Job Listing Description

Sr. Structural Design Engineer

PDS Tech Inc. is seeking a Sr. Structural Design Engineer, in Grand Prairie, TX.


Design complex, standard or custom, mechanical and structural air-frame installation packages in new client aircraft. Create engineering drawings, interface with pertinent stakeholders in certification, production and flight test, support fleet sustainment activities and support projects.

 Primary Position Responsibilities:

Detail design: 50%

  • Create detail/assembly/installation drawings for new helicopter completions and STC projects. 
  • Review and facilitate engineering package release.
  • Can lead groups of engineers to complete projects along with representing the group at management meetings
  • Works independently with minimal supervision from Chief Engineers Office
  • Work is reviewed upon completion for adequacy in meeting company objectives

Project Coordination: 20%

  • Coordinate essential information into the configuration management system listing mechanical and structural installations for each aircraft unit produced by the client
  • Participate in developing pricing information based on installation effort and provide quotes to AHI Marketing Department for standard and custom options on new aircraft.

Engineering Support: 20%

  • Support Marketing, Field Service, Flight Test and FAA Certification organizations as needed.
  • Act as liaison to manufacturing and production efforts as needed.
  • Support installation, functional and operational tests, and ground and flight tests.

Structural Substantiation: 10%

  • Performs preliminary stress analysis in support of initial layout and design concept.
  • Performs Functional Hazard Analysis and Systems Safety Analysis as required.

Additional Responsibilities:

Other duties as assigned.


Required: Bachelor's degree in Aeronautical/Mechanical/Civil Engineering from an accredited college/university or equivalent applicable work experience.
Preferred: Master's Degree from an accredited college/university in engineering
Required: Six or more years of directly applicable engineering experience in an aviation/aerospace manufacturing or completions environment.
Knowledge, Skills, Demonstrated Capabilities:
Required: Knowledge of aviation/aerospace structural design requirements, aviation/aerospace industry standards and the Federal Aviation Regulations. Direct experience with rotorcraft is preferred.
Communication Skills (Spoken, Written, Influencing, Proficiency in Other Languages):
Must be able to communicate effectively in the English language (verbal and written).
Conversational French and/or German is a plus.
Technical Systems Proficiency:
Must be proficient with Microsoft Office Suite programs.
Minimum 8000hrs CATIA V5 (or similar 3D modeling software), familiarity with AutoCAD and SAP programs
Experience with project management tools is preferred.  
Travel Required:
5% Domestic and International
US Person under ITAR definition (U.S. Citizen, green card holder or person covered under our existing ITAR license)

Decision Making, Complexity:
Provides technical solutions to a wide range of difficult problems. Solutions are imaginative, thorough, practicable and consistent with company objective.

A typical project may involve location, creation, and installation of structural components in support of avionics equipment installations, creating seating arrangements, or performing an analysis to substantiate these installations.

The engineer will be involved with the on-aircraft integration and troubleshooting, as well as addressing installation constraints. Most importantly, the ability to adapt to shifting technical challenges, being able to communicate with technicians, managers, and the various stakeholders in a project, is key to the success of the team.

Must be able to assist less experienced engineers through training, design assistance, application of the proper methods, technical assistance in developing the appropriate structural substantiation, and to help develop the decision making ability.

Job Dimensions, Contributions to Success:

Direct responsibility for successful integration of helicopter structural/mechanical modification data packages. Failure to obtain results or erroneous decisions or recommendations would typically result in serious program delays and considerable expenditure of resources.

Nature of Contacts:

Involved Communication on a regular Basis with internal and external parties

Physical Requirements:

  • Onsite: Must be onsite 95%.
  • Vision: able to see and read computer screen and other electronic equipment with screens, able to read documents, reports and engineering drawings.
  • Hearing: able to hear to participate in conversations in person and via teleconference or phone and to hear sounds on production floor including safety warnings or alarms.
  • Speaking: able to speak in conversations and meetings, deliver information and participate in communications.
  • Equipment Operation (personal computer, telephone, copies, fax machine, and related office equipment and using electronic identification card to enter building floors and internal doors): able to operate most office and personal electronic equipment.
  • Carrying: able to carry documents, tools, drawings, electronic equipment up to 30lbs/14kgs.
  • Lifting: able to lift documents, tools, drawings, electronic equipment up to 30lbs/14kgs.
  • Pushing / Pulling: able to push and pull small office furniture and some equipment and tools.
  • Sitting: able to sit for long periods of time in meetings, working on computer.
  • Squatting / Kneeling: able to squat or kneel to retrieve or replace items stored on low shelving.
  • Standing: able to stand for discussions in offices or on production floor.
  • Travel: able to travel independently and at short notice.
  • Walking (include routine walking such as to a shared printer to retrieve documents): able to walk through office and production areas including uneven surfaces.

Job Number: 1910099324
Job Location: Grand Prairie, TX
Duration: 6 months
Input Date: 11/07/2019
Attention: Jack Beabout
Address: 2154 N CENTER ST STE 405D
City, State: NORTH CHARLESTON, SC 29406
800 Phone: 866/224-2745

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