Aero/Flight Science Engineer III-IV

    • Job Tracking ID: 85347-323725
    • Job Location: Arlington, TX
    • Job Level: Mid Career
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: 09/02/2021
    • Years of Experience: 6+
    • Radford Job Code: 65273
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Job Description


Perform a diverse array of engineering tasks related to the aerodynamic design, analysis, simulation, and test of unmanned aerial vehicles here at KUAS.


The duties and responsibilities listed below apply to all levels of Aero/Flight Sciences Engineers. An Aero/Flight Sciences Engineer is expected to demonstrate proficiency in these duties, but may have several core competencies:

  • Conceptual and Preliminary aircraft design

  • Outer Mold Line (OML) definition including surface shaping, sizing and placement

  • Air vehicle performance requirements and analysis

  • Weight and balance estimation, tracking, and management

  • Engine inlet and exhaust design

  • Engine performance requirements/analysis

  • Develop, maintain, and document aerodynamic databases

  • Aircraft performance modeling and simulation

  • Simulation of airframe, systems, and environment

  • Classical aerodynamics analysis

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis

  • Aerodynamic loads determination

  • Wind tunnel test planning, execution, and analysis

  • Support various hardware/software design, test, troubleshooting, and documentation activities

  • Flight test planning, execution, and analysis

  • Analyses in support of requirements generation, verification, and validation

  • Prepare formal, controlled engineering documentation (i.e. drawings, specifications, test procedures, technical reports, etc.)

  • Prepare and present design review material in support of technical interchange meetings with suppliers and external/internal customers.

  • Support customer training activities

  • Foreign and domestic travel to support test activities



Aero/Flight Sciences Engineer III

  • Performs complex engineering tasks as assigned by their manager

  • Supports program planning of engineering activities through detailed scope definition

  • May act as System Engineer to help communicate top level requirements to subsystems and determine proper verification and validation methods

  • Reports progress on engineering efforts to technical leadership

  • Provides direction and oversight, both technically and programmatically, to Aero/Flight Sciences Engineers

  • Establishes and maintains best practices for design, analysis, and testing responsibilities held by the Aero/Flight Sciences group

  • Mentors Level I-II Aero/Flight Sciences Engineers


Aero/Flight Sciences Engineer IV

  • Provide oversight to the Aero/Flight Sciences group to help prioritize and delegate group work given the company’s programmatic requirements

  • Manages the engineering team’s effort and time within the budget and schedule provided for the task

  • Acts as key liaison for programs (both internal and external) on all matters having to do with aerodynamic design and performance, propulsion, modeling and simulation, and verification

  • Stays current on the "state-of-the-practice" through training and industry involvement/exposure, and mentors the Aero/Flight Sciences group with this knowledge

  • Mentors Level I-III Aero/Flight Science Engineers


Other Job Functions

Other duties may be assigned




Experience and Skills



  • Highly self-motivated

  • Versatile and adaptable to diverse engineering problems

  • Demonstrated strength in one or more of the listed essential job functions

  • Demonstrated focus on customer satisfaction

  • Demonstrated strong communication skills

  • Must be able to work in a multidisciplinary team environment

  • Ability to travel as necessary to perform job duties

  • Ability to maintain sensitive and confidential information as required by government standards

  • Ability to interact effectively with peers and supervisors

  • Ability to interact appropriately with the public when necessary

  • Ability to adhere to workplace rules

Preferred Skills:

  • MATLAB and Simulink experience strongly preferred

  • Familiarity with C/C++ and Java software is strongly preferred

  • Familiarity with unmanned aircraft systems and operations is preferred

  • Understanding of autopilot flight control design is strongly preferred

  • Familiarity with unmanned aircraft systems and operations is preferred

  • Familiarity with software configuration management systems is preferred



Each successive level of an Aero/Flight Sciences Engineer builds on the identified education and experience qualifications listed for the previous level(s) of Aero/Flight Science Engineer.  May be required to obtain and maintain a U.S. security clearance at the appropriate level (requires U.S. Citizenship).


Aero/Flight Sciences Engineer III

  • Requires BS degree in Engineering (Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering preferred)

  • 6 + years related experience in related engineering discipline

  • 3+ years lead engineer experience in the aerospace industry


    Aero/Flight Sciences Engineer IV

  • Requires BS degree in Engineering (MS Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering preferred)

  • 11 + years related experience in related engineering discipline

  • 6+ years lead engineer experience in the aerospace industry



  • Office and or manufacturing environment
  • Ability to stand and sit for long periods of time
  • Ability to perform repetitive motion (keyboarding, 10-key phones)
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds
  • Frequent outside contact with customers and suppliers
  • May work extended hours or weekends



  • 10-25% May be required to support flight test activities, new business development, and customer maintenance occasionally