Calspan Corporation

Aircraft Mechanic - Experimental Flight Operations

Job Locations US-NY-Niagara Falls
Job ID
Aircraft Mechanic


Headquartered in Niagara Falls, New York, Calspan’s Flight Research Center is home to a fleet of experimental aircraft that include four Learjets, two Gulfstream G-IIIs, and a Premier 1A.  Calspan also operates the NF-16D VISTA aircraft for the Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards AFB, CA.  These aircraft are modified and used to conduct a variety of flight control, airborne sensor and system testing, and other flight research projects and demonstrations for commercial and government organizations around the world, including at the U.S. Air Force and Naval Test Pilot Schools.  We are looking for a motivated Aircraft Mechanic to maintain and repair aircraft and ground support equipment and operate and troubleshoot complex research systems installed in the aircraft.


Core Responsibilities Listed Below – Compensation and position level commensurate with education and experience.

  • Adhere to procedures and requirements outlined in the official Flight Research Operations Manual.  Discuss discrepancies with designers as necessary.

  • Keep abreast and maintain files of aircraft manuals, service bulletins.   Attend pre-flight and post flight briefings as necessary.   Maintain, operate and troubleshoot complex research systems installed in the aircraft.  Maintain currency in aircraft manuals, service bulletins.
  • Interpret drawings, specifications, manuals and procedures for mechanics.  Inspect size and soundness of fabricated parts and sub-assemblies intended for installation in aircraft.

  • Service and maintain aircraft and ground support equipment.  Responsible for mechanical soundness of aircraft.  From drawings and sketches, layout, fabricate and install, special modifications without compromising aircraft structural integrity or accepted aircraft standards. 

  • Perform or direct servicing, towing, starting and maintenance of the assigned aircraft and ground support equipment.  Remove and install controls, electrical units, hydraulic components, engines and engine components.


Preferred Education / Experience:

  • High school graduate or equivalent
  • Formal aircraft mechanics trades training
  • Possess an Airframe and Power Plant ratings

Preferred Knowledge / Ability:

  • Layout, fabricate and install special modifications to the aircraft.
  • Use of precision tools, measuring devices, instruments, etc.
  • Required to adhere to procedures and requirements outlined in the official Flight Research Operations manual.
  • Ability to travel.


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