Manager, Aeromechanical Engineering

March 05, 2023
Offerd Salary:$115,360 - $173,040
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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.

If you thrive on a culture of relentless problem-solving and invention and want to work for a global front-runner where you tackle real-world challenges, then AeroVironment is the place for you.

Come join our group of innovative thinkers and discover how collaborative efforts produce extraordinary products that touch lives around the world. You can be a part of the team that developed these firsts: a controlled human- powered aircraft, the modern consumer electric car, a tiny hummingbird-like drone and a helicopter that flew on Mars. We also set flight records in near- space with our solar-powered aircraft, and we re-shaped the battlefield with portable, hand-held, tactical drones and loitering munitions. We have cemented our reputation around the world and in record books as unrivaled technological pioneers, including seven innovative vehicles in the Smithsonian Institution's permanent collection in Washington, DC.

While engineering for the future is what we do, we are ever-mindful of our strong commitment to purpose — to secure lives and advance sustainability through transformative innovation. The products and solutions we provide our customers help to save lives and contribute to a more sustainable environment.

Join us to help push beyond the realm of the possible with such future- defining technologies as robotics, sensors, software analytics and connectivity to generate ever-more meaningful actionable intelligence for our customers so they can proceed with certainty – and succeed.


The Aeromechanical Engineering Manager is an experienced individual within the aerospace, technology, or related industry with extensive knowledge performing their function in a fast-paced organization. As a member of the Product Development Engineering management team, participates in executing the overall strategic technology and product roadmap that will drive the business growth in a very competitive market space. The Aeromechanical Engineering Manager will manage the design and development of new Unmanned Aircraft System products as well as product changes and enhancements. The successful candidate will be responsible for leading a functional organization that has the capabilities and capacities to meet business needs; including budget planning, staffing, training, performance evaluation and career development.

Position Responsibilities

  • Manage a team of Aeromechanical engineers, including budget planning, staffing, training, performance management and career development.
  • Lead engineering team through design, analysis, prototype, integration, troubleshooting, and verification and assist in new product launch to production.
  • Improve product design/development processes by employing lessons learned and best practices such as modelling and simulation, design reviews, design outsourcing, tolerance analysis, DFMEA/PFMEA, 6-sigma/lean product development, DFX, and customer feedbacks.
  • Manage the design and development of new Unmanned Aircraft System products, subsystems, as well as product changes and enhancements.
  • Evaluates results of aeromechanical design, analysis, and test to assure accomplishment of technical objectives. Directs the introduction of new designs to the manufacturing organization.
  • Executes on business objectives and determines how to use resources to meet schedules and goals and provides guidance to subordinates with the latitude of established company policies
  • Frequently interacts with subordinates, customers, and/or functional peer group managers, normally involving matters between functional areas, other company divisions, suppliers, or customers and the company
  • Ensures that proper documentation, such as test specifications and procedures, is provided to the appropriate functional area
  • Works on issues of diverse scope where analysis of situation or data requires evaluation of a variety of factors, including an understanding of business trends
  • Acts as advisor to subordinates to meet schedules and/or resolve technical issues. Provides mentorship and leadership to aeromechanical engineers
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Basic Qualifications (Required Skills & Experience)

  • 10 years of related aeromechanical and/or mechanical engineering functional management experience leading large team of direct reports in fast-paced, dynamic product design and development environments for products used across multiple industries.
  • 5 years of hands-on HW product design experience and 5+ years of mfg. engineering experience.
  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering is required or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience
  • Broad technical knowledge and experience to understand and evaluate design and development activity across multiple engineering disciplines
  • Managing large team of direct reports in multiple locations
  • Recruiting, hiring, on boarding, mentoring, coaching new employees
  • Conduct regular employee performance reviews. Provide performance improvement and career development feedback and implement necessary disciplinary actions as needed
  • Familiarity with composite, injection molded plastic, die casting, machining, and PCBA/connector/cable assembly design, tooling, fabrication, and assembly preferred
  • Demonstrated ownership, accountability, and success to deliver products that meet requirements on time and on budget
  • Proven and demonstrated experience with full product development life cycle from concept to production with proven track-record of launching new products to production
  • Proven and demonstrated execution of product development methods and best practices
  • Ability to analyze the assigned project, break down work into functional disciplines and/or subsystems and create design/develop plans
  • Other Qualifications & Desired Competencies

  • Master's degree is preferred
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience in leading integrated product teams
  • Strong organization, facilitation, and negotiation skills
  • Familiarity with aerospace military/defense contracting environment highly desirable
  • Ability to obtain a Secret Clearance/US citizenship preferred
  • Physical Demands

  • Occasionally may be required to travel within the Continental U.S.
  • Ability to work in an office and R&D environment (Constant)
  • Required to sit and stand for long periods; talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone keyboard (Frequent)
  • The salary range for this role is:

    $115,360 - $173,040

    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.

    We also encourage you to review our company website at https:// www. 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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