The work of this position has considerable impact on the level of safety achieved during the training of maintenance personnel and initial industry operation of the aircraft. Incumbent evaluates detailed maintenance procedures of the aircraft in order to establish maintenance procedure requirements which will be used as standards and guidelines for maintenance inspectors in evaluating and approving Instructions for Continued Airworthiness (ICA). Likewise, incumbent must develop a detailed knowledge of the aircraft's instrument and component systems in order to develop a sound and reasonable list of minimum instruments and equipment to be required for initial dispatch of the aircraft to ensure operational safety of the aircraft. Incumbent is also responsible to provide information to aviation safety inspectors on all modification and procedural changes to the aircraft in order to attain optimum safety and efficiency in its maintenance.
The incumbent has contacts at all levels within the regional and Washington D.C. offices of FAA. Contacts involve industry representatives including engineers, maintenance personnel, operators and/or personnel in charge of maintenance for aircraft manufacturers. Contacts are also with foreign government aviation officials and manufacturers on an international basis. These contacts will be for the purpose of coordinating and resolving problems imposed by certification and maintenance requirements, coordinating equipment and training requirements and for the exchange of essential information.
Specifically, the incumbent will apply human factors knowledge and principles in the following:
Supports the Maintenance Review Board (MRB) Chair in Type Certification Board, and as advisor to certification of maintenance problems involved in the certification processes of newly designed aircraft preparatory to the aircraft being type certificated and introduced into service.
Acting as a representative of the Flight Standards Service, the incumbent will support the MRB Chair for the establishment of national standards for scheduled maintenance programs on assigned aircraft. The incumbent must obtain input from a variety of sources from within the Federal Aviation Administration, as well as from manufacturers and operators in the establishment of these uniform minimum maintenance standards. Serves as Flight Standards Service representative and supports the MRB Chair to determine component systems and equipment required for dispatch or continuance of flight.
On a continuing basis, incumbent keeps abreast of all modifications, changes, and technical advances for assigned aircraft to assure continued safe operation. Reviews, analyzes, and evaluates problem areas and initiates action to correct technical deficiencies associated with the maintenance of the assigned aircraft.
Provides technical and administrative leadership to agency maintenance programs within assigned areas of responsibility and represents the agency on assigned areas as directed. Provides expert consultation in support of accident or incident investigations, analysis, and implementation of corrective actions related to the particular aircraft assigned.
Incumbent will be expected to work with FSDOs and/or CMOs and be able to work with operators introducing new aircraft into service. Incumbent will have knowledge of and work effectively with Organization Designation Authorizations (ODAs).
OPM Qualifications Standard for Aviation Safety Series, FG-1825 Minimum Eligibility 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; and
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.
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:
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);
Have the ability to hear the conversational voice (hearing aid permitted); and
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.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE, TRAINING, AND CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
To qualify for this position you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to FV-I, FG/GS-13. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Specialized experience may include but not limited to: knowledge and experience in human factors issues affecting evaluation of maintenance procedures from a human factors perspective; evaluation of maintenance suitability and maintenance procedures; involvement in human factors aspects of accident and incidents investigation; or human factors aspects of safety risk analysis or other safety program. Applicants should include examples of specialized experience in their work history.
In addition, applicants MUST meet all of the following:
Experience involving the maintenance and repair of airframes, power plants, and aircraft systems with responsibility for certifying airworthiness;
Maintenance experience with 12,500 pounds or less maximum certificated takeoff weight;
Aircraft maintenance experience in a repair station; air carrier or airline repair facility; military repair facility; or local, state or Federal government agency;
Aircraft maintenance work experience within the last 3 years; and
FAA Mechanic Certificate with airframe and power plant ratings.
This position has a Quality Ranking Factor (QRF). QRFs are knowledge, skills, and abilities that could be expected to enhance significantly performance in a position, but are not essential for satisfactory performance. Applicants who possess such KSA's may be ranked above those who do not, but no one may be rated ineligible solely for failure to possess such KSA's.
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