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Structures Test Engineer - Composites


PDS Tech Commercial, Inc. is currently looking for AIRCRAFT Composite Structural Test Engineers for our eVOL client in Santa Cruz, CA

As part of the Airframe/Actuators Test team you will perform structural testing of flight critical structures for VTOL electric aircraft.
Working in our structural test lab facility, the structural test engineer will prepare test procedures, assemble test setups, execute tests and analyze and report test data. The data collected during these tests will inform the company's hardware design efforts and pave the way to safe, production-ready airframes.

Create test setups to validate the structural characteristics of primary and secondary aircraft structures (primarily composite) by working closely with the aircraft design teams to capture the nuances of aircraft design loads and operating conditions.
Develop formal test plans, test procedures, instrumentation plans, test stand/fixture designs, data acquisition architectures, and any other necessary tools to allow for thorough and repeatable testing of specimens as discussed. Analyze data collected during the aforementioned tests to generate reports that will provide quantifiable feedback to the engineering teams that will allow them to optimize their designs.


  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering 

  • 5+ years of work experience in aircraft industry.

  • Excellent problem solving and communication skills.

  • Strong analytical background.

  • Hands-on attitude.

  • Experience with testing of composite structures.

  • Experience using sensors such as foil strain gauges, linear potentiometers, string potentiometers, accelerometers, etc. (including sensor installation).

  • Fluent in data acquisition techniques, signal conditioning, and data processing techniques associated with above sensors.

  • Experience with mechanical design of complex assemblies and manufacturing drawing creation, including weldments.

  • Proficiency in Catia v5


  • M.S./Ph.D in relevant discipline.

  • Experience with industrial test laboratory environments and procedures.

  • Experience with Dassault Systemes CAD, specifically using Generative Shape Design, Part Design and Assembly Design.

  • Experience testing aircraft composite structures.

  • Experience working with fiber optic strain gauges.

  • Hands on machine shop skills using lathe, mill, welder, and other machine shop equipment.

  • Aircraft homebuilding or rapid prototyping experience is a plus.

Pay Details: $112,600.00 to $189,800.00 per year

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Job Number: US_EN_33_022202_2134305
Job Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Rate: 112600-189800
Per Diem: --
Overtime: --
Duration: indef
Start Date: ASAP
Input Date: 01/03/2024
Last Updated: 02/21/2024
Address: P O BOX 619820
City, State: DALLAS, TX 75261-9820
Phone: 214/647-9600
800 Phone: 800/270-4737
Website: Go To PDS Tech Commercial Website

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