Drivetrain Engineer (Powerplant Integration)

Terrafugia is a fast-paced, energetic company that is developing the world’s first practical flying car. We are currently looking for a world-class Drivetrain Engineer (Powerplant Integration) to join our vehicle development team. Candidates should be self-starters who bring positive attitude, integrity, and enthusiasm to our team as we transform personal transportation.


Key Responsibilities and Activities

  • Design, analysis, and system integration activities for the Transition® powerplant installation, including:
    • Engine compartment fire containment & protection
    • Inlet and exhaust ducting related to engine combustion
    • Integration of fire protection with engine/generator cooling designs
    • Design cognizance of all fire-shroud fittings and penetrations
    • Functional verification and compliance testing of fire-shroud
    • Material selection for fire protection compliance, durability and low weight
    • Fire-shroud and induction ducting integration within airframe
  • Participate as a key player in the design-build-test process for the Transition®, including conceptual, preliminary and detailed design, requirements definition, design reviews, prototyping, and testing
  • Coordinate and communicate effectively with other engineers, technical personnel, management, and external suppliers
  • Provide CAD work in support of design activities, direct drafting and product definition staff in the application of manufacturing drawing best practices, and define appropriate GD&T
  • Perform analyses, via hand calculations and FEA, to validate designs
  • Support and participate in testing activities – component, drive, and/or flight – as needed, including test plan creation, data analysis, and test report generation and documentation
  • Support the Certification Director with compliance and certification activities including design, test, and analysis documentation, internal and external audits, and other activities as needed

Required Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical, Automotive, or Aerospace Engineering and 5+ years technical work experience, or;
  • Master’s degree in Mechanical, Automotive, or Aerospace Engineering and 3+ years technical work experience
  • Advanced SolidWorks experience – including sheet metal and/or surfacing toolsets
  • Demonstrated experience designing sheet metal and/or composite enclosures or duct systems
  • Ability to perform first order structural, thermal, and internal flow analyses
  • Experience with finite element analysis in SolidWorks Simulation or an equivalent embedded FEA tool
  • Proven experience defining or producing sheet metal drawings including selection of dimension tolerances
  • Familiarity with material selection to meet strength, weight, durability, and cost targets
  • Proven experience with rapid design cycles: taking a design from concept through detailed design, build and test
  • Outstanding organization, analytical, and problem solving skills
  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation communication skills
  • Familiarity with basic shop tools (hand, power, mill, and/or lathe, etc.)

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Hands-on experience (work or personal) with aircraft inlet/exhaust ducting design, assembly, and maintainability
  • Proven experience designing fire-resistant and fire-proof enclosures, ducts, or shrouds for aircraft
  • Formal training and professional experience with Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)
  • Background in designing with aerospace grade materials including fiber reinforced composites
  • Exposure to ANSYS Workbench, FEMAP/NASTRAN or any similar sophistication FEA software
  • Exposure to low or medium volume production environments, particularly in the aerospace industry
  • Familiarity with ASTM F2245 regulations
  • Familiarity with FAA AC20-135 test methods


Terrafugia provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, ancestry, religion or veteran status, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state or local law.

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