effective continuing analysis and surveillance program to meet the requirements of the FARs.
Is responsible for monitoring the activities of air operators, air agencies, airmen, and designees.
May be assigned other duties and responsibilities which are non-grade controlling.
The inspector, when so directed, is required to keep an appropriate control point informed as to his/her whereabouts and the telephone number at which he/she can be reached in the event of an aviation incident/accident requiring FAA investigation.
General technical and administrative supervision is provided by (an assigned supervisor within the district office). Is independently responsible for all regulatory, certification, and/or surveillance activities conducted within assigned tasks and responsibilities. Actions taken are guided by adherence to both national and regional FAA directives, Federal Aviation Regulations, and sound management practices.
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### 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.
As a part of the Federal-Wide Hiring Reform Initiative (streamlining the hiring process), the FAA is committed to eliminating the use of the Knowledge, Skills and Ability (KSA) narratives from the initial application in the hiring process for all announcements. Therefore, as an applicant for this announcement, you are NOT required to provide a narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA.
In lieu of providing a KSA narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA, in your work history, 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 may be further evaluated on the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: score order, category grouping, or alphabetical and referred to the selecting official for consideration.
This is a bargaining unit position.
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### How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
**IMPORTANT:** Applicants may be rated on the extent and quality of experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position(s). All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated. Ensure that your application package/resume supports your responses.
### Background checks and security clearance
##### Security clearance
Public Trust - Background Investigation
##### Drug test required
* Required Documents
## Required Documents
An online resume is required. After clicking on "APPLY ONLINE", you will be directed to the USAJOBS web site to use your USAJOBS account or create a new account to apply for this position.
Applicants must select a stored USAJOBS resume or create or upload a new USJOBS resume to apply for this position.
If a resume is not attached to your online application, your application will be considered incomplete and will not receive further consideration.
We do not accept application documents via the email system. Documents sent via email will not receive consideration.
If you are an FAA employee, you MUST provide a copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) containing information in Blocks 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, and 24 so it can be used to verify your position title, series, grade, tenure, and organization of record by the closing date of the announcement. You may fax your SF-50 or upload it into the on-line application. If faxing the SF-50, please ensure you include the vacancy announcement number on the faxed copy.
If you are an FAA employee, you can access and print your SF-50 from the eOPF system https://eopf.opm.gov/dot/.
#### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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* How to Apply
## How to Apply
You must apply online to receive consideration. Your application must have a status of **"Received"** by 11:59 PM **Eastern Time** on the Close Date for it to be accepted. If you are applying for positions associated with FAA registers, your application must have a status of **"Received"** each time a referral list is created in order to receive consideration for positions associated with register.
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* Job Title (include series and grade if Federal Job)
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* Employer's name and address
* Supervisor name and phone number
* Start and end dates including month, day and year (e.g. June 18 2007 to April 05 2008)
* Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)
**Determining length of General or Specialized Experience is dependent on the above information and failure to provide ALL of this information may result in a finding of ineligible.**
You may upload completed documents to your USAJOBS Account. This will provide you the opportunity to utilize the uploaded information again when applying for future vacancies. Please see this guide, Document Upload Guide, for more information on uploading and re-using the documents in your applications.
### Agency contact information
### Karen L. Hayes, Human Resources Specialist
Federal Aviation Administration
ASW Regional HR Services Division
10101 Hillwood Parkway
Fort Worth, TX 76177
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### Next steps
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/517212700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
*Open & closing dates:* 11/17/2018 to 12/07/2018
*Pay scale & grade:* FG 13
*Salary:* $94,618 to $123,004 per year Salary range includes 25.11% locality pay.
*Appointment type:* Permanent
*Work schedule:* Full-Time