Federal Aviation Administration Computer Specialist in San Diego, California

Job Overview

Job Overview

About the Agency

Business Component:

Program Management Organization, Air Traffic Systems, Terminal Second Level Engineering, Operational Support Facilities, Pacific OSF, AJM-2495.


The Air Traffic Systems directorate is responsible for maintaining systems that support tactical operations today, as well as for executing new surveillance and automation tools that are foundational to NextGen. The directorate oversees these systems from initial concept to design and development. Furthermore, this directorate will manage the deployment and sustainment of the system.

If you are selected for this position, you will serve as Senior Automation Specialist at the Pacific Operational Support Facility (OSF) located in San Diego CA. You will work with National Airspace System (NAS) software systems, applying technical automation and air traffic familiarization to coordinate, plan, test, evaluate, maintain and monitor the adaptation database and provide direct automation support to air traffic operations.

Your duties will include, but are not limited to:1) performing required research to identify, analyze, and resolve operational automation discrepancies, 2) ensuring the adequacy of automation support based on an in-depth knowledge of air traffic control procedures an in-depth knowledge of facility traffic flows, 3) developing, maintaining, testing, and modifying the adaptation database to assure that Air Traffic operational requirements are met and data is processed in a precise and timely manner, 4) coordinating with staff at local and other facilities regarding automation decisions and activities that affect operations.

You will participate on Special Project Teams to evaluate the effectiveness of automation services. You will perform technical analysis, documentation, and related tasks in direct support of the air traffic operations. As a Automation Specialist you will provide on-site assistance to the Air Traffic Manager and operational personnel offering technical assistance, guidance and recommendations covering a broad range of field support requirements such as problem identification, evaluation and resolution of system malfunctions. You will design and monitor the execution of test plans and implementation plans.

You will coordinate with Technical Operations, Air Traffic Representatives, Program Office, and Terminal Second Level Engineering to manage software and adaptation requirements and to support second level activities.You will work independently and will have the authority to make decisions related to the maintenance of adaptation and software systems critical to the safe operation of the NAS.

Supervisory Status


Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

FAA Employees - Office/Division/Facility - ATO employees only

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must submit an SF50 (See Required Documents)
  • Failure to provide SF50 will result in disqualification.

To view the complete qualification standard, applicants should reference – U.S. Office of Personnel Management the Group Qualification Standard for Administrative and Management Positions.


To qualify for this position you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to FV-I, FG/GS-13 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.

Specialized experience may include but is not limited to: experience working with various complex and integrated computer systems and software analysis programs in support of the National Airspace System. This would include performing system adaptation (building, testing, and analysis of those systems) and the implementation of system modifications, corrections and enhancements.

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

Applicants should include specific examples of specialized experience in their Work History.

We are not accepting applications from noncitizens.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Candidates for FAA positions are evaluated using our Automated Vacancy Information Access Tool for Online Referral (AVIATOR) system. AVIATOR compares your skills and experience as described in your application with the requirements of the position. If you are found to be an eligible, highly-qualified candidate, you will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. (In some cases, individuals with priority for special consideration must be considered and selected before other candidates.) Whether or not you are contacted for an interview depends upon the location of the position and the judgment of the selecting official.

Important - If you make any change to your application, you must resubmit it. If you change your application and do not resubmit it, your changes will not be considered part of your application package, and your previous application will be considered.

FAA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or other non-merit factors. DOT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Additional information on reasonable accommodations procedures or on EEO Programs is available on Office of Civil Rights (ACR) or by contacting the local FAA Civil Rights Office.


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Other Information

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.

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 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 KSA listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: score order, category grouping, or alphabetical order and referred to the selecting official for consideration.

All, some, or none of the applicants may be interviewed.

This is a bargaining unit position.

Links to Important Information:Locality Pay, COLA

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/475706200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-07-29 to 2017-08-18

Salary: $97,733 to $151,513 / Salary includes a locality payment of 26.98%.

Pay scale & grade: FV J

Series: 0334 Computer Specialist (FAA Only)

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: ACT-AJM-17-MAP2495-53988

Control number: 475706200