Certification Engineer

Universal Hydrogen

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Full time

Trucks VC portfolio

May 10

Universal Hydrogen is developing game-changing technologies that will decarbonize aviation. We are looking for a Certification Engineer that can take the creative designs from our multidisciplinary engineering team and turn them into certifiable products. You will be on the front lines of revolutionary change with our leading edge modular hydrogen capsule technology and a fuel cell-electric powertrain. Using your combined background, passion for certification, and a greener planet you can help us succeed in making the Paris Agreement a reality. 

About the Role

  • Review and track certification requirements and metrics for qualification and certification projects.
  • Review documents to ensure accuracy and compliance with certification and validation agreements.
  • Plan, coordinate, and facilitate meetings and other communication within the company and with regulatory authorities.
  • Research FAA and foreign airworthiness, operational and qualification requirements for aircraft and hydrogen transport.
  • Develop, maintain, and complete certification project compliance checklists in accordance with the accepted certification plans.

About You

  • Previous experience with engineering processes in aircraft manufacturing or modifications. 
  • Experience with FAA certification and foreign regulatory processes, procedures, and documentation is preferred.
  • Knowledge of 14 CFR Part 21 and foreign validation procedures.
  • Knowledge of 14 CFR Part 23 or Part 25 regulations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally throughout the organization and with regulatory authorities.

About Us

At Universal Hydrogen, our mission is to fuel carbon-free flight and reduce the climate impact of air travel. We are stitching together the end-to-end hydrogen value chain for aviation, both for hydrogen fuel and hydrogen-powered airplanes. We are building a transport and logistics network that moves hydrogen from production facilities to airports over the existing freight infrastructure, eliminating the need for costly new pipelines and storage facilities. Our system utilizes specialized capsules that safely store hydrogen during transit and also act as modular fuel tanks that load directly onto aircraft. We are also developing powertrain conversion kits to retrofit existing airplanes and enable new airplanes to fly on hydrogen. Founded by former executives from Airbus, United Technologies, Google, and DARPA, and backed by investors such as Playground Global, JetBlue, Toyota, and Airbus, we are convinced that hydrogen is the best and only scalable solution to truly decarbonize aviation, and we want to bring it to market decades sooner—by 2025.

We strive for a culture that is empowered, collaborative, open, and human-centered. We are driven by a sense of urgency to address climate change through the near-term decarbonization of commercial aviation. We recognize that people have a diverse set of preferences for work conditions and hours that optimize for their overall productivity and wellness, and both our cloud-based IT setup and flexible work policy reflects this. However, because we are building physical products, most roles will require working at our facility at Hawthorne Airport in Los Angeles most of the time.

Our compensation and benefits package promotes transparency, equitability, and long-term employee well-being, while rewarding individual and team performance. This includes cash bonuses and significant equity participation for all salaried employees, employer-paid health insurance coverage, generous parental leave, a pet-friendly headquarters located at Hawthorne Airport in Los Angeles, and generous paid time off. As a young company, we are actively working to expand the benefits we provide—including childcare, retirement, parental, and mental health benefits—and we’re always open to feedback on what’s most important to you. 

We know that no two candidates are the same, and we want to give you the opportunity to present yourself in the best way possible. Don’t hesitate to let us know how we can support a great recruitment process for you—whether that includes off-hours interview scheduling, captioning/transcription services, or other accommodations. We value diversity in all its forms, and encourage people from all backgrounds to apply, especially if you share in our mission to decarbonize air travel.

Please note that for the health and safety of our employees, we require all employees to provide proof of up-to-date COVID-19 vaccinations as recommended by the CDC (or a valid exemption).

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Fueling Carbon-Free Flight