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Near Space Corporation

UAS Flight Test Engineer

Engineering · Tillamook, Oregon
Department Engineering
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level
Compensation DOE

We Are Seeking An EXPERIENCED Flight Test Engineer

As a UAS Flight Test Engineer, you solve problems by gathering information and evaluating options for department and company success. You are responsible for defining, planning, organizing, executing, and reporting complex flight test programs and events for unmanned systems, including both high-altitude balloons and small Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). Proficiency in structure, critical thinking, and planning is essential to being successful at NSC. As a dynamic leader, you focus on testing aeronautical systems and associated avionics, and certification of flight systems. Your success is demonstrated through leading the execution of specific flight test activities through both personal support of test events and establishing effective test cards and procedures.


What You Will Do For UAS and High-Altitude Balloon Operations

  • Generate system level flight test plans and procedures
  • Qualify and validate system levels for hardware and software
  • Support integration of test articles with flight test resources
  • Derive and track flight requirements and develop test plans
  • Report flight test activities for customers
  • Assure proper documentation of technical data
  • Lead internal design activities and technical decisions
  • Position requires 10-20% travel

What You Need To Be Successful

  • Bachelor degree in systems, aerospace, or aeronautical engineering
  • 5-8 years minimum operational or developmental flight test experience with unmanned systems
  • Systems engineering expertise in an unmanned systems flight test program
  • Understanding of C3 (command, control and communications), telemetry and data acquisition systems
  • Experience with autopilot systems (theory, integration, and operation)
  • Understanding of FAA regulations, Certificate of Authorization (COA) or Waiver process
  • Understanding of aircraft procedures
  • Knowledge with design of aeronautical systems, components and materials
  • Demonstrated expertise in aeronautics, physics, mathematics, and computer science skills
  • Technical computing such as MatLab
  • Effective communication skills, both verbal and written (reports, procedures, proposals, etc.)

*Please submit a cover letter explaining how your experience is relevant to the responsibilities of the Flight Test Engineer role and your experience with the requirements.


Special Requirements

This position requires access to or use of information which is subject to the federal International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR). All applicants for this position must be U.S. Persons within the meaning of ITAR and EAR. ITAR and EAR define “U.S. Person” as Any individual who is a citizen of the United States, a permanent resident alien of the United States, or a protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)

  • Must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. – unable to provide sponsorship

What You’ll Appreciate About Us

  • Exceptional Culture. Friendly-competitions and fun-focused events keep us united as a family.
  • Niche Development. Everyone here wears many hats; therefore, you learn more in this role than you could ever imagine. Diversity of thought and experience lives here.
  • Location! Location! Location! The place where spectacular natural beauty lives, a variety of outdoor adventures and an amazing community to support all of your fun hobbies. There’s something to do for everyone!
  • Health & Well-being. With a remarkable benefit package, including competitive wages, health, dental and vision insurance, paid time off, a retirement plan, and holiday pay, we make sure you’re well taken care of. 

Why Us?

We are the epitome of how science and technology will change the world. Located west of Portland on the beautiful Oregon Coast, Near Space Corporation values innovation, teamwork, safety and offers an environment of growth and commitment. Specializing in the testing and maturing of space and aviation technologies, NSC has extensive experience providing relevant space like environments for maturing new technologies and testing concepts of operations using high altitude balloons and UAVs. For over 25 years, we’ve been successfully operating as a small high-altitude ballooning company and more recently NSC began operating the Tillamook UAS Test Range, which is an instrumental piece of integrating manned and unmanned aircraft into the NAS. This is why we need you, the best of the best. If you enjoy aerospace, unmanned systems, and flight testing… you are in the right place! This is where ideas fly!


Equal Employment Opportunity

NSC is an equal opportunity employer who focuses on building a culture where differences are valued. Our mission of leveraging new technology is achieved by embracing diversity and providing an inclusive workforce. NSC employment is based on competence, qualifications, merit, performance, and business need.


In connection with an application for employment and as a condition of continuing employment, investigative background inquiries may be made on including previous employers, schools, consumer credit, criminal convictions, motor vehicle, and other reports. As a condition of employment, all candidates must successfully complete and pass a background check and a pre-employment drug screen. Candidates who refuse to complete contingencies of an offer, including the pre-employment drug screen, will not be hired by Near Space Corporation. In connection with this application, you release and agree to hold harmless any individual, company, business institution or government agency from all liability with regard to furnishing information to Near Space Corporation. I agree to release and hold harmless Near Space Corporation from all liability with respect to the receipt of such information.

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