Flight Test Instrumentation Specialist

Airbus Helicopters, Inc - Grand Prairie, TX (30+ days ago)4.2

Airbus is an international pioneer in the aerospace industry. We are a leader in designing, manufacturing and delivering aerospace products, services and solutions to customers on a global scale. We aim for a better-connected, safer and more prosperous world.

A commercial aircraft manufacturer, with Space and Defense as well as Helicopters Divisions, Airbus is the largest aeronautics and space company in Europe and a worldwide leader.

Airbus has built on its strong European heritage to become truly international with roughly 180 locations and 12,000 direct suppliers globally. The company has aircraft and helicopter final assembly lines across Asia, Europe and the Americas, and has achieved a more than six fold order book increase since 2000.

Position Summary: The Flight Test Instrumentation (FTI) Specialist is responsible for specifying, building, configuring, and maintaining an airborne FTI system for the purpose of acquiring flight test data of aircraft, aircraft systems and aircraft mission equipment under test. He/she maintains the FTI shop, including hardware, software, and calibration/test equipment. The FTI Specialist is also responsible for flight test data management, including data transfer, validation and reduction.

Primary Responsibilities:
Support NHC: 33%

Coordinate Helicopter pre-flight and post flight activities with the flight line mechanics.
Coordinate electrical wiring and tapping points with avionics/electrical engineering.
Respond to Engineering request for FT data and specialist post-flight data processing.
Work under the supervision of the project Flight Test Engineer to implement the optimum hardware and software solution that meets the requirements of the associated Flight Test Plan and Flight Test Request.
FTI System Support and Design: 33%

Establish FTI design requirements and parameter plans.
Set-up and programming of signal acquisition systems and on-board displays.
Calibration of FTI data parameters.
Mechanical preparation and wiring of FTI systems; application of strain gauges, accelerometers, and other analog/digital sensors; installation of audio/video recording systems.
Preparation of the required drawings, schematics, technical notes, and other documentation required for configuration control, data archiving, and Airworthiness Certificates.
Maintain the sensor and calibration equipment (sensor data base; calibration status; sensor location; calibration schedule, etc.) ensuring the equipment is available to support all flight test requirements.
Prepare FTI procurement plan, as coordinated with Engineering, AH, and AHD, to ensure the FTI and associated software tools are harmonized with the AH group and with anticipated test requirements for anticipated developmental and certification test activities.
Data Control: 34%

Troubleshoot and repair faulty sensors, recorders, and signal conditioning systems.
Program, download and verification of Flight Data Recorders.
Verification of measured parameters through analysis of recorded data during post-flight data processing/reduction.
Prepare FTI measurement plans.
Transfer FT data to the FT server.
Organize and manage FT data for archiving and retrieval.
Manage the Digital Data Line database (ARINC and MILBUS) and prepare FIDO and Dassec configuration files for the SANDRA visualization tool.

Additional Responsibilities:
Other duties as assigned.

Qualified Experience / Skills / Training:
Required: Associates (College degree); concentrated course of study in aerospace electrical/avionics, and electronic circuits or equivalent relevant work experience.
Preferred: Experience of calibration, equation solving, sampling, and signal conditioning. Computer specialized courses in database management, spreadsheet, software programming.

Preferred: Minimum of 5-years' experience as an FTI technician. Ideally supporting aircraft certification and/or research and development (R&D) FT activities, military and civil rotorcraft test programs, using state-of-the-art avionics, navigation, flight displays, and advanced flight control systems.
Preferred: Minimum of 5 years' experience as an electrical/avionics technician on helicopters: Aircraft wiring specification, build, and installation COM/NAV systems, including MILBUS and ARINC.

Preferred; FAA AMP would be advantageous.
Communication Skills (Spoken, Written, Influencing, Proficiency in Other Languages):

Written and spoken English. Ability to speak French or German an advantage.

Technical Systems Proficiency:
Required: Knowledge of aviation digital data systems; ability to read aircraft schematics and 3-view drawings; ability to read and create electrical schematics.

Travel Required:
10% Domestic and International

Citizen or permanent resident of the USA.

Not initially required but Secret level clearance an advantage.
Direct Reports: Exempt: 0

Non-exempt: 0

Nature of Contacts:
Involved Communication on a daily basis with internal and external parties

Physical Requirements:
Onsite: 90 %
Vision: able to see and read computer screen and other electronic equipment with screens, able to read documents, reports and engineering drawings on a daily basis.
Hearing: able to hear to participate in conversations in person and via teleconference or phone and to hear sounds on production floor including safety warnings or alarms on a daily basis.
Speaking: able to speak in conversations and meetings, deliver information and participate in communications on a daily basis.
Equipment Operation (personal computer, telephone, copies, fax machine, and related office equipment and using electronic identification card to enter building floors and internal doors): able to operate most office and personal electronic equipment and some tools including production tools on a daily basis.
Carrying: able to carry documents, tools, drawings, electronic equipment up to 30lbs/14kgs on a weekly basis.
Lifting: able to lift documents, tools, drawings, electronic equipment up to 30lbs/14kgs on a weekly basis.
Sitting: able to sit for long periods of time in meetings, working on computer on a daily basis.
Squatting / Kneeling: able to squat or kneel to retrieve or replace items stored on low shelving on a weekly basis.
Travel: able to travel independently and at short notice on a monthly basis.
Walking (include routine walking such as to a shared printer to retrieve documents): able to walk through office and production areas including uneven surfaces on a daily basis.
As a leader in our field, Airbus in America provides relocation assistance for qualified positions and a comprehensive compensation and benefits package.

Airbus in America provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetics, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status or other legally protected status. In addition to federal law requirements, Airbus in America complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, demotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, benefits and training.

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As a matter of policy, Airbus does not sponsor visas for US positions unless specified. Only applicants with current work authorization will be considered.

Airbus does not offer tenured or guaranteed employment. Either the company or the employee can terminate the employment relationship at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice.