Senior Engineer, System Safety Certification

Universal Hydrogen

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Full time

Trucks VC portfolio

May 10

Do you have a background and passion for bringing new ideas to fruition while maintaining an eye for the details? If so, you have found the right team who is bringing our state-of-the-art modular hydrogen capsule technology and a fuel cell-electric powertrain for the world’s first zero-emissions regional airliner to market. As our Senior Engineer, System Safety Certification you will be working with a multidisciplinary team of engineers, manufacturing, and program management to rapidly iterate the design and testing of a leading-edge hydrogen powertrain for aircraft. You will play a critical role in the design and certification of both a revolutionary propulsion system and a significant aircraft modification program.

About the Role

  • Implement system safety process and development of hazard identification and analysis at all levels.
  • Responsible for the system safety assessment process all the way to the single part level. 
  • Develop and manage certification processes, tools, and procedures.
  • Work with the engineering team to ensure that designs of the aircraft modifications adhere to the FAA regulations.
  • Prepare certification plans, compliance deliverables, airworthiness directives, and alternative methods of compliance (AMOCs) as related to system safety.

About You

  • Significant experience with certifying authorities for aircraft, specifically the FAA. 
  • Proficient in writing test plans, procedures, and reports related to aircraft certification.
  • Working knowledge of certification-related industry standards (ASTM, RTCA, SAE, EUROCAE).
  • Experience in SAE ARP-4754 process and ARP-4761 tools. 

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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