Test Foundations Technical Expert - USAF Test Pilot School (TPS)

USAF Test Pilot School Test Foundations Technical Expert

Job Title:  Test Foundations Technical Expert

Organization:  USAF Test Pilot School (TPS)

Location:  Edwards AFB, CA

Grade: NH-IV Tier2

Salary Range: $100,000 - $140,000 Base Pay ($135,000 - $170,000 including Los Angeles locality pay)

Need Date:   ASAP


Required – Masters Degree in Engineering, 10+ years of relevant flight test experience, and must be able to obtain/maintain a DoD TS security clearance – requires US Citizenship.

Desired – Graduate of a military test pilot school; able to meet USAF flying class III physical requirements including the ability to fly ejection seat aircraft; prior teaching experience; Flight Test Conductor and/or Test Director experience; and be an internationally recognized flight test technical expert as evident through participation with professional organizations such as SFTE, SETP, AIAA, ITEA, etc.

Position Description: This job is for an experienced flight tester who is excited to teach and mentor the next generation of experimental and developmental test pilots, combat system officers, flight test engineers and remotely piloted aircraft test pilots.

The 4 major duties for the Test Foundations Tech Expert are 1) Senior Advisor to TPS Leadership, 2) Curriculum Developer, 3) Master’s degree educator, and 4) International Technical Expert.  Individual duties include the following:

  • Serves as the top education advisor and senior technical consultant to the TPS Commandant and the Technical Director on the Test Foundations series of instruction. The Test Foundations series covers the core concepts of Test that are applied across all domains, ensuring that students graduate with the skillset to successfully execute flight test AND a proper mindset supported by a broad experience base, equipping graduates to exercise positive influence on future test programs.
    • For Test Foundations, this includes fundamental Test Conduct principles and the lifecycle test project elements of Planning, Execution, Analysis, and Reporting.
  • Provides the technical expertise, corporate knowledge, and long term continuity for all Test Foundations academic course material, ground instructional events (simulators, laboratories, ground test), and in-flight instructional methods taught by the USAF TPS.
  • Defines, integrates, and implements curriculum development and strategic initiatives for a graduate-level educational program in Test Foundations to ensure the TPS curriculum addresses the knowledge and skills necessary for successful flight test. This includes fundamental Test Conduct principles and the lifecycle test project elements of Planning, Execution, Analysis, and Reporting.
  • Oversees the development and implementation of the TPS Test Management Projects, Capstone Qualitative Evaluation events, and both the Flight Test Qualifying and Comprehensive Oral exams.
  • Sets the academic requirements, learning objectives, and reporting standards for the Qualitative Evaluation program, ensuring students graduate from TPS with an appropriately diverse experience set in a wide range of aircraft.
  • Teaches academic courses, leads simulator and/or laboratory sessions, and conducts control room and in-flight instruction related to Test Foundations.
  • Analyzes and evaluates a student's progress relative to syllabus objectives.
  • Represents TPS and the AFTC as a recognized Flight Test Technical Expert at national and international symposia and conferences.
  • Acts as technical and/or safety advisor, subject matter expert, and/or report reviewer for AFMC, DoD, NASA, other government agencies, and allied nations as required.

Flying Opportunities:  There are flying opportunities in multiple military and Qualitative Evaluation aircraft and, depending on your background and desires, there’s the possibility to be an instructor in gliders and Cessnas.

Research Opportunities: There are options to mentor student Test Management Projects which deal with cutting edge research topics that span the entire spectrum from advanced flight controls, autonomy, new EO/IR sensors, revolutionary navigation techniques, cyber and electronic warfare concepts, battle management algorithms, enhanced human vehicle interface systems, etc.


POC:  Mr. David Vanhoy (661) 277-3000 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please send resumes to Ms Tammi Rice at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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