The National Test Pilot School (NTPS) is pleased to announce the opening of the selection process for the 2017 FTE Graduate Assistantship Program.

The NTPS FTE Graduate Assistantship Program is designed to provide recent engineering graduates the opportunity to earn an ABET accredited Master of Science (MS) degree in Flight Test Engineering and potentially earn a certificate showing they are qualified as a test pilot school flight test engineer graduate; something normally only attainable in the military due to the high costs involved. The GA student will receive tuition assistance and offered part-time employment. Graduates of this program have the knowledge and experience to perform aircraft and aviation systems envelope expansion, civil certification, and military suitability testing. This educational opportunity is spread over a three year period. When not in class the candidate can gain real-life experience on flight test programs, provide instrumentation and telemetry support on fixed-wing, rotary-wing, and unmanned aircraft, execute research and development projects, and assist NTPS instructors with course preparation, flight test and control room demonstrations.

Selection Process: Once the application deadline has closed, student applications will be assessed for merit and rank ordered for both opportunities unless the applicant specifies otherwise. The goal will be to inform selected students of their opportunities by 7 April 2017. For both programs a bachelor's degree in engineering from an ABET accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0 is highly desired. Candidates must be able to obtain a FAA 2nd Class Aviation Medical. Both programs require the student to maintain continuous enrollment throughout the program. Applicants are advised that they may not be eligible for student loan deferment under either program.

Applications and enquiries should be sent to Mrs. Sonnett Davies (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by 10 March 2017, together with a college transcript, resume and a 1 page essay describing your interest and career ambitions in flight testing. Additional information regarding the National Test Pilot School is available at

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National Test Pilot School
P.O. Box 658
Mojave, CA 93502-0658 USA
Phone: 661-824-2977
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