Open & closing dates
Opening and closing dates
08/14/2019 to 08/16/2019
Pay scale & grade
$89,210 to $115,971 per year
3 vacancies in the following location:
Yes as determined by agency policy
This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
Serves as a technical integrator for the Exploration Ground Systems (EGS) Program responsible for highly critical and visible project technical activities and integration of all technical aspects across assigned elements (Project to Project and Program to Program) of EGS. . This work involves technical integration efforts across various system engineering disciplines throughout the product life cycle.
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- Serve as a ground integration engineer for requirements development, integration and implementation planning for ground systems required to support vehicle/spacecraft/payload processing.
- Provide systems engineering and integration functions to enable successful implementation and certification of ground systems, ground support equipment and facility systems.
- Responsible for leading the management of programmatic requirements through the development, allocation, traceability, waiver/change processing, and requirement closure phases.
- Responsible for developing requirements, stakeholder expectations, design verification objectives, design validation objectives and ensuring they are allocated to the implementing organization and subsystems.
- Participate in formal technical program reviews throughout the program life cycle for milestones such as preliminary design reviews, critical design reviews, and system acceptance reviews, operational readiness reviews.
- Perform technical reviews to ensure design compliance of interface management through the review of flight to ground and ground to ground interface control documents
- Support subsystem and element/program level verification and validation planning and execution as required to ensure requirement satisfaction.
- Provide technical integration support in processing requirement waivers and/or deviations to include rationale development presenting and obtaining board approvals.
- Ensure design products are in a mature state as part of systems engineering and integration program/project development life cycle via selective audits.
- Responsible for ground processing, integrated test and launch operations planning for ground systems required to support vehicle/spacecraft/payload processing.
- Lead and support subsystem and program level trade studies and technical assessments and present their findings to boards for their approval.
- Manage the assigned portions of the program technical baseline, maintaining and managing changes against the technical baseline.
- Perform change package engineer responsibilities for assigned documents and ensure integration, coordination and disposition of comments in a collaborative environment.
- Lead change request development and processing ensuring coordination with all stakeholders.
- Lead the development and management of assigned technical products and ensure they are mapped to the appropriate design products.
Occasional travel - Travel may be required for training or other work-related duties
Conditions Of Employment
- A one-year probationary period may be required
- Occasional travel may be required
- Position subject to a pre-employment drug test
- Position subject to pre-employment background investigation
- Position subject to random drug testing
- This is a drug-testing designated position
Applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade, which has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above. Examples of specialized experience include, but are not limited to:
Experience in systems engineering, systems integration, technical integration; technical issue resolution; design compliance and technical product reviews.
Experience in the development, integration and management of requirements; requirement change management; flow down management, tracking and closure.
Experience in the development of Ground Support Equipment and Ground Support Systems requirements, ground systems design, and certification concepts.
Experience with applying Ground system/subsystem integration; launch vehicle, spacecraft and payload integration; applying safety and reliability principles; supporting standards for test, applying verification and validation planning to manage the human space flight program.
Basic Education Requirement: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major study in Aeronautical Engineering, Aeronautics, Aerospace Engineering, Architecture, Astronautical Engineering, Astronautics, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Biomedical Engineering, Ceramic Engineering, Ceramics, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science*, Earth and Planetary Science, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Geology, Geophysics, Industrial Engineering, Materials Engineering, Materials Science, Mathematics (Pure or Applied), Applied Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Metallurgy, Meteorology, Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Engineering Physics, Oceanography, Optical Engineering, Physics, Applied Physics, Engineering Physics, Space Science, Structural Engineering, Welding Engineering or other appropriate physical science or engineering field. Degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position. *Note: Curriculum must include 30 semester hours of course work in a combination of mathematics, statistics and computer science. Of the 30 semester hours, 15 must be in any combination of statistics and mathematics which includes differential and integral calculus.
If you have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), you must:
Indicate your eligibility when applying for a position. The USAJOBS resume asks you to identify your ICTAP eligibility; the NASA Supplemental Information asks you to identify your CTAP eligibility.
