This role represents the most senior level structural engineer and is expected to set the standard for validating structural integrity of the landing gear systems being designed and tested at Landing Gear. The Chief Structural Engineer is expected to ensure that existing standard work are up to date with the proper standards and best practices for structural analysis. The Chief Structural Engineer also represents Landing Gear to the airworthiness authorities while certifying landing gear is safe for commercial use. The Chief Structural Engineer supervises and provides guidance to Principal Structural Engineers.
Owns the Engineering Structures Manuals (EM-005) and is responsible for methodical and periodic review for applicability and required updates to ensure alignment and linkage to corrective actions, lessons learned, new innovations and technology progression. Also ensures departmental/discipline knowledge of and understanding of the Structures Manual.
Responsible for coordinating and performance of periodic audits of analysts within the project teams to ensure compliance with released standards.
Reviews development program requirements and test plans and approves program structural philosophies to ensure product integrity.
Reviews TRDS written by project analysts.
Participates and/or chairs internal design reviews and ensures that the program analysts understand the expectations regarding required analyses. Understands all structural load paths and makes sure that load flows are compatible with stress concentrations to create the best and most efficient structure.
Ensures that the SARDS process is properly implemented on NPI programs and major derivative or redesign projects.
Develops departmental budget inputs to the Chief Engineer Office budget.
Develops and maintains yearly headcount budget for the Chief Structural Engineer's group.
Manages and provides guidance to Principal Structural Engineers through Performance/Connect meetings, facilitation of Individual Development Plans, Compensation, and developing/managing training matrices and training plans.
Develops and maintains the macro plan for applicable Chief Office swim-lanes.
Collaborates with M&PT to investigate new materials and coatings for future landing gear applications and recommends IR&D testing to validate best candidates.
May act as project lead for selected IR&D technology development efforts.
Maintains awareness of new structural analysis techniques or software and leads evaluation to determine if Landing Gear should move toward a change in best practices.
Acts as technical expert regarding structural analysis techniques and methods to the program teams (new design and sustaining).
Acts as mentor to less experienced engineers, including coaching as required.
Offers career and training advice to structures engineers on an as-requested basis.
Supports the process for recommending and approving Stress Analysts for MRB Stress signing authority.
Required to be an integral team member in RCCA activity associated with all structural failures (in test or in the field).
Assists in development and maintenance of the NRE cost estimating tool to be used on all new proposals.
Develops and maintains relationships with local universities and/or colleges for the purpose of: 1) exploring potential collaborative projects and 2) identifying potential candidates for seasonal employment, with a view toward developing students for potential future full-time employment.
Bachelors of Science in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering or equivalent.
Minimum of 15 years' experience in the analysis and certification of landing gear designs.
Comprehensive knowledge of landing gear design, qualification, analysis techniques and manufacturing methods.
Knowledge of Airworthiness regulations related to landing systems.
Certification as a delegated authority of the FAA or Transport Canada, or in training for such certification, is a definite asset.
Past experience providing accurate estimates for completion of analysis activities on new projects.
Strong organizational skills.
Excellent communication skills.
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