Air Traffic Assistant (Flight Data Communications Specialist)

Federal Aviation Administration - Nashua, NH (30+ days ago)4.1


Duties
Summary
The incumbent of this position will serve as a full performance level Air Traffic Assistant/ Flight Data Communications Specialist (FDCS) in an Air Traffic Terminal or Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) and is responsible for providing flight data processing and communications service for the National Airspace System (NAS).

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Responsibilities
Relays Instrument Flight Rule (IFR) departure clearances for aircraft departing satellite or uncontrolled airports. Processes and monitors the input of proposed and active flight plans from military base operations, Air Route Traffic Control Centers (ARTCC) sectors and adjacent ARTCC, flight service stations and air carrier operations offices. Recognizes incorrect flight plan entries into the NAS and makes corrections as required. Assists customers in amending flight plan data, correcting flight plan formatting and route errors. Develops and maintains bulk storage flight plans as required. Prepares, transmits and coordinates Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs), Search and Rescue messages to include Information Requests (INREQS) and alert notices (ALNOTs)t AIRMETs, PIREPs, CWAs, defense communication, traffic management and administrative messages. Determines during an outage of critical systems or software which data to recover and manually processes and disseminates flight plan data and weather data. The incumbent receives and analyzes critical weather information (SIGMETS, weather advisories, etc.) and immediately notifies operational personnel. The incumbent also checks and updates altimeter readings and winds aloft. Processes flight plan amendments for user requested flight plan changes, collects and disseminates flow control restrictions, Severe Weather Avoidance Plan (SWAP), and Expect Departure Clearance Time (EDCT) other data related to flight safety as required. Updates local automated information systems using voice recordings and manual data inputs. Includes: current METAR reports, instrument/visual approaches in use, runway and taxiway closures/conditions, and other local information or conditions as required; trains developmentals as required and performs other duties as assigned. Contacts are primarily external and include members of the aviation community, including pilots, air traffic controllers, dispatchers, and weather unit personnel to relay flight information. The full performance level ATA]FDCS operates independently, resolving most, if not all technical issues, and keeps the supervisor appraised on any unusual situations, The incumbent work with others and interprets policy according to prescribed policies. Work is rarely reviewed to ensure compliance with overall policy and guidance.

Travel Required
Occasional travel - The job may require travel from time- to-time, but not on a regular basis. The travel may be for training or other work-related duties.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
NA
Requirements
Conditions of Employment
US Citizenship is required.
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
Must submit an SF50 (See Required Documents)
Designated or Random Drug Testing required.
Qualifications
Candidates must have at least 1 year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade or pay band (FV-E or GS-5) in the Federal Government that demonstrates knowledge of and skill in the use of FAA air traffic control procedures. Specialized experience may include experience using NAS computer systems such as the En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM) system; Flight Data Input/Output (FDIO) system, and Digital Altimeter Setting Indicator (DASI) system or experience operating air traffic control operational computer and flight data equipment or experience amending proposed flight plans for flow control restrictions, Sever Weather Avoidance Plan (SWAP), and Exact Departure Clearance Time (EDCT) restrictions/changes, or experience in positions such as a military or civilian air traffic controller, flight instructor, instrument rated pilot, command center operators (base ops), dispatcher for an air carrier, or as Flight Services Specialist.

Examples of qualifying specialized experience may have been gained in work involving: 1) Civilian or military aircraft operations work, such as flight instructor, instrument rated pilot, flight engineer, or air transport pilot; 2) FAA certified dispatcher for an air carrier; 3) Flight information expediter involved in determining flight times of airplanes and transmitting information to flight operations and command centers; 4) Civilian or military air traffic controller; and 5) Flight data processor; (OR) Successful completion of an FAA or military air traffic control training program; (OR) Possession of an FAA Control Tower Operations certificate

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

Education
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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.

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.

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.

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.

Successful completion of a security investigation is required.

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

This is a bargaining unit position.

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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IMPORTANT: Applicants may be rated on the extent and quality of experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position(s). All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated. Ensure that your application package/resume supports your responses.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Confidential

Drug test required
Yes