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Explosive Safety 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 Explosive Safety Specialist (NH-0017-03) to work at the 412th Test Wing, Wing Staff Agencies (WSA), Weapons Safety Office, (412 TW/SEW) at Edwards Air Force Base in Edwards, CA.

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)

Travel Requirements:
• Up to 25% Travel possible

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

Announcement Closes: 13 June 2024 at 11:59 pm (EST)

Position specific skills and experience desired in a potential candidate:
- 2 years of flight test experience desired.
- 2 year of munitions/explosives handling experience desired.
- 2 years weapons loading experience desired.

The primary purpose of this position is: To manage a diverse weapons and explosives safety program involving diverse environmental, ground, aviation, construction, weapons, and explosives activities and provide advisory aircraft systems weapons and explosives safety services.

Major Duties:
- Plans, directs, coordinates, and evaluates activities necessary to the overall management of a diverse weapons/explosive’s safety program.
- Reviews complex weapons and explosives safety plans/programs and develops and issues instructions and procedures establishing technical and administrative weapons and explosives safety requirements which frequently become official policy and may impact a wide range of agency explosives activities.
- Ensures and performs periodic inspections, evaluations, and surveys of facilities equipment, and operations; and identifies deficiencies in the program and variances to the standard using a comprehensive knowledge of regulations, standards, procedures, methods, and techniques to determine compliance with weapons and explosives safety regulations.
- Acts as a Weapons Safety representative to Test Safety Review Boards (SRB). Reviews weapon Safety analyses, operating instructions, and attend SRBs relating to aircraft store/weapons system and range activities where new or modified weapon testing or explosives are involved.

- U.S. Citizenship
- Obtain & maintain Security clearance (if applicable)
- Knowledge of established weapons and explosives safety principles, practices, procedures, laws, regulations, and current legislative issues as they relate to the military installation weapons and explosives safety program; the requirements, methods, and techniques of accident and mishap investigation, analysis, resolution of safety problems, and formal reporting procedures; and risk assessment methods and techniques for evaluation of weapons and explosives safety risks.
- Knowledge of basic explosives safety construction standard, methods, practices, techniques, materials, and equipment to determine compliance with regulations and standards.
- Skill in the interpretation of engineering drawings and specifications sufficient to identify hazardous conditions in proposed facilities.
- Skill in conducting mishap investigations; analyzing and evaluating hazardous conditions; preparing reports and recommendations; and addressing risk assessment methods and techniques for safety code compliance.

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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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