Cooperative Airworthiness Systems Engineer - Journeyman

Job Locations US-MD-Patuxent River
System Engineer
Full Time


We are seeking a Cooperative Airworthiness Systems Engineer to support our team in Patuxent River, Maryland. This role is located within the Persistent Maritime Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Office (PMA-262). 


At AVIAN (pronounced *a-v-yin*) we believe in the extraordinary potential of every individual. As an employee owner at AVIAN, you will find that we have cultivated an employee-first mentality. By prioritizing talent over experience, we ensure that every hire we make is as unique as the position that they will be filling.


Here on our team, we embrace new challenges and focus on continuous learning which fosters growth mindsets in all our employee owners; whether you are joining the workforce for the very first time or if you’re a seasoned professionals who has their eyes set on retirement.


Our commitment to providing our customers and employees with an unmatched experience sets us apart. We believe that every team member has a stake in the success of AVIAN, and we strive to ensure that each member of our team knows that their contributions matter. You can be sure as an employee owner you will celebrate both your individual and our collective triumphs.


Taking care of each other is a cornerstone of the AVIAN philosophy. Being part of the AVIAN team means being part of a team that takes pride in being expansive in our community because our impact doesn’t stop in the workplace. We actively engage in community initiatives, empowering our employees to make a meaningful difference.


We believe that employee investment shouldn’t be a one-way street, so we offer benefits that normalize balancing mental wellness and family time with work responsibilities. From Flexible Time Off to Wellness Reimbursements we want all our team members to achieve the highest levels of life/work balance.


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Functional Description: Provide technical support in the development and testing of Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) sensors. Review and generate technical documentation. Research, develop and propose technical solutions for problems and deficiencies within the SIGINT system. Responsibilities include:

  • Ability to review Engineering documents and assess against existing system safety hazards for applicability.
  • Review the MQ-4C Triton Airworthiness documentation to include test procedures, test results, analysis and assess against Commonwealth of Australia requirements.
  • Support the PMA 262 International and Engineering teams.
  • Serve as a technical liaison between the Australian and USN airworthiness teams.
  • Assist in the development of the Australian Unmanned Aerial System Standard Operating Permit (UASOP).
  • Review and monitor development of relevant engineering documentation and artifacts
  • Track engineering critical path inputs to the project and program integrated government schedule (IGS)
  • Facilitate meetings, respond the Requests for Information (RFI), and track schedules
  • Apply decision analysis techniques to ensure that the engineering approach is cost effective and satisfies the training objectives.
  • Monitor and participate in the configuration management of the system as an advocate for the cooperative partner.
  • Maintain knowledge of disclosure parameters and related DoN Guidance to assist with release of technical data to cooperative partners.


Required Qualifications:

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree or allowable substitutions. Allowable substitutions for the bachelor’s degree include an Associate’s Degree and two years of additional work experience or four years of additional work experience with no conferred degree.
  • Experience: Three to ten years of experience performing duties described in the functional description.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance.
  • Due to the sensitivity of customer-related requirements, U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • This position operates in a hybrid environment which requires two to three days of on-site support per week

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in an Engineering field

  • At least 3 years of experience in Systems Engineering supporting DoD aircraft or weapons systems, consisting of the design, development, integration and system testing of computer hardware, computer software, and navigation, sensor, and communication subsystems

  • Demonstrated experience in NAVAIR Systems Engineering Process and Airworthiness

  • Knowledge of system engineering principles, theories, and concepts and ability to contribute to the development of new and innovative principles and concepts

  • Demonstrated knowledge of a wide range of non-engineering, non-scientific information in the form of federal Acquisition Regulations, Military Standards, Department of the Navy (DON)/DOD/NAVAIR policies, directives and instructions and ability to determine the applicability of these documents to assignments.

  • Ability to work and coordinate with a variety of professional personnel associated with the assigned duties.

  • Experience with Navy Unmanned Aviation platforms desired.



AVIAN is a service-based organization. As an equal opportunity employer, our policy of business is to seek the most qualified candidate for each talent opportunity without regard to race, creed, color, sex, age, religious belief, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sexual preference, physical or mental handicap, lawful political affiliation or veteran’s status.


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