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Helpful Hints

Ready to apply to an Aviation Safety Inspector position?

Before you get started on your application, take some time to review these helpful hints!

Qualification Requirements

To qualify for all ASI 1825 positions, you must demonstrate in your application and/or resume that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the FG-9, FG-11, or FG-12 level.

Examples of Specialized Experience for Entry-Level Operations Aviation Safety Inspectors

  • Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Applicants/candidates should include examples of specialized experience in their work history.
  • Specialized experience at the FG-9 grade level involves assignments involving familiar aircraft, facilities, and equipment such as duties as a Pilot-in-Command for a Title 14 CFR part 91K, 121, 125, 129 or 135 Operator. Work at this level is typically subject to review and specific guidelines to ensure compliance with instructions.
  • Specialized experience at the FG-11 grade level involves a broad scope of responsibility, more variety, and less clear guidelines such as duties as an FAA Designated Check Airman. Work at this level is typically subject to review to assure compliance with organized policies or regulations, and specific guidelines to ensure compliance with organizational policies or regulations.
  • Specialized experience at the FG-12 grade level involves a wide range of assignments or a few highly complex assignments, requiring planning and organization, setting priorities without clear or specific guidelines such as duties as a Director or Assistant Director of Operations for a Title 14 CFR part 121 Operator. Work at this level is typically reviewed only to assess the impact on overall organizational objectives.

In addition to meeting the specialized experience requirements, applicants/candidates must meet the basic medical, qualification, and certification requirements for their applicable specialty as described in the OPM General Schedule Qualification Requirements for the 1825 series.

What you must include on your resume…

  • Job Title (include series and grade if federal)
  • Duties (detailed description of duties-this should include what you did, how you did it and the outcome)
  • Examples of specialized experience in your work history totaling at least one full year
  • The Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) part number that each employer operated under and the aircraft for which you have experience
  • If an Airman certificate is required, the front and back of certificate must be submitted at time of application
  • Employer's name and address
  • Supervisor's name and phone number
  • Start and end dates including the month and year for each employment history
  • Number of work hours per week for each employment history
    • Credit will be given based on a full-time, 40-hour work week for one employment history per time period. For instance, if you worked for John Doe Flight School as a Flight Instructor from 2/2018-2/2019 working 40 Hours Per Week (HPW), and worked at Jane Doe Airlines as a Director of Operations working 20 HPW for the same time period, credit would only be given for 40 HPW total. Please ensure if you have overlapping time or multiple positions for the same employer that clarification is provided for each different positon including hours worked per week.
  • Include all applicable experience in your resume
  • Visit USA Jobs for even more tips about what to include on your federal resume

What you need to know about required certifications…

Aviation Safety Inspector (ASI) positions includes various specialties. Below are the required certifications for each. Remember! You must attach all required certifications when submitting your online application.

General Aviation Operations

  • Valid, unexpired Flight Instructor Certificate with single and multi-engine airplane and instrument ratings.
  • Airline Transport Pilot Certificate or Commercial Pilot Certificate with Instrument Airplane rating. (Remember to check Airplane Single Engine Land and Multi-engine Land in the Pilot Rating Record, if applicable.)
  • Valid Second class medical certificate.

Air Carrier Operations

  • Airline Transport Pilot Certificate or Commercial Pilot Certificate with instrument airplane rating
  • Valid Second class medical certificate.

General Aviation Maintenance

  • FAA Mechanic Certificate with airframe and power plant ratings.

Air Carrier Maintenance

  • FAA Mechanic Certificate with airframe and power plant ratings.

General Aviation Avionics

  • N/A

Air Carrier Avionics

  • N/A

Manufacturing

  • N/A

What you need to know if you're a veteran…

If you are claiming 5 point or 10 point veterans’ preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214 that includes the character of service (member 4 copy or service 2 copy.)

If you are claiming 10 point veterans’ preference, you must also include a copy of your Disabled Veteran Civil Service Preference Letter. Below are the steps to obtain it from https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/homepage:

  • Under the "What do you want to do?" section, select "Manage Benefits"
  • Select Documents and Records
  • Select VA Letters
  • Log in or register for an account
  • Select Disabled Veteran Civil Service Preference
  • Print letter and or save and upload letter to usajobs.gov

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