Open & closing dates
10/18/2018 to 11/06/2018
Pay scale & grade
$57,777 to $75,112 per year
1 vacancy in the following location:
This job is open to
Individuals who have graduated from an accredited educational institute or certificate program within the last 2 years or 6 years for Veterans.
Clarification from the agency
Individuals who have graduated from an accredited educational insitution within the last two years.
Veterans who were unable to apply for Pathways Recent Graduate jobs due to active military service are eligible for two years after release or discharge from active duty, up to six years after completing degree requirements.
NASA’s Recent Graduates program provides an opportunity for you to gain experience in the Federal civil service at the beginning of your career. If selected, you will be placed in a dynamic, one-year career development program, and provided with a mentor and an individual training plan that may include specialized training, formal rotational assignments, and other developmental activities. If you successfully complete the program, you may be converted to a term or permanent position.
Learn more about this agency
This position is part of the NASA Pathways Recent Graduate Program which is a formal training program. You may be required to perform rotational assignments in various organizations.
Serves as Loads and Dynamics Engineer in the Loads and Structural Dynamics Branch of the Structural Engineering Division, responsible for conducting linear and nonlinear couple loads analysis of structural dynamics problems involving aerospace systems interacting with flight environments (i.e. launch vehicle, spacecraft, payloads, subsystems, and extraterrestrial vehicles).
– Assists in applying theoretical and experimental investigations into solving structural loads and dynamics problems related to aerospace systems.
– Develops loads and dynamics environmental criteria or requirements via analysis or tests for structural design and certification.
– Performs couple loads analyses and testing of dynamics problems for multi-purpose aerospace systems, multiple-phase projects in the area of loads and dynamic environments.
– Performs investigations to obtain baseline data for structures design and loads and dynamics analysis studies/testing, including evaluation of spacecraft structural systems and supporting equipment.
– Develops Finite Element Models, conducts standard modeling checks, reduces models, and generates data recovery matrices and/or load transformation matrices.
– Supports and evaluates dynamic, modal, vibro-acoustic, shock, and random vibration testing requirements and criteria; and pre and post test data analysis and results.
At the GS-9 grade level, you will perform assignments of a limited scope and with less independence. You will progressively acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-13.
Occasional travel – Travel may be required for training or other work-related duties
Job family (Series)
0861 Aerospace Engineering
- Aerospace Engineers
- Engineers, Aerospace
- Engineers, Flight Test
- Flight Test Engineers
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. citizen or national
- Position subject to pre-employment background investigation
QualificationsThe following major(s) are preferred: Aerospace Engineering or Mechanical Engineering
To be eligible for this position, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen;
- Be at least 16 years of age at the time of appointment; and
- Have completed degree requirements within the last two years. If you were unable to apply for Pathways Recent Graduate jobs due to active duty military service, you are eligible for two years after your release or discharge for active duty, up to six years after completing degree requirements.
To qualify for the GS-9 level, in addition to the basic educational requirement, you must meet one of the criteria listed under educational qualifications.
A bachelor’s degree in one of the preferred fields with at least 1 year of specialized experience.
Applicant must have one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade, which has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.
Specialized experience is defined as professional working experience that included the following:
– Working knowledge of the concepts, methods, and principles of aerospace engineering; and the disciplines of structural loads and dynamics related to the design, development, analysis, and testing of aerospace systems for all flight environments, utilizing experimental, computational, and flight testing techniques.
– Working knowledge of aerospace analysis theories and practices in the field of linear and non-linear structural loads and dynamics, including methods and their derivation, application to aerospace system structural problems, space flight environments and loads relating to structural analysis, design, and certification.
– Working knowledge for conducting linear and nonlinear couple loads analysis of dynamics problems involving aerospace systems.
– Knowledge of atmospheric and spaceflight loads environments and requirements in order to provide spacecraft configuration and systems definition.
– Knowledge of structural static and dynamic test techniques, test instrumentation requirements, and data acquisition, and post-test data assessment techniques.
