JOB TITLE: AIRCRAFT STRUCTURAL ENGINEER
LOCATION: HQ RSAF, RIYADH
SECTION A - JOB PURPOSE
Responsible to the Director of Aeronautical Engineering to provide day to day advice to RSAF Officers on matters pertaining to structural engineering for all RSAF aircraft.
Provides a primary point of contact for all RSAF structural engineering issues. Enhance RSAF engineering authority capability with regards to structural engineering.
SECTION B - RECRUITMENT SPECIFICATION
2.1. Non-Saudi Arabian National (Expatriate)
2.2. Engineering Degree BEng (Hons) in Mechanical / Aeronautical Engineering.
2.3. Master's Degree or higher and Chartered Engineer status is desirable.
2.4. A minimum of 10 years of experience in aircraft/aerospace structural engineering.
SECTION C - RECRUITMENT
3.1. 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.
3.2. 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 obvious and demonstrable proficiency.
3.3. Experience in senior engineering management with a thorough knowledge of engineering authority processes, specifically the types of fighter, transport, rotatory, and/or unmanned aircraft systems.
3.4. A working knowledge of international regulation and policy for military and civil aviation as well as International Trade in Arms Regulations (ITAR).
3.5. Progressive experience in design and development of aircraft structural engineering projects required. The aircraft structural applications will be the focus of their knowledge for fatigue index analysis, structural integrity inspections, structural modifications and updates, and engineering analysis of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) aircraft platforms, specifically the types of fighter, transport, rotatory, and/or unmanned aircraft systems.
3.6. Must be able to develop and integrate concepts that involve requirements, design, prototyping, production, testing, training and logistics support in all phases of the weapon system life cycle, including all aspects of technical program that involve trade-off of performance, life-cycle cost, risk, producibility, supportability, testability and other engineering requirements. Possess knowledge of engineering principles used in stress analysis, 3D computer modelling and other analytical substantiation techniques.
3.7. Good written and verbal communication skills in the English language.
3.8. Strong leadership qualities with proven interpersonal and team working skills.
3.9. Computer literate and an experienced user of the Microsoft Office suite of programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Project).
3.10. Knowledge of aviation quality systems, airworthiness, airframe engineering, aircraft control systems, aircraft avionic systems, design engineering, manufacturing, project/programme management, systems engineering, test engineering and aircraft systems integration.
3.11. A good all round awareness of RSAF processes and procedures.
3.12. A good all round awareness of RSAF programmes, Suppliers, OEM, Government to Government Standard Agencies, International Standards Agencies and academic/research establishments.
SECTION D - JOB ACCOUNTABILITIES
4.1. Create engineering drawings using 3-D and 2-D design software. Produce design data as required for the manufacture and assembly of aircraft structures and systems. Research and review engineering data (drawings, reports, manuals, etc.) defining aircraft structure or systems in support of design work.
4.2. 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.
4.3. Review and recommend RSAF authorizations of engineering modifications. Progress approval of improvement initiatives through external design organisations and technical authorities.
4.4. Evaluate and perform cost benefit analysis of improvement initiatives.
4.5. Create original designs for changes to existing systems to improve safety, reliability, maintainability or performance. Perform integration, test and instructional tasks.
4.6. Investigate aircraft systems related problems affecting fleet performance and devise innovative solutions. Monitor test programs and evaluate test data to identify problems and/or to verify performance.
4.7. Participate in accident investigations. Evaluate and provide recommendations on major defect and aircraft incident reports.
4.8. Perform studies and participate in research, development and implementation of programmes to improve safety, reliability and maintainability.
4.9. Develop system testing procedures and documentation to verify performance to specification requirements. Participate in the acceptance test of aircraft and equipment.
4.10. Prepare staff correspondence to organisations internal and external to the RSAF.
4.11. Support RSAF officers at meetings and participate in design and programme management reviews.
SECTION E - WORK DIRECTION
5.1. Work emanates from the Director of Aeronautical Engineering, through the designated Team Manager. As an advisor to the RSAF, the Director and the Team Manager approve tasks and continually monitor performance on a daily basis.
SECTION F - DECISION MAKING AUTHORITY
6.1. The jobholder provides independent advice directly to the RSAF without any consultation with his/her Line Manager. The jobholder is in constant daily contact with the RSAF at a senior level within HQ RSAF and at all the RSAF bases providing them with a recognizable point of contact for all RSAF aircraft structural engineering issues.
SECTION G - PLANNING/ORGANISING
7.1. The jobholder is required to project manage engineering modification projects. Consequently, a large proportion of time will be spent proactively planning and organizing resources within the RSAF to ensure tasks are completed to meet project timescales, which often are dependencies for other projects.
7.2. The jobholder must plan for the involvement of other agencies from within the RSAF and its' associated programmes. Responsive to RSAF inputs and requirements, both immediate and long term is essential with the RSAF demanding the highest quality in all cases. The jobholder must rationalise all inputs and coordinate outputs to achieve maximum co-operation and support.
SECTION H - SUBORDINATES
8.1. As an independent advisor to the RSAF the jobholder occupies a digital post, but will directly lead teams of engineers and specialists.
SECTION I - REPORT PREPARATION
9.1. The jobholder will be required to produce engineering drawings, engineering reports, test plans and Time Compliance Technical Orders in detail from data which he will be responsible for defining and collecting. Verbal briefings and presentations on the above will be given to the Director and Team Manager on a daily basis.
SECTION J - STATISTICS
10.1. The jobholder and directed by the RSAF on a variable number of tasks. There are no specific statistics related to this job.
SECTION K - SHE RESPONSIBILITIES
11.1. The jobholder must comply with all RSAF safety directives and instructions.
SECTION L - HARDEST PART OF THE JOB
12.1. A great deal of the success he achieves will be dictated by the relationships he establishes with customers and his ability to use his own initiative, engineering and management skills to satisfy RSAF requirements. Diplomacy, tact, flexibility and adaptability are required along with a flair for rapid and accurate appraisal of problems. The jobholder must always remain aware of the varied cultural and political nuances when dealing with customers from many nations.
12.2. The jobholder is required to create original designs for engineering solutions that demand imaginative innovation and extensive planning.
12.3. The jobholder is required to be flexible to deal with a wide range of problems with rapidly changing priorities emanating from a number of different sources. The jobholder is required to act under his/her own initiative, developing a sound understanding of RSAF requirements, which are often not fully defined. The jobholder must have excellent organisational qualities to meet these challenges.
SECTION M - AREA AND TYPE OF FINANCIAL IMPACT
13.1. Although not a budget holder, by providing advice on procurement and policy at a senior level the individual is responsible for ensuring the RSAF receives the most cost effective support and 'value for money'.
13.2. The jobholder must be fully aware of the different Government to Government (Foreign Military Sales) and Direct Funding mechanisms for RSAF projects.