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Principal Aviation Systems Engineering


McLean, VA
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The MITRE Corporations Center for Advanced Aviation System Development (CAASD) has an immediate opening for a Principle Aviation Safety Systems Engineer to be part of a dynamic team of professionals working to improve the safety of the United States (US) National Airspace System (NAS) working closely with both US and International air carriers and general aviation and rotorcraft operators. We are looking to expand our team with someone with demonstrated technical excellence involving analysis of aviation safety data plus excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Key Functions:
The successful candidate will be part of a team developing the strategy and establishing the requirements to conduct analysis of multiple integrated databases of aviation safety data and other aviation and weather data to identify potential factors that may lead to aviation accidents or incidents. This support will involve the identification of the various types of fixed wing and rotorcraft operations, the inherent safety risks associated with each type of operation, identification of key safety leaders in each type of operation, and the types of data currently available that could be used to form an aggregate base from which to conduct safety analysis. In addition, the candidate will help develop and apply analytical models to analyze the data in order to identify trends and to assess known risks. The successful candidate will also contribute to various projects applying innovative analysis techniques to uncover anomalous characteristics and precursors to new and emerging aviation safety risks.

Required Qualifications:
These skills and abilities are required to be successful in our work:
- Recognized industry leader in aviation safety
- Certificated pilot of fixed wing and rotorcraft aircraft
- Knowledgeable about aircraft maintenance and dispatch issues
- Experienced in Federal Air Regulations
- Practitioner of Safety Management Systems and Just Culture approaches to safety reporting
- Ability to work and communicate in a team environment.
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
- Ability to adapt to changing requirements.

Desired Qualifications:
These technical skills are used often in our work:
- Collaboration with Aviation Safety Industry partners
- Possessing insight into safety taxonomies and issues encountered by air crews (fixed wing and rotorcraft) across the NAS.
- Experience with data visualization software (eg. Tableau)
- Knowledge of data processing capabilities (eg. Hadoop, SQL)
- Past experience working in the aviation domain: airport operation, air traffic control, airlines. Skill is desired, but not required.
- Knowledge of digital flight data (e.g. Flight Operational Quality Assurance) or narrative safety reporting data (e.g. Aviation Safety Action Program). Skill is desired, but not required.