Airbus Helicopters, Inc. Internship - Flight Test Analyst in Grand Prairie, Texas

Internship - Flight Test Analyst

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  • 14-May-2018 to 25-May-2018 (EST)

  • 10552 Exp Flt Test Engineer

  • Grand Prairie, TX, USA

  • Intern - Full Time

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Airbus is an international pioneer in the aerospace industry. We are a leader in designing, manufacturing and delivering aerospace products, services and solutions to customers on a global scale. We aim for a better-connected, safer and more prosperous world.

A commercial aircraft manufacturer, with Space and Defense as well as Helicopters Divisions, Airbus is the largest aeronautics and space company in Europe and a worldwide leader.

Airbus has built on its strong European heritage to become truly international with roughly 180 locations and 12,000 direct suppliers globally. The company has aircraft and helicopter final assembly lines across Asia, Europe and the Americas, and has achieved a more than sixfold order book increase since 2000.

Position Summary:

The Experimental Flight Test department provides instrumentation, flight test, data analysis, reporting, for developmental, certification and production activities. The Data Analysis and Reporting function spans the technical knowledge of helicopter mechanical and electrical systems, equipment specifications, certification requirements, definition of instrumentation requirements, test planning, data reduction and analysis including modelling, and reporting. The Flight Test Analysis will:

  • Learn flight testing basics through participation in active projects,

  • Become familiar with technical documents used in the Aerospace Industry,

  • Apply Airbus data analysis tools to extract, reduce flight data, generate technical data, graphs and models

  • Practice technical writing and communication skills

This internship will work 40 hours per week during the summer and 8-24 hours per week once the school year resumes in the Fall.

Primary Responsibilities:

Learn flight testing basics: 10%

  • Flight test process: Test requirements, specifications, instrumentation, test, data reduction and analysis, reporting,

  • Helicopter fundamentals: architecture, performance, flight characteristics, electronic systems,

  • Defining instrumentation requirements, basic flight test instrumentation systems,

  • Documentation: FT plan, FTI plan, FT Report, Data archiving and retrieving.

Gain familiarity with technical documents used in the aerospace industry: 10%

  • Flight manuals and supplements,

  • Technical standards (RTCA, SAE),

  • Certification agency (FAA/EASA): Rules, Advisories, Orders, TSO, Policies.

Apply Airbus data analysis tools: 50%

  • Extract / SANDRA: extraction, visualization, elaborated parameters,

  • MdiSdeRead, Viewer, WinSpoGA,

  • Analysis: Environmental (vibration, temperature, electro-magnetic), performance, flight characteristics.

Practice technical writing and communication skills: 30%

  • Flight Test Plan,

  • Flight Test Report,

  • Technical presentation.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualified Experience / Skills / Training:

Education:

  • Seeking a degree in Science / Engineering: Aerospace, Physics, Thermodynamics, Mechanical, Electrical, Applied mathematics, Computational Engineering.

Experience:

  • Data analysis and modelling software experience is desirable.

  • Exposure to Aerospace/Mechanical/Electrical Engineering is desirable.

Knowledge, Skills, Demonstrated Capabilities:

  • Must be well organized and have good time management skills.

  • Ability to research a subject, formulate a problem and solving strategy, critical thinking are required.

  • Strong problem solving skills are an asset.

Communication Skills (Spoken, Written, Influencing, Proficiency in Other Languages):

  • Requires ability to communicate effectively verbally and in written form. Basic French reading skills are desirable.

Technical Systems Proficiency:

  • Requires use of computer and proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.

  • MATLAB, Python, VBA proficiency are preferred.

Travel Required:

  • 0% Domestic and International

Citizenship:

  • Able to work in the US without a current or future need for visa sponsorship

Job Dimensions, Contributions to Success:

  • Assist in creating new data analysis and modeling tools for helicopter flight mechanics and performance, automate data reduction.

Nature of Contacts:

  • Good communication skills are required as daily interactions occur with internal customers, external customers, support departments, and peers.

    Physical Requirements:

  • Onsite: 100% of time that this position must be worked onsite at the company's location.

  • 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, as well as electronic test 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

  • Walking (include routine walking such as to a shared printer to retrieve documents): able to walk through office and production areas including uneven surfaces.

NOTE: Airbus Helicopters, Inc. reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the need arises. This position description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

As a leader in our field, Airbus in America provides relocation assistance for qualified positions and a comprehensive compensation and benefits package.

Airbus in America provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetics, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status or other legally protected status. In addition to federal law requirements, Airbus in America complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, demotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, benefits and training.

Airbus in America expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetics, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status or other legally protected status. Improper interference with the ability of Airbus' employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

As a matter of policy, Airbus does not sponsor visas for US positions unless specified. Only applicants with current work authorization will be considered.

Airbus does not offer tenured or guaranteed employment. Either the company or the employee can terminate the employment relationship at any time, with or without cause, with or without notice.

This position is a temporary (contract) position with no specific time period but could be extended or shortened as needed. Contractors are employed by a 3rd party vendor and place on assignment to Airbus in America.