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Engineering Technician (Aerospace)

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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 tomorrow’s 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 Term Engineering Technician (Aerospace) (GS-0802-12) to work at the Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) in the Air Force Test Center (AFTC), at the 704th Test Group (704 TG), Aerospace Survivability and Safety Office (704 TG/OL-AC) at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton ,OH.

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

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Telework Information:
• Up to 20% telework possible (must reside in the local area)
• Eligible for situational telework only, including Emergency and Office of Personnel Management (OPM) prescribed “Unscheduled Telework.”

Travel Requirements:
• Up to 25% Travel possible

Temp/Term Statement:
• This position is a TERM position NOT to exceed 3 years, but may be extended or lead to a permanent position.

This position has a typical 2024 salary range of $90,178 - $117,227 (includes locality).

Announcement Closes: 17 June 2024 at 11:59 pm (EST)

Position specific skills and experience desired in a potential candidate:
- 2 years of experience in live fire test range safety
- 2 years of experience with munition / explosive handling
- 2 years of experience in facility management
- 2 years of operations and maintenance contract management / oversight

The 704 TG/OL-AC conducts research, development, test and evaluation, and modeling and simulation of aerospace vehicle combat survivability, vulnerability reduction, and landing gear systems to enhance and evaluate system performance of today’s and tomorrow's weapon systems. The 704 TG/OL-AC is also the designated test organization for developing and executing Title 10 USC Live Fire Test and Evaluation (LFT&E) programs for acquisition program offices. The purpose of the position is to accomplish range safety, test, maintenance, engineering, and operations and maintenance contractual oversight support for the Aerospace Survivability and Safety Office. The position supports test operations and conducts efforts to determine the survivability and/or vulnerability of aircraft systems and involves munitions and explosives handling.

Major Duties:
- Oversees the operations and maintenance contract functions of the Aerospace Vehicle Survivability Facility, assuring test activities are tracked and performed according to applicable health, safety, and environmental policies, procedures, and regulations.
- Enforces test range safety and security protocols of all phases of programs, ensuring test missions are defined and executed in accordance with all facility operating instructions, standards, certifications, and permits.
- Supports live-fire test and evaluation with safe handling and control of munitions and explosives, ensuring full compliance and accountability of weapons accounts.
- Continuously assesses and advises on emerging test technologies to resolve technical issues, reduce test costs, and improve facility processes or capabilities in support of mission requirements.

- U.S. Citizenship
- Obtain and maintain a Security clearance
- This is a designated Drug Testing Position
- Combination of education and experience furnishing an understanding of principles and technologies applicable to aerospace or mechanical engineering.
- Job related Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs):
o Knowledge in munitions and explosive handling, including downloading and reloading. Knowledge of gunfire test procedures, test equipment and test methodologies. Knowledge of safety procedures and equipment used in large caliber weapon gun range operations. Knowledge of foreign munitions, weapons, and explosives is also highly desired.
o Knowledge of engineering concepts, methods, principles, practices, and techniques; familiarity with engineering disciplines (mechanical, electrical structural, utilities, etc.).
o Knowledge of analytical and diagnostic methods, procedures, and principles and surveying methods, equipment, and techniques of measurements to identify project requirements.
o Ability to plan and record site/facility and inspections.
o Ability to research, analyze, interpret, and apply rules, regulations, and procedures in a variety of situations and recommend timely and economical solutions.

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Equal Opportunity Employer. U.S. citizenship required. Must be of legal working age.

Air Force Test Center is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer, and is dedicated to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. We recognize diversity encompasses many parts of one’s identity including but not limited to race, color, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, genetic information, disability status, and veteran status. AFTC encourages ALL candidates to apply as our employees’ points of view are key to our success.

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