Aeronautical Engineer – 3rd Shift / Transonic Wind Tunnel

Location: Buffalo, NY
Date Posted: 08-28-2017
At Calspan, we promote an environment that empowers employees and encourages innovation. Our management team enables a strong sense of teamwork with each endeavor, where successes are shared and lessons learned.  The company’s talent brand, “Be Calspan”, incorporates our company values to be Inclusive, Accountable and Innovative and our commitment to drive every individual to - Be Developed, Be Balanced, Be Connected, Be Community and Be Recognized.  Our culture promotes a positive atmosphere and competitive can-do method of action. There is a pride and a sense of ownership en-grained in each of our employees with every task set before them.

Calspan’s Subsonic, Transonic Wind Tunnel, is the only independently owned and operated wind tunnel in the United States. Our staff is known for its flexibility and responsiveness to our customer’s needs. Customers appreciate this approach, as it enables them in real time, to refine test programs. Wind Tunnel test programs that support the various phases of an aircraft’s development.

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

3rd Shift - 9:30 PM - 8:00 AM (4 days per week)

Responsibilities:
  • Support execution of aerospace testing operations in accurate and efficient manner.  Organize test objectives and requirements and communicate them to the test crew. Verify and validate aerodynamic test data. Monitor progress and provide feedback to the test crew. Maintain close coordination with the customer. Communicate status to leadership.
  • Develop detailed project plans. Generate test requirements, including those pertaining to investigating, evaluating and developing new applications for existing equipment and systems. Maintain close coordination with the customer. Communicate  test requirements and plans to project team. Monitor, control, and provide feedback on projects cost and schedule performance.  Ensure projects are completed in accordance with the project plan and in alignment with customer requirements.  
  • Lead or assist on special projects to determine, develop and implement new technologies for future growth in capabilities and offerings.
  • Develop new or improve existing applications, test procedures, and processes;  ensure that they conform to standards, procedures, and regulatory requirements; and that they are under configuration control.  Document and maintain pertinent work instructions. 

    Minimum Education / Experience:
    Bachelors of Science in Aerospace Engineering or related discipline;
    Due to the security requirements for this position, US Citizenship is required;
     
    Preferred Education / Experience:
    Bachelors and 3+ years of experience in Aerospace Engineering or related discipline;
    Masters of Science in Aerospace Engineering or related discipline;
    A combination of education and experience equivalent to above;  

    Preferred Knowledge / Ability:
    Familiarity with wind tunnel operational principles.
    Familiarity with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) methods.
    Understanding of project management concepts (budgets, scheduling, etc).
    Experience with data acquisition, signal conditioning and instrumentation.        
    Ability to read, interpret, and manage engineering plans and specifications.
    Ability to interpret a variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and manage abstract and concrete variables.
    Maintain pertinent work instructions. 

     
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