Systems and Equipment DER, Mechanical Systems

Job Locations US-CA-Santa Cruz
Regular Full-Time

Joby Overview

Located in Northern California, the Joby Aviation team has been steadily working toward our goal of providing safe, affordable, fully electric air transportation that is accessible to everyone. Imagine an air taxi that takes off vertically, then quietly and quickly carries you over the congestion below, giving you back that time you’d otherwise spend sitting in traffic. Technology has advanced to the point where designing and operating an all-electric aircraft is completely viable. Our team has been discreetly designing and flight testing this vehicle and is looking for talented individuals to see it through certification and high rate production.


Joby Aviation is looking for engineers experienced with civil aviation certification to join our growing team in the role of Mechanical Systems and Equipment Designated Engineering Representative. This role will serve as an internal Subject Matter Expert as well as a primary external point of contact with regulatory agencies and industry standards groups for aircraft, system, and equipment-level aspects of mechanical systems and equipment.  The most important traits at Joby are attitude towards the project, hard work ethic, and being able to self-manage and learn new skills. Forward thinking will be highly regarded as well. 


This position will work closely with multiple design engineering and test teams to ensure designs comply with all federal airworthiness regulations.  This position requires a solid understanding of aircraft systems, system development, and industry-specific certification processes.  It is preferred that this individual currently be an FAA DER.  However, other delegation holders (i.e. ODA, foreign CAAs, etc.) and engineers that have the necessary experience to immediately apply as a DER will be considered as well. This position requires the engineer to be a full-time, direct employee of the company located onsite.


The Mechanical Systems and Equipment DER will be responsible for certification aspects of some or all systems and equipment related to:

  • Environmental Controls
  • Equipment and Furnishings
  • Landing Gear, including Wheels, Brakes, and Tires
  • Doors
  • Flight Control Actuation
  • Flight Control Inceptors


This position will be responsible for:

  • Determining and interpreting the certification basis and establishing compliance strategies – including means and methods of compliance
  • Developing, reviewing, and approving certification-related documents, including
    • Issue Papers, Special Conditions, Equivalent Levels of Safety, etc.
    • Certification Plans and Summaries
    • Test Plans and Reports
    • Design and Analysis Reports
    • Requests for Conformity, Statements of Compliance
  • Working with and mentoring multiple engineering teams with a mix of aerospace and non-aerospace backgrounds to
    • Establish relevant design development and certification plans that will support Type Certification
    • Convey and document requirements in a way that clearly breaks down the regulations and guidance material
    • Develop engineering specifications for mechanical systems and equipment
    • Review designs, develop solutions, and ensure compliance with the airworthiness standards
  • Planning out test campaigns, overseeing test article fabrication, and witnessing tests in order to demonstrate that applicable designs show compliance with airworthiness standards
  • Interfacing with certification authorities as required (FAA, EASA, etc.)


This position requires candidate to have or be:

  • An FAA Designated Engineering Representative (DER) – Systems and Equipment (Mechanical Equipment) or able to immediately become one
  • Previous FAA certification experience with mechanical systems and equipment
  • Expert-level understanding of design standards and verification methods for mechanical systems and equipment
  • Expert-level understanding of RTCA/DO-160 Environmental Conditions and Test Procedures for Airborne Equipment
  • Basic knowledge of 2X.1309 analyses and processes, including Advisory Circular 23.1309-1E, SAE ARP4761, and SAE ARP4754A
  • The ability to question traditional assumptions in the application of regulations, guidance material, and engineering specifications
  • The ability to read, review, and create technical schematics, engineering specifications, and engineering drawings 
  • At least 10 years of relevant aviation or aerospace industry experience
  • A Bachelor of Science in an applicable engineering discipline
  • Proficient in English
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office products
  • Able to relocate permanently


The ideal candidate for this position will have or be:

  • Whole-aircraft FAA certification program experience, Part 23 or Part 27 experience preferred
  • Experience in testing including instrumenting, data acquisition, and documenting and analyzing results
  • Experience and involvement with industry groups to develop consensus standards
  • A private pilot certificate or higher
  • Familiar with Dassault Systèmes engineering and management tools


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