This position is located within the FAA’s Aircraft Certification Service. The incumbent serves as an
Engineering Psychologist and will take into account human capabilities and limitations in relation to
approval of systems and equipment. Will provide concise technical expertise in the field of aircraft
human machine interface, human factors, and related areas.
The incumbent is responsible for the development and evaluation of human machine interface
(HMI)-related regulations, guidance material, standards, policies, programs, procedures, training
materials, and human factors criteria pertaining to civil aircraft, systems, and equipment. This
includes, but is not limited to, systems and equipment for all types of aircraft (transport, rotorcraft,
small aircraft, and unmanned aircraft systems). The incumbent will work with a team of other
professionals from other disciplines to gather and exchange information. Performs multiple, varying
and complex assignments under the minimal direction of a manager, project/program manager,
team leader, or other technical experts.
The incumbent applies experience and comprehensive technical knowledge applicable to human
factors, as well as an understanding of new technologies and methodologies, to solve complex
problems and develop improved technical processes or systems. The incumbent serves as an
advisor on human machine interface (HMI) for large work activities and issues related to aircraft,
systems and equipment, including manned and unmanned. Assignments frequently require
knowledge and experience working across functional and/or organizational lines.
Typical assignments include: responsibility for the development, review, analysis, and revision of
new and existing regulations and guidance materials pertaining to HMI-related civil aviation
aircraft, systems and equipment. This includes, but is not limited to, FAA and international
regulations, policies, standards, and procedures related to HMI concerns in certification of systems
and equipment for all types of aircraft (including transport category, rotorcraft, small aircraft, and
unmanned aircraft systems).
The incumbent is responsible for soliciting and managing industry input, sponsoring and utilizing
relevant research, and reviewing, updating, and providing training materials for HMI-related
regulatory and guidance materials for certification of civil aircraft, systems, and equipment. The
incumbent provides HMI-related technical expertise on the design and evaluation of aircraft,
systems, and equipment, including displays and controls, procedures, workload and errors, and
maintainability. The incumbent is responsible for other specialized assignments, in the field of
expertise as well as general assignments. He/She defines, organizes, and assigns resources to
accomplish organizational objectives. Allocates resources to accomplish large work activities within
Contacts are internal and external. The incumbent coordinates with counterparts, subject matter
experts, and management to enable safe introduction of advanced and emerging technologies
proposed by national and international applicants. This requires coordination within and across the
FAA, other regulatory authorities, industry, and international safety standards development
organizations for global harmonization.
Broad policies and objectives provide general guidance for addressing issues, but allow
considerable discretion to develop new and innovative approaches. Draws on experience to solve
unusual problems and may create new solutions and policy interpretations as the situation
requires. Provides policy guidance and instruction to others, both internally and externally.
Provides guidance to lower-level staff on how to solve difficult technical issues.
Work is reviewed rarely, typically through status reports and at project completion, to ensure
technical compliance and alignment with the requirements of the project or other work activity. The
work activities impact directly on the objectives of one or more major subdivisions, the LOB's/SO's
and impacts the objectives of the FAA.
25% or Less - The job may require up to 25% travel.
Job family (Series):
Conditions of Employment:
US Citizenship is required.
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
This position has a positive education requirement. Transcript(s) required.
Degree: Applicants must have successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree or higher that included a major in psychology or equivalent for all specializations except clinical psychology and counseling psychology.
Specialized Experience: In addition to the basic requirements, to qualify for this position you must demonstrate in your application
that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to FG-13 or FV-I. 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 includes:
- Experience as an Engineering Psychologist applying principles and practices of HMI in order to conduct evaluations of
human/machine interfaces and interaction and human performance in aircraft systems in operational contexts
- Experience with analysis of HMI/human factors issues
Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and selective factor(s), if applicable, may be further evaluated
on the KSAs listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories:
score order, category rating, or priority grouping and referred to the selecting official for consideration.
Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.
This position has a positive education requirement: Applicants must submit a copy of their college or university transcripts(s) and certificates by the closing date of announcement to verify qualifications. If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. You may upload these documents with your application in USAJOBS or fax it to fax number provided in the announcement (please include announcement number on each page).
Failure to do so will result in loss of consideration.
Schools must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Accreditation may be verified at the following website: www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html.
Foreign education must be evaluated by a private professional organization specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials or an accredited U.S. educational institution in terms of equivalence to a degree acquired at an American college or university. A copy of the evaluation results must be included, otherwise your foreign education will not be considered.
This position has a minimum education requirement as specified in the Qualifications Required section. College/University transcript(s), or applicable documentation, described in the Qualifications Required section must be submitted by the closing date of this announcement to show the requirements are met; Failure to do so will result in loss of consideration. Please see Important Information Regarding Education under the Required Documents section.
