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Electrical Engineer, Sr.

Company: AeroVironment
Location: Simi Valley
Posted on: November 16, 2020

Job Description:

Electrical Engineer, Sr.


Simi Valley, CA

Employment type

Regular - Full Time



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The Sr. Electrical Engineer designs, develops and maintains electrical control systems and/or components to required specifications, focusing on economy, safety, reliability, quality and sustainability. In this role, one selects components and equipment based on analysis of specifications and reliability and determines design approaches and parameters. The Electrical Engineer conducts general engineering and design of electronic systems on small unmanned aircraft vehicles. In this role, one performs detailed design, documentation, testing of electronic and mechanical components, equipment and subsystems.

Position Responsibilities

  • Operates computer-assisted engineering and design software and equipment to perform engineering tasks. Performs electronic engineering support activities on R&D projects

  • Coordinates manufacturing, construction, installation, maintenance, support, documentation and testing activities to ensure compliance with specifications, codes and design requirements

  • Inspects completed installations and observes operations to ensure conformance to design and equipment specifications and compliance with operational & safety standards

  • Works with avionics, embedded systems and Radio Frequency (RF) links. Supports Flight Test operations, as needed

  • Troubleshoots complex systems. Documents designs with engineering drawings and written descriptions. Operates computer-assisted engineering and design software and equipment to perform engineering tasks

  • Performs design and analysis tasks under general supervision and may be involved in developing budgets, estimating labor, material and construction costs. Demonstrates familiarity with HDL programming, C/C++, PCB design process and UAV subsystems along with associated software

  • Assesses root cause to critical issues and contributes to sustainability and reliability of products. Consistent in demonstrating ability to research and re-engineer to propose alternate solutions to issues. Demonstrates full understanding & knowledge of engineering principles within the specific technical discipline.

  • Works on complex issues where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth knowledge of variable factors. Makes decisions that have direct impact on project costs & schedule. Makes complex design decisions to meet stated requirements

  • Provides technical supervision across disciplines and leads a small team or project to accomplish established goals. May supervise the activities of others (Team Lead)

  • Other duties as assigned

    Special Requirements

    U.S. Citizenship required. Must have ability to obtain a security clearance and be willing to work on government contracts.

    Basic Qualifications (Required Skills & Experience)

    • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering or related is required or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience

    • Minimum of 8 - 12 years of relevant experience

    • Proficient with office software, computer-based productivity tools and other software tools in one's area of expertise

    • Experienced using Altium Designer for schematic capture and PCB layout

    • Experienced in one or more areas: Radio Frequency (RF), embedded control, FPGA

    • Experienced with power electronics, including motors and Battery Technology (lead acid, Nickel metal hybride & Lithium ion)

    • Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot complex systems

    • Demonstrated familiarity of common industry protocols (LVDS, I2C, HDMI, UART, SPI, CAN, USB)

    • Knowledge of Engineering fundamentals, mathematics, physics & material properties

    • Some travel may be required in support of flight test operations (up to 30%)

    • Must have a clean driving record

      Other Qualifications & Desired Competencies

      • Advanced degree is preferred

      • Flight test or R/C (Remote Control) experience a plus, hands-on experience with tools a plus

      • Demonstrates familiarity with Small UAV subsystems and associated software a plus

      • Uses professional concepts & company objectives to resolve complex issues in creative and effective ways.

      • Works well independently & complies with company policies and procedures

      • 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

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

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

        Physical Demands

        • Ability to work in an office (Constant)

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

          ITAR Requirement:

          This position requires the use of information which is subject to compliance with International Traffic Arms Regulations (ITAR). To conform to U.S. Government export regulations/ITAR, applicants must be a U.S. Citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S. (or, green card holder), protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3). Applicants cannot be hired until they are qualified to have such access. Some positions due to U.S. Government contract requirements will require current U.S. Citizenship.

          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:

          We also encourage you to review our company website at 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, national origin, marital status, medical condition nor disability, genetics, veteran and all others that may appy.

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