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Project Engineer  

About the Organization Astronics Corporation (Nasdaq: ATRO) serves the world's aerospace, defense, and other mission critical industries with proven, innovative technology solutions. Astronics works side-by-side with customers, integrating its array of power, connectivity, lighting, structures, interiors, and test technologies to solve complex challenges. For 50 years, Astronics has delivered creative, customer-focused solutions with exceptional responsiveness. Today, global airframe manufacturers, airlines, military branches, completion centers, and Fortune 500 companies rely on the collaborative spirit and innovation of Astronics.

We offer our breadth of technology solutions and services through 11 subsidiary business units and numerous award-winning product brands. Serving our customers is our first priority, and every day we honor this mission with quality, partnership, and energetic global vision.

Astronics Subsidiary Astronics Connectivity Systems and Certification  
Location Chicago, IL  

About Astronics CSC

Astronics Connectivity Systems and Certification (formerly Telefonix PDT and Astronics Armstrong Aerospace) serves as the experienced, global market leader for in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) solutions for aircraft. As a systems certification provider, Astronics CSC has worked on over 100 projects for industry partners to upgrade commercial and business aircraft with new passenger power systems, IFEC navigation, communication and flight safety systems. Additionally, Astronics CSC offers proven IFEC hardware systems, flexible design platforms, high customer satisfaction, and long-term relationships with industry leaders to help make the connected aircraft a reality. The company now employs over 300 employees, and is a six-time recipient of Chicago’s Best and Brightest Employers to Work For award.


The Project Engineer is the primary technical point of contact between the customer, internal non-technical teams, and the technical engineering teams responsible for the detailed execution of a project. The Project Engineer is responsible for a project from the inception of the project strategy through the execution of the statement of work in its entirety.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Formulate engineering inputs for proposals, including scope definition, hour’s estimates, and schedule assessments.
  • Establish detailed staffing plans for project design execution.
  • Work with Engineering Management, and the assigned engineering staff to allocate resources for project tasking and develop detailed schedules.
  • Identify customer dependencies for successful execution of project design within defined schedule.
  • Identify certification basis, research and identify required regulations, and develop the design and certification strategy required to show compliance to the certification basis.
  • Develop, manage, and communicate design and certification requirements and strategy to the engineering team.
  • Manage and provide status for design engineering resources throughout project lifecycle.
  • Manage and provide status for design deliverable execution.
  • Identify design scope (budget / schedule) changes and technical design risks throughout project lifecycle.
  • Manage and coordinate DER/DAR, CVE, and /or ODA UM resources to support the review and approval of project data packages
  • Responsible for the technical coordination of technical project vendors to include ODA, DOA, and compliance testing vendors.
  • Support and lead customer design review meetings.
  • Primary interface with customer on technical issues and during design reviews.
  • Technical decision maker during the project and ultimately accountable for producing a design which meets the project requirements within the project schedule and budget.
  • Support the engineering team as required during the development stage. Level of support may range from design/drawing review and approval to assisting in modeling, analysis and/or detailed certification deliverable development.
  • Provide mentoring and training to less senior employees.

This position may require knowledge of SOX / 404 internal audit controls and related documentation.

Position Requirements


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Education and/or Experience


  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering, or in a related technical and/or
    equivalent field
  • Familiarity and/or experience working with a 3D CAD package, preferably SolidWorks
  • Familiarity and/or experience working with a 2D CAD package, preferably AutoCAD
  • Familiarity and/or experience developing piece-part, assembly and/or installation models and Drawings
  • Proficient reading and understanding electrical system block diagrams
  • 4+ years of experience working in a mechanical design capacity


  • Experience in the aviation/aerospace or similar industry
  • 5+ years of experience working in a mechanical design capacity
  • 5+ years of experience working as a project engineer or similar role

An offer of employment is contingent on successfully passing a drug test and background check, and applicants who do not successfully pass both the drug test and background check will not be considered for employment.

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Travel Requirements 10-20%  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other legally protected status.  

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