Senior flight test engineer


Website JRC Integrated Systems

JRC is currently seeking a senior flight test engineer with primary responsibility to provide test and program management support working closely with NSWC Crane and Strategic Systems Program office. This position reports to JRC’s Systems Engineering and Integration Division supporting the U.S. Navy’s OHIO and COLUMBIA Class Submarine Weapon System Test Program. The position requires close coordination with home office personnel, the government office, and field site personnel.

Job Purpose:

The senior flight test engineer will support the Strategic Systems Hardware Division, working closely with engineers on planning, logistics, design, test and evaluation, systems engineering, continuous process improvement and program management. The senior flight test engineer will support solid rocket motor / booster development leveraging propulsion engineering principles as well as hypersonic weapons systems technologies. The senior flight test engineer will also plan for and support the logistics of handling/transporting rocket motors / boosters while meeting all imposed requirements covering safety, ordnance, hazardous materials and environmental conditions.


The senior flight test engineer will be responsible to support JRC’s efforts with the Strategic Systems Hardware program necessary support to our nation’s nuclear deterrent on the OHIO and COLUMBIA class submarines.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of solid rocket motor design, development, integration and test
  • Demonstrate a willingness to work in a team environment and the ability to work independently while prioritizing and supporting multiple tasks
  • Possess an intimate knowledge of NSWC Crane and Strategic System Program’s culture and practices
  • Work with contractors and Navy personnel to perform weapon system design, requirements definition, integration, and logistics planning
  • Provide input into Systems Engineering practices for NSWC Crane and Strategic Systems Program

Key duties:

  • Generate design documentation, requirements, and logistics and maintenance plans for the weapon system
  • Provide technical input ton documentation and systems engineering reviews for solid rocket motor/booster development
  • Develop, maintain, issue and track updates for the Navy Program Manager to progress reports
  • Coordinate with NSWC Crane and sponsoring agencies including SSP and AF customers and contractors in the support of strategic hardware
  • Develop and review documentation, requirements, and supporting material for technical accuracy and impact to the requirements documents
  • Advise team members of engineers and analysts on processes, procedures, and technical aspects of the program, providing mentorship to junior team members
  • Develop presentations for technical reviews
  • Perform technical analysis of designs and plans

General skills/attributes:

  • Technical writing and documentation
  • High quality communication and presentation development
  • In depth knowledge of requirements development and evaluation
  • Must have a government security clearance at the SECRET level

Specific skills/qualifications:

  • Must have a BS in Engineering Degree from an ABET accredited institution or equivalent years of experience
  • Masters Degree in Engineering preferred
  • Must have operational flight test experience gained from flight tests / missions conducted
  • 20 plus years professional experience in engineering
  • Rocket motor/booster development
  • Knowledge of Hypersonics weapons systems techniques
  • Knowledge of handling and transportation of rocket motors/boosters
  • Comprehensive experience with Polaris A3, Trident I C4, and various other COTS/tactical rocket motors
  • Integration and testing experience of the motors into a booster
  • Knowledge of motor handling/transportation and launch support equipment
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