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Mission Planning Specialist

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  • Air Force Test Center

Come be a part of something big! Smart Minds, Cool Jobs and Awesome Rewards! Fueled by innovation, talent and ambition, the Air Force Civilian Service is seeking civilian professionals prepared to deploy war-winning capabilities on behalf of the United States Air Force.

The Air Force Test Center (AFTC) is where tomorrows Air Force is tested! Long considered the “Center of the Aerospace Testing Universe”, AFTC is truly where Air Force superiority begins. Home to many Aerospace establishments and records, AFTC remains the state-of-the-art leader in Aerospace testing, and provides the warfighter with cutting-edge technology. AFTC does not only celebrate its past, but we continue to lead from the front. Join our team today and make Aerospace history!

The Air Force Test Center is looking for a Full-Time Mission Planning Specialist (NH-301-03) to work at the 412th Test Wing, 412th Test Engineering Group, 775 Test Squadron, Mission Planning, Guidance, Navigation & Identification Flight (775 TS/ENVG) at Edwards AFB in Edwards, California.

This announcement may be used to fill several vacancies.

NO 6-MONTH WAIT! Recently retired and/or retiring from MILITARY service ARE eligible for immediate appointment for AFTC positions. The 180-day waiting period has been waived for AFTC to hire recently retired and/or retiring service members.

Full-time Air Force Civilian Service employees enjoy the below benefits, and more!
• Paid Time-Off:
o 11 Federal Holidays off per year
o Vacation time (Annual Leave) accumulates based on length of employment. Starts at 13 days (104 hours) per year and up to 26 days (208 hours) per year
o 13 sick days per year (104 hours)
• Various Medical, Dental & Vision packages to choose from for entire family
• Retirement:
o Pension: Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS)
o 401K: Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) available with up to 5% agency matching
• Flexible work schedules and shift work may be available (depends on position)
• Employee assistance Programs
• Health and Wellness resources
• Tuition Assistance & Professional Development opportunities
• Many career enhancement and promotion opportunities

• This position MAY be eligible for a recruitment/relocation incentive. Specifics will be discussed with the Selecting Official.

Telework Information
• Eligible for situational telework only, including Emergency and Office of Personnel Management (OPM) prescribed “Unscheduled Telework.”

Travel Requirements
• Up to 25% Travel possible

This position has a typical 2024 salary range of $101,121 - $156,323 (includes locality):

Announcement Closes: 09 June 2024 at 11:59 pm (EST)

Position specific skills and experience desired in a potential candidate:
- 5 years of military aviation experience as a rated pilot, navigator, CSO/EWO, or related position desired
- 3 years of conducting manual or automated mission planning procedures and techniques desired
- 3 years of software troubleshooting experience desired
- Familiar and/or proficient with Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS) desired
- Previous system test experience desired
- Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace or aeronautical engineering desired
- Previous experience planning missions for ISR, RPA, tanker, airlift, fighter or bomber aircraft desired

In this position you will serve as a mission planning specialist playing a key role in the daily execution of flight developmental test and evaluation missions. You will coordinate with discipline engineers and aircrew to build requirements based plans for daily flight tests. You will operate, maintain, and test mission planning system data integration with the aircraft and report findings in technical reports. The ideal candidate will have a rated aviation background in the military.

Major Duties
- Coordinates with discipline engineers to plan flight test missions for test execution.
- Communicates, builds relationships, and participates in teams.
- Conducts developmental test and evaluation of mission planning systems (hardware and software) integration to include test planning, investigating problems, data analysis, technical test reporting, and deficiency reporting
- Performs mission planning database files downloads and system updates to keep mission planning systems and aircraft aeronautical data current
- Provides mission planning subject matter expertise to the developmental test and evaluation team. Maintains a working knowledge and understanding of Technical Orders and aeronautical charts and data
- Maintains current knowledge of computer operating systems, networking, and DoD computer security practices
- Provides training to new engineers on mission planning requirements and software, as needed

- U.S. Citizenship
- Obtain & maintain Top Secret Security clearance
- This is a designated Drug Testing Position
- Obtain and maintain CompTIA Security+ certification or higher within 6 months of hire
- Must have knowledge of computer system operations to include hardware and software, such as AF active directory tools and resource administrator tools, and detailed familiarity with the configuration of security permissions for files, folders, and groups to effectively apply the concepts, principles, and techniques of mission planning
- Must have knowledge of the basic and journeyman level methods and techniques of managing information systems, managing computer system resources, developing project schedules, managing customer relations issues, applying journeyman level troubleshooting techniques, and evaluating computer hardware or software products
- Must have the ability to plan and organize work and coordinate with other test disciplines

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