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PDS Tech Inc Test Engineer / Flight Instrumentation in Santa Cruz, California

PDS Tech is currently seeking a Test Engineer for Flight Instrumentation for our client in Santa Cruz, CA

Overview

Our client is seeking an experienced engineer to help develop, improve, and maintain the data acquisition hardware, real time visualization software, and processes for the installation and maintenance of flight test instrumentation for their VTOL electric aircraft. The team is made up of extremely talented, hardworking, proactive, and hands-on individuals, operating in a fast-paced and rewarding environment. We are looking to expand this team with like-minded individuals looking to make a mark in the transportation industry.

Responsibilities

  • Work in a small team to develop and configure hardware and software that allow for the efficient deployment of supplementary flight test instrumentation systems installed onto client’s test aircraft.

  • Develop processes for the installation of instrumentation hardware across multiple aircraft that allow for configuration control through the life of client’s flight test aircraft.

  • Using National Instruments LabView and related tools, develop software to create GUIs, LabView VIs and any other necessary tools to enable real time, and post flight data visualization, automated data pipelines, and traceability of calibration information pertaining to each of client’s flight test aircraft.

  • Incorporate new types of data acquisition instruments into client’s flight test instrumentation system and data pipelines.

  • Analyze data collected during flights to help improve and maintain the functionality of the instrumentation systems as well as provide quantifiable feedback to the engineering teams that will allow them to understand and optimize their designs.

  • Help to guide the architecture of processes and software tools to help smooth the transition from R&D testing into certification flight testing.

Required

  • B.S. in Engineering or relevant discipline.

  • Experience with data acquisition hardware as well as sensors such as foil strain gauges, accelerometers, load cells, thermocouple, encoders, etc. (including sensor installation)

  • Fluent using LabVIEW for data collection, real time data analytics, and developing GUIs.

  • Experience using Diadem, MATLAB, Python, or another scripting language for data post processing

  • Experience with digital signal processing and wireless data transmission.

  • Excellent problem solving and communication skills 

  • Hands-on attitude with strong analytical background

Desired

  • MS/PhD or 5+ years of experience

  • Experience working with flight test organizations and aircraft certification

  • Experience with sensor installations and cable management

  • Experience with NI Hardware specifically cDAQ and c series modules.

  • Experience with software development using Python or another scripting language

  • Hands-on machine shop skills using lathe, mill, welder, and other machine shop equipment

  • Experience with high voltage electronics.

  • Experience testing aircraft composite structures.

  • Experience testing aircraft mechanical systems.

  • Aerospace and rapid prototyping experience

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.

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