Test Engineer - Sr Principal (Avionics) - 26207 in California, MD at Alion Science and Technology

Date Posted: 7/23/2018

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Job Description



  • Under limited supervision, leads integration, environmental, and acceptance testing in accordance with Navy standards to verify the performance of aviation products and systems. Designs and develops complex test standards and policies for Alion programs.
  • Develops and implements procedures for testing, reviews and evaluates test results, and recommends design changes to ensure quality and performance   standards.
  • Performs   professional  test  and  evaluation review and analysis  of requirements  documentation  for  the  purpose  of  developing  evaluation methods critical in creating an overall operational test and evaluation strategy integrated with other developmental or integrated testing.
  • Defines, documents, analyzes, performs, and interprets complex tests for new and/or modified products or product components. Assists the Systems Engineer and Project Manager in researching and identifying test resources necessary to complete operational testing.
  • Provides comprehensive test report technical input based on the statistical analysis of test data, questionnaires, and data reduction while also assisting in the completion of reports.
  • Plans, develops, coordinates, and implements complex engineering projects. Ensures the technical accuracy of the results obtained. Performs complex analysis and trouble-shooting.
  • Evaluates progress and results of project and recommends new methods to improve project design, procedures and performance.
  • Works with system engineers to ensure requirements are verifiable and trace to test plans.
  • Develops and maintains frequent contacts with customers including those at levels above the project manager.
  • Prepares and assists others in the development of status reports, letters, technical memoranda, contact reports, technical analyses or other outputs needed.
  • Prepares and provides formal briefings to staff and customers and participates in technical discussions at project review sessions and in negotiations with the customer.
  • Provides guidance to less experienced Test Engineers along with establishing a Center of Excellence for testing within Alion
  • Identifies opportunities for new program initiatives and follow-on tasking for current projects and participates in proposal efforts.


  • Bachelor’s degree (engineering or a related scientific discipline preferred) plus at least 12 years of directly related experience or a Master’s degree and 8 years of experience.
  • In some cases, educational requirements may be adjusted or waived for more than 20 years applicable work experience. Work experience may be adjusted for highly specialized knowledge or uniquely applicable experience for positions involving new technology or labor market shortages as reflected by market survey data.
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail.
  • Familiarity with managing and resolving trouble reports (e.g. STRs) and/or other deficiencies that arise from testing.
  • Familiarity with the application of the science of statistics, statistical theory, techniques and methods encompassing such areas as sampling, measures of dispersion and central tendency, categorical data analysis and non-parametric methods, design of experiments, and the ability to analyze and interpret statistical data for test events.
  • Military operational experience in leadership roles.
  • Familiar with FAA (e.g. RTCA directives) and DoD (e.g. MIL-STD-810) design/test standards
  • Familiar with NAVAIR flight clearance process and requirements.
  • Experience in Aviation Warfare area to support avionics test and evaluation assigned projects. Specific projects include, but are not limited to:

o   Manned Aircraft & Systems (P-8A, P-8QRC, P-3, EP-3, and E-2)

o   Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC)

o   Unmanned Aircraft Vehicles (MQ-8, MQ-4C and MQ-21)

o   Integrated Defensive Countermeasures (IDECM)

  • Demonstrate experience with avionics Developmental Testing (DT), Integrated Testing (IT), Operational Testing and Evaluation (OT&E), and/or follow-on Test and Evaluation (FOT&E). Experienced in designing tests and experiments, determining measures of effectiveness, applying risk analysis, analyzing and interpreting empirical data, and obtaining objective data for acquisition decisions, evaluations, and system comparisons.
  • Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.
  • Mastery of Microsoft Office Suite, Visio, Project and 3D Drawing Programs.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen and hold a current Top Secret Clearance  or higher.

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Diversity Statement

Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.  Alion will provide a reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans who need assistance to apply.  Please visit the Alion Careers site for more information

U.S. Citizenship Required.

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