Aircraft Maintenance Engineer - Zephyr Airworks

New Zealand
Zephyr Airworks – Flight Test
Here at Kitty Hawk, where a century of aviation practices meets technology breakthroughs and a world-class engineering team, things are looking up. In 1903, the Wright brothers took flight for the first time from the beaches of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Our journey started by designing, testing and building all-electric vertical take-off and landing products for work and play. Today, in California, we are building on the Wright Brothers’ legacy to create the next generation of vehicles for everyday flight.

Zephyr Airworks, the operator of Kitty Hawk in New Zealand, is currently seeking motivated aircraft technicians to join our flight test team.  You will support aircraft integration, maintenance, operation, modifications, and repairs of futuristic aircraft.  You will work with other technicians and engineers to install, remove or modify systems and perform inspections. You take initiative, creatively solve problems, and are good with the fine details. You love being challenged with unique issues, and want to be an integral part of the next great thing in aviation.

This position is based in New Zealand.

Within 3 months you will:

    • Become familiar with the aircraft from nose to tail
    • Learn about day to day operations in the flight test team and the environment
    • Become a Crew Chief and assist in testing

Within 6 months you will:

    • Travel to locations to assist in testing
    • Have sign-off authority for an aircraft to be deemed flight-worthy
    • Acquire more in-depth knowledge of aircraft subsystems

Within 12 months you will:

    • Be well-versed in the aircraft and the individual systems
    • Provide feedback on new products with helpful suggestions for changes
    • Assist with training new technicians on the aircraft


    • Aircraft Maintenance Engineer’s Licence with 3 years or more experience
    • R&D background
    • A self starter that can fill his/her time with productive tasks to help the entire test team
    • Willing to work a flexible schedule
    • Great mechanical aptitude
    • Ability to understand and comprehend assigned tasks
    • Ability to work with flight test and design engineers and understand technical drawings
    • Flight line handling and comfort with radio communication
    • Excellent mechanical systems troubleshooting skills
    • Strong organizational skills


    • Experience with composites
    • Wire harness routing/repair experience
    • Knowledge of Google Docs and Sheets
    • AMEL or LAME certification
Kitty Hawk provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Kitty Hawk abides by applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

For security reasons background checks will be undertaken prior to any employment offers being made to an applicant.  These checks will include nationality checks as it is a requirement of this position that you be eligible to access equipment and data regulated by the United States’ International Traffic in Arms Regulations.  Under these Regulations, you may be ineligible for this role if you do not hold citizenship of Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, the European Union or a country that is part of NATO, or if you hold ineligible dual citizenship or nationality. For more information on these Regulations, click here [link to]