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AeroMechanical Engineer, Sr.

Company: AeroVironment
Location: Simi Valley
Posted on: November 21, 2020

Job Description:

AeroMechanical Engineer, Sr.


Simi Valley, CA

Employment type

Regular - Full Time



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The Sr. Aeromechanical Design Engineer is a key member of an air vehicle IPT team of small UAV systems for both military and commercial applications. Within this position, one's primary duties are focused on:

  • Performs all aspects of vehicle design from initial concept to complete production-ready design.

  • Resolution of design challenges and coordination with multidisciplinary engineering groups.

  • Builds and tests prototype systems in order to validate designs

  • Conducts informal and formal presentations.

  • Uses scientific and engineering principals to assess deficiencies in any given design and the impact of potential changes

  • Guides and directsvsupport personnel in the preparation of detailed design, design testing and prototype fabrication

  • Responsible for completing assigned tasks within project schedule and budget.

  • May supervise activities of other personnel (Team Lead)

  • Other duties as assigned

    Special Requirements

    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.

    Basic Qualifications (Required Skills & Experience)

    • Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering

    • Minimum 8 - 12 years' relevant experience in a technical and design capacity within an engineering organization

    • Demonstrated competence in Mechanical Engineering processes and design/analysis tools, solving Mechanics & Kinematics problems, solving Thermodynamics problems

    • Experienced in successfully designing military electronics products (UAS experience a plus)

    • Demonstrated understanding of metallic, plastic and composite material properties

    • Demonstrated ability to solve basic structural dynamics problems

    • Proficiency in SolidWorks, Excel, Word and PowerPoint is required

    • Demonstrated understanding of industry design and documentation standards (GD&T, ASME, Change Control, etc.)

    • Experienced with designing: machined parts, composite parts, injection molded parts, sheet metal parts, wire assemblies and mechanical assemblies for low, medium and high volume manufacturing processes.

    • Experienced with: mechanical, lab, field, flight, and environmental testing.

    • Demonstrated understanding of engineering configuration management processes.

    • Experienced with working from high-level program requirements

      Other Qualifications & Desired Competencies

      • Advanced degree is preferred

      • Experience with SolidWorks EPDM, Agile PLM, and MATLAB is preferred

      • Hands-on experience with metal and composite fabrication and 3D printing is preferred

      • Demonstrated familiarity with UAVs and related engineering design processes is preferred

      • Demonstrated familiarity with electro-mechanical/mechanism design, aerodynamics, "data engineering" (instrumentation/data acquisition/data analysis) is preferred

      • Knowledge and experience of analytical techniques and tools for FEA, Thermal, Aerodynamics is preferred

      • Possesses the creativity and interest to invent and improve vehicle systems and motivated to make things happen

      • Demonstrates effective written and verbal communication skills. Communicates well with the intended audience.

      • Demonstrates strong interpersonal skills and able to work well with others across disciplines.

      • Exhibits strong presentation skills for formal reviews, both internally and externally.

      • 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

        Physical Demands

        • Ability to work in an office and manufacturing 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)

          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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