Fighter systems design specialist

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Department of Defense
United States Citizens Multiple Appointment Types Multiple Schedules
Hill Air Force Base provides worldwide engineering and logistics management for the F-16 Fighting Falcon, A-10 Thunderbolt II, and the Minuteman III ICBM. The base performs depot maintenance of the F-16, A-10 and C-130 Hercules aircraft. The base is located between Ogden and Salt Lake City. The area is known for year round activities include skiing, hiking, boating, extreme sports, fishing and hunting, with four distinct seasons, low humidity and moderate snow fall in the valley.
A list of eligible candidates is being established and may be used to fill multiple vacancies for a period of 12 months (or more). Types of appointments may include: Full time permanent positions; OR full time term positions Not-to-Exceed 13 months, with extension possible; OR full time temporary positions not to exceed 1 year, with a 1 year extension possible. Term and Temporary appointments made from this register may be converted to permanent without further competition.
REQUIRED RESUME: For each block of detailed work experience you must include month/year (starting/ending dates), salary, hours per week, job title, supervisors' name/phone number (may we contact statement). U.S. Citizenship or Naturalization required Position to be filled through Delegated Examining Authority Category rating and selection procedures will be utilized Must be registered for Selective Service, see Legal & Regulatory Guidance Veterans must submit required documents to receive veterans' preference Travel and relocation expenses will not be authorized
As a Fighter Systems Design Specialist, GS-2101-12, you will provide the system design team with expertise on issues related to the operational use of the fighter cockpit familiarity, and weapon system employment. The system design team defines how the fighter aircraft will interface with the pilot, and how the pilot can use the aircraft in all combat scenarios.
Determine how operations and tactics impact the design of software candidates. Converts combat flying requirements into engineering terms. Using pilot experience, analyzes and determines how requested changes will affect the operational characteristics of the aircraft.
Support the discussions at the Fighter cockpit Review Team meetings; translates technical designs into operational terms understood by the pilot community.
Perform simulated flight testing of modified aircraft functionality prior to actual flight test missions. Attend required flight test missions at Edwards Air Force Base and Tucson. Assist with installation of new aircraft systems when required, and debrief flight test pilots on their mission.
Assist with teaching pilot ground school held to dome simulation of avionics changes, ensure voting member of the Cockpit Review Team understand how to fly proposed avionics changes to the fighter aircraft. Perform pilot testing of the simulation models to ensure all data and display symbols are accurate.
Evaluate and edit flight manual Technical Orders and the Pilot Guide to reflect changes to avionic system capability and operation.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: You must have one year of specialized experience at a level close to the work of this position that has given you the particular knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of the position. To be creditable, the specialized experience must have been equivalent to the next lower grade level GS-11, pay band or equivalent in the private sector, in work within this field that is closely related. _ Qualifying specialized experience _ equivalent to a GS-11 is described as a thorough knowledge of operating characteristics of the fighter aircraft such as would be gained through completion of a recognized Military Flight School (Aeronautical Rating) and/or rated aircrew experience and in performing moderately complex tasks of the position independently. Receive instructional guidance in the accomplishment of more challenging assignments. Applicants should have developed experience and knowledge to be able to perform major duties while working under the direction of a senior fighter system design specialist.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience, but you must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas as reported on your r sum
1. Thorough knowledge of operating characteristics of the aircraft such as would be gained through completion of a recognized Military Flight School (Aeronautical Rating) and/or rated aircrew experience.
2. Knowledge of fighter aircraft performance and handling fundamentals to be used in evaluating design changes to the aircraft.
3. Requires fighter cockpit experience gained through at least one tour of operational flying to advise the Avionics System Design Team on operational issues.
4. Knowledge of aircraft operating procedures and mission tactics to be used in evaluating design changes to the aircraft system.
5. Knowledge of air threat analysis, radar, radio, and data link capabilities, aircraft armament, radio and telephone phraseology, electronic combat operations and techniques, sensor system management - limitations and operations, and forces management.
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service. For additional information, click here.
1 . Critical to the success of this position is a requirement of completion of a recognized Military Flight School (Aeronautical Rating) and/or rated aircrew experience. Due to this type of credential, the employee is capable of effectively evaluating aircraft performance and handling fundamentals.
2. Familiarity with air threat analysis, radar, radio, and data link capabilities, aircraft armament, radio and telephone phraseology, electronic combat operations and combat operations and techniques, sensor system management - limitation and operations, and forces management in order to provide an operational perspective to the design team.
PHYSICAL EFFORT : The work is primarily sedentary, typical of an office environment.
WORK ENVIRONMENT : Work is typically performed in an adequately lighted and climate controlled office, however, the employee will spend considerable time in laboratories, simulators, and on the flight line in support of flight test.
Once the initial submission process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the minimum job requirements. Your r sum and supporting documentation will be reviewed and compared to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Applicants who disqualify themselves will not be evaluated further.
If you meet the qualifications for this job, within 7 days your application will be evaluated by a Human Resources Specialist to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the experience requirements listed in this vacancy announcement. Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures, and you will then be placed in one of three rating categories:
-Qualified Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements of the vacancy announcement either through specialized experience or education.
