Mechanical Engineer Job in DES PLAINES, IL

Vacancy No. AGL-ATO-21-0038-71960 Department Federal Aviation Administration
Salary $56,205.00 to $104,778.00 Grade H to I
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 4/16/2021 Close Date 5/7/2021
Job Link Apply Online Who may apply Status Candidates

Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)
  • Accepting applications
  • Open & closing dates

    Opening and closing dates 04/16/2021 to 05/07/2021

  • Service


  • Pay scale & grade

    FV H - I

  • Salary

    $56,205 to $104,778 per year

    Salary listed above does not include locality. Locality pay: Des Plaines 28.59%

  • Appointment type


  • Work schedule



1 vacancy in the following location:

  • Des Plaines, IL
Relocation expenses reimbursed


Telework eligible

Yes as determined by agency policy

This job is open to
  • Internal to an agency

    Current federal employees of this agency.

Clarification from the agency

Open to current permanent FAA Employees within ATC Facilities/Engineering Services, AJW-2-Wide

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  • Duties
    Duties Summary

    The incumbent for this position will serve as a Mechanical Engineer for the Infrastructure Engineering Center A CHI, AJW-2C18A, Des Plaines, IL.

    This position may be filled at the H or I band. Salary above is base pay.

    Locality is as follows: Chicago: 28.59% FV-H: $72,274-$112,030, FV-I : $86,933-$134,734.

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    Due 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 safe to relocate.

    H Band Duties:

    H Band Duties: Performs a mixture of routine and multiple and varying assignments under the limited direction of a manager, project/ program manager, team leader, or more experienced engineer. He/she is involved in the construction, installation and support of facilities and systems to those found in the NAS.

    Applies experience and detailed knowledge of mechanical engineering principles, theories, and concepts applicable to the design, installation, maintenance, repair, overhaul, and acquisition of systems required for establishing and maintaining safe, efficient, productive, and cost-effective operation of the NAS. Reviews and works with construction contract documents; i.e., drawings, specifications, and contracts.

    Typical assignments may include: design work; field inspections; reviewing contractor work; collecting and analyzing data; performing trend analyses; engineering testing; writing technical/management reports; and recommending improvements to the design or operation of NAS systems, equipment, or processes.

    The employee's experience and detailed knowledge covers a range of heating, ventilating, air conditioning and environmental conditioning systems for buildings of differing sizes, building plumbing and piping systems.

    He/she assures that assigned projects comply with applicable engineering codes and standards, including FAA Orders and directives.

    Provides management for one or several small projects, such as HVAC, Boilers, Chillers and piping, and the responsibility for planning, developing, and overseeing such projects to establish and improve facilities/systems.

    Assists more experienced engineers in project accomplishment and performing technical tasks requiring accuracy in calculations, completeness of data, and adherence to prescribed testing, analysis, design, and/or computation methods.

    Supports the activities of the organizational unit and the project objectives of a major subdivision and line of business (LOB).

    Contacts are primarily internal to the organizational unit, major subdivision, and LOB/SO, with some contact with contractors, customers, and external organizations. He/she communicates to share information, provide data, written analyses, or discuss the statuses of projects and assignments.

    He/she performs design work of limited scope; inspections; site survey team member; collecting and analyzing data; implementation; performing trend analysis; engineering testing; and recommending improvements to the design and/or operation of systems, equipment, or processes. Recommendations are limited to solving routine problems or serving in a support role. Decisions made are normally within established guidelines.

    Established policies/procedures provide guidance for most assignments, but allow some discretion to select the most appropriate approach. Typically receives guidance on selecting approach from a manager or more experienced engineer.

    Work is reviewed periodically during assignments and at completion to ensure timeliness and technical compliance with the requirements of the project or other work activity.

    I Band Duties continued below under education section.

    Travel Required

    25% or less - The job may require up to 25% travel.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0830 Mechanical Engineering

  • Requirements
    Requirements Conditions 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)
    • This position has a positive education requirement. Transcript(s) required.
    • Position has been designated as Moderate Risk; a background investigation may be required.

    Basic Requirements:

    A. Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor’s degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; 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); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.


    B. 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 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:

    1. Professional registration or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT), or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.

    2. Written Test-- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

    3. Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A.

    4. Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor’s degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)

    IN ADDITION TO MEETING THE MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS, candidates must also meet the Specialized Experience requirements as stated below.

    To qualify for this position at the H band, you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the G band (FG/GS-5/7/9). Specialized experience may include, but is not limited to experience in the engineering design of HVAC, boilers, chillers, plumbing/piping, fire protection systems and/or environmental control systems.

