Airframe Engineer - Structures

Cirrus Aircraft

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Duluth, MN

Job Description

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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:

Designs new airframe primary and secondary structural components; including preliminary design concepts, research and investigation, 3 dimensional models and production engineering drawings.

Supervisory Responsibility: 


Job Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions):

  • Generate and develop CAD models (CREO/Pro E) and drawings related to composites and metal structures, flight controls systems, and seat structures.
  • Troubleshoot installation and quality issues, and making corrective design changes.
  • Produce preliminary cost and weight estimates, along with preliminary structural analysis.
  • Responsible for mockup development, design reviews, and design documentation.
  • Create certification test plans and reports, and manage related testing and data.
  • Coordinate with supply chain, marketing, and manufacturing.


  • CAD experience (CREO preferred)
  • PDM/PLM experience (Winchill preferred)
  • Drafting/GD&T experience
  • Experience with FAA Part 23 certification requirements preferred
  • Design experience with composites and/or molded panels is a plus 

Education and/or Experience:

Minimum 4-year Degree and experience in engineering discipline with at least 2 years of design experience.

Demonstrated Proficiencies/Skills/Abilities:

  • Must be able to demonstrate the ability to read, write and speak the English language.
  • Familiarity with aircraft or automotive design and certification constraints is desired.
  • Working knowledge of structural design and analysis.
  • Basic knowledge of aircraft systems and structures.
  • Proficiency with CAD, PDM, and Microsoft Office programs.
  • Excellent communication skills.

Ability to provide technical leadership, guidance and decision making.

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.