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Piper Aircraft, Engineer II - Flight Test Engineer

Job Title: Engineer II- Flight Test Engineer

Dept.: 4115

Reports to: Craig Masters 


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.


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