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412th Test Wing (412 TW)

Service or Branch: Air Force

Location: Edwards Air Force Base, CA

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STEM Fields: Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences, Computer and Computational Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

The 412th Test Wing is the Air Force's flight test center at Edwards Air Force Base. This is where the USAF performs test and evaluation of new military aircraft and weapons systems as well as a dozen or more mature aircraft types already in the inventory which require testing as periodic upgrades are made. Every day is an airshow punctuated by sonic booms and screaming engines.

The aircraft we work on include all the USAF active inventory bombers, fighters, cargo and tanker aircraft, unmanned aircraft, and trainers, as well as experimental research vehicles. We work with the major aerospace contractors, NASA, Air Force Research Laboratory, and other organizations within the Air Force in flexible, cooperative teams to successfully shepherd test projects from inception to reporting completion. Flight test expertise depends on a dedicated civilian engineering workforce in core test disciplines of flight systems, avionics, and electronic warfare. Engineers in these disciplines produce and execute test plans for evaluation and reporting on projects, from systems ranging from new brakes on mature jets, to integrated avionics and weapons separation test on new aircraft like the F-35, to hypersonics test of special research vehicles. Design and production of special instrumentation for data capture, telemetry, recording, and processing is another test support engineering function. Test execution requires participating in test teams as they monitor flights in facilities ranging from state-of-the-art control rooms to mobile airborne control rooms (must become flight-qualified). Use the latest MATLAB and PYTHON tools to analyze and present test results. We have strong chapters of the Society of Flight Test Engineers, American Institute of Astronautics and Aeronautics, International Test and Evaluation Association and other professional societies available. There are many opportunities to publish and present a paper showcasing your work. Count on meeting other talented engineers and making friends you'll keep for a lifetime. The opportunities are endless.

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