Calspan Corporation

Aircraft Mechanic – X-62A VISTA/F-16

Job Locations US-CA-Edwards AFB
Job ID


Calspan has been at the forefront of aircraft Flying Qualities (FQ), Pilot-Induced Oscillation (PIO), and Upset Recovery Training (URT) research and instruction in variable stability aircraft for decades. We operated the USAF NT-33 T-Bird and C-131H Total In-Flight Simulator (TIFS) variable stability aircraft and continue to operate the X-62A Variable Stability In-flight Simulator Test Aircraft (VISTA).  


The VISTA X-62A Aircraft Mechanic is responsible for performing mechanical and technical support on a VISTA F-16 aircraft under supervision.  This includes operating and maintaining core F-16 mechanical, hydraulic, flight controls, propulsion, avionics, electrical, and VISTA-specific systems in support of normal flight operations and flight test activities. This position is located at our EAFB location. 


Compensation and position level commensurate with education and experience.

  • Perform inspections, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, troubleshoot, and repair equipment both on and off VISTA X-62A aircraft.
  • Rig flight control systems, landing gear, and VISTA specific equipment.       
  • Preform aircraft launch and recover, refuel, LOX, service pneumatic and hydraulic systems. Maintain proficiencies with AGE equipment, test equipment, and aircraft specific task tooling.
  • Install modified components and hardware and perform system operation checks to verify working order.
  • Assist in modifications of aircraft test systems, build wire harnesses, and component rack assemblies.
  • Follow established quality assurance procedures with regard to all work performed on the VISTA X-62 aircraft.


Preferred Education/Experience:

  • F-16 mechanic 3 level certification;
  • 3+ years in either hydraulic, pneumatic, mechanical, electrical, or aircraft avionics;
  • A combination of education, and/or experience equivalent to above.

Preferred Knowledge/Ability:

  • Flight line experience on jet propulsion aircraft.
  • Aircraft systems and associated support and test equipment.
  • Familiarity with Maintenance Information Systems such as Electronic Maintenance Instructions and Aircraft Forms Documentation.
  • Familiarity of Tool Control, FOD, and HAZMAT.
  • Ability to travel.

Candidates must hold or be eligible for a US government security clearance. 


Why join Calspan?


Be Calspan Culture

At Calspan, we promote an environment that empowers employees and encourages innovation. Our management team enables a strong sense of teamwork with each endeavor, where successes are shared and lessons are learned. The company’s talent brand, “Be Calspan”, incorporates our company values to Be Inclusive, Accountable, and Innovative and our commitment to drive every individual to - Be Developed, Be Balanced, Be Connected, Be Community and Be Recognized. Our culture promotes a positive atmosphere and competitive can-do method of action.


Great Benefits = Happy, Committed Employees 

Retaining great talent is as important as finding it, so at Calspan, we take our employee value proposition of Be Calspan quite seriously. To us, that means offering competitive compensation, comprehensive benefits, recognition programs and promotional opportunities. 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), Critical Illness Insurance, Accident Insurance, Life Insurance Policy, Paid-Time Off, Company-paid Holidays, Bereavement Leave, Jury Duty, Military Leave, Employee Assistance Program, Educational Assistance Reimbursement , and Pet Insurance.


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.


The salary range provided is a general guideline. Actual pay will depend on several factors, including, but not limited to, education, experience, training, and other applicable qualifications.  Calspan is committed to pay transparency in compliance with applicable state and local laws.


All candidates must be eligible to work in the United States. 

Salary Range (min)

USD $30.00/Yr.

Salary Range (max)

USD $42.00/Yr.


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