Senior Flight Test Engineer

Company: Garmin ( Learn More )

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4 Year Degree
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Job Description Great ideas sometimes come from singular inspiration, but more often they’re a result of collaborative effort. Inside Garmin, we like to foster an environment of participation and engagement. We support professional development, offer well-designed career paths and adhere to a policy that prioritizes promoting from within the company to maximize the opportunities for our associates. We are also committed to being a good corporate citizen and providing opportunities for associates to contribute toward a healthy, sustainable world.

Come join Garmin’s team of talented engineers designing and certifying world-class avionics in the beautiful Pacific Northwest! Our team is Salem, Oregon is currently looking for a Senior Flight Test Engineer.

The Senior Flight Test Engineer will provide technical leadership in performance of complex flight testing activities including drafting and executing ground and flight test plans, conducting real time data analysis and making real time modification to test parameters for complex test program and will primarily be involved in the testing process required to obtain Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification of avionics equipment, either for Technical Standard Orders (TSO) approval or Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) approval in FAR Part 23 and 25 aircraft. Other duties will include:

  • Drafts ground and flight test plans and reports for complex test programs including programs with tests not previously conducted
  • Coordinates and executes complex flight tests as part of a flight test crew, including acting as a test director
  • Defines, documents, and maintains complex test aircraft and equipment configurations including multiple test aircraft programs, and coordinates with engineering teams
  • Operates flight test tools, conducts real time data analysis, and makes real time modifications to test parameters
  • Proposes unique viable solutions to issues identified during flight test
  • Prepares complex avionics system installation data for test aircraft
  • Works with certification authorities to resolve certification issues
  • Revises or authors new procedures and makes significant safety contributions
  • Provides reliable solutions to a wide range of difficult problems using sound problem solving techniques
  • Serves as a mentor to less experienced flight test engineers (Flight Test Engineer 1 & 2)

  • Job RequirementsQualified candidates will possess a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical or Aerospace Engineering from a four-year college or university AND a minimum of 5 years relevant experience or Master of Science Degree in Electrical or Aerospace Engineering AND a minimum of 3 years relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience. Other required skills include:

    • Excellent academics (cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 3.0 as a general rule)
    • Demonstrates proficient use of advanced engineering and flight test tools including performing advanced troubleshooting on complex avionics system installations
    • Demonstrates solid and proficient understanding of certification process and associated regulations. Demonstrated strong and effective verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills

    Preferred candidates will have superior academics (cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 3.5), Pilot or aircraft maintenance certification, previous use of aviation products and experience with revision control tools, mobile application development, audio/video recording tools, or database tools.

    Our benefits, designed to lead an evolving marketplace, support innovation and encourage a healthy balance between work and life, keep us competitive and allow our associates to make their own decisions about their well-being and future. We offer a choice of healthcare plans—with low or no premiums—which consistently rank in the 90th percentile when compared to other high-tech employers, plus dental and vision plans for you and your family. In addition, our financial benefits rate 82% above the median for technology companies comparable in size. Our 401K retirement plan provides 5% of pay base contribution plus a match of 75 cents for every dollar you contribute to a maximum of 10% of your compensation. The employee stock purchase plan allows for shares to be bought at a 15% discount.

    As part of our ongoing commitment to helping associates maintain a healthy balance between work and life, we sponsor company-wide and individual wellness initiatives, as well as world-class sporting events—and even some of the participating athletes. In each of the communities in which we do business, Garmin has a strong philanthropic and civic presence. Our associates benefit from these connections in many ways, including through discounts on products and services, opportunities to attend sponsored events, and even help with work-life initiatives, such as pilot certification and adoption assistance.