Join the Piper Team

 Piper’s worldwide headquarters is based in beautiful Vero Beach, FL., – located just a few miles from the Atlantic Coast. We are the largest private employer in Indian River County and offer exciting and enriching careers. We aim to be the best. So it’s only natural that we strive to recruit the best people in and to give you every opportunity to become even better. After all, ours is a company that never stands still. That’s why we provide a supportive team-working environment in which each individual’s needs are respected. No matter what role you’re in, you’ll help us make the most of our business. And we’ll help you make the most of your career. So, make Piper Aircraft your ultimate destination. Together, we’ll go further than you ever thought possible. 





Piper Aircraft is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, citizenship status, or membership in any other group protected by federal, state or local law. Are you a current Piper Employee? If yes, click here.


Current openings:

Back to Category List

Available Positions > Job Description

Sr. Engineer, IPT - Flight Test Pilot  (Full Time)
Department: All Openings, Engineering


Support the Flight Operations Lead Engineer and the overall product development Integrated Product Team (IPT) in support of aircraft development, company, and certification flight tests. This position will entail the preparation of flight test cards, participation in pre/post flight briefings, execution of test flights and documentation of test results. Preparation of Flight Test Plans, Type Inspection Authorizations (TIA), Type Inspection Reports (TIR), and Pilot Operating Handbooks (POH).


Act as pilot-in-command for Piper experimental test operations aircraft during the conduct of flight test activities related to the development and certification of Piper products

Coordinate project specific flight and ground crew logistics including pre-flight briefings, post-flight briefings, duty day restrictions, travel, transportation, and, especially, test hazard mitigation requirements

Conduct research, development and certification flight tests, to assure test aircraft comply with company requirements and/or applicable Civil and Federal Aviation Regulations (CAR and FAR).

Create, revise, review, and approve technical and compliance documents subject to the Piper ODA

Prepare Pilot Operating Handbooks (POH) and Flight Manuals.

Support the Piper safety management system and participate in related activities

Liaise with other departments as the Experimental Flight Test subject matter expert

Mentor less experienced flight test pilots

Complete required initial and recurrent safety training

Participate in general IPT project meetings as required during the development of a specific project

Support the IPT, as required, in the preparation of material for presentation at design and program reviews

Perform other related duties as required


May be required to supervise, train and assist other flight test personnel


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed in the following section are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Candidate must qualify for an FAA 2nd Class Medical.



Requires a Bachelors Degree in a Mechanical or Aeronautical Engineering discipline, with continued advanced training in Flight Test Engineering

10 - 15 years of flight test experience with a minimum of 5 years as an active flight test pilot with experience related to Stability and Control, Performance, Avionics, Mechanical Systems, and or, Powerplant Systems

FAA certificates/ratings (commercial pilot license, multi-engine and instrument ratings), and comprehensive knowledge of aircraft design, testing and certification are necessary to perform the duties of this position

Familiarity with 14CFR Part 23 regulations and associated guidance material


Strong preference for candidates with documented CFR Part 23 or Part 25 experience as a DER or ODA UM

Experience as an ODA Unit Member (Test Pilot and/or Flight Analyst)

Consulting DER Appointment (Test Pilot and/or Flight Analyst)

Candidate must be able to qualify for ODA test pilot appointment within one year of employment with the Company

Test Pilot School Graduate

Graduate degree in engineering or related field preferred


The employee must possess the ability to communicate effectively with all internal and external customers in both written and oral form

Piper Aircraft Health Plan Overview:

Core Health Benefits:




Piper Provided Benefits (Basic):

Basic Life

Accidental Death & Dismemberment

Short-Term Disability (STD)

Long-Term Disability (LTD)

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Voluntary Benefits:

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA & DCA)

Supplemental Life Insurance

Long-Term Disability (LTD Buy- Up)

Trustmark Voluntary Plans:

Accident Plan

Critical Illness

Universal Life (Whole Life Policy)

Hospital StayPay

Preferred Legal Plan

Piper Aircraft Time Off:

16 days of PTO (Paid Time Off)

11 Holidays


If you would like to set profiles, manage, and track your submissions you can register here

...or if you already have an account you may login here


Powered by iRecruit.