Mechanical Certification


What is the role of the Mechanical Certification Engineer?

  • To ensure that new seat mechanical designs meet the strict safety requirements set out by the regulatory authorities (FAA and EASA).
  • To identify critical seats for test, then plan, conduct and report all of the testing required by the regulations, including dynamic (crash), occupant injury, static, abuse, cyclic and environmental tests.
  • Maintain continued airworthiness of the product through its life. 

What kind of applicant are we looking for?

  • An engineer who can form concise and clear rational arguments to justify the qualification of each aspect of the design.
  • Excellent technical report writing and communication within the company and with senior figures within Boeing, Airbus, EASA and the FAA.
  • Someone with creativity, innovation and good knowledge of structures and strength of materials.
  • A candidate with good organisational and project management skills.
  • Suitable applicants should have a minimum 2:1 degree in Mechanical, Aeronautical, Automotive Engineering or similar.

What does Mechanical Certification offer to graduates?

  • A specialist technical discipline offering very good career development opportunities.
  • An intellectually challenging and varied role.
  • The certification department runs an internal regulatory training scheme plus stress calculation and FEA training will be available.
  • National and international travel to meetings with the customer and airframe manufacturers.
  • International conferences with EASA and FAA where industry experts meet to discuss current issues and rulemaking.
  • During the testing phase, hands-on experience of the product.

What are the objectives of the Mechanical Certification placement?

  • Plan the certification of a product.
  • Gain approval of the certification basis for a product with regulatory bodies and airframe manufacturers.
  • Participate in resolving airworthiness issues arising on current and legacy products.
  • Learn the basic regulations governing certification.
  • Attend a preliminary or critical design review.
  • Carry out compliance inspection.
  • Run a static test programme and witness a dynamic test programme
  • Prepare data package for ETSO and TSO approval.


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