Manager of Simulation and Testing


Key information

Research, design and development
Professional, Engineer & Manager
Gainesville, texas 76240, Texas, UNITED STATES
Regular Full time, Full-time
Bachelor's Degree
More than 5 years

Job description

1) Occupational Summary:

Manages and responsible for the overall function and performance of the simulation and testing teams. Responsible for work load-capacity analysis, resource management, on time completion of all tasks with appropriate quality, and continued performance improvements.

2) Duties and Responsibilities (essential functions):

A) Schedules simulation & testing workload in accordance with program milestone and EDR schedules, provides status and schedule updates to department head and other appropriate entities on a regular basis.
B) Lead the simulation and testing teams to lead the simulation and testing teams to ensure on time completion of tasks with proper quality within allocated budget.
C) Provide employees the resources, guidance, leadership, and training necessary to successfully perform their job and accomplish goals and foster a collaborative, team environment.
D) Responsible for personnel actions including hiring, performance management (ie: annual performance evaluations, coaching, and counseling) and terminations.
E) Provides technical direction as necessary.
F) Ensures health and safety compliance within the department and work areas.
G) Ensures proper compliance with regulatory, airframer requirements and company policies & procedures.
H) Ensures continued improvements of simulation and test laboratory.
I) Responsible for quality of all simulation tasks and test data.
J) Defines and maintains standardization.
K) Coordinates and ensures proper communication with regulatory bodies to be in compliance, if required.
L) Performs other duties as assigned.

Complementary description

3) Qualification Requirements:

A) Knowledge and Skills:
i) Working knowledge of aerospace industry standard stress analysis methods such as hand calculations, linear/non-linear implicit FE analysis, multi-body dynamic analysis and non-linear explicit FE analysis methods.
ii) When required directly or indirectly provide technical support to the program specific stress teams to:
a) Ensure that the risk of a certification test failure is managed effectively and minimized with the use of appropriate analytical methods and judgement.
b) Review and approve hand calculations, linear static, non-linear, crash, multi-body dynamic and optimization FE models for seating products to support the design and certification process, plus the in-service life of the product.
c) Review and approve stress and structural documentation to submit for internal/external customers and regulatory approval.
d) Review and approve drawings, designs, concessions and repairs with respect to stress.
e) Support the Design team in ensuring that products meet cost and weight targets.
iii) Working knowledge of industry standard dynamic, static and cyclic test methods.
iv) Support the specification, procurement, maintenance and modifications to the dynamic, static and cyclic test rigs, ancillaries and instrumentation to ensure all tests meet the pre-defined requirements.

Job requirements

v) Manage the technical support to the Test Engineers/Technicians to:
a) Conduct and document structural tests on aircraft seating products to demonstrate compliance to requirements.
b) Review and interpret dynamic, static and cyclic test plans provided by certification engineers.
c) Design and construct suitable test set-ups to carry out tests detailed therein.
d) Design cyclic test apparatus to automate the repeated function of complex manual and powered systems through the use of programming, actuators, sensors and switches.
e) Discuss and agree test set-ups / deviations with visiting test authorities and witnesses.
f) Record and process test data using the appropriate instrumentation and data acquisition systems.
vi) Ensure alignment of the physical test set up and the virtual representation with the required levels of data acquisition.

B) Education and Experience:

i) Requires a Bachelor's degree in a related Engineering field or 6 years equivalent related experience in lieu of degree.
ii) Plus 5 years simulation or stress engineering experience in the industry required.
Leadership experience managing subordinates is preferred.

Specificity of the job

More than one week of total traveling per year; international and domestic

Company information

Safran Seats

Safran is an international high-technology group, operating in the aircraft propulsion and equipment, space and defense markets. Safran has a global presence, with more than 92,000 employees and sales of 21 billion euros in 2018. Working alone or in partnership, Safran holds world or European leadership positions in its core markets. Safran undertakes Research & Development programs to meet fast-changing market requirements, with total R&D expenditures of around 1.5 billion euros in 2018.

Safran is ranked among the Top 100 Global Innovators by Thomson Reuters and is featured on the "Happy at work" rankings. The Group places fourth on the Universum ranking for the favorite companies of newly-qualified engineers in France.

Safran Seats is a world leader in aircraft passenger and crew seats. One million seats made by the company are now in service worldwide.

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