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Certification Engineer III (Hybrid)

REQ: REQ-143818 Engineering

Panasonic Avionics Corporation
  • Lake Forest, CA, United States
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Our new global headquarters is conveniently located in Irvine, CA near John Wayne Airport in the Park Place development. For our onsite and hybrid employees you will be able to enjoy amenities such as access to many restaurants and shops, running trails, a fitness deck, outdoor seating, dry cleaning, car wash, free garage parking, car charging stations, shuttle service for train commuters, outdoor games like bocce, horseshoes, gaming tables, pickle ball, and basketball. For more information on Park Place visit  Who We Are: Ever wonder who brings the entertainment to your flights? Panasonic Avionics Corporation is #1 in the industry for delivering inflight products such as movies, games, WiFi, and now Bluetooth headphone connectivity!   How exciting would it be to be a part of the innovation that goes into creating technology that delights millions of people in an industry that’s here to stay! With our company’s history spanning over 40 years, you will have stability, career growth opportunities, and will work with the brightest minds in the industry. And we are committed to a diverse and inclusive culture that will help our organization thrive! We seek diversity in many areas such as background, culture, gender, ways of thinking, skills and more.  If you want to learn more about us visit us at
And for a full listing of open job opportunities go to     Did you earn an engineering degree and like being on the debate team? Did you like testing and reviewing graphs and test results? Did you like researching and gathering facts and data to prove your idea? Certification Engineering is a unique engineering field where you always prove the design is safe. If you enjoy YES to the three questions, we have a perfect opportunity to work for Panasonic Avionics. We provide the equipment so passengers can enjoy watching movies with Wi-Fi! Come and join our team! The position: This position is for stress and payload team, fully experienced in structural analysis and testing aircraft cabin interiors, including Structures and In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) systems. Fully experienced preparing/providing FEM (finite element analysis), hand calculations and preparing technical documentation and coordinating/conducting various types of testing, also managing certification related issues with various other departments.  Technical
  • Generate Structural Test Plan, Qualification Plan, and establishing Qualification Basis for various OEMs (Airframe manufacture) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as well as European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
  • Ability to do stress and structural analysis and FEM is a plus.
  • Interface and discuss with FAA, EASA, and OEMs to obtain approval by providing convincing argument on Flammability Test Plans/Procedure, Structural Test Plan/Procedure, Qualification Plan, and establishing Qualification Basis.
  • Work with various engineering groups – Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Electro-Magnetic Interference to help evaluate selection of new materials for Line Replacement Units (LRU) and Commodities that are compliant with FAA, EASA, and OEM flammability, smoke and toxicity requirement, structural substantiation, stress and qualification plan.
  • Understands product development and schedule impact from inception to production.
  • Ensure all related documentation [drawings, test plans, Enterprise Change Requests (ECRs), Enterprise Change Order (ECOs), and Notice of Change (NOCs)] are technically accurate and consistent before release.
  • Involved with industry group, such as SAE international, RTCA, Material’s working group, and within company on standardization and process improvement.
  • Attend preliminary and critical design reviews to ensure thermal and structural suggestions were implemented properly.
  • Responsible for the successful completion of qualification tests in a timely manner.
  • Ensure technical correctness, accuracy, documentation and release qualification reports as well as substantiation documentation
  • Ensure and advice pre-qualification (engineering tests) to identify failures during product development and provide technical solutions to problems.
  • Work with test engineer/technicians to define test setup and perform vibration tests, environmental test, flammability test, smoke/leak/cooling tests, and structural tests.
Project Management
  • Coordinate the selection and ordering of parts, materials and vendor relations with Procurement, Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, Obsolescence, and Material Planning departments.
  • Update Design and Development schedules and assigned tasks working with Project Managers, Team Leaders, and Engineering Managers.
  • Ensure correctness on technical approach & qualification plan.
  • Create / update certification process/procedures and best practices and implement “lessons learned” for the department.
  • Ability to interface with airline seat vendors to understand installations configurations, foresee issues and develop solutions to system installation thermal or structural challenges.
The base salary range of $90,000 - $151,000 annually is just one component of Panasonic’s total package. The final offer amount may vary based on factors including but not limited to individual’s knowledge, skills, experience, and location. In addition, this role may be eligible for discretionary bonuses and incentives.

Base pay offered may vary depending on skills, experience, job-related knowledge and location.

