Flight Test Engineer

Archer Technologies

Archer Technologies

Software Engineering, Quality Assurance
Salinas, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2023

Archer is an aerospace company based in San Jose, California building an all-electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft with a mission to advance the benefits of sustainable air mobility. We are designing, manufacturing, and operating an all-electric aircraft that can carry four passengers for 60 miles at speeds of up to 150 mph while producing minimal noise.

Our sights are set high and our problems are hard, and we believe that diversity in the workplace is what makes us smarter, drives better insights, and will ultimately lift us all to success. We are dedicated to cultivating an equitable and inclusive environment that embraces our differences, and supports and celebrates all of our team members.

What you’ll do:

  • Prepare Development, Company, and FAA Certification Ground and Flight test plans
    • Identify, collaborate and assess test risk for all levels of test activities (THAs)
    • Using said data products to support TRR/FRR activities
  • Contribute to the preparation of test cards
  • Interface with engineers, maintainers, technicians, and program management to accomplish test objectives safely and efficiently
  • Contribute to the production of Company/Certification reports
  • Prepare and present material in support of test readiness reviews
  • Provide support for test events as a flight test engineer and/or test conductor
    • Onboard aircraft and in the control room
    • Participate in flight briefs and debriefs for test events
    • Participate in test setup (flight line) activities
    • Report and communicate test results to the Flight Test and Engineering teams
  • Participate in all aspects of the Flight Test Safety Risk Management process
    • Prepare test operating limitations and advisories in collaboration with the appropriate engineering disciplines
    • Participate in safety review board (SRB) meetings

What you need:

  • 2-5 years of experience in developmental flight test
  • Bachelors, masters, and/or doctorate degree in Aerospace or Mechanical engineering from an ABET accredited institution
  • Must be willing to travel 25% of the time within 100 miles of the SF Bay Area
  • Experience with telemetry room operations and CRM processes
  • Flight test aircraft configuration management and conformity experience
  • Experience with flight test instrumentation
  • A collaborative attitude and a meticulous attention to detail
  • Diverse experience in both performance and systems testing
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience with FAA airworthiness certifications and requirements
  • Experience with IADS Real time Telemetry and/or post test data analysis software
  • Experience with conducting test events in a telemetry room environment
  • Proficient with data analysis tools, e.g. Matlab, Python, etc.
  • Able to obtain and maintain a FAA Class 3 medical certificate issued through a FAA-designated Aviation Medical Examiner (AME)
  • Experience with proper aeronautical radio communication and protocol

Bonus Qualifications:

  • Fixed and rotorwing flight test experience
  • Electric aircraft design and integration experience
  • Experience in Part 23 and/or Part 27 certification flight test
  • FAA DER - Flight Analyst
  • Experience with rapid manufacturing or prototyping
  • FAA pilot certificate

At Archer we aim to attract, retain, and motivate talent that possess the skills and leadership necessary to grow our business. We drive a pay-for-performance culture and reward performance that supports the Company’s business strategy. For this position we are targeting a base pay between $112,880-$168,960. Actual compensation offered will be determined by factors such as job-related knowledge, skills, and experience.

Archer is committed to provide a safe workplace and a safe aircraft. This is a safety sensitive designated role. Employment in safety sensitive positions is contingent on successful passage of a background check and is subject to pre-employment and random drug screening.

Archer is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusivity in the workplace. All aspects of employment are decided on the basis of merit, qualifications, and business needs. We do not discriminate based upon race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.