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Aircraft Performance Engineer

Reno, Nevada Contract Job ID: 1910098992
Estimated Duration: 12 months


PDS Tech is seeking a Aircraft Performance Engineer for an open position in Reno, NV

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Perform as Aircraft Performance Engineer in the Flight Sciences organization. The successful candidate will be responsible for contributing to the performance analysis of the AS2 supersonic business jet, multi-disciplinary performance trades to guide aircraft development and conceptual design and sizing of follow-on aircraft.  Initially located in Reno, NV, this position will:
  • Perform detailed takeoff, landing and mission performance calculations for the AS2.
  • Evaluate various flight maneuvers for assisting development of loads, aircraft handling qualities or other development or certification requirement.
  • Predict aircraft performance and handling characteristics using classical analytical techniques as well as advanced simulation tools.
  • Assist development and enhancement of in-house performance prediction codes.
  • Work with aerodynamics group to collect CFD and wind tunnel data.
  • Collaborate with the stability and control and aircraft external loads groups.
  • Operate 6-DOF simulation codes.
  • Post-process and analyze wind tunnel and flight test data.
  • Assist with development of performance estimates for flight testing and certification data for the aircraft flight manual.
  • Assist in the development of advanced tools for performing MDO trades, aircraft sizing and performance analysis.
  • Provide support for engineering, certification, and flight test departments from concept to product certification.
The Performance Engineer will be responsible for mission performance analysis of the AS2 supersonic business jet to meet program and certification requirements.  Successful candidates will have a commanding and fundamental understanding of the design and development of fighter and/or business jet class aircraft, preferably with experience developing supersonic vehicles.  Candidates should have expert level knowledge of the necessary physics-based trades for supersonic designs and the regulatory requirements that apply to such aircraft.  The ideal candidate will have demonstrated knowledge and experience in computational fluid dynamics, analytical and theoretical performance estimation techniques, wind tunnel testing from low speed to high speed regimes (preferably supersonic), propulsion integration (preferably supersonic), and stability and control.
Education and Additional Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree Mechanical or Aerospace engineering, with an advanced degree in a technical specialty relating to aircraft design highly preferred.
  •  1-5 years experience with aircraft design or performance analysis using computational tools such as vortex-lattice and area rule methods as well as traditional handbook methods.  .

  • Must be a US or Canadian citizen, a US permanent resident or someone who otherwise meets the requirements of a US Person under EAR part 772. 
  • Cannot be party of any restrictive covenant, non-compete, non-solicitation, or non-disclosure / confidentiality agreement with current or any former employer that would prevent you from fully performing the duties of the position
  • Experience programming in Java, Python, Matlab/Simulink and wiht writing numerical aircraft analysis codes for sizing and/or performance. 
  • Knowledge of aircraft handling qualities and stability and control, as well as aerodynamic CFD methods and wind tunnel testing. 
  • Familiarity with numerical optimization techniques and multi-disciplinary optimization frameworks. 
  • Understanding of statistical methods used in quantifying uncertainties. 
  • Experience with supersonic and/or business aircraft.
  • Strong technical, interpersonal, communication, administrative, and presentation skills. 
  • Highly self-motivated with a strong bias for action, and excellent problem-solving skills across multi-disciplinary skill sets.
More Details

PDS Tech, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, or other legally protected status.

Founded in 1977, PDS Tech, Inc. is one of the nation's premier specialty staffing firms with 31 offices nationwide. We offer a full range of benefits including:

  • Health insurance
  • Paid holidays
  • Weekly payroll
  • Immediate 401(k) eligibility
  • Completion Bonuses
  • Training
  • Please note availability of benefits may vary by position

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