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Piper Aircraft, Engineer II - Flight Test Engineer

Job Title: Engineer II- Flight Test Engineer

Dept.: 4115

Reports to: Craig Masters 

Summary: 

Provide technical support for aircraft development and certification flight tests. Prepare flight test cards, brief and conduct test flights and document test results. Prepare flight test plans, Type Inspection Authorizations (TIA), Type Inspection Reports (TIR), and Pilot Operating Handbooks (POH). Ensure that a proper liaison is established and maintained between Engineering. Quality Assurance and Test Support Departments.

Essential Job Functions:

Research test requirements and prepare test plans. Manage aircraft configuration and weight and balance. Maintain test program schedules. Coordinate engineering department support. Prepare and brief flight cards. Assist in the conduct of in-flight testing. Debrief and document flight test results. Record real time flight data and operate data acquisition systems. Reduce flight test data to standard day engineering units. Read and understand requirements of Federal Aviation Regulations (CFR14 Part 23). Attend technical classes/seminars to keep abreast of flight test practices. Maintain a working knowledge of FAA/EASA regulations, guidance material and policies as they pertain to flight testing. Attend various safety courses. Perform other related duties as required.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to pass an FAA Class III medical exam and perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required.

Education and Experience Requirements:

Requires a Bachelors’ Degree in Aeronautical or Aerospace Engineering with continued advanced training in flight test engineering; Minimum of five years of experience performing and conducting flight testing related to one of the following areas: Aerodynamics, Stability and Control, Performance Analysis, Aircraft Avionics, Mechanical, and or Powerplant Systems. Requires experience with flight test data reduction methods, aircraft and data acquisition systems, radio communications, and flight test related safety devices.

An FAA pilot certificate is desirable.

Language Skills: 

The employee must possess the ability to communicate effectively with all internal and external customers in both written and oral form.

Work Environment: 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to a hangar environment and potential hazards associated with experimental test flying, including hot humid conditions in aircraft without air-conditioning. The employee is occasionally exposed to the manufacturing environment and elements such as odor, noise, dust, heat, cold, chemicals, or some element present which makes conditions less desirable than usually found in an office.

Travel and overtime are required when necessary.

Safety and Policy Practices: The employee in this job must be knowledgeable in regard to the safety policies and procedures of the Company as described in the company safety manual. The employee must adhere to all said policies and procedures while supporting the goals and objectives of the organization and recognize the Company’s need to achieve its business objective. The employee is responsible for complying with company hazardous waste disposal procedures.

 

To apply for this position, please use the following website: www.piper.com/careers or email: sherry.jenkins@piper.com

Piper Aircraft, Specialist Engineer, Flight Test Pilot

Job Title: Specialist Engineer,

Flight Test Pilot 

Dept.: 4115

Reports to Craig Masters 

 

To apply for this position, please use the following website: www.piper.com/careers or email: sherry.jenkins@piper.com.

Summary: 

Provide technical support for aircraft development and certification flight tests. Prepare flight test cards, participate in pre/post flight briefings, fly test flights and document test results. Prepare Flight Test Plans, Type Inspection Authorizations (TIA), Type Inspection Reports (TIR), and Pilot Operating Handbooks (POH). Ensure that a proper liaison is established and maintained between Engineering. Quality Assurance and Flight Test Departments.

Job Description:

  • Conduct research, development, and certification flight tests, to assure test aircraft comply with company requirements and/or applicable Civil and Federal Aviation Regulations (CAR and FAR).  prepare test plans.
  • Coordinate flight test program activities and department resources, under the direction of Manager Experimental Flight Test.
  • Attend practical and academic training classes/seminars to keep abreast of engineering flight test practices and to maintain flight proficiency.
  • Attend required safety training classes and lead Flight Test Safety Process in accordance with Piper Flight Operations Policy and Procedures Manual.
  • Conduct audtis of production airlines as required under Piper Organization Designation Authorization (ODA).
  • Generate technical reports and position papers used for the evaluation, development, substantiation, and certification of systems, powerplants, and airframes. 
  • Prepare Pilot Operating Handbooks and Flight Manuals.
  • Stay abreast of the FAA/JAA regulations and policies as they pertain to flight tests, to assure compliance with applicable FAR/Joint Aviation Requirements (JARs).
  • Act as liaison between Flight Test and other departments as necessary.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

May be required to supervise, train, and assist other employees. 

Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Candidate must qualify for an FAA 2nd Class Medical. 

Education and Experience Requirements:

Requires a Bachelors’ Degree in a Mechanical or Aeronautical Engineering discipline, with continued advanced training in Flight Test Engineering and a minimum of seven years active test pilot experience related to Stability and Control, Performance, Avionics, Mechanical Systems, and or, Powerplant Systems.

FAA certificates/ratings (commercial pilot license, multi-engine, and instrument ratings), and comprehensive knowledge of aircraft design, testing, and certification are necessary to perform the duties of this position. Candidate must be able to qualify for ODA test pilot appointment within one year of employment with the Company. Strong preference for candidates with documented CFAR Part 23 or Part 25 experience as a DER or ODA UM. 

Language Skills: 

The employee must possess the ability to communicate effectively with all internal and external customers in both written and oral form.

Airworthiness Engineer, Sr. (CIS) - AeroVironment

Airworthiness Engineer, Sr. (CIS)
Simi Valley, CA
17-195

Based in California, AeroVironment (AVAV) is a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems, tactical missile systems and electric vehicle charging and test systems. Founded in 1971 by celebrated physicist and engineer, Dr. Paul MacCready, we’ve been at the leading edge of technical innovation for more than 40 years. Be a part of the team that developed the world’s most widely used military drones, pioneered today’s advanced EV charging technologies, created the first submarine-launched reconnaissance drone and has seven innovative vehicles that are part of the Smithsonian Institution’s permanent collection in Washington, DC. Join us today in developing the next generation of solutions from small UAS and tactical missile systems to tomorrow’s electric vehicle charging and test systems that will deliver more actionable intelligence to our customers so they can proceed with certainty – and succeed.

Job Duties & Responsibilities

  • Perform technical and administrative engineering tasks to secure and sustain FAA certifications.
  • Leadership in performance and reliability improvements.
  • Develop and publish white papers and safety cases to support expansion of commercial operations for UAS.
  • Develop and lead various RTCA DO-standards implementation processes.
  • Develop solutions and strategies with AeroVironment engineers and the FAA to overcome challenges.
  • Support Type, Airworthiness and Production Certificate applications.
  • Develop, lead program-specific system safety working groups.
  • Perform Fault Tree Analysis (FTA). Analyze system failures to include operator error, system malfunction, unexpected behavior, etc.
  • Perform Failure Modes, Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA). Understand failures and develop likely failure event sequences.
  • Liaison with FAA leadership and ACO’s to support certification and operational programs.
  • Assists with system design reviews. Drafts test plans and procedures.
  • Creative individual who thinks outside the box to find solutions to never solved problems.

Required Qualifications & Background

  • MS in an Engineering discipline or equivalent experience required.
  • 5+ yrs.’ airworthiness and certification experience is required.
  • 3+ yrs. of general engineering or system safety work is required.
  • Must have formal test pilot educational background. Equivalency through professional experience acceptable. 
  • Must have experience in certifying other components with the FAA or other airworthiness organization. Relevant experience with UAV/UAS’s a plus.
  • Must be able to research and review FAA AC, TSO, etc., interpret regulation and applicability.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of FAA regulations.
  • Demonstrated analytical skills and an ability to interpret the available regulatory and advisory materials in order to meet project success criteria.
  • Must have solid engineering background in various disciplines: structures, communication, avionics, software, ground station.
  • Must be able to perform system safety analysis, including hazard assessments (Fault Tree Analysis) and assign risk.
  • Must be able to create logic diagrams and analyze system failures.
  • Must be able to develop likely failure event sequences and Failure Modes, Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA).
  • Familiar with Monte Carlo analyses. Ability to perform probabilistic risk assessment a plus.
  • Experience writing test plans, procedures, and reports a plus.
  • Rigorous flight test experience background a plus.
  • FAA Designated Engineering Representative (DER) a plus.
  • Experience with CAD drafting a plus.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Computer competency in word processing, spreadsheets a must.
  • Some travel required.

This position requires you have access to data and technology that is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Applicants cannot be hired until they are qualified to have such access.

What We Do

Building on a history of technological innovation, AV designs, develops, produces, and supports an advanced portfolio of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and efficient electric energy systems. Agencies of the U.S. Department of Defense and allied military services use the company’s hand-launched UAS to provide situational awareness to tactical operating units through real-time, airborne reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition. Commercial and governmental entities use AV’s clean transportation solutions such as electric vehicle test systems and electric vehicle fast charge systems, as well as its clean energy solutions. More information about AV is available at www.avinc.com.

How To Apply For Employment

Prior to submitting your response, we encourage you to review our company web site, to learn more about us. 

Our URL is: http://www.avinc.com.  Please send resume to renzo@avinc.com

AeroVironment Incorporated is an equal opportunity employer, M/F/D/V and works in compliance with both federal and state laws. We are committed to the concept regarding Equal Employment opportunity.

Qualified candidates will be considered for employment regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, marital status, medical condition nor disability, genetics, veteran and all others that may apply.

Job Posting SIMI VALLEY Airworthiness Engineer, Sr.  – 17-195 092517

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