5 Jan 2013

Full-Time NASA’s Pathways Recent Graduate Opportunities (Aerospace Engineer/AST Flight Structures)

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center – Posted by nasagoddardjobsGreenbelt, Maryland, United States

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Job Description

Department:National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Agency:Goddard Space Flight Center

Job Announcement Number:GS13P0008


$44,176.00 to $66,493.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, December 19, 2012 to Tuesday, January 08, 2013




Full Time – Recent Graduates


1 vacancy in the following location:
Greenbelt, MDView Map


Current students from education institutions interested in paid opportunities with Federal agencies or recent Graduates from qualifying institutions within two years of degree or certification (Veterans precluded by their military service obligation, will have up to six years to apply) or Presidential Management Fellowships for individuals who have received a qualifying advanced degree within the preceding two years. See pmf.gov.


NASA, the world’s leader in space and aeronautics is always seeking outstanding scientists, engineers, and other talented professionals to carry forward the great discovery process that its mission demands. Creativity – Ambition – Teamwork – A sense of Daring – and a Probing Mind – That’s what it takes to join NASA, one of the best places to work in the Federal Government.

The Applied Engineering and Technology Directorate, Mechanical Systems Division, Mechanical Systems Branch at Wallops Flight Facility (548) is seeking motivated individual (s) to serve in entry level professional aerospace engineering positions involved in flight structures. Positions will be located at the Wallops Flight Facility located in Wallops Island, Virginia. 

The Recent Graduates Program affords developmental experiences in the Federal Government intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs. Successful applicants are placed in a dynamic developmental program with the potential to lead to a civil service career in the Federal Government.

-This is a one year appointment in the excepted service which may lead, at the agency’s discretion, to a term or permanent appointment in the competitive service. 
-Recent Graduates will enter a formal training program with a mentor and execute an Individual Development Plan outlining training requirements and program expectations. 
-Recent Graduates must receive at least 40 hours of formal training directly linked to their employment field. 
-Recent Graduates serve a trial period for the duration of their excepted service appointment. 
-Recent Graduates will be required to sign a Pathways Recent Graduate Participant Agreement.

***Due to the Executive Order making Monday, December 24th a Federal Holiday for Government employees, this announcement has been extended one additional workday. The closing date has been changed from 01/07/2013 to 01/08/2013.*** 

If you are a veteran who received your degree more than 2 years ago please indicate your dates of military service in the additional comments section of your application. 

To receive consideration, you must submit a resume and answer NASA-specific questions. The NASA questions appear after you submit your resume and are transferred to the NASA web site. 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. 

Please be sure to review your resume on the Resume Review page once you have transferred to the NASA site. Ensure that the correct copy of the resume you have selected has been transferred from your USAJOBS account. If you fail to validate the information in your resume, you may not be appropriately evaluated for this position. Also, please be sure to review and complete the Supplemental Information questions. 

If you are an individual with a disability and have questions regarding the Federal special hiring authorities for individuals with disabilities or would like to request a reasonable accommodation for the application or hiring process, please contact the Disability Program Manager by email at gsfc-disability-programs@mail.nasa.gov. Goddard Space Flight Center offers a wide array of reasonable accommodations and programs for individuals with disabilities including onsite sign language interpreters, readers, and is a participating agency with the Computer Electronics Accommodations Program. 

(NOTE: For additional information for job seekers with disabilities, please click on the following website, https://www.opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp) 

As identical vacancies are identified, additional selections may be made. 

****To receive consideration, your resume MUST contain your complete degree information (i.e., type of degree received, year degree received, G.P.A, and major area of study). If you have received a degree in Computer Science, you MUST list all courses you have taken which meet the education requirements as stated in the qualification requirements section as well as the semester hours awarded. You MUST include the descriptive title, course code, and number of semester/quarter hours. (i.e., CMSC-435-Software Engineering, 3 Semester hours) If this information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position. Please note that degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position. If you are selected for this position, you will have to provide an official copy of your transcripts prior to entering on duty. ****


  • Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by closing date
  • Must have received qualifying degree within 2 years of appointment date*
  • *Veterans have up to six years from degree completion date


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As an Aerospace Technologist (AST), specializing in Flight Structures, the incumbent serves as a trainee Aerospace Engineer in Mechanical Systems Branch at Wallops Flight Facility. As such, the incumbent will assist with the development, fabrication, and of testing flight vehicle structures, subsystems or their components and recommends optimum configurations of structural designs, materials, and analysis techniques in support of suborbital and special orbital aerospace projects. 

