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Principal Airworthiness Certification Engineer

Date: Jan 31, 2023

Location: Savannah, GA, US

Company: Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation

Principal Airworthiness Certification Engineer in  GAC Savannah

Unique Skills:

Expert knowledge of Part 21 certification processes and associated policy 

Expert knowledge of aircraft systems, associated Part 25 regulatory requirements and associated guidance material

Broad experience working directly with regulatory authorities on aircraft-level certification projects

Experience developing applicant positions on complex compliance issues

Experience identifying and addressing regulatory gaps for new or novel technologies  

Experience working on industry working groups to improve policy, guidance and document best practices

Experience as a technical leader/mentor 



Education and Experience Requirements

Bachelor's Degree in a discipline relevant to the position required. 15+ years specific certification experience or 20 years broad engineering experience. Experience credit considered for related adv degrees limited to 2 yrs for Masters, 4 yrs for PhD in fields applicable to this job.

Position Purpose:

Responsible for successful planning and completion of a variety of engineering and supportive tasks associated with the Compliance Assurance Organization, Organization Designation Authority, FAA, EASA and other foreign civil aviation authorities. Responsibilities include completion of tasks requiring innovative certification strategy, methods and processes required. for certification programs from project start to closure.

Job Description

Principle Duties and Responsibilities:

Essential Functions:
  1. Reviews and approves group deliverables (certification plans, summary compliance reports, correspondence, noise data sheets, etc.) .
  2. Applies specialized certification knowledge to projects containing significant and uniquely challenging issues requiring highly innovative solutions for Gulfstream products and services.
  3. Performs regulatory gap analysis to assess certification issues for new or novel technologies.
  4. Leads solutions to issues that impact program success, innovative future concepts, state of the art technology, precedent setting process.
  5. Is consulted extensively by associates and others with a high degree of reliance placed on the incumbent’s interpretation and advice.
  6. Develop and present briefings on certification strategy, status to company leadership and regulatory authorities, as assigned.
  7. Champion Gulfstream’s position in industry and/or regulatory committees as assigned to develop design guidance (e.g., MOPS) and/or regulations (e.g., advisory circulars).
  8. Provides formal and informal mentoring and guidance to other engineers.
  9. Authors issue papers and assists in preparation of applicant response.
  10. Recognized as an industry expert in certification.
  11. Applies SMS principles and best practices (including non-aviation) to enhance Gulfstream’s certification processes and product safety.

Additional Functions:
  1. Leads the development Industry authority of requirements for new/novel technologies. .
  2. Serves as an Industry authority in certification and validation activities. .

Perform other duties as assigned.

Other Requirements:
  1. Broad expertise or unique specialized knowledge in certification.
  2. Ability and initiative to apply broad and complex engineering solutions to complex engineering problems.
  3. Expert knowledge of FAA Orders 8110.4, 8100.15, and Gulfstream ODA Procedures Manual.
  4. Expert knowledge of foreign validation procedures, project classification and significant standards differences across a range of countries, and how regulatory differences may impact design and/or methods of compliance.
  5. Preferred to have delegated authority under ODA (Engineering Authorized Representative, Alternate Program Administrator, RFC Coordinator).

Additional Information

Requisition Number: 202826

Category: Engineering

Percentage of Travel: Up to 25%

Shift: First

Employment Type: Full-time

Posting End Date: 02/28/2023 


Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled.



Gulfstream does not provide work visa sponsorship for this position, unless the applicant is a currently sponsored Gulfstream employee.


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