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First-Flight Test Director

Location: Edwards Air Force Base, California Categories: Test Engineering Req ID: 2023-7457 Potential to Telecommute: No
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Job Description

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Modern Technology Solutions, Inc. (MTSI) is seeking a Part-time or Full-time Test Director to be located at Edwards AFB, CA and Mojave, CA to supervise first flights and follow-on testing of experimental air-vehicles.

Why is MTSI known as a Great Place to Work?

  • Interesting Work:  Our co-workers support some of the most important and critical programs to our national defense and security.  
  • Values: Our first core value is that employees come first.  We challenge our co-workers to provide the highest level of support and service, and reward them with some of the best benefits in the industry. 
  • 100% Employee Ownership: we have a stake in each other's success, and the success of our customers.  It's also nice to know what's going on across the company; we have company wide town-hall meetings three times a year.  
  • Great Benefits - Most Full-Time Staff Are Eligible for: 
    • Starting PTO accrual of 20 days PTO/year + 10 holidays/year
    • Flexible schedules
    • 6% 401k match with immediate vesting
    • Semi-annual bonus eligibility (July and December)
    • Company funded Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) - a separate qualified retirement account
    • Up to $10,000 in annual tuition reimbursement
    • Other company funded benefits, like life and disability insurance
    • Optional zero deductible Blue Cross/Blue Shield health insurance plan
  • Track Record of Success:  We have grown every year since our founding in 1993

Modern Technology Solutions, Inc. (MTSI) is a 100% employee-owned engineering services and solutions company that provides high-demand technical expertise in Digital Transformation, Modeling and Simulation, Rapid Capability Development, Test and Evaluation, Artificial Intelligence, Autonomy, Cybersecurity and Mission Assurance.

MTSI delivers capabilities to solve problems of global importance. Founded in 1993, MTSI today has employees at over 20 offices and field sites worldwide.

For more information about MTSI, please visit


To support the first flights and follow-on test flights of experimental air-vehicles, the Test Director will be attached to the Emerging Technologies CTF and provide mission-control room support, including general oversight, range and airfield coordination, and 412 TW Leadership engagement.

The selected candidate must have experience as a Flight Test Engineer and in the following phases of test planning preparation, execution and reporting:

• Participation in and support of test program design reviews, schedule meetings, liaison with test ranges. Etc.
• Maturity and professionalism to lead the execution of flight test briefings and missions and oversee a team of discipline engineers.
• Write and review flight test and safety plans. Brief safety packages to Test Wing leadership.
• Prior experience as a Test Conductor and/or Test Director
• Monitor performance parameters of experimental and operational systems during flights.
• Provide integrated engineering support for, test planning working groups, test card preparation, and generation of post-flight and formal reports.
• Must work well in a team environment as well as independently.
• Position requires willingness to accept changing and evolving roles & responsibilities in support of customers’ requirements and needs.


Required Skills/Experience:
Minimum of 3+ years of related experience

• Proven leaderships skills with the ability to lead a small team in successful flight testing

Desired Skills/Experience:
• Current or Prior AFTC Test Director (TD) qualification 
• Familiarity with flight test in the R-2508 complex 
• Experience with UAS and manned platforms 
• Experience as an aircrew member (Pilot, EWO, NAV, etc.) 
• Experience mentoring more junior FTEs and engineers
• Private Pilot license is a plus but not required
• Test Pilot Graduate a plus but not required for this mid-to-senior level FTE position
• Prior or Current Project Safety Lead (PSL) and Test Safety Officer (TSO) qualification

Education Requirements:

Bachelor of Science in technical field required

Clearance Requirements:
Ability to qualify for and maintain a Secret Clearance.  Active Secret Clearance desired.

U.S. Citizenship is required




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Opportunities at MTSI

MTSI maintains an outstanding work environment that includes competitive compensation, outstanding benefits, the opportunity to be an employee-owner, and challenging work assignments with significant opportunities for advancement/career growth. To be considered for employment opportunities at MTSI, you must complete an online application.

EEO Statement: MTSI embraces nine core values including our first core value of Employees come first. Consistent with our Core Values, we are committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action-Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, military/veteran status, disability, or any other characteristics protected by law. MTSI is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical and/or mental disabilities. If you are interested in applying for employment with MTSI and need special assistance or accommodation to use our website or to apply for a position, please send an e-mail with your request to Determination on requests for reasonable accommodation is made on a case-by-case basis.

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