Airworthiness Engineer

Joby Aviation

Joby Aviation

Santa Cruz, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Airworthiness Engineer

Job Locations US-CA-Santa Cruz
Regular Full-Time

Joby Overview

Located in Northern California, the team at Joby Aviation is driven by our goal of creating an affordable, all-electric air transportation system. Imagine a piloted air taxi that takes off vertically, then quietly carries you and your fellow passengers over the congested city streets below, enabling you to spend more time with the people and places that matter most. Since 2009, our team has worked steadily to make this dream a reality. We’ve designed and tested many generations of prototype aircraft capable of serving in a network of electric air taxis. We’re looking for talented, committed individuals to join our team as we push onwards toward certifying the Joby aircraft with the Federal Aviation Administration, scaling our manufacturing, and preparing to launch commercial service in 2025.


The Airworthiness Engineer will be a key position contributing to and ensuring success of certification projects within Joby. This position will own, support, and actively contribute to airworthiness aspects of current and future design certification and validation projects. This position requires a driven and professional individual that is focused on excellence in execution of airworthiness projects. Additionally, this position will be instrumental in continuing to build the airworthiness department within Joby.


  • Support, organize, and manage highly complex and challenging civil certification projects with the FAA and international Civil Aviation Authorities
  • Interface with company personnel and regulatory authorities in various areas such as certification project execution, collaborative development of certification basis, collaborative development of means of compliance, responding to regulatory changes, etc.
  • Interpret requirements and advise company personnel in matters related to airworthiness, certification, and policy interpretation
  • Coordinate certification project activities as required, including but not limited to meetings, briefings, and presentations to company management, regulatory authorities, suppliers/partners, and professional organizations
  • Contribute to creation and review of certification documents and data - including but not limited to Master Compliance Checklists, certification plans and reports, Issue Papers, accomplishment summaries, manuals, Instructions for Continued Airworthiness, airworthiness applications, etc.
  • Compile certification data packages and manage their delivery to regulatory authorities to support Type Certification and validation projects
  • Assist with maintenance of certification project records, engineering files, and company data
  • Develop and manage airworthiness processes, tools, standards, and associated training materials across the company
  • Develop and manage company designee management processes and plans
  • Continuously improve airworthiness department processes, tools, and standards
  • Represent Joby in meetings with regulatory authorities, working groups, and industry committees
  • Assist in building and maintaining professional relationships with regulatory authorities, suppliers, and company departments through direct interaction on significant technical and regulatory matters often requiring coordination between organizations
  • Contribute to internal familiarization and training, mentorship, and coaching on aspects of certification, airworthiness, and associated processes and expectations, as required
  • Support project management activities related to airworthiness and certification projects
  • Identify and support mitigation of safety and program risks, issues, and opportunities related to airworthiness
  • Perform other duties as assigned or required


  • Bachelors of Science in an Engineering discipline
  • 10+ years of relevant industry experience
  • Strong knowledge of 14 CFR Part 21 and Part 23 requirements, guidance, policy, processes, and means and methods of compliance
  • Broad knowledge of aircraft designs and systems
  • Experience developing applicant positions on complex compliance issues, including Issue Papers
  • Direct experience working with FAA, EASA, or other Civil Aviation Authorities
  • Detail-oriented and strong organizational skills
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • At least 10 years of industry experience
  • Bachelors of Science in an Engineering discipline
  • Able to effectively work on multiple projects at once
  • Able to communicate effectively with technical professionals, project managers, and executive leadership
  • Strong time and project management abilities
  • Able to effectively educate technical and professional personnel in processes and aspects of civil certification


  • Masters of Science in an Engineering discipline
  • 15+ years of relevant industry experience
  • Experience on multiple, whole-aircraft certification projects
  • Strong knowledge of Part 23 Amendment 64 intent and the corollary role of industry consensus standardsWorking knowledge of Changed Product Rule and associated guidance
  • New design certification project experience
  • Strong knowledge of 14 CFR Parts 25, 27, and 29 regulations, policy, and guidance material
  • Strong knowledge of ASTM, RTCA, and SAE standards
  • Project management experience
  • Experience using Dassault, Atlassian, and Polarian software tools
  • Flight experience - private pilot, higher ratings preferred

Compensation at Joby is a combination of base pay and Restricted Stock Units (RSUs). The target base pay for this position is $135,100 - $225,200 /year. The compensation package offered will be determined by location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience.

Joby also offers a comprehensive benefits package, including paid time off, healthcare benefits, a 401(k) plan with a company match, an employee stock purchase plan (ESPP), short-term and long-term disability coverage, life insurance, and more.


Joby is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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