Aerospace Engineer (Structures)


Aerospace Engineers are responsible for developing and designing airworthiness programs for transport aircraft, rotorcraft, and general aviation certification. They help to determine the ineffectiveness or failure of FAA regulations. Aerospace Engineers work with technical experts, FAA personnel, pilots, and other engineers to develop and evaluate testing programs and information gained from various sources.


The job of an Aerospace Engineer can be tedious and repetitive, but also very rewarding when a project is completed. Because a major aspect of working for the FAA is ensuring safety, procedures, rules and regulations must be closely followed.


Applicants should have the ability to understand and communicate technical specifications as they relate to aeronautical engineering standards and practices. Attention to detail is necessary, as is excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team. A familiarity with Federal Aviation Regulations is desired.


Applicants must be United States citizens. Candidates for the position of Aerospace Engineer are required to have at least a verifiable bachelor’s degree in engineering or the equivalent in work experience. They must be able to demonstrate the ability to perform the skills required for this job including flutter, finite element analyses methods, fracture and material mechanics, fatigue, or structural design principles. Engineer candidates should be familiar with the engineering of rotorcraft, general aviation aircraft, and aircraft design. A one-year probationary period is usually required. Applicants must pass a security investigation.


Some training will be provided on the job.


Though a standard workweek is common, occasional overnight travel may be necessary.

Salary and Benefits

Benefits include life and health insurance, competitive salaries, retirement programs, paid holidays, vacation, and sick days.

$65,097 – $100,948

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