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Airframe Engineer, Advanced Development Group

Company: Cirrus Aircraft
Location: duluth
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Cirrus Aircraft's Mission is to deliver an aviation experience that is the pinnacle of innovation, quality, and safety to our customers. Cirrus Aircraft is the recognized global leader in personal aviation and the maker of the best-selling SR Series piston aircraft and the Vision Jet, the world's first single engine Personal Jet and recipient of the 2017 Robert J. Collier Trophy. Founded in 1984, the company has redefined performance, comfort and safety in aviation with innovations like the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System (CAPS) - the first FAA-certified whole-airframe parachute safety system included as standard equipment on an aircraft. To date, worldwide flight time on Cirrus aircraft has passed nine million hours and over 170 people have returned home safely to their families as a result of the inclusion of CAPS as a standard feature on all Cirrus aircraft. Find out more at cirrusaircraft.com.

Cirrus offers a competitive benefits package and is dedicated to the advancement of general aviation. The Cirrus Flying Club offers employees and their family members the unique opportunity to obtain their private pilot's license in the comfort of a Cirrus or rent a Cirrus for an impromptu adventure at a greatly reduced rate. We are committed to investing in the future of our employees and company by offering professional development and career progression opportunities and we engage employees by offering several employee and family events throughout the year, as well as the opportunity to take part in activity clubs and community events.

Job Summary

The Advanced Development Group Airframe Engineer role is responsible for evaluating and generating new designs intended for all generations of Cirrus aircraft. This position places a premium on efficient collaboration of early design thru a balance of analytical and hands on efforts. Applicants must have a high attention to detail and a strong desire to continually learn new processes for design, fabrication, and assembly.

Duties and Responsibilities/Essential Functions

  • Comfortable designing and fabricating airframe structural components, using a mix of hand tools and common industrial equipment
  • Work closely with vendors to define requirements and evaluation of system performance to Cirrus standards
  • Generate engineering documentation in accordance with company procedures to develop and evaluate design data for future platforms
  • Participate in developmental installations and evaluations of test aircraft
  • Produce structural analysis of primary and secondary structural components, as well as cost and weight estimates
  • Performs other duties as assigned


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Bachelor's degree or greater in a technical field related to Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering
  • Minimum of 5 years industry experience in aerospace
  • Experience performing aircraft structural analysis via a combination of classical hand calculations and Finite Element Analysis
  • Experience with composites and/or molded panel construction
  • Pilot experience desirable
  • Knowledge preferable with software including Creo, Windchill, FEMAP, Nastran, Mathcad, Atlassian Jira and Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, and PowerPoint) and Microsoft Power Bi.


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Collaborates: Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.
  • Global Perspective: Taking a broad view when approaching issues, using a global lens.
  • Manages Ambiguity: Operating effectively, even when things are not certain, or the way forward is not clear.
  • Manages Complexity: Making sense of complex, high quantity, and sometimes, contradictory information to effectively solve problems.
  • Self-Development: Actively seeking new ways to grow and be challenged using both formal and informal development channels.
  • Situational Adaptability: Adapting approach and demeanor in real time to match shifting demands of different situations.
  • Strategic Mindset: Seeing ahead to future possibilities and translating them into breakthrough strategies.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this position. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. Work beyond 40 hours per week may be required. Some travel may be required.

This opportunity is located in Duluth, Minnesota. As the home to our corporate headquarters, Duluth is a four-season city on the western tip of Lake Superior and was voted "Best Town" by Outside Magazine. The splendor of the largest freshwater lake in the world offers a multitude of outdoor activities for adventure or rejuvenation. The North Shore lifestyle is known its year-round activities, including bicycle and snowmobile trails, kayaking, rock climbing, fishing, hiking, golfing, sailing and skiing. And as a top employer in the area, Cirrus Aircraft was recently named "Best Overall Large Company to Work for in the Northland" and "Best Workplace Culture" by the Duluth News Tribune readers.

Cirrus is dedicated to a drug free work environment promoting equal employment opportunity. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, national origin, color, age, disability, religion, pregnancy, veteran status, marital and family status, sexual orientation, receipt of public assistance, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

Keywords: Cirrus Aircraft, Duluth , Airframe Engineer, Advanced Development Group, Other , duluth, Minnesota

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