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Date Posted May. 22, 2024 Job ID 5990977003
Job Description

Lead Actuation Engineer

Irvine, CA


Rise above. Are you ready to take human possibility to a new dimension with us?

Supernal is an Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) company that’s developing an electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicle and the ground-to-air ecosystem to support the emerging industry. By creating a sustainable, integrated, and human-centered ecosystem, we are committed to taking a thoughtful and responsible approach to entering the AAM market with a product that meets the high level of safety and reliability in today’s air transportation system.

The future of mobility starts with people. We believe in creative thinking and collaboration to help build a better mobility experience for everyone, improving people’s ability to move – whether for work or play. Join our dynamic team as we strive to be a part of something greater where potential powers tomorrow!

Supernal provides an inviting open-space workplace designed to foster collaboration, which aligns with one of our core values. This position is required to work on-site 5 days a week.

What we do: 

The Lead Actuation Engineer is responsible for the development of the actuation system for the Supernal eVTOL flight control system. This is an advanced contributor role for a highly experienced engineer in developing efficient electro-mechanical actuation solution for aircraft flight control surfaces from conceptualizing and design to prototyping and manufacturing, and through production support. The role works closely with the actuation team and supplier and collaborates with other technical teams including: Flight Controls, Flight Technology, Airframe, Electrical & Wiring, and Test & Evaluation.

What you can do:

  • Lead actuation trade studies and architecture definition that achieve a certifiable solution
  • Lead actuation system lifecycle development activities including requirements definition, design reviews, procurement/manufacturing, and qualification/certification
  • Lead and mature the actuation system & actuator LRU requirements definition (Functional, Performance, Safety, Environmental) and mechanical/electrical interfaces
  • Provide technical guidance and oversight to actuator supplier through development lifecycle
  • Analyze actuation performance including mechanism kinematics, load/stress, and clearance
  • Support integrating actuation components 3D models into aircraft digital mockup model
  • Document system function and performance, including specifications & compliance reports
  • Support aircraft installation and integration, including writing and releasing engineering orders and functional test procedures required for flight test and production aircraft
  • Prepare and communicate design and technical material to management and stakeholders
  • Partner with PMO organization to execute build plan
  • Requires up to 10% of domestic and international travel
  • Other duties as assigned

What you can contribute:

  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical or related engineering field required; Master’s or Ph.D. degree preferred
  • Minimum ten (10) years of experience with electro-mechanical actuation system/product development (an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered)
  • Experience with rotorcraft and/or fixed-wing Fly-By-Wire flight control systems/products
  • Experience with new aircraft development, prototyping, certification, and production
  • Familiarity with any FAA CFR parts 23/25/27/29 or other certification experience
  • Proficient using CAD modeling & 2D drawing tools
  • Proficient using requirements capture and management tools
  • Working knowledge of ASME Y14.5 GD&T
  • Knowledge of certification rules and process, including ARP 4754A, ARP 4761, DO-160
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail

You may also be able to contribute:

  • 3D-Experience/Enovia/CATIA preferred
  • DOORS NG preferred

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Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background check. We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status or any other category or class protected under applicable federal, state or local law. Individuals with disabilities may request a reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation at:

This position may include access to certain technology and/or software source code subject to U.S. export controls laws and regulations. If an export authorization from an applicable US regulatory agency is required in connection with your employment, your employment is contingent upon Supernal’s receipt of such regulatory authorization(s) and your continued compliance with all conditions and limitations pursuant to such authorization(s).