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Date Posted Feb. 06, 2024 Job ID 5879338003
Job Description

Lead Lab Test Engineer

Irvine, CA


Supernal is at the forefront of creating emerging mobility solutions that will foster the development of human-centered cities. We are designing a completely new electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft tailored to the mobility needs of future cities. This allows passengers a seamless intermodal journey that safely transports them to their final destination. We fuse research in autonomy, robotics, aviation and services to define a new category of mobility for the world’s communities. 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.

What we do:

The Lead Lab Test Engineer collaborates closely with the core engineering and operations teams to plan and implement lab test campaigns. This critical role contributes significantly to ensuring safe and efficient laboratory testing. The Lead Lab Test Engineer is responsible for developing test plans, writing test cards, participating in lab asset readiness reviews, test readiness reviews, and risk assessments. They work closely with the Engineering team to ensure the lab is configured correctly for testing, manage test schedules, work with suppliers, analyze data, write test reports, document test results, and solve issues. The Lead Lab Test Engineer must have a good understanding of T&E test instrumentation and data acquisition and strong configuration management skills. Additionally, this role involves mentoring more junior Lab Test Engineers.

This position will be required to work on-site 5 days a week.

What you can do:

  • Provide daily work priorities for a team of lab engineers to develop test plans and implement testing to support engineering data demand dates
  • Support lab process development and compliance
  • Coordinate with engineering test requirements
  • Ensure safe operation of the lab
  • Maintain lab asset readiness and configuration control
  • Collaborate with the vehicle engineering team, which includes Authorized Representatives (ARs) and Designated Engineering Representatives (DERs), to create a safe and effective design and ensure its proper execution
  • Test procedures with respect to the SIL, Rotor Test Stand, and Truck Mounted Test assets
  • Acquire a comprehensive knowledge of lab asset systems
  • Create detailed procedures for laboratory tests at the system level and establish and monitor laboratory requirements
  • Collaborate with engineers, flight test pilots, and the test operations support team to develop and write lab test plans
  • Plan, organize, and complete lab test operations
  • Ensure the test asset is configured correctly to meet test objectives
  • Lead tests daily
  • Lead daily flight test coordination and communication
  • Analyze data, document results, and solve obstacles
  • Coordinate with multiple teams in support of lab test objectives and risk hazard assessments
  • Advocate and lead a strong safety culture
  • Partner with PMO organization to implement build plan
  • Up to 30% of domestic and international travel
  • Other duties as assigned

What you can contribute:

  • Bachelor’s in an applicable engineering field required; Master’s degree preferred
  • Minimum ten (10) years of experience in engineering (an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered)
  • Experience in managing deficiencies, limitations, and restrictions in a lab test environment
  • Experience in data reduction and analysis to compare against expected test outcomes
  • Experience in leading the development and execution of lab test campaigns and associated processes
  • Experience in authoring test plans and reports
  • Knowledge of program management
  • Proficiency in report writing and developing manuals
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proactive delivery of communication and follow-up
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Must have the ability to independently prioritize and accomplish work within time constraints
  • Proficiency with Excel VLOOKUP, pivot tables, MS Office Suite

You may also be able to contribute:

  • Experience testing complex lab control, power management, and avionics systems preferred
  • Knowledge of FAA certification test programs and knowledge of Part 21 and Part 23, 25, 27, or 29 preferred
  • Expertise in data analysis with MATLAB, IADS, and other tools preferred
  • Proficiency in aerodynamics, aircraft performance, and/or digital flight controls preferred


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).

Base pay offered may vary depending on skills, experience, job-related knowledge and location. This position is also eligible for a bonus as part of total compensation.

The pay range for this position is:
$192,400$289,120 USD

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