Motor Certification Engineer (m/f/d)

Bruchsal, Germany

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We at Volocopter are pioneers in the development of electrical air taxis that take off and land vertically (eVTOLs). We are bringing urban air mobility to life by introducing our air taxis and drones as an electric addition to current transportation options in megacities worldwide. Our aim is to offer affordable on-demand air taxi services and save people time by flying them safely to their destination. In 2011, we performed the first-ever crewed flight of a purely electrical multicopter and have since showcased numerous public flights with our full-scale Volocopters (www.volocopter.com).

Job Description

We are seeking a highly knowledgeable and experienced Motor Certification Engineer to join our team. As a Motor Certification Engineer, you will play a crucial role in ensuring compliance with relevant certification standards and regulations for electric motor systems used in aircraft. You will act as the main counterpart for certification authorities, such as EASA and FAA, and stay up to date with the latest standards and guidelines published by certification bodies and standardization committees. Your deep understanding of certification processes and electric motor designs will be essential in successfully certifying our aircraft systems. 

Your mission during this flight: 

  • Act as a Compliance Verification Engineer (CVE) and serve as the primary point of contact for certification authorities, including EASA and FAA. 
  • Ensure compliance with applicable standards and regulations throughout the certification process, including adherence to SC-VTOL, SC-E19, CS-E, DO-160, DO-254, DO-178 and other relevant certification guidelines. 
  • Stay up to date with the latest standards, airworthiness directives, and acceptable means of compliance (AMC) published by certification bodies and standardization committees, such as EUROCAE. 
  • Interpret certification requirements and apply them to the design and certification of electric motor systems. 
  • Collaborate closely with the engineering team to ensure that the electric motor designs meet all certification and airworthiness requirements. 
  • Participate in the development of certification plans and ensure that they are executed effectively. 
  • Review and analyze design documents, test reports, and other technical deliverables to verify compliance with certification requirements. 
  • Perform risk assessments and develop mitigation strategies to address potential certification issues and risks. 
  • Support the preparation and submission of certification documents and reports to certification authorities. 
  • Coordinate and manage certification audits and inspections conducted by authorities. 
  • Provide technical expertise and guidance to the engineering team regarding certification processes, requirements, and best practices. 
  • Participate in meetings and discussions with certification authorities, presenting certification plans, progress, and addressing any concerns or questions. 
  • Collaborate with suppliers and partners to ensure that components and subsystems meet certification requirements. 
  • Identify and implement process improvements and lessons learned from previous certification projects. 
  • Maintain accurate documentation of certification activities, including records of correspondence and certifications

Check in your professional skills:

  • Bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or a related field. Advanced degree preferred. 
  • Extensive experience in certification of aircraft systems, including a deep understanding of relevant standards, guidelines, and regulations. 
  • Proven experience in serving as a Compliance Verification Engineer (CVE) and engaging with certification authorities, such as EASA and FAA. 
  • Strong knowledge of electric motor designs and their certification requirements in the aerospace industry. 
  • Familiarity with applicable certification guidelines, including CS-23, or CS-25, or CS-27, or CS-29, CS-E, DO-160, DO-178,  DO-254, and related standards. 
  • Excellent understanding of airworthiness and safety regulations in the aviation industry. 
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to assess complex systems and identify compliance gaps. 
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, with the ability to effectively convey technical information to diverse audiences, including certification authorities. 
  • Strong organizational skills, with the ability to manage multiple certification projects and meet deadlines. 
  • Detail-oriented mindset with a focus on accuracy and precision in documentation and compliance verification. 
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a cross-functional team environment, interacting with engineers, project managers, and external stakeholders. 
  • Familiarity with certification audits and inspections conducted by certification authorities. 
  • Fluent in English. 

Preferred Skills: 

  • Knowledge of international certification regulations and requirements, such as FAA Part 25, EASA CS-25, Part 21 and related standards. 
  • Already proven experience in the SC-VTOL environment is highly welcome. 
  • Already first touchpoints with SC-E19 and/or ASTM F3338 would be highly appreciated. 
  • Familiarity with certification processes for electric propulsion systems in aviation. 
  • Experience with certification of safety-critical systems and components. 
  • Understanding of system safety and reliability engineering principles. 
  • Knowledge of the latest industry trends and advancements in electric motor design and certification. 
Additional Information

Our Volocopter flight includes:

  • Fast-growing high-tech company with a supreme network of investors and partners 
  • Ability to contribute directly to the future of aviation
  • The chance to build up new things/projects from scratch 
  • Personal accountability, growth and learning opportunities, based on your personal strengths
  • An inspiring working environment with modern workspaces, flexible work time, short lines of communication, flat structures, positive leadership, great team spirit
  • Attractive salary package

Our differences make us stronger. At Volocopter, we value equal opportunity, trust, and the voice of each of our employees. As change-makers in air mobility, we believe that changing the world starts within each of our teams. We are committed to driving innovation by celebrating diversity and fostering an inclusive culture where everyone is treated equally and respectfully, regardless of our different backgrounds and roles in the company.


Motor Certification Engineer (m/f/d)

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