Flight Test Engineer I

March 09, 2023
Offerd Salary:$58,140 - $87,210
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For over 50 years, AeroVironment has been a leader in advanced technologies and diverse innovations that have redefined how the world drives, flies, and connects.

We created MacCready Works Advanced Solutions, named for our founder, Dr. Paul B. MacCready, Jr., to ensure that creativity and long-term thinking remain at the core of our culture. With a focus on the future, this group of select, visionary scientists and engineers partner with our customers to explore breakthrough technologies that open new, more powerful ways to tackle difficult challenges. Together, they research and develop advanced technologies in robotics, sensors, software analytics and connectivity to identify innovative solutions that push beyond the current applications.

These revenue-generating projects significantly contribute to the growth of the company and stretch our imaginations to spawn new inventions.

Once conceptualized, we can apply these new technologies to other projects, keeping us and our customers at the forefront of cutting-edge innovation. We are currently working on tomorrow's solutions by creating highly autonomous, mission-centered products that operate jointly across multiple domains, and position our customers at the leading edge of interconnected systems.

We are here to tackle the impossible…without hesitation.


The Flight Test Engineer I designs, develops, and implements cost- effective methods of testing and troubleshooting systems for small, unmanned air vehicles.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Ensure test assets are prepared to support testing, including proper configuration of product hardware and software, writing test cards and procedures, and maintaining test equipment
  • Review System Requirement documents to help ensure requirements are concise and testable
  • Capture test activities, fill in test data sheets, and transfer telemetry files to the network
  • Process and analyze test data to determine test results
  • Participate in flight readiness reviews, test briefs, and post-test debriefs
  • Works on problems of moderate scope under supervision, where analysis of situations or data requires a review of factors, and may receive general instructions on routine work
  • Applies company policies and procedures to resolve a variety of issues while developing professional expertise, working collaboratively with other team members and/or customers as required
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Basic Qualifications (Required Skills & Experience):

  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical, Software, Systems or Aerospace Engineering, or related field is required or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience

  • 0 – 2 years

  • Experience as a pilot or aircrew member would be beneficial
  • Preferred candidate will have the ability to work with product development engineers to derive test requirements based on product specifications and modifications
  • Other Qualifications & Desired Competencies:

  • Understanding of the functionality of major aircraft sub-systems and avionics
  • Ability to determine regression test requirements based on specific sub- system modifications
  • Ability to develop ad-hoc tests to troubleshoot test failures
  • Ability to analyze large test data sets using software tools, like MATLAB or Excel

  • Has effective problem-solving and analytical skills as well as sound judgment

  • Strong communication skills, including documenting test plans, procedures, and reports; verbally directing UAV Operators and Observers during flight tests; capturing system test requirements; recording test failures; and reporting test results
  • Has strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work well with others across disciplines
  • Demonstrates strong computer skills and proficiency with office software and productivity tools
  • Focuses on teamwork, collaboration and puts the success of the team above one's own interests
  • Able to excel in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment, where small teams share a broad variety of duties
  • Displays strong initiative and drive to accomplish goals and meet company objectives
  • Takes ownership and responsibility for current and past work products
  • Is committed to learning from mistakes and driven to improve and enhance performance of oneself, others, and the company
  • Physical Demands:

  • Able to work outdoors in extreme weather conditions and traverse across uneven ground and varying terrain (Constant)
  • Stand and/or sit for long periods of time (Constant)
  • Lift and/or move between 11-20 lbs of cases of varying size (Frequent)
  • Lift and/or move up to 50lb cases of varying sizes & shapes (Occasional)
  • Talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone keyboard (Frequent)
  • The salary range for this role is:

    $58,140 - $87,210

    AeroVironment considers several factors when extending an offer, including but not limited to, the location, the role and associated responsibilities, a candidate's work experience, education/training, and key skills.

    ITAR Requirement:

    This position requires access to information that is subject to compliance with the International Traffic Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) and/or the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”). In order to comply with the requirements of the ITAR and/or the EAR, applicants will be asked to provide specific documentation to verify U.S. person status under the ITAR and the EAR. A “U.S. person” according to their definition is a U.S. citizen, U.S. lawful permanent resident (green card holder), or protected individual such as a refugee, or asylee. See 22 CFR § 120.15. Some positions will require current U.S. Citizenship due to contract requirements.

    Benefits : AV offers an excellent benefits package including medical, dental vision, 401K with company matching, a 9/80 work schedule and a paid holiday shutdown. For more information about our company benefit offerings please visit: https:// www. avinc.com/myavbenefits.

    We also encourage you to review our company website at https:// www. avinc.com to learn more about us.

    Principals only need apply. NO agencies please.

    Who We Are

    Based in California, AeroVironment (AVAV) is a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and tactical missile systems. Founded in 1971 by celebrated physicist and engineer, Dr. Paul MacCready, we've been at the leading edge of technical innovation for more than 45 years. Be a part of the team that developed the world's most widely used military drones and created the first submarine-launched reconnaissance drone, and has seven innovative vehicles that are part of the Smithsonian Institution's permanent collection in Washington, DC.

    Join us today in developing the next generation of small UAS and tactical missile systems that will deliver more actionable intelligence to our customers so they can proceed with certainty – and succeed.

    What We Do

    Building on a history of technological innovation, AeroVironment designs, develops, produces, and supports an advanced portfolio of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and tactical missile systems. Agencies of the U.S. Department of Defense and allied military services use the company's hand-launched UAS to provide situational awareness to tactical operating units through real-time, airborne reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.

    AeroVironment Incorporated is an equal opportunity employer, M/F/D/V and works in compliance with both federal and state laws. We are committed to the concept regarding Equal Employment opportunity. Qualified candidates will be considered for employment regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, medical condition nor disability, genetics, veteran and all others that may apply.


    U.S. Citizenship required. Must be willing to work on government contracts and have the ability to obtain a security clearance.

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