Make sure your Resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications and answers to the job questionnaire.
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.
This announcement may be used to fill like Engineer Psychologist (Human Factors) positions in other Divisions/branches/Sections, which may be in other duty locations, within the Aircraft Certification Service.
Only 4 vacancies may be filled in any of the listed duty locations.
Note: The following are the salary ranges for the listed duty locations:
Washington, District of Columbia: $107,818.00 to 167,149.00 includes 30.48% locality pay
Des Moines, Washington: $104,959.00 to $162,716.00 includes 27.02% locality pay
Burlington, Massachusetts: $106,686.00 to $165,394.00 includes 29.11% locality pay
Kansas City, Missouri: $96,787.00 to $150,047.00 includes 17.13% locality pay
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; $95,812.00 to $148,535.00 includes 15.95% locality pay
Fort Worth, Texas: $103,273.00 to $160,103.00 includes 24.98% locality pay
This position is covered by the FAA Core Compensation plan. Additional information about core compensation is available on the
following website: http://jobs.faa.gov/FAACoreCompensation.htm
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.
This is a bargaining unit position.
How You Will Be Evaluated:
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.
Drug test required:
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING EDUCATION:
Transcripts are not required from current FAA employees who have occupied an Engineering Psychologist position within the FAA. If you are not a current FAA employee in an Engineering Psychologist position or other career field with a minimum education requirement, you MUST submit a copy of your unofficial college transcript(s) or a list of courses, grades earned, completion date, and quarter and semester hours earned by the closing date of this announcement. If selected, official transcripts will be required. Schools must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Accreditation may be verified at the following website: www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html
Foreign education must be evaluated by a private professional organization specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials or an accredited US educational institution in terms of equivalence to a degree acquired at an accredited American college or university. A copy of the evaluation results must be included, otherwise your foreign education will not be considered.
This position has a positive education requirement; college transcripts are required for ALL candidates newly appointed to the FAA
in the 180 series.
College transcripts must be submitted from current FAA employees applying for internal vacancies if they have never held a position in the, 180 series with the FAA.
College transcripts are not required from current FAA employees who are currently occupying a 180 series.
If selected, official transcripts are required prior to employment.
All Veterans: If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit either a DD Form 214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member 4 Copy or equivalent), or a document from the armed forces certifying that within 120 days you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service under honorable conditions. If you are claiming 10 point preference, you must also submit a completed SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran's Preference, and supporting documents outlined on the SF-15. Documents must be uploaded or faxed to the Servicing Human Resource Management Office listed in this announcement and all documents must be received by the closing date of the announcement. If you fail to submit documentation, you will be assessed as a non-veteran.
Veterans currently on active duty claiming veterans' preference: You will be granted tentative preference if you submit a document from the armed forces certifying that within 120 days you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service under honorable conditions and your application shows that you have the required service. Prior to being appointed, you must provide to the Servicing Human Resource Management Office a DD Form 214 documenting discharge/release and showing that the service was honorable or general. If you are on terminal leave, you must provide documentation certifying authorized terminal leave.
If you are claiming 10 point preference but fail to submit the supporting documents outlined on the SF-15, you will be tentatively assessed as a 5 point preference eligible provided your DD Form 214 reflects that you have the service required to qualify for preference. Documents must be uploaded or faxed to the Servicing Human Resource Management Office listed in this announcement and all documents must be received by the closing date of the announcement. If you fail to submit documentation, you will be assessed as a non-veteran.
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.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR WORK EXPERIENCE AND/OR EDUCATION, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE OR EDUCATION.
We strongly encourage applicants to utilize the USAJOBS resume builder in the creation of resumes.
Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information:
Job Title (include series and grade if Federal Job)
Duties (be specific in describing your duties)
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)
Agency contact information:
Additional Salary Information: 4 vacancy(s) in the following locations:
Washington, District of Columbia
Kansas City, Missouri
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Fort Worth, Texas
Des Moines, Washington
Internal Number: ASW-AIR-20-KN325-68021
About Federal Aviation Administration
Federal Aviation Administration-Aircraft Certification Service:
The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Aircraft Certification Service (AIR) is part of the Office of Aviation Safety (AVS) and includes more than 1,300 engineers, scientists, inspectors, test pilots and other experts responsible for oversight of design, production, airworthiness certification, and continued airworthiness programs for all U.S. civil aviation products and foreign import products. AIR collaborates with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and other Civil Aviation Authorities (CAA) to maintain and further the safety of the international air transportation system. Accountable to the American public and our stakeholders, AIR strives to reach the next level of safety, efficiency, environmental responsibility and global leadership.