This position will be based primarily in South Burlington with the expectation that commuting to Plattsburgh, NY will be required as needed.
The flight test engineer is responsible for developing flight test plans, and organizing flight test events in the briefing, control room, and debriefs / data analysis. They also prepare in collaboration with the test pilots and systems experts the program test reports, plans, and hazard analyses.
BETA’s current flight test focus on the ALIA-250 experimental prototypes brings many novel flight test risks and challenges with it, including FBW, EMI, VTOL, HV batteries, electric propulsion units, and aeroelastics. Part of your responsibility will be working with the rest of the test team to layout test plans and techniques that navigate this new age of aerospace propulsion and control. Given that much of the technology is new, you will often be required to think from first principles when determining risk and mitigations, in addition to using established flight test doctrine and techniques. You will work to drive down these risks to enable high rate testing to expose issues on these new architectures, ahead of certification and production of the conforming aircraft.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Assist in writing test plans and cards for upcoming flight test programs alongside test pilots and lead engineers.
Conduct flight and test readiness reviews for upcoming programs.
Participate in flight tests as a flight test engineer, or run flight test telemetry/control rooms as test conductor.
Fly in test aircraft as airborne flight test engineer when required.
Running simulation-based flight test practice and failure mode investigations.
Report on test programs to both internal engineering groups and outside customers.
Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities):
Bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering or related technical field.
Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities):
Flying ratings. Current test aircraft require a civilian rotary and multi-engine airplane rating to operate.
3 or more years of experimental flight test experience as an engineer or pilot.
Proficiency with Matlab/Python/X-Plane/Google Sheets.
Graduate of military or civilian test pilot school (in either flight test engineer or pilot capacity)
Experience leading control rooms, writing test cards, preparing test reports.
BETA Technologies provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, place of birth, citizenship, disability, veteran or military status, health coverage status, HIV status, genetic information, crime victim status, pregnancy or a pregnancy-related condition or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law. The company does not discriminate, and will not discriminate, and will not tolerate discrimination, based on any of these characteristics during the application process or in employment.
All offers of employment at BETA Technologies are contingent upon favorable results of a thorough background check.