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Aircraft Mechanical Engineer

Company: Thales
Location: Irvine
Posted on: September 8, 2023

Job Description:

Location: Irvine, United States of America

Thales people architect solutions that enable two-thirds of planes to take off and land safely. We create in-flight entertainment systems that engross 50 million fliers every year and we develop the avionics that control the world's largest commercial aircrafts. Our simulators train the next generation of pilots for fighter jets, transporters and search and rescue helicopters. And, together, each and every member of our aerospace team makes a difference.

Position Summary

This is an onsite position located in Irvine, CA.

Thales is looking for an Aircraft Mechanical Engineer to perform aircraft installation engineering and participates in the design, development, and integration of aircraft In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity Systems and components through engineering analysis, research and design. The Engineer supports Type Certificate (TC) or Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) program developments and installations, as well as provides sustaining engineering to airline Customers.

In this position, you will provide oversight of outside engineering companies assisting in the development of system design and aircraft integration of Thales In-Flight Entertainment systems.

Key Areas of Responsibility

Designer Engineering

  • Generate engineering modeling, fabrication drawing, assembly drawing, and other required documentation for parts and assemblies using appropriate CAD tools.
  • Supports more senior Engineers in providing structural or electrical analyses for current and future modifications dependent on discipline.
  • Supports development of STC amendment design data related to reconfigurations, system upgrades, layout passenger arrangement changes and equipment design evolution for existing operators of the Thales InFlyt Experience IFE System or in support of new operators.
  • Complies with company, airworthiness, and quality requirements, policies, and procedures.
  • Supports and participates in internal and external design reviews (ITCM, PDR, CDR, FAI, etc.). Installation/Integration Engineering Design
    • Develop engineering design and processes for installing Thales InFlyt Experience products onto a variety of airframes.
    • Supports the overall design of the system and its installation on the aircraft.
    • Supports the creation of installation drawings and other required documentation in support of Thales InFlyt Experience product integration using appropriate CAD tools.
    • Supports external integration engineering efforts.
    • Create and revise work instructions to install Thales InFlyt Experience systems.
    • Works in concert with the Certification Engineering team to provide the Engineering design data to support a TC, STC, or STC amendment project.
    • Provides engineering support for Head of Version linefit or prototype retrofit aircraft installations, initial launch production installations to validate design package stability.
    • Evaluates existing approved design data to incorporate into new projects to reduce schedule and increase quality.
    • The engineer supports senior engineers in providing a FAA compliant package of documentation to allow the certification of the installation. Program/Project Functions
      • May support multiple programs simultaneously.
      • May be program focal.
      • Works within budget and schedule guidelines. System Engineering
        • Gains a working knowledge of the complete Thales IFE System in order to triage problems or customer requests.
        • Gains a working knowledge of other systems integrating to the Thales IFE System (OEM systems, third party connectivity system, etc.). Communication
          • Participates to the development of a monthly system reliability reports and presentations.
          • Presents ideas effectively to internal personnel.
          • Can internally justify or explain the rationale for a process or technical change.
          • Can communicate with external parties (Airline Customers and OEMs) with guidance and direction.
          • Can communicate the following with approval to internal and external parties as it pertains to Aircraft Engineering deliverables: system requirements, schedule, changes to product/design, and installation design. Other duties
            • As assigned.
            • As necessary. Financial Impact
              • The position directly impacts sales, revenue, costs and customer satisfaction. Minimum Requirements
                • Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical, Electrical, Aerospace, or Aeronautics Engineering, or related discipline.
                • Experience using 2D and 3D CAD required.
                • Minimum 0-2 years of experience working with aircraft Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) documentation, and an understanding of aircraft structures and/or electrical systems.
                • Ability to read and follow a Wiring Diagram.
                • Valid Passport with the ability to travel in and out of the United States.
                • Work shifts and/or weekend schedule as required by workload, programs, and contacts.
                • Proven ability to comprehend functional operation, analyze problems using logical deduction and empirical evaluations and identify root cause and corrective actions.
                • Have the ability to work effectively in a cross-functional team to drive solutions.
                • Experience in initiating and completing product changes using a product life cycle management system.
                • Ability to prepare detailed reports and presentations to communicate technical information to stakeholders.
                • Ability to multi-task and self-prioritize across a variety of contemporaneous tasks.
                • Successful candidate will be expected to ramp-up quickly, take ownership of tasks, and operate effectively and autonomously across multiple entities, with only high-level technical direction.
                • Be proficient using a computer, Microsoft Office Suite and other office equipment.
                • Have excellent interpersonal written and oral communication skills with the ability to communicate technical issues in an assertive and tactful manner.
                • Have the ability to work in a remote team environment.
                • Strong work ethic and drive to succeed with a strong sense of accountability and integrity.
                • Ability to work in a fast paced, autonomously driven, and demanding atmosphere. Preferred Qualifications
                  • AutoCAD 2D proficiency.
                  • CREO 3D Modeling proficiency.
                  • Solidworks 3D Modeling experience.
                  • Previous aircraft modification and/or repair design experience preferred.
                  • Previous harness assembly design and harness routing experience preferred.
                  • Working knowledge of Boeing D6-36440.
                  • Working knowledge of Airbus ABD0100 (Part 0, 1, 2, 3) and various Airbus Frame Specs./ Special Position Requirements

                    Physical Effort: Light physical effort required by handling objects up to 20 pounds occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds frequently. (Light)

                    Work Environment: Normal office environment and air-conditioned electronic lab.

                    Secondary work environments may include occasional access to aircraft hangars or warehouse facilities.

                    Travel: Up to 25%.

                    The anticipated TTC range for this role is $67,118.00 - $124,648.00 USD Annual The Company reserves the right to ultimately pay more or less than the posted range and offer additional benefits and other compensation, depending on circumstances not related to an applicant's status protected by local, state, or federal law.

                    The Company provides an extensive benefits program for all full-time employees working 30 or more hours per week and their eligible dependents, including the following:
                    • Elective Health, Dental, Vision, FSA/HSA and Well-Being plans
                    • 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan with a company contribution and a match, and without vesting period
                    • Company paid holidays, vacation days, and paid sick leave
                    • Company provided Life Insurance, AD&D, Disability, and Employee Assistance Plan



                      This position will require successfully completing a post-offer background check. Qualified candidates with [a] criminal history will be considered and are not automatically disqualified, consistent with federal law, state law, and local ordinances.

                      Successful applicant must comply with federal contractor vaccine mandate requirements.

                      Thales champions inclusion and we believe diversity strengthens the fabric of our culture. We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Keywords: Thales, Irvine , Aircraft Mechanical Engineer, Engineering , Irvine, California

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