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Department of Transportation
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States (on-site)
7 days ago
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Department of Transportation
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
7 days ago
Job Type
Job Duration
Min Education
Required Travel
Job Function
Engineering And Physical Science


Volpe seeks an experienced leader and General Engineer to serve as Chief of the Aviation Safety Management Systems Division. You will support the U.S. Department of Transportation Strategic Plans and Volpe’s strategic, business objectives, ensure technical excellence and leadership in the delivery of quality products and services delivered to clients. Strengthen existing internal and external relationships and build new relationships with customers and transportation practitioners.

The Supervisory General Engineer:

  • Responsible for the business development of the Division's portfolio of work and for ensuring mission requirements are met.
  • Manages the Division's staff of professionals and recruiting new talent to strengthen the Division's core capabilities and portfolio of technical services.
  • Defines program objectives, divides programs into discrete projects, estimates resource requirements, sets priorities, and establishes work schedules.
  • Manage programs and projects in accordance with Volpe Center project management standards and systems, as well as best industry Monitors project funding levels, establish and maintain strong working relationships with current and future clients.
  • Prepares and/or present briefings, reports, proposals, and work agreements to Volpe Center management, customers, and stakeholders.

The ideal candidate has expertise leading a group of professionals conducting the technical execution of highly complex aviation safety management systems related projects and managed the long term strategic and business focus within an organization. This position requires an entrepreneurial outlook, superb communication and management skills and the ability to build and maintain relationships. The Division Chief provides critical leadership in the creation, development, maintenance, and enhancement of highly technical initiatives that critically impact the Center's and Department's support of Aviation Safety Management Systems.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen & meet specialized experience to qualify
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date
  • Required documents must be submitted by the closing date.

To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must (1) meet the Education Requirement for the series, (2) provide a copy of transcripts for verification, AND (3) meet either the education or experience qualifications.

To qualify for the GS-15, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-14, it must include:

  • Experience conducting engineering projects and the development of new processes or procedures related to improving the efficiency or effectiveness of safety related systems.
  • Experience managing resources and leading technical team(s) in the formulation, development, analysis, and execution of programs.



A. Degree: Engineering To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor’s degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics. OR

Combination of education and experience -- College-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

1. Professional registration or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT)1 , or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.

2. Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

3. Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A.

4. Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor’s degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all inclusive).

(2) Specialized Experience:

To determine which grade(s) you are eligible for, review the following grade specific details.  You will be asked questions as part of your application but make sure to verify how you meet this experience in your resume or you may be deemed ineligible.

(3) Upload the appropriate document(s) to your application for verification purposes. (Refer to 'Required Documents' section for additional guidance).

Students enrolled in a qualifying degree program can apply if the anticipated graduation date is within six months of the closing date of this announcement. If selected, the final transcript must be received before your start date.  Other applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Transcripts are required for this position.

Job ID: 73457128
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