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Job #: R-00085485
Location: Manassas, VA
Category: Aerospace Engineering
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance: None
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Referral Bonus Amount: $2,000
Group: Defense

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Job Description:

The Aviation Integration, Maintenance, Sustainment and Safety (AIMSS) Branch of Leidos has a dynamic opportunity in Manassas, VA for an Airworthiness Engineer.  In this role, you will be supporting multiple airborne programs.

The job of the Airworthiness Engineer is to develop procedures and systems that will identify as well as track compliance with all applicable civilian and government airworthiness requirements (Ex: FAR Parts 23 and 25, MIL-HDBK-516).

This position supports the Project Engineering Manager and multiple program managers by accomplishment of the tasks described below:

Primary Responsibilities

  • Develop airworthiness plans, basis of certifications, means of compliance, and certification for total systems

  • Decompose airworthiness certification basis requirements and manage compliance products

  • Assist Program Managers, Project Engineers, and Systems Engineers to identify airworthiness requirements for both experimental and type certification programs

  • Develop new and refining existing airworthiness requirement processes

  • Use and further develop tools for tracking requirements, means of compliance, compliance artifacts, and approvals

  • Coordinate with other internal engineering disciplines and review deliverables throughout the product development lifecycle (design, fabrication, test, installation, operation, maintenance, and disposal)

  • Manage the airworthiness component of overall system development, to ensure the solution meets program objectives and customer requirements (flight releases, type certification, and continued airworthiness)

  • Work closely with the engineering team to plan, execute, document, and deliver airworthiness and requirements documentation for the design, production, and testing of aircraft systems. 

  • Work closely with the configuration management team to development and maintain aircraft configuration documentation. 

  • Supports program audits from various authorities, including AS9100, DCMA, and FAA


Basic Qualifications

  • This position relies heavily on the following skills: working knowledge of US civil and military airworthiness regulations and how to apply these to both design projects and continuing airworthiness programs, and systems engineering process knowledge, leadership, communication, and ability to work independently and within a team

  • Bachelor’s degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Aviation Sciences, or other technical areas with a minimum of four (4) years of experience; additional years of experience may be considered in lieu of degree

  • Experience with FAA and US Military aviation certification requirements and processes

  • Prior experience working directly with civilian and military airworthiness entities

  • Knowledge and experience with MIL-HDBK-516C certification basis development

  • Knowledge and experience with 14 CFR Part 21 certification processes for Part 23 and 25 aircraft

  • System safety, and airworthiness processes and regulations experience (14CFR, MIL-HDBK-516, AFI)

  • Experience developing certification artifacts for aircraft programs (Certification Plans, Compliance Matrices, Summary Compliance documents, Means of Compliance requirements and statements, and Certification Basis)

  • Experience reading engineering drawings, both mechanical and electrical.

  • Experience in managing scope, schedule, and task prioritization

  • Comfortable in presenting program status briefs to customers and senior decision makers.

  • Leadership, communication (written and verbal), interpersonal, and organizational skills.

  • Must be a US citizen

  • A clearance is NOT required to start, but a final DoD Secret level of clearance is required. You must be able to obtain and maintain this level of clearance.

  • Willingness to relocate to Manassas, Virginia area

  • Up to 10% Required Travel: Candidate must be able to travel throughout the U.S. to support program events.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Hands-on Experience with various Part 23 and Part 25 airframes

  • Knowledge and experience with ISR aircraft

  • Knowledge of Configuration Management Systems & Processes

  • Familiarity with Part 91 and Part 135 aircraft operations

  • Organizational experience (i.e., logistics, inventory systems, document workflows, scheduling, task management, etc)

  • Active Secret clearance


Pay Range:

Pay Range $74,750.00 - $115,000.00 - $155,250.00

Covid Guidance

In order to enter Leidos facilities in the U.S. and to attend Leidos events outside our facilities, employees are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 or maintain proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 96 hours of entry. In addition, we are receiving guidance from certain customers that onsite contractor personnel will need to be fully vaccinated to access customer facilities. If you are not vaccinated, please consider getting your COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact your Talent Acquisition POC. 

About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, civil, and health markets. The company’s 43,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $13.7 billion for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2021. For more information, visit

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