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Flight Controls System Safety Engineer
Company: Textron
Location: Fort Worth, TX
Employment Type: Full Time
Date Posted: 09/20/2022
Expire Date: 10/20/2022
Job Categories: Computers, Software, Engineering, Information Technology, Transportation, Aviation/Aeronautics, Research & Development
Job Description
Flight Controls System Safety Engineer

We are pioneers. We were the first to break the sound barrier and to design the first functional jetpack. We were aboard NASA’s first lunar mission and brought advanced Tiltrotor systems to market. Today, we are defining the future of on-demand mobility. At Bell, we are proud to work for an iconic company with superb talent, rapidly creating novel and coveted vertical lift experiences.


Flight Controls System Safety Engineer:

Bell is seeking a self-motivated System Safety Engineer with experience in flight control systems to support the development of conventional and fly-by-wire helicopters and tiltrotor aircraft, both manned and un-manned, as well as new and novel products and platforms, such as Advanced Air Mobility and autonomous transportation / delivery systems.

The system requirements associated with these products are challenging and exciting. Our existing aircraft systems and emerging concept vehicles provide opportunities for systems engineering, simulation, and test of configurations and technologies that will shape the future of aviation. This position will be part of a diverse team of engineers capable of executing in a challenging and fast-paced environment.

The candidate will be part of the Innovation Team, based in Fort Worth, TX.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Provide disciplined System Safety engineering processes, procedures, and instructions to ensure system safety in all facets of program operations.
  • Work within the engineering team and participate in design reviews relating to safety and reliability aspects to ensure air vehicle safety of flight.
  • Influence air vehicle design to improve system safety features and design.
  • May be asked to participate into the actual design of the fight controls architecture and equipment specifications.
  • Perform the necessary Aircraft and System Functional Hazard Analyses (AFHA, SFHA) to identify and classify potentially hazardous conditions and recommend actions that would contribute to the minimization or prevention of hazards.
  • Define and verify DO-178 and DO-254 software / hardware development assurance level (DAL) requirements.
  • Perform aircraft-level Failure Mode, Effects & Criticality Analysis (FMECA).
  • Perform Aircraft and System Safety Analyses (ASA, SSA) and provide feedback to the program.
  • Review technical documentation from suppliers related to safety aspects of the various equipment integrated with aircraft systems.
Qualifications & Requirements

Position Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering is required.

  • Master’s Degree is preferred.

  • 5 years minimum experience in analysis and/or design of aircraft systems is required, with detailed knowledge of flight control systems design.

  • Familiarity with avionics, electrical, and propulsion systems is preferred.

  • Experience with Functional Hazard Analysis, Fault Tree Analysis, Failure Mode Effects Cause Analysis, Safety Assessment Reports, Common Cause Analysis (CCA), Common Mode Analysis (CMA), Particular Risk Analysis (PRA), Zonal Safety Analysis (ZSA) and review of supplier Safety Assessment Reports is required.

  • Detailed knowledge of ARP-4761 and ARP-4754A is required.

  • Knowledge of FAR/AWM 27/527 and/or FAR/AWM 29/529 standards highly desirable.

  • Experience with CAFTA Fault Tree Analysis software desirable.

  • Familiarity with MIL-STD-882 System Safety Programs and risk assessment process is preferred.

  • Familiarity with Systems Theoretic Process Analysis (STPA) methodology is preferred.

  • Must be a proven self-starter requiring minimal supervision, with excellent foresight and problem-solving skills.

Textron Relocation Assistance policy is in effect / applies for this position for candidates who qualify


Our most cherished core value is to Lift Each Other up, creating a diverse and inclusive environment. As a member of our global workforce, you will collaborate with dedicated, enthusiastic teams where differences in experiences, backgrounds, and ideas combined with a strong passion for our products take us above and beyond flight.

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