Flight test academic instructor


Website QinetiQ

QinetiQ is looking for a flight test academic instructor to deliver world-class flight test training to students on ETPS courses.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Required to work within a strong team environment to deliver world class training to students on ETPS courses.
  • Deliver instructional sessions, in person and on-line to students, on theoretical knowledge to aspiring and practicing flight test professionals including Test Pilot, Flight Test Engineer and Evaluator Aircrew students.
  • Development, facilitating and grading of a range of academic assessment of students.
  • Supporting the Cranfield post graduate studies.
  • Maintenance and development of academic materials.
  • Support the development of modelling and simulation classroom facilities
  • Contribute to the grading of student practical assessments, including the assessment of correct analysis in the reporting of student practical assessments.
  • Supervise, guide and assess students throughout their courses.
  • Provide inputs for student progress reports.
  • Assist in development of future ETPS and QinetiQ facilities for teaching flight test professionals.

Successful outcomes of this role:

  • Graduation of trained ETPS students.
  • Delivery of ETPS short courses.
  • Timely and appropriate delivery of assigned course content.


  • Teaching all aspects of academic flight test theory to experienced multi-national pilots and engineers.
  • Clarifying subject material that is inherently complex so that students of all nationalities can understand and then apply the associated principles.

Essential Education, Qualifications and Training:

  • Engineering or Science degree.

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Experience Required:

  • At least 5 years post graduate experience in either the study, teaching or application of Aerospace Engineering.

Essential Personal Qualities and Behavioural Requirements:

  • Ability to motivate and inspire.
  • Team player with good interpersonal skills.
  • Patient and with a good sense of humour.
  • Adaptable and approachable.
  • Required to work in a strong team environment.
  • Confident in delivery to a knowledgeable audience.
  • Required to apply independent thinking to solve problems.
  • Must be willing to travel in both the UK and overseas to participate in course activities as required.

Desirable Criteria

Experience in at least one of the following fields:

  • Instructional experience up to post-graduate level
  • Experience developing or evaluating high order fly by wire aircraft control systems
  • Experience of fast jet test and evaluation
  • Experience of heavy aircraft test and evaluation
  • Experience of rotary wing test and evaluation
  • Experience of integrated avionics evaluation
  • Experience of weapons carriage, jettison and release testing
  • Experience of using simulation in flight test programmes
  • Teaching/instructional qualification or experience
  • Experience of the UK MoD’s Defence Systems Approach to Training (DSAT)
  • Graduated from one of the 4 MoD-recognised Test Pilot Schools (ETPS, USNTPS, USAFTPS or EPNER)
  • At least 5 years experience within a practical flight test environment
  • Be a Chartered Engineer
  • Excellent organisational and administrative skills
  • Skilled with MS Office, particularly Excel and Powerpoint
  • Experienced user of MATLAB  and Simulink

Please ensure you include a covering letter with your CV/Application

Please note that all applicants must be eligible for SC clearance as a minimum.

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To apply for this job please visit careers.qinetiq.com.

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