Certification Design Engineer

Kerikeri /
NZ – Certification and Engineering /
Full Time
About Us: 
Merlin is an early-stage autonomy company, building software to control sophisticated transportation systems. Our mission here at Merlin Labs is to develop hardware and software solutions that deliver the capability for aircraft to fly useful missions autonomously and safely. Our first product will be a certified system to bring automation to existing fixed wing aircraft. 

We’re backed by some of the top institutional venture capitalists in the country, our headquarters are located in Boston with hubs in Denver, Los Angeles and the Mojave Desert. Come join our diverse, world class team, made up of people from places like Google, Airbus, Boeing, UTC, the US Navy, and the US Air Force.

All of the sky, none of the limits! 

About You:
Are you an aerospace design engineer looking for something that you just can’t find in your current industry? Do you enjoy developing new and novel aerospace products and finding new ways to improve it?  Are you excited about changing the way people and goods fly?  If so, you might be a good fit for the team in an Design and Certification role here at Merlin.


    • Responsible for developing design and certification data for the integration of Merlin products into fixed wing aircraft in support of CAANZ and FAA STCs.  This will include; mechanical, electrical and avionic installation design aspects, with direct liaison with the equipment OEMs, manufacturers and the aircraft installer
    • Creating certification reports in support of the CAANZ and FAA STCs, including liaise with Merlin in-house FAA DERs and experts in the US and supporting New Zealand 146 organisations.
    • Production of CAD models, part manufacture and installation drawings, instructions for continued airworthiness, flight manual supplements and engineering reports.
    • Merlin takes pride in being an active and responsible member of the New Zealand aviation community; the role will include the opportunity to participate in Merlin’s wider involvement in the New Zealand aerospace sector, liaising with the national regulator and various aerospace industry groups and forums.


    • Bachelor of Engineering degree in a discipline applicable to Aerospace Design, or an equivalent level of competency achieved via work experience and professional development within the aviation industry.
    • 5+ years professional aviation experience or similar.
    • Experience with 3D CAD modeling and preparation of engineering drawings, structural analysis reports and structural test reports.
    • A curious mindset and inquisitive approach to solving engineering problems, as well as an attention to detail and quality.
    • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
    • Ability to work independently, remotely and as part of a team

Nice to have:

    • Have previous experience working in a Part 146 Design Organisation.
    • Working knowledge and understanding of the regulatory requirements for commercial aircraft, specifically FAR 23, 25, 27 or 29.
    • Flight experience.
    • Experience in working with CAANZ, FAA, EASA or other National Regulators.

Merlin Labs offers an innovative, entrepreneurial, and team-focused startup environment. We also offer a top-notch benefits package (health, dental, life, unlimited vacation, and 401k with match) and work/life integration. Being part of the Merlin team allows you to become part of a small team that supports professional development while working together to achieve our mission.

Merlin Labs is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability status. All job offers are contingent upon the candidate passing background, export control and reference checks. 

Merlin Labs does not accept unsolicited resumes from any source other than directly from candidates.