Flight Test Engineer

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Top Secret/SCI

Leidos currently has an opening for a Flight Test Engineer to work in our Beavercreek, OH office.


The job of the Flight Test Engineer is plan, coordinate, manage, and executes full spectrum flight tests on manned, unmanned, and lighter than air (LTA) aircraft.  The ideal candidate will be assigned as the Flight Test Engineer for multiple airborne programs and support the program manager. This is an exciting opportunity to use your experience to support AFRL and AFLCMC projects. The objectives of the programs supported are to provide technical and operational analysis of new and evolving sensor systems, assess advanced sensor technologies, provide ground and flight demonstrations and tests, and to explore and perform sensor system integration into laboratories, aircraft, and other vehicles as necessary. The right candidate will be an enthusiastic self-starter and can perform well in a fast-paced environment supporting various technical projects. The Flight Test Engineer is to plan and manage integration of cutting edge technology, performs ground and flight testing, and assisting with transition into operations.


-Prepare for flight tests by a review of applicable requirements and specification documentation as well as industry studies to determine the technological state-of-the-art.

-Determine project requirements for FAA certification or military airworthiness releases.

-Plan and publish a flight test plan with mission relatable, requirements traceable, and intuitively testable metrics along with a scope and method to evaluate systems in an environment commensurate with their level of maturity.

-Coordinate cross team, subcontractor, and customer personnel (pilots, sensor operators, data analysts, test observers, etc.) to support test execution.

-Execute flight test plans.

-Utilize the concept of “build-up” to progress from benign, low risk data points to the more challenging to promote safety and minimize hazards to aircraft and crew.

-Coordinate test range support from ground based targets to airborne instrumentation and telemetry.

-Provide on-site test management, data collection, briefing, debriefing, and configuration control.

-As required, fly and/or operate test systems and/or instrumentation during test events.

-Analyze test data and produce test reports that provide and archive test scope, method, results, supporting data, conclusions, and recommendations based on the system’s intended mission, stated requirements, and applicable specifications.

-Manage a database of system deficiencies or “squawks” discovered in the flight test program and monitor efforts toward correction.

-Conduct follow on testing for verification of correction of deficiencies.

-Support customer acceptance test procedures.

-Support development of training packages based on test results and lessons learned.



-Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from an accredited institution and minimum of 4+ years of related flight test experience; degree can be substituted with minimum total of 6 years of flight test experience. Additional years experience may be used in lieu of a degree.

-Must be able to pass FAA CLASS 3 flight physical.

-Candidate must be able to travel throughout the U.S. to support flight tests and have the ability to obtain a passport or visa to travel internationally.

-Diverse flight test experience with a variety of manned and unmanned air vehicles, as well as experience working in an agile and fast paced environment.

-Comfortable in the presentation of preflight mission briefings as well as program status briefs to customers and senior decision makers.

-Leadership, communication (written and verbal), interpersonal, and organizational skills.

-Proficiency in MS Office software products.

-Must have an active Secret security clearance and be able to obtain a TS/SCI clearance.


-Knowledge and experience in the flight testing of ISR sensors.

-Graduate of a military test pilot school.

-Technical Master’s Degree.

-Familiarity with FAA airworthiness directives and Air Force regulations.

-FAA pilot certification.


Leidos Overview:
Leidos is a global science and technology solutions leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 33,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported pro forma annual revenues of approximately $10 billion for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2016 after giving effect to the recently completed combination of Leidos with Lockheed Martin's Information Systems & Global Solutions business (IS&GS). For more information, visit www.Leidos.com. The company’s diverse employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Leidos will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories for employment in accordance with relevant Laws. Leidos is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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