Systems Engineer, Electrical Wiring Systems

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Systems Engineer, Electrical Wiring Systems

Santa Cruz, California Contract Job ID: 2210159594
Estimated Duration: 12 months




PDS Tech is currently seeking a Systems Engineer for our client in Santa Cruz, CA


Our client is looking for engineers experienced with civil aviation certification to join our growing team in the role of a Systems Engineer focused on Electrical Wiring Interconnection Systems (EWIS). The Systems Engineer will coordinate between the various departments - EWIS Engineering, Airframe Engineering, Electrical Engineering, System Safety, Flight Test, Manufacturing, Operations - as necessary to ensure the technical success of wiring and electrical systems. This role will serve as one of the internal Subject Matter Experts as well as a primary external point of contact with regulatory agencies and industry standards groups for aircraft, system, and equipment-level aspects of wiring and electrical systems. The most important traits are attitude towards the fast-paced project, flexibility to changes, excitement for challenges, hard work ethic, and being able to self-manage and learn new skills. Forward thinking will be highly regarded as well.

This position will work closely with multiple design engineering and test teams to ensure requirements are managed appropriately, architectures are safe and reliable, and designs comply with all company requirements and federal airworthiness regulations. This position requires a solid understanding of aircraft system development processes, component design and qualification, and industry-specific certification processes. It is highly desired that this individual currently be an FAA DER. 


  • Providing technical guidance across electrical wiring design and the integration of electrical systems
  • Determining and interpreting the certification basis and establishing compliance strategies – including means and methods of compliance – and driving those strategies into requirements, engineering, test, and manufacturing execution
  • Develop and manage requirements
      ◦ Generate, review, and approve requirements
      ◦ Conduct trade studies, analyses, and test programs as necessary to validate or verify that the wiring system meets all EMI/EMC, functional, performance and safety requirements
      ◦ Work with various company departments to ensure electrical wiring designs meet all interfacing system and aircraft-level requirements
  • Lead EWIS system safety efforts
      ◦ Coordinate inputs for the EWIS Risk Assessment Tool
      ◦ Facilitate and perform Zonal Safety Analysis and Particular Risk Analysis
      ◦ Help integrate findings into the appropriate System Safety Assessments
  • Generate, review, and approve
      ◦ Engineering wiring diagrams, schematics, and design specifications
      ◦ Component test plans and reports
      ◦ Compliance documentation
  • Developing, reviewing, and approving certification-related documents, including
      ◦ Issue Papers, Special Conditions, Equivalent Levels of Safety, etc.
      ◦ Certification Plans and Summaries
      ◦ Test Plans and Reports
      ◦ Design and Analysis Reports
      ◦ Requests for Conformity, Statements of Compliance
  • Working with and mentoring multiple engineering teams with a mix of aerospace and non-aerospace backgrounds to
      ◦ Establish relevant design development and certification plans that will support Type Certification
      ◦ Convey and document requirements in a way that clearly decomposes the regulations and guidance material
      ◦ Develop engineering specifications
      ◦ Review designs, develop solutions, and ensure compliance with the airworthiness standards


  • Previous FAA certification experience with electrical wiring systems
  • Knowledgeable about and able to differentiate between Part 23 Amendment 64 and Part 25 Subpart H regulations with respect to electrical wiring systems
  • Expert-level understanding of electrical wiring component qualification and flammability requirements
  • In depth knowledge of SAE AS50881, AC 43.13-1B, and other EWIS related standards, including the reasoning and intent behind each standard and associated verification methods
  • Basic knowledge of SAE ARP4761 and ARP4754
  • Ability to question traditional assumptions in the application of regulations, guidance material, and engineering specifications
  • Experience with generating, reviewing, and maintaining wiring diagrams, electrical schematics, and engineering specifications
  • Excellent problem solving, communication, and technical writing skills
  • At least 10 years of relevant aviation or aerospace industry experience
  • B.S. in an applicable engineering discipline
  • Proficient in English
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office products
  • Able to relocate permanently
More Details

PDS Tech Commercial, 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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