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Aeronautical / Flight Sciences Engineer III/IV

Job Tracking ID:  85347-295250
Location:   Roseville, CA
Job Type:  Full-Time/Regular
Date Updated:  October 08, 2019
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Job Description:


Perform a variety of engineering tasks in the development of unmanned aerial vehicles and related subsystems.



The duties and responsibilities listed below apply to all levels of Aero/Flight Sciences Engineers.  Each successive level of Aero/Flight Sciences Engineer builds on job functions listed for the previous level(s) of Aero/Flight Sciences Engineer.

  • Flight test planning, execution, and analysis
  • Preliminary aircraft design
  • Aircraft performance modeling and simulation
  • Control system design and analysis
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis
  • Aerodynamic loads determination
  • Wind tunnel test planning, execution, and analysis
  • Support various hardware/software design, test, troubleshooting, and documentation activities
  • Analyses in support of requirements generation, verification, and validation
  • Prepare formal, controlled engineering documentation (i.e. drawings, specifications, test procedures, technical reports, etc.).
  • Prepare and presents design review material in support of technical interchange meetings with suppliers and external/internal customers.
  • Support customer training activities
  • Foreign and domestic travel to support flight test activities
  • Manages effort and time within the budget and schedule provided for the task.
  • Follows safety precautions.
  • Ensures that the work area and equipment are kept clean.
  • Complies with established QMS procedures.

Aero/Flight Sciences Engineer III

  • Performs complex engineering tasks as assigned by their manager.
  • Supports program planning of engineering activities through detailed scope definition.
  • May act as System Engineer to help communicate top level requirements to subsystems and determine proper verification and validation methods.
  • Reports progress on engineering efforts to technical leadership.
  • Provides direction and oversight, both technically and programmatically, to Aero/Flight Sciences Engineers.
  • Establishes and maintains best practices for design, analysis, and testing responsibilities held by the Aero/Flight Sciences group.
  • Mentors Level I-II Aero/Flight Sciences Engineers.

 Aero/Flight Sciences Engineer IV

  • Provide oversight to the Aero/Flight Sciences group to help prioritize and delegate group work given the companys programmatic requirements.
  • Manages the engineering teams effort and time within the budget and schedule provided for the task.
  • Acts as key liaison for programs (both internal and external) on all matters having to do with aerodynamic design and performance, stability and control, propulsion, modeling and simulation, and verification.
  • Stays current on the "state-of-the-practice" through training and industry involvement/exposure, and mentors the Aero/Flight Sciences group with this knowledge.
  • Mentors Level I-III Aero/Flight Science Engineers.


Other Job Functions (all levels)

  • Other duties may be assigned





Aero/Flight Sciences Engineer (Basic - all levels)

  • Understanding of basic aerodynamics
  • Demonstrated strength in one or more of the listed technical competencies.
  • Demonstrated focus on customer satisfaction.
  • Demonstrated strong communication skills.
  • Must be able to work in a multidisciplinary team environment.
  • Ability to travel as necessary to perform job duties.
  • Ability to maintain sensitive and confidential information as required by government standards
  • Ability to interact effectively with peers and supervisors
  • Ability to interact appropriately with the public when necessary
  • Ability to adhere to workplace rules
  • May be required to obtain and maintain a U.S. security clearance at the appropriate level (requires U.S. Citizenship). 



  • MATLAB and Simulink experience strongly preferred.
  • Experience in STAR CCM+ is strongly preferred.
  • Familiarity with unmanned aircraft systems and operations is preferred.
  • Exposure to jet propulsion technology and composite airframe design methods are desirable.
  • Exposure to airworthiness certification of aircraft (military or civilian) is desirable.
  • Understanding of autopilot flight control design is desirable
  • Familiarity with C/C++ and Java software is desirable.

       Technical Competencies include:

  • Control system design and analysis.
  • Empirical aerodynamic (textbook) analysis.
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis.
  • Preliminary aircraft design including configuration analysis.
  • Outer Mold Line (OML) definition including surface shaping, sizing and placement.
  • Aerodynamic loads development.
  • Performance modeling and estimation.
  • Air vehicle performance requirements and analysis.
  • Weight and balance estimation, tracking, and management.
  • Engine inlet, exhaust design and ventilation design.
  • Engine performance requirements/analysis.
  • Develop, maintain, and document aerodynamic databases.
  • Simulation of airframe, systems, and environment.
  • Guidance algorithm development, analysis and test.
  • Navigation system design, analysis, and test.
  • Ground/Flight testing best practices.


Experience and Skills:




Each successive level of Aero/Flight Sciences Engineer builds on the identified education and experience qualifications listed for the previous level(s) of Aero/Flight Sciences Engineer.  May be required to obtain and maintain a U.S. security clearance at the appropriate level (requires U.S. Citizenship). 

Aero/Flight Sciences Engineer III

  • Requires BS degree in Engineering (Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering preferred).
  • 6 + years related experience in related engineering discipline.

Additional Desirable Skills:

  • 3+ years lead engineer experience in the aerospace industry.

Aero/Flight Sciences Engineer IV

  • Requires BS degree in Engineering (MS Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering preferred).
  • 11 + years related experience in related engineering discipline.
  • 6+ years lead engineer experience in the aerospace industry. 


  • Office and or manufacturing environment
  • Ability to stand and sit for long periods of time
  • Ability to perform repetitive motion (keyboarding, 10-key, phones)
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds
  • Frequent outside contact with customers and suppliers.
  • May work extended hours or weekends.



  • 10-25% May be required to support flight test activities, new business development, and customer maintenance occasionally.

Additional Information:
Job Level:   Mid Career (2+ years)
Number of Openings:   1
Years of Experience:  
Level of Education:   BA/BS
Starting Date :   ASAP