Airport Certification and Safety Inspector
Federal Aviation Administration

Hawthorne, California
No longer open

Permanent - Full Time

  • Posting Dates
    Open: April 8, 2016 ()
    Close: April 28, 2016 ()
  • Position Properties
    General Inspection, Investigation, Enforcement, And Compliance Series
    Internal Job Number: AWP-ARP-16-BDA4247-46850
  • Organization Details
    Federal Aviation Administration
    Department Of Transportation
  • Salary Information
    $65,759.00 - $101,927.00 Per Year
    7% below average

    Pay Band: FV-1801-H/H
  • Who Can Apply?
    U.S. Citizens
Position Summary

Business Component: Western Pacific Region, Airports Division, Safety and Standards Branch, AWP-620


FV-H Band Level: Specialized Experience: To qualify for this position you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to FV-G or FG/GS-5-9 in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Work experience may include but not limited to: A basic knowledge of airport operations/management, airports design standards or general understanding of airport certification program and experience in complying with the FAA airport-related regulations. OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR LL.M., if related.

Qualifications must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.


Combination education and experience may be qualifying for this position. Refer to OPM's Operating Manual Qualification Standards at for more information.

We are not accepting applications from noncitizens.

This position serves as an Airport Certification Safety Inspector (ACSI) responsible for 14 CFR Part 139 compliance for the Office of Airports (ARP), Western Pacific Region. Responsible for conducting periodic and surveillance inspections at medium, small hub and/or less complex Part 139 certified Airports to ensure compliance with standards for 14 CFR part 139 in the areas of records, personnel, paved areas, unpaved areas, safety areas, marking signs, and lighting, snow and ice control, aircraft rescue and firefighting, handling and storing of hazardous substances and materials, traffic and wind direction indicators, airport emergency plan, self-inspection program, pedestrians and ground vehicles, obstructions, protection of NAVAIDS, public protection, wildlife hazard management, airport condition reporting, and identifying, marking and lighting construction and other unserviceable areas. Reviews and approves Airport Certification Manuals and emergency plans required by regulation to ensure current and adequate airport operating procedures. Reviews applications for Airport Operating Certificates forwarding to Lead Inspector for approval or denial. Reviews and petitions from airport owners for exemptions from any or all of FAR Part 139. Coordinates all petitions with Lead Inspector. Conducts investigations of vehicle/pedestrian deviations at airports. Reviews individual airport layout plans, obstruction charts, safety equipment descriptions, construction drawings and documents related to certification requirements. Conducts reviews of Construction Safety Phasing Plans to ensure operational safety during construction meets standards. Review wildlife hazard assessments and wildlife hazard management plans at Part 139 airports and works closely with the airports, Airports District Offices (ADO?s), Wildlife Biologists, other technical experts, and stakeholders to reduce hazardous wildlife and attractants on and in the vicinity of airports. Supports various safety training outreach efforts with various stakeholders to include out of region and international training initiatives. Performs other duties as assigned. This position requires up to 80% travel. A valid driver's license is required. This position may require the inspector to drive significant distances (100-300 miles) and requires the inspector to walk considerable distances to inspect airfield pavement, safety areas, lighting, markings, signage, and fueling systems. Frequently this requires working around the hazards of moving aircraft (taxiing, landing, and takeoff) and ground vehicles. The candidate may also be required to lift and/or carry objects of about 20 to 50 pounds, as well as climb ladders and/or work in unusual environmental/weather conditions. Physical Requirements: Selected candidates must successfully complete a Basic Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) Training Course which places the candidate in strenuous physical heat controlled environment with fire protection suits and self-contained breathing apparatus that could be heavy and awkward.


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We may use this vacancy to fill other similar vacant positions.
Travel may be required.
Position may be subject to a background investigation.
A one-year probationary period may be required.
The person selected for this position may be required to file a financial disclosure statement within 30 days of entry on duty. FAA policy limits certain outside employment and financial investments in aviation-related companies.

Applicants must apply on-line to receive consideration for this vacancy announcement. Faxed, mailed or e-mailed applications cannot be accepted.

As a part of the Federal-Wide Hiring Reform Initiative (streamlining the hiring process), the FAA is committed to eliminating the use of the Knowledge, Skills and Ability (KSA) narratives from the initial application in the hiring process for all announcements. Therefore, as an applicant for this announcement, you are NOT required to provide a narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA.

In lieu of providing a KSA narrative response in the text box listed below each Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA), in your work history, please include information that provides specific examples of how you meet the response level or answer you chose for each KSA. Your work history examples should be specific and clearly reflect the highest level of ability. Your KSA answers will be evaluated further to validate whether the level that you selected is appropriate based on the work history and experience you provided. Your answers may be adjusted by a Human Resource Specialist as appropriate.

Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and selective factor(s), if applicable, may be further evaluated on the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: score order, category grouping, or priority grouping and referred to the selecting official for consideration.

This position is covered by the Department of Transportation's Drug and Alcohol Testing Program. Any applicant tentatively selected for this position will be subject to pre-employment or pre-appointment drug screening. Persons occupying a "testing designated position (TDP)" will be subject to random drug and/or alcohol testing.

This is a bargaining unit position.

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