Pathways Program

The Pathways Program is a planned and progressive educational program commonly known as an Intern Program.

The Edwards AFB Pathways Program is designed to provide work experience for undergraduate and graduate college students who are pursuing degrees in fields related to flight testing. The majority of the Pathways interns are aerospace, electrical/electronic and mechanical engineering majors, but the program also includes students working with technicians and administrative personnel.

The Program incorporates classroom learning with valuable on-the-job experience—interns work under the supervision of engineers on projects such as systems design, flight test experiments, computer studies and simulation. Projects are structured to apply the basic principles and theories of the student’s major field of study.

Candidates must meet all the following requirements:

  • At least 16 years of age
  • Good standing in an appropriate academic program
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) not less than 2.50
  • Registered in the school’s intern program
  • United States citizenship required
  • Taking at least a half-time course load

If you are interested in applying for a position at Edwards AFB in the Pathways program and you meet the minimum requirements. Job openings for the Pathway’s Program for students and recent graduates are posted to Search for Pathways job announcement by entering the word “Pathways” in the “What:” search box on the home page.

Contact Information:
Melida M. McWeeney
412 TENG Engineer Recruiting Manager
307 E. Popson Ave. Bldg 1400
Edwards AFB, California 93524
Telephone: (661) 277-3783

New Engineer Training

Everything you need to know

Preparing you for success by ensuring that you are comfortable and confident in your role as a non-military engineer: that’s what the New Engineer Training is all about at the Air Force Test Center.

The program is comprehensive, allowing you to participate in exciting projects early on in your career. It’s also flexible to fit into your schedule and offers individual attention from instructors. And, it’s challenging—providing you everything you need to excel in your career.

The Training

Week 1 – AF and AFTC

  • Tours of the Edwards facilities are among the major highlights, including the Edwards AFB Flight line, the Benefield Anechoic Facility, the Ridley Mission Control Center and the test range.
  • An overview of the mission of the Air Force and the role of the Air Force Materiel Command and AFTC in accomplishing that mission.
  • An introduction to the responsibilities of a flight test engineer.
  • The flight test process and an overview of weapon systems development are presented.
  • Learn deficiency reporting, logistics testing, mission planning, system testing, and reliability and maintainability testing
  • New Engineers are given insight into how mentoring relationships can be established, as well as guidance regarding professionalism standards expected of AFTC engineers.

Week 2 – Avionics, Sensors, Weapons, Tactical Datalinks, Electronic Warfare, Subsystems, Structures, Propulsion, Performance, Flying Qualities and Human Factors

  • Test and evaluation basics of the disciplines from the Avionics Systems Integration Division (ENV) and the Electronic Warfare (EW) Group.
  • Technical experts present an overview of Communications, Tactical Datalinks, Navigation, Radar, Electro-Optical/Infrared, Weapons Employment and Electronic Warfare systems.
  • New Engineers visit a hands-on laboratory using an F-16 Hardware-in-the-Loop flight simulator, the APG-68 radar, the Low Altitude Navigation and Infrared Targeting for Night (LANTIRN) targeting pod and an infrared (IR) Maverick missile.
  • Technical basics of the disciplines from the Flight Systems Integration Division (ENF)
  • Discipline experts present an overview of the testing for Performance and Flying Qualities, Propulsion, Structures, Subsystems and Human Factors (this lesson provides a background on the aircraft systems and how they are tested and analyzed)

Week 3 – Test Planning, Test Execution and Technical Reporting

  • Instruction on test planning, test execution and technical reporting—including the development of the test plan, the approval process, and the guidance used for formatting and content.
  • New Engineers experience a Test Planning workshop, an Initial Safety Training Class, hands-on control room training, Crew Resource Management (CRM) training.
  • This session introduces the people behind-the-scenes in flight test and helps New Engineers understand the roles they play.

Questions? We’ve got Answers

Who takes the training?
All newly hired engineers, whether they are recent college graduates or experienced engineers from private industry, benefit from the New Engineers Training program.

When is the training conducted?
The schedule consists of three weeks of individual modules taught during one week each month.

Who teaches the courses?
The instructors are various technical experts and subject matter experts who are currently working at the AFTC.