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Senior Human Factors Designer - Cabin Seating and Technology Systems

Honda North America
United States, North Carolina, Greensboro
June 08, 2024
Honda Aircraft Company

About the Opportunity:

You will be at the forefront of the next generation of highly talented interiors designers and engineers at Honda Aircraft Company. The interior of our HondaJet aircraft is where we directly interface and with our aircraft owners and passengers. Passenger experience is an area of highest importance to our product, and you will join our Interiors team to lead the Research and Development of our next generation of Cabin Seating and Cabin Technology Systems.

One of your primary areas of focus will be to develop seating solutions that offer new and game-changing comfort within our aircraft environment - you will conceptualize and define the core geometry, adjustability, kinematics, mechanisms, and next generation features for our future aircraft interior updates. Your work will integrate carefully researched human factors over a range of relevant use cases, considering smooth & reliable mechanical function, lightweight and next materials, clever and elegant mechanical design for actuation, enhanced comfort technology, and design for manufacturability and certification.

The second key focus of your design efforts will be envisioning and prototyping next generation Cabin Technology, including the development of physical and HMI/screen-based/graphical systems for passenger or crew control, entertainment systems, connectivity, lighting, power/charging, and emerging technology that may be applicable to cabin experience. Your work will consider styling, human factors, system modularity, design for manufacturing, and the creation of mockup and prototype assets to validate design concepts.

You have a specialization in human factors and user experience design, combined with in depth understanding and creativity in the design of mechanisms, visionary product solving abilities, solid CAD skills, manufacturing and mockup-prototyping capabilities (you know your way around a workshop, are skilled in HMI development and prototyping, and have a Maker mentality) and ideally (but not necessarily) experience in transportation design. You may have a background in Industrial Design or Engineering. You are inspired to define the future of travel and leap ahead of the designs that have come before.

As a Senior Human Factors Designer - Cabin Seating and Cabin Technology Systems you will become a primary technical knowledge-owner for Honda Aircraft Company for future cabin experience. You will guide concept development from fundamental research through to the creation and testing of high-fidelity proof-of concept prototypes, and support further development in qualification, certification, and bringing concepts to production. On a given day you may conduct fundamental research, build and test prototype components in our mockup or test bench, co-develop design and aircraft installations with our manufacturing team, create human factors and passenger ergonomics assessments, develop/review/release technical CAD, or prepare and deliver project status updates. You will be given the opportunity to apply your outstanding experience, vision and autonomy to guide the future of business aircraft cabin experience.

Your Key Responsibilities:

1. You will be working in a fast-paced environment with evolving tasks and priorities. This will include fundamental research into materials and manufacturing techniques, cabin interior systems design, features definition, ergonomics and human factors, and advanced/emerging technologies that have application to the Business Aircraft cabin experience.

2. Technical integration with interfacing aircraft systems and teams, including Structures, Mechanical and Electrical Systems, Avionics and other relevant aircraft components, as well as with Interiors Engineering and Industrial Design teams to achieve the highest quality cabin experience.

3. You will develop mock-ups and prototypes for form/fit/function assessment to meet user experience and design criteria, with a specific focus on ergonomics, considering topics such as human comfort, reach, haptics, multi-mode HMI, product functionality and user experience.

4. You will be expected to utilize novel approaches to solve complex and challenging problems.

5. Validate concept designs considering engineering core principles, design standards, aircraft certification requirements, and industry best practices.

6. Make technical and program-related recommendations to engineering leadership.

7. Develop and Ensure adherence to program milestones and objectives.

Education, Work Experience, Certification and/or Licensure:

1. Bachelors' degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering, Human Factors Engineering, or Industrial Design from a four year college or university is required. (In lieu of degree, management may elect to consider individuals with equivalent years of combined experience and training.)

2. Masters' degree in Engineering or Human Factors is preferred.

3. 5+ years of engineering experience with at least three years of design engineering directly related to transportation design.

4. Experience in the design and development of aircraft cabin interiors (or other relevant design segment), with a focus on passenger comfort, ergonomics, HMI and safety, is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

1. Working knowledge of conceptual design development of aircraft interiors, or relevant product segment.

2. In-depth knowledge of Human Factors Design, Applied Ergonomics, and UX/UI/HMI Design.

3. Familiarity with 14CFR Part 23/25.

4. Proficiency in mechanical design using CATIA V5 or equivalent 3D modeling tools.

5. Proficiency in Human Centered Product Development, Research and Testing.

6. Proficiency in the fabrication of Mockups and Prototypes

7. Ability to work independently or within a team environment.

8. Ability to communicate effectively throughout all levels within an organization and present data clearly and concisely.

9. Ability to work cross functionally with Quality and Production to resolve issues on the production line.

Physical Requirements:

1. Incumbents may be routinely exposed to equipment operational noise heat-cold-dust, and/or aircraft equipment, parts, or fuel odors.

2. Incumbents may be required to stand, sit, squat, walk, bend, climb ladders, move, reach, or stretch for prolonged time periods with no restrictions, as required by job duties.

3. Work in a safe and professional manner while adhering to all regulatory requirements (FAA, OSHA, DOT, EPA, State, and Federal regulations, etc.).

4. Read, hear, speak, and see with no restrictions, as required by job duties.

5. Comprehend and adhere to management directions and/or safety instructions with no restrictions.

6. Effectively communicate in Business English language.

7. Pull, push, carry, lift, or move items up to 10 lbs. throughout the work shift without assistance, as required by job duties.

8. Pull, push, carry, lift or move materials/people/items/equipment weighing up to 50lbs or more during the work shift, with the use of Company provided "reach assistance technology" or "movement assist technology" (fork-lifts, pallet jacks, pulleys, dolly's, robotics reach equipment, people movers etc.), as required by job duties.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties, skills, and responsibilities required of personnel so classified. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice. This document does not constitute a contract between the incumbent and Honda Aircraft Company. (FLSA: ) 01/07/13