Staff Airworthiness Engineer

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Performs technical airworthiness planning and verification support including development and negotiation of airworthiness plans, basis of certifications, means of compliance, and certification activities for complex total systems with NGAS IPT/REs as well as customer counterparts in support of Northrop Grumman Corporation's Military Aircraft Systems (MAS).

Review and coordination with other airworthiness engineers as well as internal engineering disciplines performed at all levels of total system to include: design, fabrication, test, installation, operation, maintenance and disposal. Performs functional and process analyses, requirements allocation and definition studies to translate customer requirements into criteria and requirements. Ensures the logical and systematic realization of customer airworthiness requirements into system solutions to meet program objectives (e.g. Flight releases, Type certification, continued airworthiness, and operation or airspace integration)

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Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) from an accredited university with a minimum14 years work experience on manned or unmanned aircraft systems (or12 years with a master's degree), with at least five of that in an assignment working Airworthiness (Military or Civil)
  • Experience in leadership of small teams
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Powerpoint, Word, and Access.
  • Military aircraft development or modification experience
  • Ability to initiate Airworthiness Certification process improvement initiatives
  • An active Secret Security Clearance with a periodic review or a reinvestigation within the last 5-6 years and the ability to obtain and maintain special program access


Preferred Qualifications:
  • DoD Airworthiness Experience
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Self-starter with the ability to work under general direction
  • Design and Systems Engineering experience in one or more of the following areas: Structures, Flight Technology, Air Vehicle Subsystems, Avionics, Mission Payload Integration, System Safety, Flight Test
  • Familiarity of MIL-HDBK-516B Expanded and -516C
  • Experience with one or more of the following: MIL-STDs-1797, 810, 1530, 3013, 882E, 1796
  • USAF Airworthiness Policy Directives, Instructions, and Airworthiness Bulletins (AWB)
  • System Safety Risk Assessments (SSRA), program risks and hazard analyses


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