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Sr. Aeromechanical Design Engineer

Company: AeroVironment
Location: Simi Valley
Posted on: July 26, 2022

Job Description:

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. Summary 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 directly support 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 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 mil.y 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 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. 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 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. Principals only need apply. NO agencies please.

Keywords: AeroVironment, Simi Valley , Sr. Aeromechanical Design Engineer, Engineering , Simi Valley, California

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