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Systems Safety Engineer

battlespace, inc. Arlington, VA

  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description

NOTE: This position is Contingent on being Awarded the Contract.

This position is based at Kirtland AFB, NM.

TITLE: System Safety Engineer

REPORTS TO: Program Manager

WORK EXPERIENCE: 10 years practical work experience in systems engineering and system safety engineering working with RPA’s and/or other aircraft such as MQ-1, MQ-9 and RQ-4.

EDUCATION/TRAINING: Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, or similar field of study required.  

Certifications Desired: None

FLSA Status: Exempt

REQUIREMENTS: US citizen or authorized immigration status with current secret security clearance.

Skills and Characteristics:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated excellence in customer relations and building partnerships at all levels within an organization.
  • Strong analytical skills with demonstrated ability for problem solving and prioritizing multiple projects.
  • Strong leadership skills with capability to positively influence thinking and behaviors at all levels of the organization.

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

  • Aircraft flight line and general office environments.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Works with USAF Safety Investigation Boards (SIB) and working with USAF safety recommendation processes.
  • Advises on system directives, safety directives and other flight operations/flight operations on RPA aircraft.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned.


Related Duties/Responsibilities: Employee may be asked to lead or assist with the following performance objectives in accordance with related skills and expertise. Must have general knowledge of the following.


  • Support Safety Investigation Boards (SIB)
  • Coordinate technical assistance for SIBs.
  • Serve as telephonic or on-site AFSEC Representative for active SIBs.
  •  Provide feedback for RPA or other Aviation SIB narratives, findings, and recommendations to ensure quality reports IAW AFI 91-204 and AFMAN 91-223. Average approximately one per week.
  • Provide input to the Memorandum of Final Evaluation (MOFE) process IAW AFI 91-204 and AFMAN 91-223.
  • Research and recommend acceptance or rejection for mishap recommendation closure requests.
  • Assist with research, data mining, and identifying possible mishap root causes for SIBs.
  • Conduct research using Air Force Safety Automated System (AFSAS) historical data for SIBs.
  • Assist SIBs in identifying human factors influencing mishaps and assigning appropriate Human Factors Analysis and Classification System (HFACS) codes.


Database Management / Access


  • Review AFSAS and other mishap databases for accuracy of safety event data and recommend corrections when needed.
  • Perform a quality control assessment on RPA and other aviation safety reports to ensure compliance with AFI 91-204 and AFMAN 91-223 requirements and recommend acceptance or rejection.
  • Perform quality control inspection to ensure proper DoD Human Factors Analysis and Classification System (HFACS) coding for all RPA Final and Final Supplemental Messages and ensure consistent HFACS coding between manned and RPA mishaps.
  • Maintain access to relevant databases and other computer resources. Relevant databases and other computer resources include, but are not limited to: Reliability and Maintainability Information System (REMIS), Joint Technical Data Integration (JTDI) to include Enhanced Technical Management System (ETIMS), AFSAS, Joint Deficiency Reporting System (JDRS), Army Risk Management Information System (RMIS), Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet), and Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Manager (SUSMAN).




  • Collaborate on RPA and other aviation safety maintenance and operations related issues with government and industry experts (Original Equipment Manufacturer engineers, command level management and other maintenance personnel).
  • Provide RPA and other aviation safety support for Military Flight Operations Quality Assurance (MFOQA), Airman Safety Action Program (ASAP), Line Operations Safety Audit (LOSA), and other proactive safety programs.
  • Assist with analysis and identification of RPA and other aviation mishap trends, development of safety data products and reports for AFSEC and senior USAF leaders.
  • Respond to RPA and other aviation safety (often short-notice/time critical) taskers, safety briefings, and presentations for AFSEC staff and higher headquarters.
  • Recommend RPA, sUAS, and counter-UAS specific guidance for Air Force safety instructions.
  • Support safe expansion of RPA and sUAS operations for major commands, combatant commands, and other units.
  • Recommend solutions for gaps, limitations, or deficiencies discovered during aviation safety investigations and/or system safety analysis.
  • Review, evaluate, and provide recommendations for airworthiness evaluations using MIL-HDBK-516C criteria and AFI 62-601.
  • Review, evaluate, provide recommendations, and perform system safety assessments using general aviation and military standards IAW ARP- 4761, Mil-Std 882E, DO-178B, DO-278, DO-264, and AFI 91-202 and applicable airworthiness bulletins.
  • Review, assess, and coordinate on Safety Assessment Report (SAR) packages or other similar products for RPA National Airspace (NAS) integration.
  • Support active engagement for ongoing RPA, sUAS, and counter- UAS activities and research efforts.
  • Monitor emerging counter-UAS technologies, tactics, and procedures to ensure safe implementation and make recommendations when necessary.
  • Attend and participate in approximately six RPA/aviation safety meeting/conferences annually. Meetings/conferences may include, but are not limited to MQ-9 and RQ-4 System Safety Group meetings, unmanned aircraft system Technical Analysis and Applications Center (TAAC) conference, ground based sense and avoid Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E), counter-UAS tests, etc.
  • Write at least four articles per year. Topics may include, but are not limited to: 1) RPA NAS integration or other airspace safety issues; 2) RPA operations, training or other safety issues; 3) human factors associated with RPA mishaps and other operations; 4) RPA maintenance trends and/or other aviation maintenance safety issues. Articles may be published in Blue Four News, Flying Safety Monthly, on web pages or other USAF or non-USAF publications.


Report Management


  • Compile accurate summary information for AFSEC and outside agency questions and taskers.
  • Provide monthly report on USAF involvement in air traffic situations in the NAS. The report should contain a synopsis of what happened, root causes and any corrective actions or recommendations.


Trend Analysis


  • Conduct aviation safety trend analysis using Deficiency Report database, mishap reports and other data contained in the AFSAS database.
  • Identify common problem areas and potential solutions for Government and non-Government RPA and sUAS users.
  • Compare RPA mishap rates and causes with outside agencies (e.g. Navy and Army) to identify common trends.
  • Conduct analysis of Hazardous Air Traffic and near midair collision Reports.

Equal Employment and Opportunity Statement: Battlespace, Inc. is committed to the policy of providing equal employment opportunities for training, compensation, transfer, promotion, and other aspects of employment for all qualified applicants and employees without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, age, disability (physical or mental), sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, genetic information, or veteran status.

Managers and supervisors are required to ensure policies regarding hiring, salary administration, promotion, and transfer are based solely on job requirements, job performance, and job-related criteria. In addition, personnel policies and practices, including those relating to compensation, benefits, transfer, retention, termination, training, self-development opportunities, as well as social and recreational programs are administered without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability (physical or mental), sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, genetic information, veteran status, or other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law.



battlespace, inc.


Arlington, VA
22202 USA



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