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Aviation Safety Inspector (Air Carrier Avionics)

US Department of Transportation

This is a Full-time position in Fresno, CA posted June 17, 2021.

* DutiesHelpDutiesSummaryDue to the Pandemic and individual states with different phases of reopening, the selectee’s report date to the official duty station/facility may be delayed until such time as employees are allowed to report to the workplace. The person selected may telework up to the maximum extent possible, up to and including full time, until it is determined by state and Federal officials that employees are allowed to report to the workplace where this position is located, on a regular basis.Learn more about this agencyResponsibilitiesThe International Principal Aviation Safety Inspector (Air Carrier Avionics) functions as the primaryinterface between assigned foreign operators, agencies, organizations, airmen, designees, and the FederalAviation Administration.The International Principal Aviation Safety Inspector (ASI) receives administrative direction frommanagement in terms of broadly defined missions or functions. The ASI independently plans, designs,and carries out programs, projects, studies, or other work. The ASI provides policy assistance to ASIs ondifficult or complex policy interpretations. The work is normally accepted without change. Completedwork may be reviewed for adherence to FAA policy and for assurance that project requirements havebeen fulfilled.Applies expert knowledge of flight operations for an advanced multiengine turbojet aircraft. Suchemployees are concerned with all aspects of the operational capabilities and limitations of the aircraft.Assignments at this level are of great scope and unusual complexity and the organizations monitored aremajor factors in the industry.As the principal representative in regulatory oversight of foreign air carrier activities, exercises authorityover foreign air operators with very extensive and complex operations. Analyzes flight operationsinvolving large fleets of turbojet aircraft engaged in large-scale passenger and freight service, or evaluatesmaintenance activities and complete aircraft overhaul facilities which are equipped and staffed to handlethe latest and most sophisticated turbojet aircraft and associated systems. This level includes theresponsibility for nationally and internationally prominent carriers who operator the largest, mostadvanced fleets of turbojet aircraft in the industry.Exercises regulatory authority and safety responsibility over a complex of broad and varied generalaviation organizations such as air taxis, executive and/or industrial operators, and agency’s when theactivities monitored equate collectively to a major air carrier in terms of size and complexity of aircraftfleet employed, scope and technical complexity of operations, management sophistication, industryleadership, and public impact.The ASI is expected to follow established laws, orders, policies, and regulations that provide generalguidance for completing work objectives, but is allowed considerable discretion to develop new orinnovative approaches. The ASI uses resourcefulness, initiative, and judgement based on experience todevelop and implement evaluation procedures to address problems where precedents are not applicable.Methods, practices, or decisions may be used as guidance in similar problem areas.The ASI keeps management informed of the status of all programs and projects and is held accountablefor the technical accuracy, proper coordination, and timeliness of completed staff work. Provides staffassistance and serves as advisor to the manager on all matters pertaining to assigned tasking. AssistsASI’s, AST’s, and others with Safety Assurance queries that are technical or guidance.Assists in the preparation of a variety of highly technical and high priority correspondence to the foreignaviation industry, foreign civil aviation authorities, other U.S. governmental agencies, members ofCongress, and the general public. Assures that correspondence is properly coordinated, technically andgrammatically accurate, clear and concise, and that it reflects the philosophy, policies, and objectives ofthe Office, Division, Service, and the FAA.Performs other duties as required.Travel Required50% or less – The job may require up to 50% travel.Supervisory statusNoPromotion PotentialNA* Job family (Series)1825 Aviation SafetySimilar jobs* Aircraft Inspectors* Freight Inspectors* Inspectors, Aircraft* Inspectors, Freight* RequirementsHelpRequirementsConditions of Employment* US Citizenship is required.* Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.* Must submit an SF50 (See Required Documents)* Designated or Random Drug Testing required.QualificationsOPM Qualification Standard for the Aviation Safety Inspector Air Carrier Avionics specialty (from the Operating Manual for Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions) is located at: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/1800/aviation-safety-series-1825/General Requirements for All Positions:* 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.Medical Requirements for All Positions:Applicants must be physically able to perform the duties of the Aviation Safety Inspector position in a safe and efficient manner and must meet all of 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.In addition, applicants for positions that require participation in the operation of the aircraft must:* Possess a valid second-class medical certificate in accordance with FAA regulations; and* Pass recurrent medical examinations as prescribed by the FAA.Applicants not requiring valid second-class medical certificates who are tentatively selected will be required to:* Provide documentation from a board-certified physician certifying that they meet the minimal medical requirements; or* Individuals who do not meet the minimum medical requirements but who are otherwise qualified will receive an individualized assessment to determine whether they can perform the essential functions of the position.Specialized Experience:When the predominant work involves air carrier avionics, applicants for Aviation Safety Inspector (Avionics) positions must meet all of the following requirements.1. Aircraft avionics experience involving the maintenance, repair, and troubleshooting of installed avionics systems on aircraft.2. Avionics maintenance experience on aircraft of more than 12,500 pounds maximum certificated takeoff weight.3. Aircraft avionics work experience (which could include supervision or auditing) in a repair station; air carrier repair facility; military repair facility; or local, state, or Federal governmental agency within the last 3 years.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 level. 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: assisting, conducting, or performing certification, surveillance, investigation, and enforcement activities; investigating and reporting on accidents, incidents, and violations; and evaluating the overall operational programs of air carriers, air agencies, and commercial operators.For Lateral Movements Between 1825 Specialties: To assist in determining qualification requirements, applicants transferring between specialties at the same grade level are strongly encouraged to complete the appropriate Qualifications Assessment Tool (QAT) check sheet and upload it along with their resume. Check sheets are contained in Order 3410.26, Flight Standards Service Air Carrier and General Aviation Qualifications Assessment Tool for AFS Aviation Safety Inspectors. This order is located at: https://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/media/Order/3410.26.pdf .Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and selective factor(s), if applicable, may be further evaluated on the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: score order, category grouping, or alphabetical and referred to the selecting official for consideration.Recency of specialized experience is waived for current and former FAA employees in the 1825 series.Ingrade/downgrade bids will be accepted.Qualifications must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.EducationEducation may not be substituted for experience.Preview Job QuestionnaireMake sure your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications and answers to the job questionnaire.