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Experimental Flight Test Engineer

Company: General Atomics and Affiliated Companies
Location: Poway
Posted on: November 22, 2022

Job Description:

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI), an affiliate of General Atomics, is a world leader in proven, reliable remotely piloted aircraft and tactical reconnaissance radars, as well as advanced high-resolution surveillance systems. The Developmental Test group supporting Army Engineering and the MQ-1C Gray Eagle program. Under general directions with limited review, this position is responsible for applying innovative approaches to resolving unusual or complex engineering problems in the testing of new and emerging technologies or the MQ-1C Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), with an emphasis on lab, ground, and flight testing of experimental systems and capabilities.DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Perform System Test & Qualification Engineering activities on Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) programs, with a focus on Test & Evaluation of experimental autopilot capabilities and other flight-critical systems. Under minimal supervision, will guide the completion of test and evaluation of both small and large-scale programs and determine and develop approaches to test new capabilities and system functionality.Duties to include system level Qualification, Verification and Validation Testing of hardware and software with emphasis placed on deriving & tracking test requirements, generation of system level Test Plans and Procedures, conducting System Integration Lab (SIL)/Ground/Flight testing, providing accurate and detailed reports of findings and results, and participating at internal and customer technical test reviews.Will be required to act as Test Director for ground and flight tests, to include providing ground and flight crew direction/leadership during tests, ensuring the safe and efficient execution of ground and flight tests, and representing GA-ASI to multiple customer entities during those tests.Emphasis will be placed on system integration and coordinating/conducting ground and flight testing at GA-ASI Flight Test Facilities in the high desert and at other sites around the country.Responsible for observing all laws, regulations, and other applicable obligations wherever and whenever business is conducted on behalf of the Company.Expected to work in a safe manner in accordance with established operating procedures and practices.We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.Job Qualifications:Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or Master's degree in engineering or a related technical discipline from an accredited institution and progressive engineering experience as follows; four or more years of experience with a Bachelor's degree, or two or more years of experience with a Master's degree. May substitute equivalent engineering experience in lieu of education.Previous flight test engineer with a qualification to perform tests for a military organization including prior Department of Defense (DoD) Developmental Test (DT) or Operational Test (OT) experience is highly desired. Experience as a test conductor, test director, or test pilot/navigator for a Combined Test Force (CTF) or Integrated Test Force (ITF) is desired. Experience with and knowledge of testing of autopilots and stability augmentation systems, avionics, payloads and/or weapons integration, to include SIL, ground, and flight test is highly desired.A background in / experience with system-level safety decision-making and risk assessment is highly desired. Must understand engineering concepts, principles, codes and theory; experience demonstrating a broad application of those concepts; and, expanding knowledge of principles, concepts, theory, and practices in related technical specialties. Must be able to understand and apply new concepts quickly in an evolving environment; organize, schedule, and coordinate work phases; and determine the appropriate approach at the task level, or with assistance, at the project level to provide solutions to complex problems. Must have strong communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills. Ability to work independently and as part of a team; able to perform complex tasks in one or more engineering areas. 25 - 50% travel is requiredAbility to obtain and maintain a DoD security clearance. Job QualificationsTypically requires a Bachelor's degree or Master's degree in engineering or a related technical discipline from an accredited institution and progressive engineering experience as follows; four or more years of experience with a Bachelor's degree, or two or more years of experience with a Master's degree. May substitute equivalent engineering experience in lieu of education.Previous flight test engineer with a qualification to perform tests for a military organization including prior Department of Defense (DoD) Developmental Test (DT) or Operational Test (OT) experience is highly desired. Experience as a test conductor, test director, or test pilot/navigator for a Combined Test Force (CTF) or Integrated Test Force (ITF) is desired. Experience with and knowledge of testing of autopilots and stability augmentation systems, avionics, payloads and/or weapons integration, to include SIL, ground, and flight test is highly desired.A background in / experience with system-level safety decision-making and risk assessment is highly desired. Must understand engineering concepts, principles, codes and theory; experience demonstrating a broad application of those concepts; and, expanding knowledge of principles, concepts, theory, and practices in related technical specialties. Must be able to understand and apply new concepts quickly in an evolving environment; organize, schedule, and coordinate work phases; and determine the appropriate approach at the task level, or with assistance, at the project level to provide solutions to complex problems. Must have strong communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills. Ability to work independently and as part of a team; able to perform complex tasks in one or more engineering areas. 25 - 50% travel is requiredAbility to obtain and maintain a DoD security clearance.

Keywords: General Atomics and Affiliated Companies, Poway , Experimental Flight Test Engineer, Other , Poway, California

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