Senior Controls Engineer - Flight Operations

Location: Niagara Falls, New York
Date Posted: 03-25-2017
Calspan, a technology company with a strong heritage in aerospace and transportation research and development, is looking for an experienced Control Systems Engineer to support our Flight Research Group in Niagara Falls, NY. 

The Controls Engineer leads and performs flight control engineering work associated with in-flight simulation in Calspan’s Variable-Stability aircraft.

Due to the security requirements for this position, US Citizenship is required.

  • Combines advanced knowledge of control system theory with sound knowledge of aircraft aerodynamics (including linear and non-linear aerodynamic modeling) to design and analyze flight control systems.
  • Analyze and manage project requirements, derive lower-tier requirements and maintain traceability throughout the documentation chain to the design implementation.
  • Design and implement verification tools for testing flight control models using appropriate state-of-the-art engineering tools.
  • Provide detailed design reviews of aircraft flight performance based on analytical models and empirical data to internal and external customers.
  • Coordinate with team members to integrate flight control models into System Integration Lab (SIL) computers and into flight test aircraft computers.
Preferred Education / Experience:
  • B.S. in either Aeronautical, Electrical, Mechanical or a related engineering discipline.
  • 5+ years work experience in flight control systems.
  • A combination of education and experience equivalent to the above.
Preferred Knowledge / Ability: 
  • Control systems theory with good working knowledge of MATLAB/Simulink is required.
  • Working knowledge of aircraft dynamics, flight data analysis, and parameter identification.
  • Experience with integrating control models into lab hardware and performing verification testing.
  • Flight testing and evaluations of aircraft stability and control
  • Flying/handling qualities, flight control systems and other airborne systems 

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