Processes FAA issued airman certificates such as ground instructor, flight instructor, mechanic, repairman, and flight engineer. Interviews applicants to determine qualifications for non-complex certificates. Processes FAA authorizations such as inspection authorization, aircrew program designee, and aerobatic competency. Processes FAA issued operator and air agency certificates such as air carrier, repair stations, and approved schools.

Examines applications and supporting documents for completeness, consistency of information, and assures correctness, if required.

Responsible for processing temporary airman certification files for certificates issued by designated examiners. Examines applications and supporting documents for completeness, consistency of information, and fulfillment of Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) requirements. Assures correction, if required. Monitors and tracks returned files.

Supports the Designated Written Test Examiner (DWTE) program by providing orientation and training of new examiners, providing required annual and periodic training as necessary. Responsible for security, accountability and destruction of question selection sheets, sorting, assembling and furnishing written test examiners with test materials, and following up to ensure corrective action is taken if necessary. Conducts FAA written examinations by assembling and distributing test materials, and following up to ensure corrective action is taken if necessary. Researches appropriate handbooks, collects information, organizes material pertinent to meetings and training sessions such as pre-certification, examiner renewal, inspector authorization, and flight examiner and written test examiner indoctrinations. Conducts written test examiner training sessions when necessary. Assists in interpreting and implementing newly modified agency directives relating to accident, incident, enforcement processing, and airmen/operator certification file processing. Determines necessary action and notification to assure staff is aware of latest changes. Answers inquiries from and advises organization personnel regarding the preparation of the unit’s technical work processes.

Researches, writes, and types non-technical and routine technical correspondence. Assists in composing more complex technical correspondence. Maintains, reviews, and revises form letters. Receives, sorts, and distributes incoming correspondence, attaching background information when necessary. Responsible for maintaining correspondence control and suspense files. Reviews and assembles outgoing material for mailing. Types material using typewriter or PC, assembles information and reviews for proper format, grammar, spelling, and accuracy. Reviews outgoing correspondence for grammatical accuracy, procedural agreement, , aircraft technical manuals and factual inconsistencies, attachments, enclosures, dates, and signatures. Prepares reports (such as accident, incident, violation, recurring and special reports) by researching, requesting, information, creating files, preparing control sheets, copying and distributing preliminary and final report documents, and reviewing for accuracy and completeness. Responsible for maintaining individual report logs including the assignment of report or control numbers. Responsible for researching and composing sections of reports, as directed. On own initiative, composes a d prepares special and recurring reports. Extracts information for reports from automated databases.

Responsible for assigned administrative and technical files such as certificated operator and designee case files in accordance with agency directives. Determines need for new files, initiates action to create files, prepares file folders, dividers, and labels. Maintains administrative/technical library with includes orders, notices, FARs, Master Minimum Equipment Lists (MMELs), aircraft technical manuals and advisory circulars, etc.


Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • All or none of the candidates will be interviewed.
  • Typing Proficiency: You must self-certify on your application that you are able to type 40 words per minute. Failure to indicate this on your application will eliminate you from consideration.
  • Security Requirement: Low Risk (1). This position requires completion and favorable adjudication of a background investigation prior to appointment.


To qualify for this position at the FG-6 level:

You must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the FG-5 or FV-D (FG-5/6) level in the Federal Service. Specialize experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position.

Examples of specialized experience includes:

Performing a variety of administrative and clerical work, such as, assist in researching, writing and typing non-technical and routine correspondence; reviewing and distributing incoming correspondence; maintaining files; general office support; preparing reports; examining documents for accuracy and completeness; entering and retrieving information from a variety of automated systems.

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

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 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 KSA in your work history, please include WORK HISTORY THAT DESCRIBES HOW YOU MEET THE 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. 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 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.


Education may not be substituted in lieu of specialized experience.

Make sure your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications and answers to the job questionnaire.

Additional information

We may use this vacancy to fill other similar vacant positions.

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.

The U.S. Department of Transportation strives to ensure that equity, transparency, accountability, collaboration, and communication permeate all that we do for the betterment of the Department, the traveling public, and our nation. As such, DOT values a highly diverse workforce of persons who promote a culture of belonging by respecting the personal dignity and worth of each individual and fostering a positive environment where all feel safe and welcome. If these commitments coincide with your personal ideals and professional aspirations, please consider joining the DOT family.

Special Hiring Authorities: You may also be considered for this vacancy based on eligibility under Persons with Disabilities/Persons with Targeted Disabilities, the 30% or More Disabled Veteran Program, and Veterans’ Recruitment Appointment. To be considered under one or more of these authorities, you must indicate eligibility in the Applicant-Preferred Conditions of Employment section of your questionnaire. In addition, you must submit appropriate documentation that provides evidence of eligibility as defined under "Required Documents."

Promotion Potential: Selection is made at the FG-6 level, selectee may be promoted to the FG-7 without further competition upon recommendation by the supervisor. Note: Identification of promotion in the vacancy announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon the selectee meeting training, qualification requirements, and recommendation by the supervisor.

Interviews: If the Agency decides to interview any qualified employee on the selection list, then all on the list who are qualified must be interviewed.

PAY: Additional information regarding pay-setting is found in the

This is a bargaining unit position. This position is represented by PASS: Flight Standards Services.

Links to Important Information:

  • A career with the U.S. government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.