Reliability Engineer, Sr.

April 13, 2023
Offerd Salary:$107,120 - $160,680
Working address:N/A
Contract Type:Other
Working Time:Negotigation
Working type:N/A
Ref info:N/A

Worker Type


Job Description

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 Senior Reliability Engineer works with system and design engineers to plan and execute the reliability activities to meet overall product reliability, maintainability, and safety requirements for large solar-powered unmanned aircraft. This position will report to the Airworthiness Manager of the HAPS Business Unit of AeroVironment.

Position Responsibilities

  • Develop Design for Reliability plan for solar aircraft
  • Develop reliability models to allocate reliability and maintainability target for systems and components
  • Perform system and component level FMEAs to assess design risks and to identify risk mitigation actions
  • Provide design inputs to technical experts to improve product reliability and safety
  • Lead fault tree assessments to support System Safety Assessment and anomaly investigations.
  • Facilitate anomaly investigation to identify root cause and corrective actions
  • Manage Failure Reporting, Analysis, and Corrective Action System (FRACAS)
  • Plan and execute Accelerated Reliability Tests, and Highly Accelerated Reliability Tests and report the results to the subject matter experts
  • Present at and participate in design reviews and walk-throughs; Demonstrates good presentation skills for internal reviews; Support design reviews and proposal efforts
  • Design and develops new and unique analysis and test methods and procedures and educate other reliability engineers and technical experts
  • Provide guidance and mentorship to others in both their discipline and on company values
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Basic Qualifications (Required Skills & Experience)

  • Experience planning reliability activities for complex systems.
  • Experience with complex system reliability modeling, FMEAs, and Fault Tree Analyses
  • Experience leading failure investigations
  • Experience with planning and running Accelerated Life Testing
  • Experience working with batteries, solar array, motor, composite structure, avionics
  • Has strong problem-solving, decision-making, analytical, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Bachelor's degree in engineering discipline is required or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience
  • 8 years of experience in reliability, electrical, or mechanical engineering
  • Demonstrates full understanding & knowledge of engineering principles in the technical discipline
  • Other Qualifications & Desired Competencies

  • Advanced degree in reliability engineering is preferred
  • ReliaSoft and Reliability Workbench software experience
  • 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
  • Consistently demonstrates teamwork, collaboration and puts the success of the team above one's own interests
  • Physical Demands

  • Ability to work in an office and manufacturing 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:

    $107,120 - $160,680

    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. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (Green Card holder) or asylee/refugee status as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) required.

    From this employer

    Recent blogs

    Recent news