Delta Airlines

Senior Engineer, Simulator Support

Delta Airlines - Posted 1 month ago
$102k-158k/year  + Equity


Atlanta, GA

Support Engineer
Career Level
Mid-Level, Senior
Company size
83k employees

Airport:  Hartsfield Jackson Intl

Support Engineer Job description

As a Senior Simulator Engineer, you will ensure that Delta Air Lines Flight Simulation Training Devices (FSTDs) are compliant with FAR Part 60 and AC 120-40 regulations, their cockpit configuration and performance capabilities represent the aircraft that they simulate, and they meet or exceed Delta Air Lines pilot and aircraft maintenance training requirements. 

  • Roles and responsibilities will consist of, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Utilizing your analytical skills and software expertise, provide engineering support for maintenance and operation of Delta Air Lines FSTDs 
  • Coordinate FSTD engineering activities with Flight Training Fleet Coordinators and Subject Matter Expert (SME) pilots
  • Review, evaluate, and implement FSTD manufacturers' service bulletins 
  • Review, evaluate, and implement aircraft configuration changes on FSTDs 
  • Review FSTD discrepancy data and implement simulation software modifications as required to improve FSTD reliability and performance
  • Develop engineering instructions for modifications to the FSTDs
  • Ensure FSTD configuration and performance capabilities are representative of the aircraft that they simulate
  • Create detailed technical specifications for purchase of new FSTDs, or modification of in-service FSTDs
  • Evaluate quarterly Qualification Test Guide (QTG) test results against aircraft manufacturer’s flight test data ensuring all tests are within performance tolerances
  • Assist FAA and Delta Air Lines Regulatory Compliance team during the annual recurrent qualification evaluations of FSTDs
  • Support entry into training of new FSTDs, and modifications/updates of in-service FSTDs, by:
  • Assist with acceptance testing of new/modified FSTDs with SME pilots
  • Verify compliance of the Master Qualification Test Guide (MQTG) document with regulatory requirements
  • Ensure QTG test results match aircraft manufacturers’ flight test data
  • Support the FAA and Delta Air Lines Regulatory Compliance team with initial qualification evaluation of the new/modified FSTDs
  • Integrate lesson/flight plan presets and Datalink messages into FSTD’s host computer to simulate real-world flight deck operations
  • Maintain compliance with FAA Part 60 and AC 120-40 regulations and Delta’s Simulator Quality Management System (SQMS)
  • Maintain configuration control of FSTDs
  • Demonstrate overall understanding of and adherence to all company and organization policies and procedures
  • Utilizing AutoCAD and MicroStation, update FSTD wiring diagrams to reflect hardware modification changes
  • Maintain thorough knowledge of assigned FSTD’s aircraft systems and operation
  • Stay current on FSTD operational issues that are driving key reliability performance metrics
  • Train and support new engineers and engineering co-op students
  • Evaluate current processes and procedures with a goal of devising new and innovative ways to improve efficiencies 
  • Actively seek out opportunities to expand technical skills and broaden corporate knowledge base through training, coaching, and mentoring


  • High School diploma or GED equivalent and 2+ years of experience in FSTD maintenance and operation, or demonstrated ability and experience to perform at Senior Simulator Engineer level
  • Internal candidates must be performing satisfactorily in current position 
  • Experience must include software coding, debugging, compiling, and deployment using various computer platforms and operating systems
  • Knowledge of FAA regulations for FSTDs (FAR Part 60 and AC 120-40/A/B/Draft C)  
  • Ability to read and interpret aircraft and FSTD schematics/wiring diagrams   
  • Knowledge of real-time simulation, host computer architecture, revision control systems, LAN networking, and peripheral devices
  • Must possess technical, analytical, mathematical, organizational, decision-making, and administrative skills, and be capable of handling multiple projects simultaneously
  • Must be a self-starter and perform at a high level of accuracy with minimal supervision  
  • Strong written and oral communication skills including technical writing
  • Strong interpersonal skills 
  • Embrace diverse people, thinking and styles
  • Must be able to interact and collaborate with cross-divisional working groups, vendors, and FSTD manufacturers
  • Demonstrated ability to complete tasks per the set timelines and established goals 
  • Accept feedback for development 
  • Approach work with an eagerness to gain the knowledge and experience needed to excel
  • Act with a sense of urgency when initiating assignments 
  • Ask appropriate questions to ensure tasks are completed to the desired results
  • Consistently make safety and security, of self and others, the priority
  • Developing innovative and practicable technical solutions aligned with organization objectives
  • Demonstrated project management skills
  • Where permitted by applicable law, must have received or be willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by date of hire to be considered for U.S.-based job, if not currently employed by Delta Air Lines, Inc.
  • Demonstrates that privacy is a priority when handling personal data.
  • Embraces a diverse set of people, thinking and styles.
  • Consistently makes safety and security, of self and others, the priority.


  • Bachelor of science degree in engineering, computer science or related discipline
  • Working knowledge of aerodynamics and commercial cockpit instrumentation, and their relationship to the principles of flight
  • Ability to recognize shifting priorities and changing objectives and adjust accordingly 

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