Aerospace Engineer (Flight Test)

Near Space Corporation    Tillamook, OR
Job Description

Job Description

Why Join Us?

Located west of Portland on the beautiful Oregon Coast, Near Space Corporation values innovation, teamwork, commitment and offers an environment of growth and advancement opportunities. Specializing in the testing and maturing of space and aviation technologies, NSC has extensive experience providing relevant space like environments for maturing new technologies and testing concepts of operations using high altitude balloons and UAVs.

Job Description

Reports to: Engineering Manager

Department: Engineering

Status: Full-Time/Exempt

Industry: Aerospace

Schedule: Monday – Friday, occasional weekends

Typical Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, overtime as needed


Near Space Corporation’s (NSC) Aerospace Flight Test Engineer solves problems by gathering information and evaluating options for department and company success. The Aerospace Flight Test Engineer is responsible for defining, planning, organizing, executing, and reporting complex flight test programs and events for unmanned systems, including both high-altitude balloons and small Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). Proficiency in structure, critical thinking, and planning is essential to being successful at NSC.

As a dynamic leader, the Aerospace Flight Test Engineer focuses on testing aeronautical systems and associated avionics, and certification of flight systems. A successful Aerospace Flight Test Engineer leads the execution of specific flight test activities through both personal support of test events and establishing effective test cards and procedures.

Essential Functions

  • Generates system level flight test plans and procedures, and supports or conducts ground and flight testing of UAS and high-altitude balloon systems
  • Performs system level qualification, verification and validation activities to support testing of UAS hardware and software
  • Coordinates technical issues with customers associated with flight test activities
  • Supports integration of test articles with flight test resources to ensure timely and successful completion of test programs
  • Derives and tracks flight test requirements and develops test plans
  • Reports flight test activity in a variety of formats for internal and external customers
  • Leads execution of flight test cards
  • Assures proper documentation of technical data generated for assigned projects and /or tasks is consistent with engineering policies and procedures
  • Leads internal design activities and technical decisions
  • Manages and controls the engineering hours assigned to specific projects


  • Desire to work cooperatively with others on a team to develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships.
  • Develop and communicate goals in support of the business’ mission.
  • Demonstrate support for innovation and organizational changes needed to improve effectiveness.
  • Identify what needs to be achieved and focuses on proactively acquiring necessary information to ensure mission success.

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace or Aeronautical Engineering or related discipline
  • 3+ years of operational or developmental flight test experience with unmanned systems
  • Demonstrated expertise in systems engineering disciplines associated with an unmanned systems flight test program, including requirements definition, design reviews and documentation, and systems integration
  • Understanding of C3 (command, control and communications), telemetry, and data acquisition systems
  • Experience with autopilot systems (theory, integration, and operation)
  • Familiarity with FAA regulations, Certificate of Authorization or Waiver (COA) process and aircraft certification procedures
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications including: Word, Excel, E-mail, and web-enabled apps
  • Valid Driver’s License

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Knowledge of design of aeronautical systems, components, and materials
  • Strong Aeronautics, Physics, Mathematics, and Computer Science skills
  • Technical computing such as MatLab
  • Strong communications skills, both verbal and written (reports, procedures, presentations, proposals, etc.)

Equal Employment Opportunity

NSC is an equal opportunity employer who focuses on building a culture where differences are valued. Our mission of leveraging new technology is achieved by embracing diversity and providing an inclusive workforce. NSC employment is based on competence, qualifications, merit, performance, and business need.

Additional Information

  • This position requires access to or use of information which is subject to the federal International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR). All applicants for this position must be U.S. Persons within the meaning of ITAR and EAR. ITAR and EAR define “U.S. Person as Any individual who is a citizen of the United States, a permanent resident alien of the United States, or a protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Not able to provide sponsorship
  • Federal law prohibits the employment of unauthorized aliens. All persons hired must submit satisfactory proof of employment authorization and identity within three (3) days of being hired. Failure to submit such proof within the required time shall result in immediate employment termination.
  • In connection with an application for employment and as a condition of continuing employment, investigative background inquiries may be made on including previous employers, schools, consumer credit, criminal convictions, motor vehicle, and other reports. These reports will include information as to character, work habits, performance, education, compensation, and experience along with reasons for termination of employment from previous employers. Furthermore, the company may be requesting information from various federal, state, and other agencies which maintain records concerning past activities relating to driving, credit, criminal, civil, and other experiences as well as claims involving the applicant in the files of insurance companies. In connection with your application, the applicant authorizes without reservation, any party or agency contacted to furnish the above-mentioned information and release all parties involved from liability and responsibility for doing so. You hereby consent to obtaining the above information from Near Space Corporation and/or any of their agents. This authorization and consent shall be valid in original, fax, or copy form.
  • Near Space Corporation is a drug-free work place, we require all candidates for employment to submit to and successfully complete a pre-employment drug screen for the presence of illegal drugs and controlled substances. All offers of employment are contingent upon successfully completing the drug screen. Candidates who refuse to take the pre-employment drug screen will not be hired by Near Space Corporation.
  • All hiring and employment at Near Space Corporation is at will. I understand this application is not an employment contract, nor can it be used to create one. Employment by Near Space Corporation has no specific term and may be terminated by the employee or Near Space Corporation with or without notice. I acknowledge that Near Space Corporation has not made any promises or representations that differ from those contained in this paragraph.
  • I understand I must provide satisfactory documents to establish my identity and right to work in the United States, if I am offered a position with Near Space Corporation, and that failure to provide this evidence will result in the termination of my employment.
  • I release and agree to hold harmless any individual, company, business institution or government agency from all liability with regard to furnishing information to Near Space Corporation. I agree to release and hold harmless Near Space Corporation from all liability with respect to the receipt of such information.
  • I certify that the information I have furnished on this application form is true and complete. I understand that if any misrepresentation has been made by me verbally or in writing, any offer of employment made to me may be withdrawn or my subsequent employment with Near Space Corporation may be terminated.
  • Near Space Corporation also offers an exceptional benefit package including competitive wages, health and dental insurance, paid vacation, sick pay, retirement plan, and holiday pay.

Tue, 12 Nov 2019 15:22:27 GMT

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