Flight Test Engineer Instructor - Fixed Wing

Date: 12 Jul 2024

Location: Boscombe Down, England, GB

Company: QinetiQ


Flight Test Engineer Instructor – Fixed Wing 
Location: MoD Boscombe Down



ETPS is currently recruiting Fixed Wing Flight Test Engineer Instructors – to deliver instruction on all aspects of flight testing including general theory, aircraft performance & handling and systems. You will be required to instruct to students from a wide range of backgrounds on both the traditional graduate courses and a continuously developing range of short courses. 


You will be part of a multi-disciplinary team developing courses and instructing students using a modern fleet of aircraft fitted with bespoke Flight Test Instrumentation and supported by a range of modern synthetic ground facilities. Your instruction will be backed-up by an ability to put your instruction into context using real-world examples based on your flight-test experience.


The success of the role will be in delivering trained flight testers who are able to test aircraft in a safe efficient and effective manner to test agencies both in the UK and abroad.


ETPS is based at the MOD Boscombe Down, the home of UK MoD flight testing located in Wiltshire in the south of England.

To learn more, please visit - ETPS (qinetiq.com)



 What training and experience do I need?


You’ll need the following:


  • Aeronautical Engineering or Science degree.

  • Already have or be able to gain an EASA Class 2 Medical category.

  • Completed at least 3 years of flight test experience in one or more of the following areas:

    • Test and Evaluation of high order fly by wire aircraft control systems.

    • Fast jet test and evaluation.

    • Heavy aircraft test and evaluation.

    • Integrated avionics test and evaluation.

    • Weapons carriage, jettison and release testing.



What further training and experience would be desirable?


Experience in some of the following areas would be desirable:

  • Experience of managing a team of professionals.

  • Understanding of flight physics, airframes and their capabilities and associated risks.

  • Experience of developing and/or testing integrated aircraft avionics.

  • Experience of using synthetics and simulation in flight test programmes.

  • Experience leading complex flight test activities.

  • Teaching/instructional qualification or experience.

  • Experience of the UK MoD’s Defence Systems Approach to Training (DSAT).

  • Graduated from one of the 4 UK MoD-recognised Test Pilot Schools (ETPS, USNTPS, USAFTPS or EPNER).

  • At least 5 years’ experience within a practical aviation environment.

  • Be a Chartered Engineer.

  • Excellent organisational and administrative skills.

  • Skilled with using typical software used for the analysis of data in the flight test environment and with the MS Office software suite.




What type of person are we looking for?


  • Someone with the ability to motivate and inspire.

  • Someone with good interpersonal skills.

  • Someone who is patient and with a good sense of humour.

  • Someone who is adaptable, flexible and approachable.

  • Someone who will work within and contribute to a strong team environment.

  • Someone who is confident in delivery to a knowledgeable audience.

  • You will be required to apply independent thinking to solve problems.

  • You must be willing to travel in both the UK and overseas to participate in course activities as required, normally for no more than two weeks at any one time.



Please note that all applicants must be eligible for SC clearance as a minimum.

UKSV National Security Vetting Solution: guidance for applicants - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)



Why join QinetiQ?

As we continue to grow into new markets around the world, there’s never been a more exciting time to join QinetiQ. The formula for success is our appetite for innovation and having the courage to take on a wide variety of complex challenges.

You’ll experience a unique working environment where teams from different backgrounds, disciplines and experience enjoy collaborating widely and openly as we undertake this exciting and rewarding journey. Through effective teamwork, and pulling together, you’ll get to experience what happens when we all share different perspectives, blend disciplines, and link technologies; constantly discovering new ways of solving complex problems in an diverse and inclusive environment where you can be authentic, feel valued and realise your full potential. Read more about our diverse and inclusive workplace culture here.   
Joining QinetiQ offers you an opportunity to work on a broad range of interesting defence-based projects with vast career progression across a global organisation in addition to competitive personal and professional benefits.  You’ll receive a highly competitive salary and benefits package: our basic salaries are very attractive as we constantly review what’s happening in the market. The range of benefits that we offer include, adaptive and flexible working, generous holiday entitlements, Health Cash Plan, Private Medical Insurance and Dental Insurance and much more. 


About QinetiQ

As a company of over 6,000 dedicated professionals, we are a world-centre of excellence in research and development and act as a catalyst for fast-track innovation, offering outstanding experimentation facilities, and technical, engineering and scientific expertise. QinetiQ is made up of dedicated experts in defence, aerospace, security and related markets, all working together to explore new ways of protecting what matters most. Being part of QinetiQ means being central to the safety and security of the world around us. Partnering with our customers, we help to save lives; reduce risks to society; and maintain the global infrastructure on which we all depend. Come and find out how you can play a role.

Please note that many roles in QinetiQ are subject to national security vetting. Applicants that already hold the appropriate level of vetting may be able to transfer it upon appointment, subject to approval. A number of roles are also subject to restrictions on access to information that mean factors such as nationality, previous nationalities held and the country in which you were born may have an effect on the roles that you can be employed in. Guidance can be found at UKSV National Security Vetting Solution: guidance for applicants - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).