Flight test engineer instructor


Website QinetiQ

QinetiQ is looking for a flight test engineer instructor to deliver 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 lessons and tutorials on various subjects to aspiring and practicing flight test professionals including Test Pilot, FTE and Evaluator Aircrew students.

Deliver and grade a range of practical assessments including instructional sorties to both test pilot and flight test engineer students.

Advise and assist in the preparation and conduct of test flying demonstrations and exercises for students.

Supervise, guide and assess students throughout their courses.

Draft progress reports for students.

Carry out course development as required for both existing and new courses.

Assist in development of future ETPS and QinetiQ facilities for trainng flight test professionals.

Successful outcomes of this role:

Graduation of trained ETPS students.

Delivery of short courses.

Timely and appropriate development and delivery of assigned course content.


Teaching all aspects of flight test theory and practical techniques 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.

Contributing to the continuing high standards of aviation safety inherent in ETPS flying operations.

Person Specification

Essential Education, Qualifications and Training:

Engineering or Science degree.

Medically fit to gain an EASA Class 2 Medical category.

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Experience Required:

Completed at least 3 years actively contributing to a range of significant flight test programmes.

Experience of integrated systems test and evaluation

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:

  • Experience of evaluating high order fly by wire aircraft control systems
  • Experience of rotary wing  test and evaluation

Experience of using simulation in flight test programmes

Experience leading complex flight test activities

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

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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