What we're looking for: 
  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering or equivalent Degree, Masters or PhD are a plus.
  • 5 years of experience in Aerospace engineering payload or certification process.
  • 4 years in In-Flight Entertainment or equivalent cabin interior related field.
  • Ability to perform pre-qualification (engineering tests) to identify failures during product development and provide technical solutions to problems.
  • Multi-task between developing projects and sustaining projects.
  • Understand detailed mechanical drawings and exploded views.
  • Must thoroughly understand, Boeing, Airbus, Bombardier certification and Airworthiness requirements pertaining to Flammability, Smoke and Toxicity, Structural Test Plan, Qualification Plan, and establishing Qualification Basis.
  • In-Depth knowledge of DO-160 and FAR 25, specifically for compliance to 14 CFR 25.1309, 25.1353, 25.853, 25.855 & 25.859
  • Understands 14 CFR 25.561, 25.601, 25.603, 25.605, 25.607, 25.609, 25.611, 25.613, 25.621, 25.625, & 25.789
  • Understand aircraft seat certification for 14 CFR 25.561, 14 CFR 25.562, and 14 CFR 25.785
  • Analyze problems using conventional (analysis) and computerized techniques.
  • Skillful in developing and implementing analysis and test methods/procedures
  • Ability to integrate information from more than one discipline (ME, EE, EMI, Product Planning & Manufacturing Engineering) to achieve results or successfully complete difficult and challenging assignments within a specialized field.
  • Capable interact with senior internal personnel.
  • Exercise discretion and independent judgement
  • Understand industry best practices.
  • Experienced professional with a full understanding of company policies and procedures.
  • Exemplary technical writing ability to prepare reports and documentation for submission to internal customers
  • Strong organizational skills to be able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Good Interpersonal skills to be able to interact within the team and outside the team
  • Solid understanding of the operation of Impact tester, static tests, & vibration test
  • Ability to travel to Japan and other domestic and international locations approximately 15% of the time.
Our Principles:  Contribution to Society | Fairness & Honesty | Cooperation & Team Spirit | Untiring Effort for Improvement | Courtesy & Humility | Adaptability | Gratitude  What we offer: At Panasonic Avionics Corporation we realize the most important aspects in leading our industry are the bright minds behind everything we do. We are proud to offer our employees a highly competitive, comprehensive and flexible benefits program.  
  • Paid time off: Exempt Salaried employees receive unlimited PTO. This means that there is no fixed number, range, or limit to the amount of Personal and Vacation Days that may be taken for exempt employees. Non-exempt hourly employees accrue 14 vacation days per year + 7 sick days + 3 personal days. Accrual rate increases with tenure. All employees receive 11 company paid holidays per year. We also close our offices at the corporate level in the U.S. between Christmas and New Year. For operational positions that are expected to work on holidays, we provide additional compensation for hours worked. 
  • Health Insurance: Medical insurance offerings from Aetna and Kaiser (CA &HI). Options for Employee Only, Employee + Spouse/Domestic Partner, Employee + Children, or Family. Dental PPO and DMO options & Vision insurance through EyeMed or VSP.  
  • 401K with 50% match on up to 8% contribution, full vested from day 1 
  • Other offerings include: Wellness Program, Counseling services, FSA & HSA, Life Insurance for employee, spouse and child, AD&D Insurance, Long-term and Short-term disability, Critical Illness Insurance, Accident Insurance, Legal Assistance, Pet Insurance, Identity Theft Protection, Dependent Care FLSA, Education Assistance, Commuter Program, Employee Purchase Program, Service Award Program. 
All applicants are subject to Company policies, third party customer and worksite requirements, and government requirements, regarding vaccination and/or testing for COVID-19.  Where permitted by applicable law, applicants may be required to be fully vaccinated with an authorized COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment, unless they are eligible for and obtain an exemption based on a reasonable accommodation because of a disability or a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance. While the Company strongly encourages COVID-19 vaccinations, it may require vaccination and/or testing for positions in which third party customer, worksite, or government requirements apply, in accordance with applicable law. At those locations where requirements apply, exemptions will be considered based on applicable law.   Panasonic is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by law or company policy. All qualified individuals are required to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation. Pre-employment drug testing is required for safety sensitive positions or as may otherwise be required by contract or law. Due to the high volume of responses, we will only be able to respond to candidates of interest. All candidates must have valid authorization to work in the U.S. Thank you for your interest in Panasonic Avionics Corporation.


REQ: REQ-143818 Engineering

  • Lake Forest, CA, United States
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