• Engineering Flight Test Specialist I - Temp

    AeroVironment Simi Valley, CA 93099

    Job #2179877448

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    Job Description


    The Engineering Flight Test Specialist I acts as remote pilot in command for unmanned aircraft systems or vehicles for flight testing, acceptance test protocol (ATP), and various internal and external demonstrations

    Position Responsibilities

    • Prepares detailed post flight test reporting and is required to report, follow and ensure adherence to all safety protocols

    • Provides pertinent feedback to various department personnel on observed aircraft performance

    • Perform flight demonstrations (also in charge of demo equipment, planning, travel, etc.)

    • Responsible for acceptance quality control ("QC") system testing before flight test and after flight test

    • Manages flight teams inventory and ensure all equipment is in good working order

    • Responsible for checking in and out flight test-owned equipment

    • Analyzes and solve problems that develop during flight testing

    • Applies acquired job skills and company policies & procedures to complete assignments

    • Works on assignments that are semi-routine in nature and exercises sound judgment

    • Follows established procedures on routine tasks, requiring instruction only on new assignments and minimal supervision

    • Other duties as assigned

    Basic Qualifications (Required Skills & Experience)

    • High School diploma or GED equivalent is required

    • 1 - 2 years of relevant work experience is required or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience

    • Experience working with manufacturing systems, processes and procedures

    • Experienced in controlling systems (i.e. RC Aircraft) requiring quick thinking, quick reactions, awareness of subsystem failure symptoms and quickly adapting/responding with appropriate emergency procedures

    • Requires basic computer operation skills, including familiarity with MS Word and Excel

    • Will be required to pass an Annual Proficiency And Readiness Test (APART)

    • Must have and maintain a clean DMV record, in order to drive company vehicles

    • Ability to travel within the Continental U.S. in support of flight testing (Frequent)

    • Required to pass FAA Part 107 Small Unmanned Aircraft exam

    Other Qualifications & Desired Competencies

    • RC/UAS experience is desired

    • Prior Military and/or Aviation experience is a plus

    • 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

    • Demonstrates effective problem-solving, analytical, interpersonal and communication skills

    • Consistently demonstrates teamwork, collaboration and puts the success of the team above one's own interests

    Physical Demands

    • Able to work outdoors in extreme weather conditions and traverse across uneven ground and varying terrain (Frequent)

    • Able to lift and/or move objects of varying sizes and shapes up to 50 lbs. (Frequent)

    • Able to repeatedly throw objects up to 16 lbs. over shoulder (Frequent)

    • Required to stand and/or sit for long periods of time (Constant)

    • Able to maintain visual line of sight of unmanned air vehicles up to 1 kilometer away (Frequent)

    • Able to demonstrate good manual dexterity to assemble and disassemble product (Frequent)

    COVID Vaccine Statement

    AeroVironment is a U.S. government contractor, and is therefore subject to the September 9, 2021 Presidential Executive Order requiring COVID-19 vaccines for federal contractors. Consistent with AeroVironment's commitment to health, safety, and national security, all U.S.-based AeroVironment employees must be fully vaccinated from COVID-19; this means that all new hires located in the United States must provide proof of being fully vaccinated from COVID-19 before their start date. At this time, the vaccination requirement applies only to U.S.-based employees; non-U.S. locations will have their own vaccination policies in accordance with applicable law of the non-U.S. jurisdiction.

    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: ~~~ .

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    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, national origin, marital status, medical condition nor disability, genetics, veteran and all others that may apply.


    U.S. Citizenship required


    At AeroVironment, our purpose is to secure lives and advance sustainability through transformative innovation. Our solutions give our customers a fresh vantage point, positioning them to see the world with new eyes and extending their reach beyond the line of sight. That is the power of our breakthrough unmanned aircraft systems, perfected and refined over a half century.

    Whether they are warfighters searching for an enemy, border patrol agents searching for people in need of assistance, or telecom providers linking millions to the digital economy, our customers choose AeroVironment because our systems generate actionable intelligence reliably, creating a path to goals that would otherwise be unattainable.

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