Aviation Safety Inspectors in this specialty (General Aviation Maintenance) apply knowledge and skills typically acquired as repairman of aircraft, aircraft parts, or avionics equipment to develop and administer regulations and safety standards pertaining to the airworthiness and maintenance of aircraft and related equipment.
Candidate must complete an extensive training program to include formal and on-the-job training up to and possibly 24 months regardless of grade level.
Duties at the FG-9 grade level may include but are not limited to the following:
Assisting in enforcement investigation and preparation of final reports;
Participating in accident/incident and complaint investigation; and
Assisting in the re-examination of certificated airmen or recertification of an operator or agency.
Duties at the FG-11 grade level may include but are not limited to the following:
Assuring that aviation organization and airmen comply with regulatory requirements and reports deficiencies to the principal inspector or supervisor;
Providing assistance in the evaluation of air carriers, air agencies, and air operators and making recommendations to the principal inspector or supervisor; and
Assisting in the recertification of an operator or agency.
Duties at the FG-12 grade level include but are not limited to the following:
Evaluating mechanics and repair facilities for initial certification and continuing adequacy;
Evaluating the mechanic's training program;
Inspecting aircraft and related equipment for airworthiness; and
Evaluating the maintenance aspects of programs of air carriers and similar commercial operations. The evaluations may include the adequacy of maintenance facilities, equipment and procedures; the competence of employees; the adequacy of the program or schedule for periodic maintenance and overhauls; and the airworthiness of the aircraft.
Aviation Safety Inspectors (Airworthiness) may perform a variety of other inspections, investigations and advisory duties however, the primary requirement for positions in this specialty is knowledge and skill pertaining to the maintenance and airworthiness of aircraft.
Inspectors are required to travel frequently and to occasionally work irregular duty hours.
75% or less - The job may require up to 75% travel.
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Conditions of Employment
US Citizenship is required.
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
FAA Mechanic Certificate with airframe and power plant ratings.
Please ensure you include copies of the front and back of your mechanic certificate.
Veterans' preference documents must be uploaded/submitted with application.
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 the next lower level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. 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.
Specialized experience at the FG-9 level involves assignments involving familiar aircraft, facilities and equipment. Work at this level is typically subject to review and specific guidelines to ensure compliance with instructions.
Specialized experience at the FG-11 involves assignments with a broad scope of responsibility, more variety and less clear guidelines. Work at this level is typically subject to review to assure compliance with organized policies or regulations, and specific guidelines to ensure compliance with organizational policies or regulations.
Specialized experience at the FG-12 involves a wide range of assignments or a few highly complex assignments, requiring planning and organization, setting priorities and working without clear or specific guidelines. Work at this level is typically reviewed only to assess the impact on overall organizational objectives.
A positive education experience is not required for this position.
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.
The Flight Standards Service utilizes a National Centralized Hiring Process, for standardized interviewing, screening, and verification of qualifications and experience of Aviation Safety Inspector applicants.
Applicants will be required to appear in person for an interview and/or other assessments to determine whether they possess the necessary qualifications, competencies and personal qualities to successfully perform Aviation Safety Inspector duties. Applicants will be questioned about information on their application and will be required to show appropriate airman certificates, ratings, and pilot logbooks or other appropriate records of flight time to substantiate that the applicant meets the requirements of this announcement.
Interviews for the Aviation Safety Inspector-General Aviation Maintenance positions are conducted in Atlanta, GA.
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
Drug test required
In your resume, please include the FAR part number that each of your employer's operated under and the aircraft for
which you have experience.
Please include a front and back copy of your FAA Mechanic Certificate.
Resume should be in the proper format with number of hours, beginning and ending date and a detailed description of
duties for each job history.
If claiming 5 PT or 10 PT veterans' preference, provide a copy of your DD-214 with character of service with your
If you are claiming 10 PT veterans' preference, provide a copy of your disability rating letter with overall combined
rating with your application.
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.
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.
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 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 .
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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