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Production Flight Test Engineer

Airbus • 
Columbus, Mississippi, USA
Position Type: Permanent
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Job Description:
Airbus is an international pioneer in the aerospace industry. We are a leader in designing, manufacturing and delivering aerospace products, services and solutions to customers on a global scale. We aim for a better-connected, safer and more prosperous world.
 
A commercial aircraft manufacturer, with Space and Defense as well as Helicopters Divisions, Airbus is the largest aeronautics and space company in Europe and a worldwide leader.
Airbus has built on its strong European heritage to become truly international with roughly 180 locations and 12,000 direct suppliers globally. The company has aircraft and helicopter final assembly lines across Asia, Europe and the Americas, and has achieved a more than six-fold order book increase since 2000.
Position Summary:
 
Plan, direct and conduct post production helicopter ground and flight test.  Direct and conduct test data acquisition and data reduction.  Perform weight and balance and performance analyses in support of commercial and government programs. Apply aircraft and engine math models, performance codes, and various analytical methods to verify aircraft and systems performance requirements.
 
Primary Responsibilities:
 
1. Flight Operations Coordinator: 60%
 
•Plan, schedule, and conduct ground and flight tests according to company policy and engineering procedures.  Determine test parameters and required test equipment.  Ensure proper calibration and installation of required test equipment.  Prepare statements of work to comply with project requirements for flight-testing that demonstrate compliance with FAA certification
•Operate and maintain AHI ground and airborne data acquisition systems
•Maintain and specify hardware and software updates required for data acquisition and data analysis
•Conduct helicopter performance and weight and balance analyses in support of commercial and government proposals and related studies.  Perform analyses of competitive systems for use in comparison studies and management decision documents
•Perform analysis of internal/external noise, temperature, and vibration data
•Perform functional check of aircraft and systems to assure readiness for flight, and review production test flight plans as to test requirements, objectives, and data requirements.  Familiarize the test team with new or modified systems, instrumentation, or other equipment installed on the aircraft
•Ensure compliance with FAA and other appropriate regulations
 
2. Documentations and reports: 30%
 
•Prepare ground/flight test plans and test reports
•Prepare required pre-flight and post-flight documentation and reports, and document- significant occurrences
 
3. Administrative tasks: 10%
 
•Coordinate flight test activities with Production Manager, Quality Manager and Flight Line Supervisor
•Maintain Qualification / Currency as AHI flight crew member
Additional Responsibilities:
•Other duties as assigned.
Qualified Experience / Skills / Training:
Education:
Required:
•BS degree in Aerospace Engineering, or Engineering with some course work in Aerospace Engineering.
•Graduate from a recognized test pilot school (TB1 or TB2).
Preferred:
•An MS degree in Engineering is desirable.
 
Experience:
 
Required:
 
•Three years' experience in a field related to Aerospace engineering.
•Requires knowledge of aircraft, aircraft systems, and aerodynamics and flight characteristics of aircraft, FAA regulations, and other fields relating to conduct of flight test programs.
Licensure/Certifications:
Required:
•Ability to gain and hold a Class 2 FAA medical.
 
Preferred:
 
•A pilot rating is desirable.
Knowledge, Skills, Demonstrated Capabilities:
•Employee should possess good organizational skills, analytical skills and editing abilities.  Employee is required to be able to change priorities quickly as needed.
Communication Skills (Spoken, Written, Influencing, Proficiency in Other Languages):
•Requires the ability to communicate effectively with internal and external customers in both oral and written form.
Travel Required:
 
•10% Domestic and International
Citizenship:
•US Person under ITAR definition (U.S. Citizen, green card holder or person covered under our existing ITAR license)
 
Decision Making, Complexity:
 
•Requires ability to solve complex problems involving multiple internal (AHI / AH Group) and external customers.  Requires the ability make independent decisions which may require balancing potentially conflicting needs (e.g., customer demands, safety, and regulatory requirements).  Requires ability to corroborate with other key stakeholders to develop innovative solutions, often in real-time, to support AHI operational requirements.
Organizational information:
 
•Reports to the AHI Sr. Mgr- MS Flight Test
Job Dimensions, Contributions to Success:
•Keys to success include: ability to promote a positive safety environment within the FAL (Final Assembly Line), with zero accidents; ability to lead, foster, and promote team-building within Flight Operations and across other departments.
 
Nature of Contacts:
 
•Involved Communication on a daily basis with internal and external parties
 
Physical Requirements:
 
•Requires the ability to successfully operate company aircraft; and to maintain required FAA certificate and medical requirements
•Onsite: 90%
•Vision: able to see and read computer screen and other electronic equipment with screens, able to read documents, reports and engineering drawings, on a daily basis.
•Hearing: able to hear to participate in conversations in person and via teleconference or phone and to hear sounds on production floor including safety warnings or alarms, on a daily basis.
•Speaking:  able to speak in conversations and meetings, deliver information and participate in communications, on a daily basis.
•Equipment Operation (personal computer, telephone, copies, fax machine, and related office equipment and using electronic identification card to enter building floors and internal doors): able to operate most office and personal electronic equipment including radios, on a daily basis.
•Carrying: able to carry documents, tools, drawings, electronic equipment up to 30lbs/14kgs at least once a month.
•Lifting:  able to lift documents, tools, drawings, electronic equipment up to 30lbs/14kgs, at least once a month.
•Pushing / Pulling:  able to push and pull small office furniture and some equipment and tools at least once a month.
•Sitting:  able to sit for long periods of time in meetings, working on computer, on a daily basis.
•Squatting / Kneeling:  able to squat or kneel to retrieve or replace items stored on low shelving.
•Standing: able to stand for discussions in offices or on production floor, on a daily basis.
•Travel:  able to travel independently
•Walking (include routine walking such as to a shared printer to retrieve documents):  able to walk through office and production areas including uneven surfaces, on a daily basis.
•Personal Protective Equipment required:  Required PPE includes, but is not limited to, Safety Shoes, Safety Glasses, Hearing Protection, Respirators/Masks, and/or Protective Gloves as required by site and/or customer site
 
Equal Opportunity:
 
As a leader in our field, Airbus in America provides relocation assistance for qualified positions and a comprehensive compensation and benefits package. 
Airbus in America provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetics, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status or other legally protected status. In addition to federal law requirements, Airbus in America complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.  This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, demotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, benefits and training.
 
Airbus in America expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetics, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status or other legally protected status.  Improper interference with the ability of Airbus' employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.
 
As a matter of policy, Airbus does not sponsor visas for US positions unless specified.  Only applicants with current work authorization will be considered.
Airbus does not offer tenured or guaranteed employment.  Either the company or the employee can terminate the employment relationship at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice.
Job Requirements:
Salary Range: Neg-Neg
Relocation:
Travel: 10%
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