Sr. Mechanical Engineer

June 02, 2023
Offerd Salary:$115,840 - $173,760
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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 Sr. Mechanical Engineer is part of an engineering team focused on the development of the next generation UAV systems and their subsystems. This will include all levels and facets of design from conceptual design through the detailed design and will include building and testing of these systems. This position will be based out of our facility in Petaluma, CA. A senior- level engineer is also expected to be able to manage mid-size development projects internally or outsourced to sub-contractors (development of a system, equipment or components).

Position Responsibilities

  • Designs structural components, electro-mechanical design, payload mechanical design, ground equipment mechanical design, launching systems, flight control actuators integration, thermal analysis, prototype hardware development, and/or tooling & fixtures
  • Design work shall be accomplished using CAD tools (SolidWorks), simulation tools (SolidWorks Simulation, ANSYS, Abaqus), and rapid prototyping techniques (3D printing, etc.).
  • Develops manufacturing drawings and bills of materials for components and assemblies using industry drafting standards
  • Supports design reviews and assists project managers with the planning and scheduling of engineering work, and supporting manufacturing & suppliers with the production of components & assemblies
  • Works on problems of moderate scope where analysis of situations or data requires a review of a variety of factors
  • Executes team assignments effectively following the given schedule, milestone, and available resources. May coordinate activities of other personnel (Team Lead).
  • Basic Qualifications (Required Skills & Experience)

  • Bachelor's Degree in an Engineering discipline or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience
  • Minimum 8 – 12 years of relevant technical experience in a Mechanical, Aerospace, or Systems Engineering role, of which a minimum of 5 years designing, analyzing, and maintaining complex mechanical systems with demonstrated transition to deployment of hardware
  • Experience in designing the following types of parts: machined parts, simple composite parts, plastic injection molded parts, sheet metal parts, wire assemblies, and/or mechanical assemblies
  • Demonstrated competence in mechanical engineering process and design/analysis tools
  • Proven experience in creating engineering drawings in compliance with applicable ASME Y14 series standards
  • Experienced with creating and maintaining product configuration documentation including bill of materials (BOM)
  • Experienced with test and measurement techniques in an Aerospace and Defense
  • Other Qualifications & Desired Competencies

  • MS degree in Mechanical, Aerospace, or Systems Engineering is preferred
  • Demonstrates understanding of engineering configuration management processes and/or experience with product definition management tools
  • Hands-on building/prototyping experience as it pertains to lightweight miniature autonomous systems or similar
  • Experience designing electro-mechanical systems or aerostructures for small, unmanned aircraft systems
  • Demonstrates competency in solving complex structural problems
  • Demonstrates understanding of environmental testing, including shock and vibration
  • Demonstrates full understanding & knowledge of engineering principles in the technical discipline and successfully works independently
  • Effectively articulates concepts and ideas to both technical and non- technical staff
  • 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
  • Focuses on teamwork and puts the success of the team above one's own interests
  • Physical Demands

  • Ability to work in an office and production 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:

    $115,840 - $173,760

    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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