Panasonic Certification Engineer in Lake Forest, California


Entry-level support of certification and installation of In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) systems by managing certification related issues with various other departments, preparing/providing technical documentation and coordinating/conducting various types of testing.



  • Generate Flammability Test Plans, Structural Test Plan, Qualification Plan, and establishing Qualification Basis for various OEMs (Airframe manufactures) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as well as European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)

  • Interface, discuss and debate with OEMs to obtain approval on Flammability Test Plans/Procedure, Structural Test Plan/Procedure, Qualification Plan, and establishing Qualification Basis

  • Work with various engineering groups – Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Electro-Magnetic Interference to help evaluate selection of new materials for Line Replacement Units (LRU) that are compliant with FAA, EASE, and OEM flammability, smoke and toxicity requirement, structural substantiation, and qualification plan

  • Ensure all related documentation [drawings, test plans, Document Change Requests (DCRs), Document Change Notice (DCNs) , Engineering Change Order (ECOs), and Notice of Change (NOCs)] are technically accurate and consistent before release


  • Facilitate and/or perform pre-qualification (engineering tests) to identify failures during product development and provide technical solutions to problems

  • Responsible for the successful completion of qualification tests in a timely manner

  • Support and ensure technical correctness, accuracy, and release of qualification reports as well as substantiation documentation

Project Management

  • Coordinate the selection and ordering of parts, materials and vendor relations with Procurement, Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing, Obsolescence, Product Planning and Material Planning departments

  • Update Design and Development schedules and assigned tasks working with Project Managers, Team Leaders, and Engineering Managers

  • Provide recommendations on technical approach, qualification plan, resource allocation or time schedule on a project


  • Ability to study and understand detailed mechanical drawings and exploded views.

  • Familiar with DO-160 and FAR 25, specifically for compliance to 14 CFR 25.1309, 25.1353, 25.853, 25.855 & 25.859

  • Familiar with Boeing, Airbus, Bombardier certification and Airworthiness requirements pertaining to Flammability, Smoke and Toxicity, Structural Test Plan, Qualification Plan, and establishing Qualification Basis

  • Familiar with aircraft seat certification for 14 CFR 25.561, 14 CFR 25.562, and 14 CFR 25.785 is a plus.

  • Ability to multi-task between developing projects and sustaining projects

  • Ability to analyze problems using conventional (analysis or similarity) and computerized techniques.

  • Ability to develop and implement test methods and procedures

  • Ability to integrate information from more than one discipline (ME, EE, EMI, Product Planning & Manufacturing Engineering) to achieve results or successfully complete difficult and challenging assignments within a specialized field

  • Demonstrate good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions.

Ability to effectively interact with senior internal personnel and provide technical information to other engineers

Education and required experience:

  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Physics, or Materials Science.

  • 1-3 years of experience in certification process

  • In-Flight Entertainment or aviation-related experience is a plus

Ability to travel to Japan and other domestic and international locations approximately 10% of the time

Panasonic is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by law or company policy. All qualified individuals are required to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation. Pre-employment drug testing is required for safety sensitive positions or as may otherwise be required by contract or law. Due to the high volume of responses, we will only be able to respond to candidates of interest. All candidates must have valid authorization to work in the U.S. Thank you for your interest in Panasonic Corporation of North America.