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Aerospace Test Dept. Manager

Company: PDS
Location: Tucson
Posted on: February 23, 2021

Job Description:

Test Department Manager Reports to the Director of EngineeringDuties:

  • Provide technical leadership and subject matter expertise with regards to the testing of aerospace systems and hardware
  • Ensure the logical and systematic conversion of customer or product test requirements into comprehensive yet cost effective test plans spanning from development through hardware acceptance and qualification; negotiate to resolve difficulties with requirements
  • Ensure Test Department policies, processes, procedures, and standards are effectively documented, improved, and communicated so that they are implemented consistently across all projects and programs
  • Allocate test department staff across projects (billable, IRAD, and BD) and other essential OH (e.g. training, team meetings, mentoring, PTO, etc.) while balancing the needs of the projects with engineering staff capabilities and desires
  • Engender growth of staff engineers through on-going mentoring (by you and other staff), career guidance, and identification of training as each opportunity is identified or requested
  • Conduct regularly recurring team meetings with your staff to share your insight, identify and solve systemic and discrete problems, share best practices, share tools, etc.
  • Conduct periodic reviews of test engineering staff
  • Oversee hiring of test engineers
  • Oversee the development of templates for test plans/procedures and oversee writing of test plans/procedures by other test engineers
  • Generate formal test documentation such as test reports and technical memoranda; present test results to internal and external customers.
  • Lead the continuous improvement of the company's approach to testing
  • Provide guidance on selection of instrumentation, test facilities, and test-related equipment
  • Interface with Paragon's SQMA (Quality) department to ensure calibration needs are aligned with ongoing and planned test campaigns
  • Recommend capital equipment to expand Paragon's internal and external test capabilities
  • As assigned, serve as Deputy Chief Engineer to provide insight to, and oversight of, selected company programs and projectsMinimum Qualifications:
    • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical, Bio-mechanical, Aerospace Engineering or equivalent field and > 10 years with system and/or hardware design and analysis experience
    • Master's degree in Mechanical, Bio-mechanical, Aerospace Engineering or equivalent field and > 8 years with system and/or hardware design and analysis experience
    • PhD degree in Mechanical, Bio-mechanical, Aerospace Engineering or equivalent field and > 5 years with system and /or hardware design experience in the aerospace industry
    • US Citizen or US permanent residentDesired Experience:Experience in one or more of the following discipline areas: Life Support Systems, Spacesuits, Aircraft, Military Vehicles, Military Systems, Crew Systems, Crew Cabins, and/or Thermal Control Systems

Keywords: PDS, Tucson , Aerospace Test Dept. Manager, Executive , Tucson, Arizona

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