– Working knowledge of Finite Element Modeling, standard modeling checks, reduction of models (such as Super Elements, Craig-Bampton), and development of data recovery matrices and/or load transformation matrices.
– Working knowledge of commercial analysis tools, such as NASTRAN, LS-DYNA, VA-One, WAVE6, IDEAS, FEMAP, PATRAN, MATLAB, PYTHON, MATHCAD, ADAMS.
Your USAJOBS resume must include a clear and detailed narrative description, in your own words, of how you met the required specialized experience. Experiences copied from a position description, vacancy announcement or other reference material constitutes plagiarism and may result in disqualification and losing consideration for the job.
To qualify for the GS-9 level, you must have a Masters degree
A Bachelors degree with at least 1 year of specialized experience.
Basic Education Requirement: A Master’s degree from an accredited college or university with major study in Aerospace Engineering or Mechanical Engineering.
Degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position.
You must indicate your major as well as your degree in order to receive full consideration for this position.
If you are using education completed outside of the U.S. to meet the qualifications for this position, you must have it evaluated by a credential evaluation service to determine if it is comparable to education from accredited U.S. institutions. If you are selected, you must provide a written evaluation of your foreign education to the human resources office. If you do not provide the written evaluation, you may be found unqualified for the position.
You must meet eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
You may be promoted to higher grades; however, promotions are not guaranteed.
You will be required to sign a Pathways Recent Graduate Participant Agreement.
You will serve a trial period for the duration of the Recent Graduate appointment.
Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, who are 18 but not yet 26 years old, must be registered with the selective service system (or have an exemption) to be eligible for federal employment. For additional information or to register, click here
Fair Employment Opportunities for Applicants
NASA Credit for National Service
As identical vacancies are identified, additional selections may be made.
The payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
We will review your application, including your answers to the NASA-specific questions, to ensure that you meet eligibility requirements and minimum qualifications.
If you meet the eligibility requirements and minimum qualifications, you will be further evaluated based on the major studies listed under ‘Education.’ As a result, applicants will be placed in one of two categories
(Qualified or Best Qualified) in accordance with NASA’s Category Rating-Like Process.
The Category Rating-Like Process protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference
eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed at the top of the highest category, except when the position being filled is professional or scientific at the GS-09 grade level or higher. For a list of professional or scientific occupational series, click here(https://www.opm.gov/policydata-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualificationstandards/#
Veterans’ preference applies in the hiring process. In order to receive preference in hiring, you must clearly identify your claim for veterans’ preference when you apply. Veteran’s preference will only be considered based on what is supported. For instance, if you claim 10-point preference, but are only able to document 5-point preference, you will be considered accordingly. For more information about Veterans’ Preference, please visit this link.
Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you or removal after hiring.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
NASA’s application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for 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 NASA supplemental questions. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. In this way we allow you to focus on preparing a resume that best describes your background and abilities. 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. If you are claiming veterans’ preference, we may ask you to submit proof of veterans’ preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form). 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. Learn more about federal benefits.
Review our benefits
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
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 using the resume builder available on the USAJobs site. 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. You must finish the entire process in order to have a complete application package and receive consideration. Your answers will not be saved unless you finish the entire application. If you successfully apply, USAJobs will show your application status as ‘resume received – complete’ (if your status is ‘Application Started’, 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 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 resume requirements are provided at: Hard Copy Resume Requirements.
Agency contact information
NASA’s Resume Operations Center
4200 Rideout Road, Mailstop HS50
Marshall Space Flight Center,
Learn more about this agency
If you are found qualified, you may be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. Whether or not you are contacted for an interview depends upon the location of the position and the judgment of the selecting official. If you are selected, you will be notified by phone or email with a tentative job offer pending verification that you meet all eligibility and qualification requirements. An official, written firm job offer will only be issued once all requirements have been verified.
Fair & Transparent
The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
- Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants
Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- 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.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Legal and regulatory guidance
- Financial suitability
- Social security number request
- Privacy Act
- Signature and false statements
- Selective Service
- New employee probationary period
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply,
Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.