    To qualify for this position at the I band, you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the H band (FG/GS-10/11/12). This professional engineering position requires primarily an application of the knowledge of a) the physical and engineering sciences and mathematics, b) heating, venting, and air conditioning systems (HVAC), and c) the principles, techniques, and practices of mechanical engineering. The work pertains primarily to HVAC, elevators, control system, generators, and boilers.

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING EDUCATION, PLEASE READ: This position has a positive education requirement. A copy of your final college or university transcripts MUST accompany your application if you have never held a (800) series position with the FAA. Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement. Applicants should include examples of their specialized experience in their work history.


    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.

    I Band Duties: This position in the field of mechanical engineering typically requires the application of thermodynamics, mechanics, and other physical, mathematical and engineering sciences to problems concerned with the production, transmission, measurement, and use of energy, especially heat and mechanical power.

    Develops complex project components in Mechanical Engineering recognizing the effects on the overall project. Identifies and resolves NAS operational problems within a specialized area. Solving problems requires use of a combination of standard engineering procedures and practices, modification of standard procedures, or methods developed in previous assignments. Typically requires advanced expertise in using relevant computer applications. Participates in planning to achieve prescribed objectives. Demonstrates independence in planning time and using pertinent resources to accomplish multiple assignments or multiple projects. May serve as project manager.

    The work pertains primarily to HVAC, elevators, control systems, generators, and boilers. Typical Assignments may include, but not limited: Develops designs based on site investigation; construction inspection; administers FAA contracts and other workforce multipliers; project design/ management; prepares specifications and cost estimates, and risk management reports; performs system integration and implementation; reviews contractor work; collects and analyzes data; performs testing and evaluation of systems; writes correspondence and technical reports; recommends improvements to the design or operation of systems, equipment, processes, and provides maintenance support and operations (OPS) program management.

    Makes independent studies, analyses, interpretations and conclusions. Difficult, complex or unusual matters or decisions may require input from others. May provide recommendations to improve work processes. Participates in risk analyses of NAS projects and/or programs which may include formal risk management processes and subsequent risk mitigation measures.

    Work is not generally supervised in detail. The amount of supervision received varies depending upon the assignment. Gives technical guidance to less experienced engineers, and/or to technicians assigned to work on a common project. Provides engineering advice and assistance to other engineers, technicians, and contract personnel. Demonstrates interpersonal skills.

    Contacts are primarily internal to the organizational unit, major subdivision, and line of business (LOB), with some contact with contractors, customers, and external organizations. Contacts are typically intended to share information, provide data and/or written analyses, and to discuss the status of assignments.

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    Make sure your Resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications and answers to the job questionnaire.

    Additional information

    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.

    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 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 choose 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. Your answers may be adjusted by a Human Resources Specialist as appropriate.

    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.

    This is a bargaining unit position.

    Links to Important Information: Locality Pay , COLA

    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.

    Background checks and security clearance
    Security clearance


    Drug test required


  • Required Documents
    Required Documents

    If you have never held a position in the professional Engineering (0800) series with the FAA, you MUST submit a copy of your college/university engineering transcript or copy of engineering diploma or other proof by the closing date. You may upload the documents to your USAJOBS application or fax them to 907-271-5367. Be sure to include your name and vacancy announcement number directly on your faxed documents. If selected, OFFICIAL transcripts will be required prior to employment.

    This position has a positive education requirement; college transcripts are required for ALL candidates newly appointed to the FAA in the 0800 (Engineering) series.

    College transcripts must be submitted from current FAA employees applying for internal vacancies if they have never held a position in the 0800 (Engineering) series with the FAA.

    College transcripts are not required from current FAA employees who are currently occupying an 0800 (Engineering) series.

    If selected, official transcripts are required prior to employment.

    If you are an FAA employee, you MUST provide a copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) containing information in Blocks 15, 17, 18, 19, 22, and 24 so it can be used to verify your position title, series, grade, tenure, and organization of record by the closing date of the announcement. You may fax your SF-50 or upload it into the on-line application. If faxing the SF-50, please ensure you include the vacancy announcement number on the faxed copy.

    If you are an FAA employee, you can access and print your SF-50 from the eOPF system


    • SF-15  : Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference

    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.

  • Benefits

    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

    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.


    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 and year (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008)

    • Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)

    • Salary

    Determining length of General or Specialized Experience is dependent on the above information and failure to provide ALL of this information may result in a finding of ineligible.

    You may upload completed documents to your USAJOBS Account. This will provide you the opportunity to utilize the uploaded information again when applying for future vacancies. Please see this guide, Document Upload Guide, for more information on uploading and re-using the documents in your applications.

    Agency contact information Mike Robie Mike Robie

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    Federal Aviation Administration
    AGL Regional HR Services Division
    2300 E. Devon Ave., Room 250
    Des Plaines, IL 60018
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