Plans and conducts studies of components, equipment, and/or assemblies. Designs and develops technical drawings and specifications for structures specialties such as structures for vehicle stages, payload assemblies, satellites, space structures, and related assemblies. 

The Mechanical Systems Branch at Wallops Flight Facility (Code 548) provides mechanical systems mission design and implementation for sub-orbital and special orbital projects and for earth and space science instrument design and development activities at the Wallops Flight Facility. Personnel serve in the Product Design Lead role on key projects and technology development efforts and also provide technical expertise and implementation of integration, testing, and launch operations. Additionally the Mechanical Systems Branch is responsible for the entire life cycle of payload carrier mechanical systems. 

Participates in the NASA’s Pathways Recent Graduate Program. This is a formal training program consisting of specialized training designed to accelerate an employee to the full performance level. Participant completes assigned duties, tasks, readings, and developmental activities specified in the program. Some programs consist of formal rotational periods of study and work. Program participants receive formal periodic assessments of progress.


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NASA Pathways candidates will meet the qualification requirements consistent with NASA and the OPM qualification standards applicable to the position being filled. Where appropriate, candidates will be required to meet NASA’s Aerospace Technology (AST) qualification standards for the position for which they are applying. 

TO QUALIFY FOR THE GRADE 7 – Applicants must meet one of the following requirements in addition to the Basic Education Requirement: 

a. One year of appropriate professional experience at least equivalent to the GS-5 grade level; or 

b. One full academic year of graduate level education in an appropriate field, or any equivalent combination of experience and graduate study; or 

c. Completion of all requirements for a bachelor’s degree which meets one of the following SUPERIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS STANDARDS: 

1. Standing in the upper third of college class or major subdivision at time of application; or 
2. Grade point average of 2.9 of a possible of 4.0 or its equivalent for all courses completed at time of application or during last two years of undergraduate curriculum; or 
3. Grade point average of 3.5 of a possible 4.0 or equivalent for all courses completed in a qualifying major field of study at time of application or during last two years of undergraduate curriculum; or 
4. Election to membership in a national honorary society (other than freshman society) that meets the requirements of the Association of College Honor Societies. 

d. Twelve months of student trainee experience that includes at least one work period equivalent to GS-5 or at least 15 months of appropriate student trainee experience which includes one work period equivalent to the GS-4; or 
e. Successful completion of a five year program of study of at least 160 semester hours; or 
f. A professional engineering degree and up to 12 months experience as a technician or technologist equivalent to at least the GS-5 level; or 
g. Successful completion of all requirements for two bachelor’s degrees, one in an appropriate field of science or engineering; or 
h. Six months aggregate of specialized experience or training, including three months gained after the junior year in a sub-professional, semiprofessional or technician status; or 
i. Honors or elective positions indicating leadership other than scholastic, provide that academic standing was in upper half of graduating class; or 
j. Patterns of courses which have unusual preparatory value or direct relatedness to the advertised position. 

TO QUALIFY FOR THE GRADE 9 – Applicants must meet one of the following requirements in addition to the Basic Education Requirement: 

a. One year of professional experience in an appropriate field at least equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to GS-7 in the Federal service within or closely related to the specialty for which application was made; or 
b. Completion of all requirements for a master’s or equivalent graduate degree in an appropriate field; or 
c. Two full academic years of graduate education in an appropriate field; or 
d. An equivalent combination of experience and graduate study. 

TO QUALIFY FOR THE GRADE 11 – Applicants must meet one of the following requirements in addition to the Basic Education Requirement: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. 

