Flight Test & Evaluation Instructor/SME

Test and Evaluation · Edwards AFB, California
Department Test and Evaluation
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

Location: Edwards AFB, CA

US Citizenship Required for this Position: Yes

Clearance Type: Secret Required, Top Secret Preferred

Work Schedule: Full Time, Exempt

Reports to: Chief Technology Officer

Positions Supervised: None

Travel: Occasional


ABSI Aerospace & Defense is an innovative small business located in Southern Maryland near Naval Air Station Patuxent River. Operating in the quickly evolving areas of unmanned/manned systems integration, LVC simulations and training, test and evaluation, training, and autonomous systems. ABSI is growing rapidly. With a focus on maintaining a highly committed and well-compensated workforce, the company seeks to continue building opportunities within DoD and commercial venues.


ABSI was contracted to develop and support these twelve week-long short courses being provided by the US Air Force Test Pilot School specifically for US Space Force personnel including operators, engineers, and program managers. The in-residence course is being offered three times a year with dedicated facilities onboard Edwards AFB and a stand-alone curriculum based on USAFTPS coursework.

ABSI is aggressively supporting these classes with a mixture of on-site personnel, part time subject matter experts, and virtual learning. ABSI needs a full-time experienced flight tester to be on-site at Edwards AFB to coordinate the courses and instruct selected subjects.

Test fundamentals include test planning, test conduct, and test reporting in addition to introductory material on systems including radar, electro-optics, data links, etc. Space specific subjects including orbital mechanics and space environment are taught by subject matter experts and classes include hands-on lab and flight experiments in addition to guest lecturers and case studies.



The Flight Test and evaluation Instructor/SME will be responsible for:

  • Delivering instruction to adult learners in classroom, lab and field environments
  • Developing and refining instructional materials for use in the course
  • Coordinating and collaborating with other instructors for course development, maintenance and delivery
  • Coordinating with Space Force and USAF Test Pilot School course sponsors to manage the course to include incorporating sponsor feedback in course updates
  • Providing one on one feedback on student work throughout the course
  • Coordinating instructor, guest lecturer and field trip schedules
  • Assisting with set up and management of on-site training lab equipment and software
  • Collecting formal and informal student feedback to support recommendations for course improvements and ongoing updates
  • Coordinate with USAF Test Pilot School course manager to ensure course logistical and administrative support requirements are planned and executed for each class
  • Qualified and appropriately rated pilots may perform flying duties during hands-on flight exercises
  • Performing other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering or scientific discipline with at least 8 years of active flight test or test pilot school instructional experience.
  • Thorough working knowledge of airborne systems testing
  • Space related experience or educational background
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communications skills and experience/comfort briefing all levels of personnel.
  • A proven track record in report writing is also required.



  • Master's degree and Test Pilot School graduates (USAF, USN, Empire, or EPNER) preferred
  • Experience providing professional instruction to adult learners
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and web-based collaborative resources such as SharePoint and Microsoft Teams

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  • Location
    Edwards AFB, California
  • Department
    Test and Evaluation
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience