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.