Aircraft Systems Engineer - Sustaining

Cirrus Aircraft

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Duluth, MN

Job Description

As posted by the hiring company

Job Overview:

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

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 primary focus of the Aircraft Systems Engineer is to support the development of these new processes by investigating design solutions, having an eye for manufacturability, and understanding a broad scope of engineering issues. In addition, they may need to evaluate, and redesign components and systems based on reliability, cost, weight or safety.  Also, support resolving mechanical functional issues. Use analysis, bench and flight testing, along with good design practices to determine the root cause and verify solution. This must be done with compliance of the governing FAA regulations and Cirrus specifications. The Aircraft Systems Engineer must be able to run medium sized projects, coordinating easily with many other areas of the company and outside vendors.

Duties and Responsibilities/Essential Functions

  • Integration and testing of aircraft systems and equipment, including:
    • Requirements development and traceability
    • Research and identification of potential solutions to design objectives
    • Detail design and installation
    • Test case development, execution, and troubleshooting on both bench and aircraft
  • Coordinate design development and system integration within Cirrus and with subcontractors
  • Generate high quality reports and test plans that will be used to meet FAR Part 23 requirements
  • Investigate and troubleshoot aircraft systems issues reports from production and field aircraft
  • Support the production team in addressing mechanical issues on production aircraft


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.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in an Engineering field (or equivalent) required
  • 5+ years experience with general aviation aircraft/avionics preferred
  • Experience with aircraft systems development processes and requirements traceability preferred
  • Aircraft systems design, integration, installation, testing and certification experience preferred
  • Basic knowledge of aircraft, automotive, or consumer electrical and avionics systems desired
  • Experience with data acquisition system development and application desired
  • FAA certification experience preferred

Demonstrated Proficiencies/Skills/Abilities:

  • Must be able to demonstrate the ability to read, write and speak the English language
  • Ability to communicate technical knowledge in a clear and understandable manner
  • Ability to work both independently and within a cross-functional team
  • Ability to efficiently learn new skills and manage multiple tasks
  • Use of lab equipment such air-conditioning system maintenance software and test equipment
  • Ability to interpret various forms of data and use the information to determine cause and justify solutions to issues
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office (Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Visio)


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

  • Manages Complexity: Makes sense of complex, high quantity, and sometimes, contradictory information to effectively solve problems.
  • Action Oriented: Takes on new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy, and enthusiasm.
  • Resourcefulness: Secures and deploys resources effectively and efficiently.
  • Collaborates: Builds partnerships and works collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.
  • Situational Adaptability: Adapts approach and demeanor in real time to match shifting demands of different situations.

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.

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. 

 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.