General Qualifications 

Some examples of specialized experience at the GS-7 and GS-9 level include but are not limited to experience in researching the development and basic design, analysis and testing of aerospace structures, mechanisms, ground support equipment and/or associated hardware. 

Some examples of specialized experience at the GS-11 include but are not limited to experience in researching, designing, and developing flight systems, and/or mechanisms of aerospace and/or aircraft structures.

Basic Education Requirement: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major study in Aeronautical Engineering, Aeronautics, Aerospace Engineering, Astronautical Engineering, Astronautics, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Biomedical Engineering, Ceramic Engineering, Ceramics, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science*, Earth and Planetary Science, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Geology, Geophysics, Industrial Engineering, Materials Engineering, Materials Science, Mathematics (Pure or Applied), Applied Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Metallurgy, Meteorology, Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Engineering Physics, Oceanography, Optical Engineering, Physics, Applied Physics, Engineering Physics, Space Science, Structural Engineering, Welding Engineering or other appropriate physical science or engineering field. Degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position. *Note: Curriculum must include 30 semester hours of course work in a combination of mathematics, statistics and computer science. Of the 30 semester hours, 15 must be in any combination of statistics and mathematics which includes differential and integral calculus.

U.S. citizenship is required.


Candidates will be assessed either based solely on basic eligibility requirements or may include a qualitative rating of candidates. NASA Pathways candidates will meet the qualification requirements consistent with the OPM qualification standards applicable to the position being filled. Where appropriate, candidates will be required to meet NASA’s Aeronautics, Scientific, and Technical (AST) qualification standards for the position(s) for which they are applying. Veterans’ preference applies to all selections made under the Pathways authority in accordance with Part 302 of 5 CFR. Candidates who meet the minimum qualification requirements need not be further evaluated; however, if no further evaluation is done, qualified veterans have absolute preference. If candidates are further evaluated using NASA’s category rating process, qualified veterans have absolute preference within the appropriate category.


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NASA offers excellent benefit programs and competitive salaries. To learn more about pay and benefits at NASA, visit the <href=http: nasajobs.nasa.gov=”” benefits=”” benefits.htm=”” target=”_blank”>NASA Jobs website.


Any applicant tentatively selected for this position may be required to undergo a pre-employment background investigation. As a condition of employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Your USAJobs account asks you to assign a name to each of your resumes. When you apply to a NASA position, we will show you the text of the resume you have submitted, but we do not maintain the name you have assigned to that resume. If you wish to keep track of that information, we recommend you make note of it at the time you apply. 

Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized. 

Occasional travel may be required. 

Your USAJOBS account asks you to assign a name to each of your resumes. When you apply to a NASA position, we will show you the text of the resume you have submitted, but we do not maintain the name you have assigned to that resume. If you wish to keep track of that information, we recommend you make note of it at the time you apply.

How to Apply


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Individuals seeking to apply to actual job opportunities should visit the NASA People website. Applications for the NASA Pathways Intern Employment Program and the NASA Pathways Recent Graduates Program will be accepted through a combination of NASA's Pathways Intern Automated Student Application System and NASA's automated Staffing and Recruiting System (STARS). Applications for NASA's Pathways Presidential Management Fellows Program will be accepted through OPM's standard PMF Process.


NASA's application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for the 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 screening questions and supplemental information. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. (For example you need not submit narrative KSA statements; they are not required and will not be evaluated.) In this way we allow you to focus on preparing a resume that best describes your background and abilities. For assistance in preparing your resume, consult the Applicant Guide. 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 or proof of Federal employment status. 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.


Talent Aquisition Office (TAO)
Phone: 301-286-3691
Email: GSFC-TAO@mail.nasa.gov
Agency Information:
NASA's Resume Operations Center
Mailstop HS50
Marshall Space Flight Center, AL


After applying through the NASA People site 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. (In some cases, individuals with priority for special consideration must be considered and selected before other candidates.)

Job Categories: Engineer Jobs. Job Types: Full-Time. Salary: 40,000 - 60,000.

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