• Software Engineer (Apps) II

    AeroVironment Petaluma, CA 94953

    Job #2181028621

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    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.

    We created MacCready Works Advanced Solutions, named for our founder, Dr. Paul B. MacCready, Jr., to ensure that creativity and long-term thinking remain at the core of our culture. With a focus on the future, this group of select, visionary scientists and engineers partner with our customers to explore breakthrough technologies that open new, more powerful ways to tackle difficult challenges. Together, they research and develop advanced technologies in robotics, sensors, software analytics and connectivity to identify innovative solutions that push beyond the current applications. These revenue-generating projects significantly contribute to the growth of the company and stretch our imaginations to spawn new inventions.

    Once conceptualized, we can apply these new technologies to other projects, keeping us and our customers at the forefront of cutting-edge innovation. We are currently working on tomorrow's solutions by creating highly autonomous, mission-centered products that operate jointly across multiple domains, and position our customers at the leading edge of interconnected systems.

    We are here to tackle the impossible...without hesitation.


    We are looking for a Software Engineer II (Applications) to join the Learning and Active Perception (LEAP) group in AV's MacCready Works division and develop a variety of innovative computer vision detection, classification, localization, and tracking solutions for defense and commercial applications. As a Software Engineer II (Applications) one works with and is mentored by a talented group of engineers to design and develop software solutions to meet customer requirements.

    Position Responsibilities:

    • Implements and optimizes algorithms and software including REST endpoints, relational database schemas, and user interface components

    • Supports testing and demonstration of components and integrated systems

    • Develops documentation, technical reports, and provides report inputs for presentation to customers and other stakeholders

    • Creates software design documentation according to software process requirements and guidance from Senior Engineers

    • Implements coding according to coding standard; writes a unique test and validates software according to the process; contributes to process improvement efforts.

    • Delivers work on time according to agreed completion dates and project schedule & budget

    • Supports and derives algorithm design from detailed software requirements

    • Operates in a continuous learning environment under moderate supervision; provides guidance and mentoring to less experienced engineers

    • Works on problems of moderate scope where analysis of situations or data requires a review of a variety of factors

    • Exercises judgment within defined procedures and practices to determine appropriate action; builds productive internal/external working relationships

    • Other duties as assigned

    Basic Qualifications (Required Skills & Experience):

    • Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Math, or Physics is required or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience

    • 2 - 5 years of relevant experience software engineering or related field Strong software engineering skills with proficiency in C/C++, Java, Golang, and/or Python languages, including a sound understanding of common data structures, algorithms, object-oriented programming, and development workflows

    • Experience with relational database systems such as PostgreSQL or MySQL

    • Experience with Ubuntu and/or CentOS Linux operating systems

    • Experienced writing unit tests and debugging code

    • Demonstrated mathematical and analytical skills are required

    • Demonstrated familiarity with source code configuration management tools such as SVN and Git as well as familiarity with IDEs and debuggers

    Other Qualifications & Desired Competencies:

    • With guidance from senior engineers, be able to contribute in the design, coding, documenting, and testing software using the Scrum Framework

    • Demonstrates effective listening, questioning, clarifying and summarizing skills to effectively communicate in one-on-one and small group settings

    • Demonstrates understanding of system design that one is working on and understands the role that assigned tasks play in the system

    • Ability 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

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

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

    Physical Demands:

    • Ability to work in an office environment (Constant)

    • Required to stand and sit for long periods; talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone keyboard (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. Must be willing to work on government contracts and have the ability to obtain a security clearance.


    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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