Senior Structural Engineer - Flight Operations

Location: Niagara Falls, New York
Date Posted: 05-12-2017
Flight operations at Calspan consist of a large portfolio of engineering, flight, and research activities. Headquartered in Niagara Falls, New York, Calspan’s Flight Research center is home to a fleet of aircraft that include Learjets, Gulfstream III, and a Premier. These aircraft are used for variable stability programs, flight equipment testing, and a variety of other projects for private and government organizations. We are proud of our 70+ year history of flight controls, flying qualities, and engineering research, and our continued commitment to our customers.

We are looking for a motivated Senior Structural Engineer to join our team and continue our rich tradition of modifying and flying test aircraft.

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

Description for Senior Mechanical Engineer:
  • Create two-dimensional and three-dimensional concept layouts of unique, one-off aircraft modifications. These include cabin modifications to integrate test equipment, as well as structural and outer mold-line modifications to accommodate installation of customer externally mounted test articles.
  • Independently lead the mechanical development of component and assembly designs, provide design substantiation, and documentation package for FAA airworthiness approval.
  • Support flight test planning and flight test activities with key design limitations and restrictions
  • Document new designs by way of 3D-models, 2D-drawings and engineering reports.
  • Interact and coordinate with team members of varying disciplines in a professional and efficient manner. Mentor mechanical engineering staff to advance their skill-sets and practices.
Preferred Education / Experience for Senior Mechanical Engineer:
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering
  • 5+ years of proven experience in the design and analysis of structural components, preferably aircraft structures or aircraft mechanical system or;
  • A combination of education and experience equivalent to above
Preferred Knowledge / Ability for Senior Mechanical Engineer: 
  • Proficiency in GD&T stack-up
  • Proficient in using 3D-CAD design tools, including FEA
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
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