Aircraft Structural Airworthiness Engineer - Expat Saudi Arabia


Job Description:

Leidos is seeking an Aircraft Structural Airworthiness Engineer to support the Royal Saudi Air Force in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This position will be part of the Contractor Engineering and Technical Support team in support of a U.S. Air Force Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This is a one-year assignment with option to renew. Assignment location may be one of seven locations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia per the Performance Work Statement.

The Aircraft Structural Airworthiness Engineer provides professional advice and assistance to RSAF Airworthiness Directorate (RAD) on all aircraft structural engineering activities. This includes understanding 3D and 2D design software and development of aircraft design concepts, reviewing recommendations of RSAF Engineering Authority modifications, progressing external design initiatives, performing and evaluating cost benefit analysis on improvement initiatives, and investigating aircraft system related problems with aim to improve aircraft safety, reliability, maintainability, and testability of the weapon system platform.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Produce design data as required for the manufacture and assembly of aircraft structures and systems (including knowledge-intensive engineering drawings using 3D and 2D design software). Research and review engineering data (drawings, reports, manuals, etc.) defining aircraft structure or systems in support of design work.
  • Support other engineering groups as workload requirements dictate. Develop expertise on aircraft design concepts, industry design standards, regulations and drafting techniques consistent with workload environment.
  • Review and recommend RSAF authorizations of systems engineering modifications. Progress approval of improvement initiatives through external design organizations and technical authorities.
  • Provide advice and assistance to the RSAF Airworthiness Director on all generic structural issues pertaining to the airworthiness for each aircraft platform in a timely and effective manner.
  • Evaluate and perform cost benefit analysis of improvement initiatives.
  • Create original designs for changed to existing systems to improve safety, reliability, maintainability, or performance. Perform integration, test, and instructional tasks.
  • Collate trend data and investigate aircraft systems related to problems affecting fleet performance and devise innovative solutions. Monitor test programs and evaluate test data to identify problems and/or to very performance.
  • Where necessary, initiate and progress avionic component technical queries and defect and problem investigations, liaising with appropriate stakeholders to review resultant reports, expediting and consequential maintenance or modification action.
  • Participate in accident investigations. Evaluate and provide recommendations on major defect and aircraft incident reports.
  • Perform studies and participate in research, development, and implementation of programs to improve safety, reliability, and maintainability.
  • In conjunction with each section specialist, be able to assist the development and refinement of future support concepts and policies.
  • Monitor and provide independent airworthiness assessment on Avionic In-Kingdom Industrial Participation (IKIP) activities.
  • Support day to day activities in the preparation of RSAF correspondences both internal and external, as well as support RSAF officers in meetings and management reviews.


For Level II: BA/BS in Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, or similar, and minimum ten (10) years of experience in aircraft/aerospace structural engineering including design, development, integration, and test of civil and/or military aircraft and equipment (additional directly relevant experience and certifications may be considered in lieu of degree). Previous work experience and training in Military Airworthiness Authority (MAA).
For Level III: Advanced Degree (MA/MS) in Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, or similar, and minimum twelve (12) years of experience in aircraft/aerospace structural engineering including design, development, integration, and test of civil and/or military aircraft and equipment (additional directly relevant experience and certifications may be considered in lieu of degree). Previous work experience and training in Military Airworthiness Authority (MAA).

Basic Qualifications:
  • Fluent in English
  • Military Fast Jet background with practical, 1st Line Avionics experience at a senior level
  • Comprehensive appreciation of military maintenance regulations relating to fast jet airframe (major & sub) assemblies
  • Experience in military airworthiness regulations, policies, processes, procedures, and standards for military and/or civilian registered aircraft
  • Experience in senior engineering management with a thorough knowledge of engineering authority processes, specifically the types of fighter, transport, rotary, and/or unmanned aircraft systems
  • Knowledge of and experience in handling structures related certification projects and development of airworthiness regulations
  • Experience and working knowledge of international regulations and policies for military and aviation
  • Ability to develop and integrate concepts that involve requirements, design, prototyping, production, testing, training and logistics support in all phases of weapon system life cycle, including all aspects of technical performance that involve trade-off of performance, life-cycle cost, risk, maintainability, supportability, testability and other engineering requirements.
  • Possess knowledge of engineering principles used in stress analysis, 3D computer modelling and other analytical substantiation techniques. Experience utilizing CAD software and/or 3D modelling software with demonstrable proficiency.
  • Design certification experience within an aerospace organization with technical involvement applicable in on or more of the following: research, design, development, production, testing, and performance of theoretical studies; analysis of airworthiness / system of safety design; and recommendations to expand performance and enhance design as applicable
  • Formal training on airworthiness certification
  • Excellent knowledge of standard aircraft components, materials, composites, metals, fabrication practices, aviation hardware, integration and proper applications in design with a thorough understanding of the use and application of aircraft technical data
  • Working knowledge of international regulation and policy for military and civil aviation as well as International Trade in Arms Regulations (ITAR)
  • Progressive experience in design and development of aircraft structural engineering projects required.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong leadership qualities and proven interpersonal skills
  • Literate in MS Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Project, etc.)

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Chartered Engineer status
  • Experience working with Military Fast Jet platforms in a forward operational domain
  • Aircraft mechanical / structural background with practical, hands-on experience
  • Experience in handling reverse engineering, weapons, and aerodynamics related to certification projects and development in airworthiness regulations
  • Detailed knowledge of the Logistics Airworthiness Management (LAM) framework and all appropriate document sets

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Clearance Level Required:



Yes, 10% of the time

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Structural Engineering

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