-Highly Qualified Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements of the vacancy announcement and reported good experience that meets the required knowledge, skills and abilities of the position.
-Best Qualified Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements of the vacancy announcement and has reported exceptional experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated "outstanding" proficiency in applying knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position.
_ Veterans' Preference eligibles are listed ahead on non-preference eligibles within each quality category. Qualified preference eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more (CPS) and those with a compensable service-connected disability of more than 10% but less than 30% (CP) move from the category in which they were placed to the top of the highest quality category (except for scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher).
_ You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your r sum , you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Providing false information may be grounds for not selecting you or termination after appointment.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Your R sum (If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropraite material or content, you will not be considered for this vacancy.)
2. A completed Occupational Questionnaire
3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below). Ensure all submitted documents contain your full name, address, phone number and last four digits of your social security number.
The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.
To begin the process, click the Apply Online button 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 Answers button at the end of the process.
To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, click here for the required cover page. This Vacancy ID is 1215158. Fax your documents to . All supporting documents should be uploaded to your USAJOBS account and included with your application package. Faxing documents should be used as a last resort; do not fax duplicate documents.
If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
2. OPM Form 1203-FX must be provided to show your responses to the occupational questionnaire. Please note: The numbering on the OPM Form 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire in Section 25 of the OPM Form 1203-FX, which continuously numbers from number one, while the Questionnaire starts each section of questions with number one. When entering your responses please continue regardless of number sequence. Applicants are responsible for ensuring their responses are transferred accurately. Click here for the OPM Form 1203-FX.
3. Fax all required documents to . Your OPM Form 1203-FX will be the cover page for your fax transmission.
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1. Online Application (Occupational Questionnaire)
2. R sum , for each block of work experience you must include month/year (starting/ending dates), salary, hours per week, job title, supervisors name/phone number (may we contact statement).
3. Transcripts (unofficial) , if qualifying based on education OR if this position has an educational requirement, and _must display major field of study and date degree conferred_.
4. Veterans , if you are a veteran with preference you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (a copy stating character of service , Service-2, Service-7, Member-4, or etc.). If not separated you may provide a memo from your Military Personnel Office that includes your "character of service". In addition, if claiming 10 point preference, you must submit a current VA letter dated 1991 or later stating your overall/combined percent of disability and a Standard Form (SF) 15 "Application for 10-pont Veterans' Preference". For more information on veterans' preference click here.
ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBERS: The VOW Act Chapter 21 of Title 5, United States Code (U.S.C.), Section 2108a, requires the active duty service member to furnish a "certification" of active service. A "certification" is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the "certification" is signed . Agencies are required to accept, process, and grant tentative veterans preference to those active duty service members who submit a certification along with their job application materials. The "certification" must be signed by, or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters and must indicate when your terminal leave will begin (if applicable), your rank, dates of active duty service, the type of discharge and character of service (i.e. honorable). Your preference and/or appointment eligibility will be verified prior to appointment. Active duty members that fail to provide a valid "certification" of service with their initial application will not receive veteran's preference. Military members may be appointed before the effective date of their military retirement/separation if member is on terminal leave.
10-Point Derived Preference (XP): Ten points are added to the passing examination score or rating of spouses, widows, widowers, or mothers of veterans as described below. This type of preference is usually referred to as "derived preference" because it is based on service of a veteran who is not able to use the preference. For additional information and requirements for compensable veterans' and derived preference, here is a copy of the required SF 15.
Once the initial online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful, if you provided an email address in your application.
Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures, and you will then be placed in one of three rating categories.
You will be notified via email regarding your qualifications and if you have been referred to the selecting official. Interviews may be conducted at the discretion of the hiring manager.
If selected for the position you will be contacted via email with a tentative offer. If you are not selected you will be notified by this office.
The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program. In addition to your take-home pay, click here for an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.
Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.
ICTAP: Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be rated in the best qualified category, without veterans' preference points, based on the answers provided to the questions contained in the Assessment Questionnaire and supporting application material, for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. Best-qualified candidates are also required to meet any job-related personal, suitability, and/or medical requirements established for this position. ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after "injury" compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.
Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. Click here for more information.
Military Spouse Preference: Military Spouse preference applies to the wife or husband of an active duty military member of the armed forces, including a member of the U.S. Coast Guard, relocating because of service under a statutory tour. Applicant must meet all pre-employment criteria for suitability and citizenship. Eligibility does not extend to the spouse unless the marriage took place prior to the sponsor and the spouse relocating to the new duty station area. To be eligible for MSP, applicants must be ranked in the "Best Qualified" category, and be applying for a vacancy within the commuting area of the sponsor's new duty location. NOTE: To receive Military Spouse Preference (MSP), please submit a copy of the sponsor's orders showing your name as an accompanying dependent, along with your completed application.
Incentives: Recruitment and/or retention incentives may or may not be used.
Temporary and Term Appointments: If you are selected for a temporary or term position, your appointment may be extended to the maximum period allowed by law without further competition.

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