Reliability Engineer

October 12, 2023
Offerd Salary:$93,184 - $139,776
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Job Description

AeroVironment ( is a technology company with more than $450 million in annual sales. We never limit ourselves only to what we can attain today. We are relentless in our efforts to deploy technology in ways that push beyond the realm of the possible—and to deliver technology solutions that provide valuable new capabilities to our customers well into the future. Our innovative unmanned aircraft systems are designed to broaden our customers' horizons, enabling them to see the world in powerful, new ways and to tackle challenges that previously seemed insurmountable.

AeroVironment has pursued a vision of unmanned, solar-powered, long-endurance, high-altitude flight for more than three decades. The High Altitude Pseudo Satellite (HAPS) business unit is currently working on the first commercialized HAPS aircraft system. When some of the most sophisticated organizations in the world need aircraft they can trust to perform in the most rarified of atmospheres, they turn to AeroVironment.

Summary The Reliability Engineer III collaborates with design and system engineers to plan and execute reliability activities for large solar-powered unmanned aircraft, which meet the product's reliability, maintainability, and safety requirements. This role reports to the Senior Systems Engineering Manager of the HAPS Business Unit of AeroVironment.

Position Responsibilities

  • Develop a Design for Reliability plan for solar aircraft.

  • Develop reliability models to allocate reliability and maintainability targets for systems and components.

  • Perform system and component level design FMEAs to assess design risks and 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 the 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.

  • Participate in design reviews and support proposal efforts.

  • Occasional deployment for flight testing may require up to 15% travel.

  • Other duties as assigned, such as supporting flight testing and component testing.

  • Basic Qualifications (Required Skills & Experience)

  • Experience with complex systems.

  • Familiarity with complex system reliability modeling, FMEA, and Fault Tree Analysis.

  • Experience leading failure investigations.

  • Experience with planning and running component and system tests; test fixture design experience is a plus.

  • Experience working with components, such as batteries, solar arrays, motors, composite structures, and avionics.

  • A bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline is required, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

  • 5 – 8 years of experience in reliability, electrical, systems, or mechanical engineering; an advanced degree in reliability-related disciplines could be substituted for some of the experience.

  • Demonstrates full understanding & knowledge of engineering principles in the technical discipline.

  • Has strong problem-solving, decision-making, analytical, and interpersonal skills.

  • Good communication skills – technical presentation, meeting facilitation, and technical writing.

  • Other Qualifications & Desired Competencies

  • Is committed to learning from mistakes and driven to improve and enhance the performance of oneself, others, and the company.

  • Takes ownership and responsibility for current and past work products.

  • Consistently demonstrates teamwork and collaboration and puts the team's success above one's interests.

  • Ability to excel in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment where small teams share a broad variety of duties.

  • ReliaSoft, MiniTab, and Reliability Workbench software experience.

  • Physical Demands

  • Ability to work in an office, manufacturing, and flight test environment.

  • Required to sit and stand for long periods; talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone keyboard.

  • Occasional deployment for flight testing may require up to 15% travel.

  • The salary range for this role is:

    $93,184 - $139,776

    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.

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