The Engineering Directorate at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) is seeking candidates to serve as a Materials Engineer across their organizations. These positions include experimental and theoretical analysis of spacecraft, launch vehicle, and aircraft structures to determine their behavior in atmospheric and space environments and their interaction with the environment.
In addition to the Basic Education Requirement (in the Education section below), to qualify for this position you must meet the requirements below. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular ability, skill, and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of this position and is typically in or related to this line of work. NASA utilizes OPM-approved qualification and rating requirements specific for Aerospace Technology (AST) positions which recognizes NASA's unique aerospace work. The specific qualifications and minimum education requirements are further described below and within the education section of the job announcement. To qualify for GS-11, you must have: a) You must have one year of directly related specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the federal sector: Collaborating with a team of engineers on the materials and processes aspects of various projects; AND Applying engineering theories and principles for lab processes and experimentation; AND Performing typical laboratory operations while maintaining safety protocols. OR b) Completed all requirements for a doctoral degree (i.e., Ph.D. or equivalent) in an appropriate field OR c) Completed 3 full academic years of graduate education in an appropriate field OR d) Have an equivalent combination of experience and graduate study as discussed in a), b) and c) above To qualify for GS-12, you must have one year of directly related specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the federal sector: Conducting research for the evaluation of materials and materials processes; AND Performs or assists with the evaluation of materials and materials processes for aerospace applications (e.g., testing and non-destructing testing or evaluation methods); OR Performing or contributing to the computational modeling of material microstructure, along with a fundamental understanding of the relationship of material microstructure on the performance of materials. To qualify for GS-13, you must have one year of directly related specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the federal sector: Performing engineering development, evaluation, selection, and/or application of advanced materials to aerospace systems (e.g., testing and non-destructing testing or evaluation methods); AND Researching and resolving engineering and materials (e.g., metals, intermetallics, ceramics, polymers, nano-structural materials, bio-materials, composites and coatings) and materials processes related problems; AND Providing technical guidance to engineers and/or performing as a subject matter expert on materials science and processes for aerospace applications OR Utilizing calculations and scientific techniques for testing, evaluating and/or integration of materials to determine viability of materials for aerospace systems, aircraft or spacecraft structures, their habitable and non-habitable areas, their power and/or propulsion systems
Your resume must include a clear and detailed narrative description, in your own words, of how you meet the required specialized experience. Experience statements copied from a position description, vacancy announcement or other reference material constitutes plagiarism and may result in disqualification and losing consideration for the job.
Required college majors for applicants qualifying GS-11 graduate education only: Aeronautical Engineering, Aeronautics, Aerospace Engineering, Astronautical Engineering, Astronautics, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Engineering, Materials Science, Applied Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering Physics, Physics, Applied Physics, Engineering Physics, Structural Engineering, Welding Engineering. Other majors will qualify if the major includes or is supplemented as follows: Ceramics or Ceramics Engineering (with 12 semester hours in refractory ceramics, cermets or protective coatings); Civil Engineering, Computer Science, or Geology (with 12 semester hours in strength of materials, structures, thermodynamics, and/or basic static and dynamics); Metallurgy or Metallurgical Engineering (with 12 semester hours in physical or adaptive metallurgy, high temperature metals and alloys, cermets); Mathematics or Nuclear Engineering (with nine semester hours in physics, structures, materials or other appropriate courses). Other appropriate physical science or engineering fields may qualify with appropriate supplemental courses.
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