Calspan Corporation

Senior Manager, Mechanical Engineering - Experimental Flight Operations

Job Locations US-NY-Niagara Falls
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Headquartered in Niagara Falls, NY, Calspan’s Flight Research center is home to a fleet of experimental aircraft that include Learjets, Gulfstream G-III’s, and a Premier. Additionally, we support the VISTA X-62A at the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards AFB, CA.  These aircraft are used to conduct a variety of experimental flight test programs for our private and government customers.  We are looking for a motivated Senior Manager, Mechanical Engineering, to continuing our rich, 75-year tradition of modifying and flying unique test aircraft.


Due to security requirements, this position requires US Citizenship


This individual will provide guidance and expertise in a variety of engineering work in testing aerospace systems and components and to investigate, evaluate and develop new applications for existing equipment and systems. 

  • Manage administrative responsibilities (scheduling, timekeeping, budgeting) . Provide timely, constructive feedback regarding work and performance.  Manage non-performing employees in accordance with company policy.  Manage high potential employees to career succession and growth opportunities
  • Lead and perform mechanical engineering work associated with aircraft modifications.
  • Oversee ground and flight test programs using company and/or customer aircraft.
  • Produce, maintain, review and/or improve engineering data and/or drawings, including design layouts, three-dimensional models, and detailed structural and system analyses.
  • Support the development of technical documentation including proposals, project plans, system requirements definition, ground and flight test plans and results, and related technical reports.
  • Coordinate with FAA certification authorities for Supplemental Type Certificates (STC).


Preferred Education / Experience

  • Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering or related discipline; Advanced degree preferred with experience in aircraft structures
  • 10+ years in Aero/Mechanical Engineering or related discipline
  • Previous experience in management position; Demonstrated success in leading/working within a multi-disciplined team
  • Aviation-related experience preferred

Preferred Knowledge / Ability:

  • Project management  
  • Experience in proposal development and presentation
  • NX proficiency
  • Familiar in GD&T stack-up
  • Familiar in using 3D-CAD design tools, including FEA
  • Understanding of aircraft structure engineering methods  
  • Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) experience
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills

Benefits Package: Our goal is to provide Calspan employees and their families with a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. Our benefits include: Health Insurance, Health Savings Accounts, Flexible Spending Accounts, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Life Insurance/Accidental Death & Dismemberment, Short-Term/Long-Term Disability, 401(k) company match on first 4%, Critical Illness Insurance, Universal Life Insurance Policy, Paid-Time Off, Company-paid Holidays, Bereavement Leave, Jury Duty, Military Leave, Employee Assistance Program and Educational Assistance Reimbursement.


Calspan is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. Calspan supports safe and drug free workplace through pre-employment background checks and drug testing.


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