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Responsible for evaluating artificial intelligence systems
compliance to applicable regulations, policy, and industry
standards. As an expert in aircraft artificial intelligence
systems, the incumbent recognizes the need for new rules that may
be necessary for new state of the art equipment or aircraft
installations. The incumbent will provide policy and guidance for
domestic and international consideration for standardization.
Initiates, organizes, and conducts the development of new or
modified Federal Aviation Regulations pertaining to artificial
intelligence systems. Participates in Aviation Rulemaking Advisory
Committees/Aviation Rulemaking Committees to draft new rules and ad
hoc teams with industry, other aviation authorities, and agencies
to develop regulations, policies and standards. Evaluates the
design of artificial intelligence systems, and where necessary,
participates in the analysis of accident, malfunction, and service
difficulty reports involving artificial intelligence systems.
Incumbent plans and accomplishes highly complex and challenging
projects and other work activities under the minimal direction of a
manager. Applies experience and comprehensive professional
knowledge of aerospace engineering principles, theories, and
concepts, as well as an understanding of new technologies and
methodologies, to solve complex problems and to develop improved
technical processes for the organization. Works closely with Policy
& Innovation Division management, internal FAA stakeholders and
external stakeholders (i.e., industry, other aviation authorities,
etc.) to address challenges with emerging technologies. Identifies
and participates in research and development studies to ascertain
the need for new safety standards or to implement new technologies
to improve continued operational safety (COS). Develop mutually
rewarding relationships with fellow employees, industry, and
stakeholders. All corporate activities are conducted to the highest
ethical standards by communicating effectively, remaining flexible,
respecting differing opinions, and exercising patience in
Contacts are both internal and external. Incumbent coordinates
with FAA technical specialists and industry members to facilitate
technical discussions and negotiate consensus solutions that
benefit the general public, aircraft operators, and manufacturers.
Develops, integrates and implements solutions to diverse, complex
problems that frequently require working across functional and/or
organizational lines. Applies systems thinking to the above
responsibilities. The FAA is moving to a systems based approach to
oversight of the aviation industry and it is essential to evaluate
large/complex delegated organizations, as well as smaller delegated
entities, and efficiently and effectively oversee these entities
based upon risk to operation within the aviation system.
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
Provides guidance to lower-level staff to solve difficult
technical issues. Resolves all but unique technical problems
without the intervention of management or a more experienced
engineer. Develops plans, techniques, and policies to address
current or anticipated problems and issues. Works with senior
management to solve problems.
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.
Work activities typically impact directly on the objectives of
one or more major subdivisions and/or LOB's/SO's and may impact on
the objectives of the FAA.
25% or less - The job may require up to 25% travel.
0801 General Engineering
Engineers, All Other
Conditions of Employment
- US Citizenship is required.
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after
- This position has a positive education requirement.
Basic Requirements: Successful completion of a full four-year
professional engineering curriculum leading to a bachelor's or
higher degree in engineering in an accredited college or
university. To be acceptable the curriculum must: (1) be in a
school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by
the ABET as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include
differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than
first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven
areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b)
strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid
mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields
and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating
particle and aggregate structure to properties); (g) any other
comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such
as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics; OR,
ALTERNATIVE REQUIREMENTS: Combination of education and
experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical
experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical
and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and
(2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the
engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one
of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background
must be demonstrated by one of the following:
- Professional registration: Current registration as a
professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam,
or Puerto Rico;
- Written Test: Evidence of having successfully passed the
Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test
required for professional registration, which is administered by
the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the
District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico;
- Specified academic courses: Successful completion of at least
60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and
engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses
specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully
acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional
engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A;
- Related curriculum: Successful completion of a curriculum
leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an
appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry,
architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology,
may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the
applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering
experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and
Specialized Experience: In addition to the basic requirements,
all applicants must demonstrate at least one (1) year of
specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (FV-I
FG/GS-13) in the Federal government. Specialized experience is
experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge,
skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the
position. Examples of specialized experience include, but are not
limited to the following:
- Experience in the application of aircraft certification
requirements, policies, and procedures used in the design and
certification of an aircraft or aircraft system (i.e., 14 CFR Parts
21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 33, 35; advisory circulars; and, policy
- Experience designing, testing, or evaluating aircraft or other
transportation vehicle artificial intelligence systems.
- Experience in the design and certification of aircraft or other
transportation vehicle artificial intelligence systems.
- Experience in using system safety analysis tools to evaluate
artificial intelligence systems.
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.
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 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
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:
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
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