The FAA employs engineers of all specialties to work on research and development problems in aviation, such as V/STOL (vertical short takeoff and landing) aircraft, aircraft sound, sonic boom effects, hypersonic aircraft, and new equipment and devices to increase aviation safety. Engineers also provide guidance in airport design, construction, operation, and maintenance.
General Information: The FAA, as well as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Department of Defense employs engineers of all specialties to work on research and development problems in aviation, such as V/ STOL (very short takeoff and landing) aircraft, aircraft sound, the sonic boom, hypersonic aircraft, and new equipment and devices to increase aviation safety. Engineers also provide guidance in airport design, construction, operation and maintenance.
The facilities, devices and machines needed by the Federal Aviation Administration to carry on its work require the services of a number of engineering specialists.
Aerospace (Aeronautical) Engineers develop, interpret, and administer safety regulations relating to airworthiness of aircraft and their accessories. They analyze and evaluate manufacturers' designs, set up test procedures, observe tests, and furnish engineering advice to manufacturers. They deal with such problems as vibration, flutter, stability, control, weight, and balance, aerodynamic characteristics, etc.
The Electrical Engineers deal with power supply, distribution and standby power generation required for the operation of air navigational aids. They are also involved in the design and evaluation of airport and runway lighting and electrical equipment aboard aircraft.
The Electronic Engineers are concerned with designing improved electronic navigational aids and communications systems. They may design, develop, modify, or oversee installation, calibration and maintenance of ground and airborne electronic equipment. They recommend location of aids.
Mechanical Engineers are concerned with the design of gasoline and diesel power plants for standby power generation in case of emergencies. They are also concerned with heating, ventilating, and air conditioning equipment at FAA installations. Some mechanical engineers check out such things as the performance of new types of aircraft engines, fuel systems, and fire detection devices.
Civil Engineers are involved in the airports program deal with a broad range of airport design, construction, and maintenance matters. FAA involvement in these matters is in the area of providing advice and guidance to civil airport developers with particular emphasis on airports developed with Federal grants-in-aid.
Typical Requirements and/or Experience:
A Bachelor of Science degree in engineering is required, or four years of technical engineering experience and training that provides technical knowledge equal to that possessed by a graduate engineer. None to three additional years of experience are required depending upon entry grade level.
A Bachelor of Science degree in engineering is required, or four years of technical engineering experience and training that provides technical knowledge equal to that possessed by a graduate engineer.
Engineering training may be obtained from colleges offering courses in the specialized engineering field.
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Links to specific aviation engineering job information:
Job Flight Path Designer
Job Airport Engineers
Job Description Airport Planner
Safety Engineer Aviation
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Courtesy: [AVJobs.com, FAA]