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Engineer, Aircraft Performance - 31369

Location: DORVAL, QC, Canada
Posting Start Date: Nov 16, 2022
Posting End Date: Nov 26, 2022


Job Description


Being part of Air Canada is to become part of an iconic Canadian symbol, recently ranked the best Airline in North America. Let your career take flight by joining our diverse and vibrant team at the leading edge of passenger aviation.
The Performance Engineer is responsible for the design, development, and analysis aspects of aircraft performance and to assist Chief Pilots, Type, with policy, standards, procedures, and data in accordance with Transport Canada regulations. This position ensures that expert technical consultation and support is available to other departments and branches as required in all matters involving aircraft performance.

Key Functions, Activities, and Accountabilities:    
  • Design, develop, and analyze aircraft performance policies, standards, procedures, software, and data in accordance with industry best practices and regulatory requirements.
  • Specialize in one of two areas of expertise within Aircraft Performance:
    • High-speed Aerodynamics portfolio: climb, cruise, descent, mission analysis, fuel consumption analysis.
    • Low-speed Aerodynamics portfolio: take-off, approach, landing, terminal area procedure design, weight & balance.
  • Generate aircraft performance and operating data from manufacturer's data, from the approved Airplane Flight Manual or from other source material.
  • Review drafts of Airplane Operating Manual (AOM), Quick Reference Handbook (QRH) and Minimum Equipment List (MEL) with a focus on content related to aircraft performance.
  • Perform technical reviews of airport analyses, missed approach procedures and engine-out procedures that make use of ground-based navigation and RNP.
  • Ensure airplane noise constraints are complied with by developing noise abatement procedures and policies as required.
  • Participate in the development of aircraft weight & balance procedures and prepare or validate airplane empty weight reports.
  • Monitor aircraft fuel consumption to set flight planning fuel flow factors and to identify potential aerodynamic or engine deficiencies. Investigates maintenance or flight crew reports of over-burning engines.
  • Develop and maintain driftdown/decompression escape route procedures as required.
  • Develop and maintain city pair Cost Indices.
  • Develop and maintain flight planning performance data modules to ensure flight planning data is consistent with aircraft performance and company policies and procedures.
  • Develop and implement cost reduction/fuel savings procedures.
  • Prepare route analyses in support of the Commercial branch's network planning and scheduling activities. 
  • Monitor and develop evolving technologies for distribution of performance data to flight crews and flight dispatchers.
  • Develop internal tools and databases, such as those used for airport analysis, route analysis and fuel bias calculation.
  • Support Senior Engineer, Aircraft Performance, and Manager, Aircraft Performance, with performance assessment of new aircraft under evaluation by Aircraft Programs.
  • Support and mentor Senior Technician, Aircraft Performance, and Technician, Aircraft Performance.
  • Provide expert technical consultation and support to other departments and branches as required in all matters related to aircraft performance.
  • Update the Aircraft Performance Procedures Manual (APPM) when required.
  • Communicate with aircraft performance data and technology suppliers as required.
  • Act as a designated aircraft performance representative as described in the Aircraft Performance Procedures manual (APPM).
  • Assume safety responsibilities in accordance with Section 1.3.8 of the Corporate Safety Management Manual (CSMM).


  • Education (Field of work, technical/professional discipline for the position):
    • Undergraduate degree in Engineering.
    • Knowledge of aircraft performance and air navigation is required in order to predict aircraft flight paths.
  • License(s), attestation(s), certification(s), association(s) required:
    • None.
  • Linguistic requirements (Proficiency level 1-4):
    • Ability to communicate in both written and oral English at an advanced (University Degree equivalent) level. Additional linguistic requirements Level 3 – Bilingual (ideal).
Experience/Business Knowledge
  • Depth of skills and expertise required for the position:
    • Level 5 - The position requires a minimum of 5 years airline engineering experience including a minimum of 3 years in direct aircraft performance work, or demonstrated equivalent level of competency and responsibility as determined by the General Manager, Aircraft Performance. The person must have demonstrated familiarity with aeronautical engineering principles with particular emphasis in aerodynamics and flight mechanics of multi-engine commercial jet aircraft.
  • Breadth (the scope) of skills and expertise required for the position:
    • Level 5 - Knowledge of Instrument Flight Rules, design of engine-out flight path procedures, and flight planning is a must in addition to ability to draw and read technical drawings & maps & Pilot Instrument Flight & Procedure Charts manually and by using CAD software with correlation to aircraft performance impact. Ability to interpret and contribute to pilot manuals such as the Aircraft Operating Manual and Minimum Equipment List is also required in addition to ability to direct development, testing and integration of aircraft performance software applications.
  • Range of business/industry knowledge required for the position:
    • Level 5 - A solid understanding of airline business and operations in domestic and international environments is required to efficiently integrate technical and business aspects.
  • Criticality: 
    • Level 5 - This job is deemed to have strategic impact to the business as it affects the operational aspects of operating aircraft with safety and business considerations.
  • Scarcity: 
    • Level 5 - The skills and expertise are very difficult to find and very costly to contract in the marketplace or internally, due to the training and experience associated, specialized nature of the job, and high quality of output demanded.
Conditions of Employment:
  • Candidates must be eligible to work in the country of interest, at the time any offer of employment is made and seeking any required work permits/visas or other authorizations which may be required is the sole responsibility of the candidates applying for this position.
Linguistic Requirements

Based on equal qualifications, preference will be given to bilingual candidates. 

Diversity and Inclusion
Air Canada is strongly committed to Diversity and Inclusion and aims to create a healthy, accessible and rewarding work environment which highlights employees’ unique contributions to our company’s success.
As an equal opportunity employer, we welcome applications from all to help us build a diverse workforce which reflects the diversity of our customers, and communities, in which we live and serve.

Air Canada thanks all candidates for their interest; however only those selected to continue in the process will be contacted.