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Senior Airframe Design Engineer - Aircraft Doors

  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis
  • Gothenburg
  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis
  • Gothenburg

About Heart Aerospace

At Heart Aerospace we work at the cutting edge of technology while contributing towards a sustainable future. Heart's mission is to create the world’s greenest, most affordable, and most accessible form of transport.

At Heart Aerospace we develop the ES-30, a regional electric airplane with a capacity of 30 passengers driven by electric motors with battery derived energy. The ES-30 is expected to enter into service in 2028.

Your place of work will be at our main office and hangar facility. This is located at Säve Airport in Gothenburg, Sweden. Relocation assistance can be provided. We offer stock options to all our employees and a challenging and inspiring work environment.

We seek experienced and skilled professionals to join our fast moving team developing a new electric aircraft in Sweden. We’re in a very expansive phase and now is the time to join our team.

Come help us write a new chapter in the history of aviation together!

Role Overview

The Senior Airframe Design Engineer reports to the Head of Structures and Interiors. This role will be focused on leading the aircraft door structural and system definition, comprising of primary and secondary structural elements, mechanical and electrical functions, and overseeing the structural/system related integration activities.

This position will have broad responsibility of the aircraft doors, both structure and system, interfacing with, and overseeing, internal and external teams, suppliers, and occasionally regulatory agencies. The role covers design, certification and testing activities. This position will also take part in establishing our ways of working, covering writing, reviewing and implementing group and company level policies, procedures, guidelines and templates.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Aerostructures design, covering primary and secondary structure including: frames, skins, stringers, etc.

  • Door and door surround structural design including: Passenger/Service Doors, Emergency Exits, Cargo Door, Escape Hatch, LG Doors, stop fittings, roller guides, hinging, etc.

  • Mechanical systems design, specifically door mechanisms, including different principles, cams, rods, pivots, bearings, hinges etc, in addition to kinematics for mechanisms and door motion during opening/closing.

  • Development and coordination of the electrical/avionic systems and interfaces related to door status indication including the logic related to proximity sensors/switches, the Proximity Sensor Electronic Unit (PSEU) and the Crew Alerting System (CAS) system.

  • Writing and review of test plans, analyses, reports related to testing, design compliance etc.

  • Interface with internal certification specialists/CVEs, defining or assisting in the definition of the aircraft and system level certification programme, including the definition of the list of pertinent requirements, proposed Means of Compliance (MoC) and defining the way forward for any SRD (Significant Regulatory Differences).

  • Supporting door testing activities including, but not limited to: component testing requirements including subcomponent, component and aircraft level testing; DO-160 environmental conditions and test procedures for airborne equipment.

Work with great people


Skills & Requirements

Qualifications & Experience

  • Minimum 8 years experience in an Aerospace structural design environment, covering aircraft doors structural and systems design/integration

  • Understanding of stress requirements, safety factors, loading conditions, F&DT, and structural certification requirements (CS-25 Amendment 27, FAR Part 25 Amendment 114).

  • Understanding of Hazardous/Non-Hazardous door requirements per EASA/FAA Part 25.

  • Experience with aircraft development programs (ideally in an OEM environment) through the entire design, development, certification and production lifecycle (EASA/FAA Part 25).

  • Applied knowledge/training on ARP4754 and ARP4761.

  • Understanding of the Human Factors aspects of doors including handle design/loads, operator stance, etc.

  • Understanding of the Occupant Safety aspects of aircraft doors including handle design, placarding, ground visibility requirements etc.

  • Working knowledge of supplier management/oversight, definition of supplier testing requirements and the documentation required to support the aircraft certification activities.

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, or similar discipline.

  • Excellent organizational, analytical problem solving and strategic thinking skills.

  • High proficiency with Catia V5/V6 and PLM systems (ideally 3DExperience).

  • Excellent verbal & written communication skills in English.

  • Eagerness to work with others.

  • Passion for aircraft and Heart’s mission.

The ideal candidate would have

  • Experience working in an aerospace start-up environment.

  • Experience dealing face to face with the representatives of the certification authorities such as periodic updates, initial type board meeting, test witnessing.

  • Knowledge of elastomeric seals and the basic design principles.

  • Basic understanding of the RM&S system including Fault tree analysis, FMEA, Failure Hazard analysis, etc.

Great Place to Work

  • Amazing colleagues

  • International environment

  • Be part of the electric aviation revolution

  • Full compliance with laws and regulations

About the company

At Heart Aerospace, we believe every career is as unique as the individual and empower employees to reach their full potential in a winning culture motivated by a powerful purpose. We are growing and there will be plenty of opportunities for development and taking on other responsibilities.

Heart is committed to equal employment opportunity and providing reasonable accommodations to qualified candidates and employees pursuant to applicable law. We value and encourage diversity and solicit applications from all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, gender, sex, age, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, medical condition, gender identity or expression, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Working at Heart Aerospace is not just a career; it is a chance to directly make the world more accessible and sustainable.

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