Flight Operations Technician I

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 194000 - Raspet
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Salary Grade:  

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Department Profile:

The Raspet Flight Research Laboratory (RFRL), the premier manned and unmanned aviation research facility in the nation, was established in 1948. RFRL possesses a rich heritage in full-scale aircraft research, development, testing and evaluation (RDT&E), particularly in advanced flight test. RFRL’s rich history includes dozens of aviation “firsts,” particularly in the application of cutting-edge composite structures in aviation. Today, RFRL’s focus is to perform advanced research, development, and testing of: 1) Manned and Unmanned Aircraft; 2) Automated Flight Control Systems; 3) Aircraft Sub-Structures and Components; 4) Ground and Airborne Sensor Systems, including Detect and Avoid; and 5) Ground and Maritime Robotics. MSU’s unique position as the only university that is both the FAA-designated lead for the national UAS Center of Excellence, and an FAA-designed UAS Test Site, provides unparalleled capability to conduct world-class research and comprehensive flight testing for unmanned aircraft, ground control systems, component systems, and key supporting technologies such as detect and avoid. In addition to our flight RDT&E capabilities, RFRL also offers cutting-edge composite materials design, fabrication, prototyping, and low-rate initial production through the Marvin B. Dow Stitched Composites Development Center. RFRL also regularly helps grown aviation-related companies and innovative technologies through our role as a technology incubator. Throughout our illustrious aviation history, RFRL has been dedicated to outstanding research programs, strategic alliances with industry and government, and close collaboration with academic units of the university. Raspet offers faculty, staff, students, industry, and government agencies a facility with experience and capability for composite fabrication, structural testing, UAS and component RDT&E, in-flight sensor evaluation, and flight test instrumentation and test assistance.

Area of Specialization:


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Assists in the planning, preparation, conduct and/or maintenance of UAS flights for Group 2 (20 lbs. – 55 lbs.), Group 3 (56 pounds – 1,320 lbs.) and Group 4 (> 1,320 lbs.) UAS in support of MSU/RFRL research goals and activities.
2. Prepares unmanned aircraft for flight readiness IAW established checklists and procedures.
3. Supports compliance with applicable FAA guidance and regulations.
4. Assists in achieving compliance with MSU UAS flight operations and/or maintenance guidance including operating procedures, checklists, technical orders, OEM guidance and reporting requirements for Group 2/3/4 UAS.
5. Collects, records and reports UAS flight data and maintains UAS flight records IAW FAA and MSU guidance.
6. Assists in collecting data on UAS flight operations in support of research activities as directed.
7. Assists in the preparation and execution of flight test plans to support MSU/RFRL research objectives.
8. Supports inventories and manages facilities and equipment IAW university policies.
9. Performs minor inspection/troubleshooting/repair as directed.
10. Performs related duties as assigned.
11. Interacts in a collaborative manner with other team members to accomplish organizational goals.
12. Provides ideas to improve efficiency at group level.

Minimum Qualifications:

B.S. in Business Administration, Management, Engineering or another technical field.
At least one year of experience as a professional pilot or maintainer of manned or unmanned aircraft.

Supervisory Responsibility

None. Collaborates with peers, technicians, or other support staff as necessary to achieve specific assignments.

Preferred Qualifications:

At least one of the following FAA licenses: UAS Pilot, Private Pilot, Commercial Pilot, Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

1. Demonstrated experience in the operation of UAS.
2. Ability to travel extensively for weeks at a time in field conditions to support MSU manned and unmanned flight operations at locations across the United States.
3. Knowledge of UAS flight control systems and concepts.
4. Knowledge of applicable FAA regulations and guidance pertaining to the operation of UAS in the national airspace system.
5. Knowledge of the UAS industry, including key manufacturers, suppliers, service providers, and integrators.
6. Knowledge of Microsoft Office, computer networking and programs, and computer-based systems.
7. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

Employee is required to have and maintain an FAA Class 3 or higher medical certificate.
The position may require employee to work with hazardous materials. Employee is required to
wear personal protective equipment.
Physical requirements include frequent sitting, talking, hearing, walking, and standing.
Occasionally requires reaching, climbing or balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling
handling objects with hands and lifting to 55 pounds.
Vision requirements: Ability to see information in print and/or electronically. Externally
exposed to deadlines; set and revised beyond one’s control; interruptions influence priorities;
difficult to anticipate nature or volume of work with certainty beyond a few days; meeting of
deadlines and coordination of unrelated activities are key to position; will involve conflict-
resolution or similar interactions involving emotional issues or stress on a regular basis.

Instructions for Applying:

Apply online via MSU Job portal system.

Restricted Clause:

Position contingent upon funding availability.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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