Staff Certification Engineer, Electric Propulsion

Archer Technologies

Archer Technologies

San Jose, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, February 15, 2024

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 100 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:

In this role you will lead creation of certification content for Archer’s battery team, negotiating and resolving technical certification issues with the FAA and other regulatory agencies. You will coordinate with all Engineering departments to ensure Archer certification materials clearly and concisely embody Archer's commitment to flight safety and address the intent of all applicable regulations.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Preparing and updating documentation for Archer Certification Engineering deliverables (e.g. Means of Compliance, Certification Plans)
  • Leading the resolution and response to regulatory issues (e.g. Issue Papers) including coordinating with the affected engineering disciplines to investigate and resolve the issues and drafting or reviewing Archer technical positions and responses
  • Overseeing and reviewing Certification Engineering deliverables prepared by the battery engineering department, ensuring quality and consistency in Archer’s certification data
  • Participating in in-person or virtual meetings with regulatory authorities to present Archer technical positions and to negotiate issue resolution
  • Supporting certification test plan development and test execution at on-site and off-site facilities.

What You Need:

  • 15 years of experience in aerospace engineering roles, including at least 10 years of experience in civil aviation certification programs
  • Extensive first-hand experience preparing Certification Engineering deliverables (e.g. Means of Compliance, Certification Plans, Issue Paper responses)
  • Significant first-hand experience interacting with civil aviation regulators as a certification applicant
  • Expert knowledge of one or more civil aviation regulation standards (e.g. 14 CFR Parts 23, 25, 27, or 29)
  • Expert knowledge of the FAA certification process
  • Expert written and verbal technical communication
  • General knowledge of civil aircraft development and all associated Engineering disciplines
  • Ability to lead and coordinate content creation and issue resolution involving diverse groups of technical experts
  • Experience with lithium-ion battery system development and/or certification
  • Degree in Engineering or equivalent field

Bonus Qualifications:

  • End-to-end experience in one or more civil aviation programs, from initial application and Certification Basis definition to type certificate approval
  • Experience with electric aircraft, eVTOL aircraft, or both fixed-wing aircraft and rotorcraft
  • Advanced degree in aerospace-related Engineering field

Please note that this job description is intended to provide a general overview of the position and does not include an exhaustive list of responsibilities and qualifications

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 $238,080 - $297,600. Actual compensation offered will be determined by factors such as job-related knowledge, skills, and experience.

Archer is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to job applicants with physical or mental disabilities, and those with sincerely held religious beliefs. Applicants who may require reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should provide their name and contact information to Archer’s People Team at Reasonable accommodations will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

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.
Archer Aviation does not engage with external recruiting agencies/individual recruiters with whom it does not have a prior written agreement. Archer reserves the right to make use of any unsolicited resumes that it receives and bears no responsibility for payment of any fees asserted from the use of unsolicited resumes. If you are a recruiting agency or individual recruiter wishing to do business with Archer, please reach out to All employment processes are managed by the Archer People Team.