Be well qualified for this position to receive consideration. See 'How You Will Be Evaluated' for NASA's definition of well qualified.
Be prepared to submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP if you are selected for the position. This includes copies of your agency notice, most recent Performance Rating and most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) noting current position, grade level, and duty location
AS IDENTICAL VACANCIES ARE IDENTIFIED, ADDITIONAL SELECTIONS MAY BE MADE.
THIS IS A DRUG-TESTING DESIGNATED POSITION. SELECTED APPLICANT WHO DOES NOT CURRENTLY OCCUPY A DRUG-TESTING POSITION MUST SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE THIS REQUIREMENT BEFORE BEING ASSIGNED TO THE POSITION.
How You Will Be Evaluated
This position is announced under Direct Hire authority. A Human Resources Specialist will review your resume to determine if you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements as listed in 'Requirements'.
CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be assessed using NASA STARS, an automated system that matches the competencies extracted from your resume to the competencies identified by the selecting official for the position. Based on the competencies you match, you are placed in one of three categories identified as 90, 80, or 70 point quality categories, which are defined as:
90 pt. Category - Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and has experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.
80 pt. Category - Tentatively meets (until subsequent confirmation upon referral) the basic qualification requirements identified in the vacancy announcement and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the primary requirements of the position.
70 pt. Category - Fails to meet criteria described in the 80 pt. category.
For the purpose of the CTAP and ICTAP, candidates rated in the top quality (90 pt.) category are considered well-qualified.
Background checks and security clearance
NASA's application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for the information we absolutely need to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility. In order to apply for this position, you only need to submit your resume and answer the screening questions and supplemental information. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. (For example you need not submit narrative 'KSA' statements; they are not required and will not be evaluated.) In this way we allow you to focus on preparing a resume that best describes your background and abilities. For assistance in preparing your resume, consult the Applicant Guide. Nothing further is required until requested by the Human Resources Office. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume. For example, we may ask you to provide academic transcripts or proof of Federal employment status. If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.
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
schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
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.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
How to Apply
Before you begin the application process, please read the vacancy announcement carefully and have all required information available. Failure to submit a resume that contains all of the required information may result in loss of consideration. Your application must be received no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.
You may begin the process of submitting your resume by clicking on the 'Apply Online' link. In order to be considered, you must submit a resume completed on the USAJOBS site. When completing your USAJOBS resume, please remember that NASA limits resumes to approximately 32,000 characters including spaces.
NASA does not accept uploaded resumes created outside of the USAJOBS resume builder process. Additionally, NASA does not accept documents attached through the USAJOBS' document attachment feature.
Once you submit your resume to NASA, you will be transferred to a NASA website and asked to complete a short series of NASA-specific questions. Your answers will not be saved unless you finish the entire application. You may edit a previously-submitted application, if the announcement is still open.
If you successfully apply, USAJOBS will show your application status as 'Received'. If your status is 'Unavailable', you have not successfully applied. Do not rely on a USAJOBS email to confirm successful application. Only an email from NASA confirms a successful application.
If you are unable to apply electronically for this position, submit your resume and supplemental questions to:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
4200 Rideout Road
Resume Operations Center/Mailstop: HS50
Marshall Space Flight Center, AL 35812
DO NOT submit your resume directly to the Center advertising this vacancy. Mailed resumes must be received by the close of business on the closing date of the announcement. Hard copy resumes requirements are provided at:Hard Copy Resume Requirements.
If you are a first time applicant, we recommend that you review NASA's Applicant Guide to ensure that you are providing a complete resume. Failure to submit the supplemental data and a resume that contains all of the required information may result in loss of consideration for positions. All applications must be received no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.
If you are found to meet the qualification and eligibility requirements, you will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. (In some cases, individuals with priority for special consideration must be considered and selected before other candidates.) Whether or not you are contacted for an interview depends upon the location of the position and the judgment of the selecting official. At NASA, we pride ourselves on efficient and timely recruitment actions, and you can normally expect to learn the outcome of the selection process in a fairly short period of time. In addition, to ensure that you can measure progress for yourself, NASA provides you with regularly updated information on the status of the vacancy announcement.
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A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
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