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Product Engineer

Company: AeroVironment
Location: Simi Valley
Posted on: August 8, 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 As a Product Engineer III at AeroVironment, one sustains engineering support for UAV systems for military and commercial applications. Includes design modifications of structural components, electro-mechanical assemblies, payloads, ground equipment, launching systems, flight control actuators, prototype hardware development, performing design verification testing, and configuration management of products. Other duties: developing & maintaining manufacturing drawings and bills of materials for components and assemblies using industry drafting standards, supporting design reviews, assisting project managers with the planning and scheduling of engineering work, and supporting manufacturing & suppliers with the production of mechanical components & assemblies.
Position Responsibilities

  • Sustains engineering support related to a product line.
  • Manages product line configuration and change orders in Agile PLM system
  • Understands product design and features, be familiar with the manufacturing process. Understands customer performance and configuration requirements for product
  • Acts as a technical point of contact for ongoing support and change initiation, including managing manufacturing and customer issues escalated to engineering
  • Assists in proposal & report writing, review of contracts for production orders
  • Helps coordinate the transition for new products and product variants into production
  • Coordinates the release and update of engineering design documentation, operator manuals, bill of materials, manufacturing procedures, product acceptance test procedures, and production tooling and test equipment
  • Coordinates development, testing and release of product improvements and variants in cooperation with product line manager, design engineers and project managers
  • Provides component obsolescence management for the product line
  • Provides customer support for failure analysis, field bulletin technical content, general product information
  • Works with suppliers, purchasing and planning to ensure resolution of technical issues that impact production
  • Other duties as assigned
    Basic Qualifications (Required Skills & Experience)
    • Bachelor's Degree in a related field of study is required or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience
    • Lean Six Sigma experience or Green Belt certification
    • 5 - 8 years of related experience in a similar role, including experience in an engineering design environment, including support of products in production
    • Experience with unmanned air vehicles a plus; RF, digital, and communications electronics design Electronics manufacturing troubleshooting PCB layout, schematics and assembly's Design/drafting/CAD (Altium), including ASME Y14 drawing standards
    • Strong understanding of configuration management principles
    • Strong understanding of general Engineering fundamentals, mathematics, physics, material properties, electronics, systems, software
    • Demonstrated understanding of requirements for building of production assemblies, including documentation for use on production floor
    • Demonstrated ability to integrate across technical disciplines and organizations, including program management, manufacturing, quality, purchasing, suppliers and customers
    • Experienced and proficient with office software and computer based productivity tools
      Other Qualifications & Desired Competencies
      • Desirable experience or attributes: Agile PLM data management system product configuration management standards (MIL-HDBK-61A, EIA-649-B)
      • Demonstrates competency in solving basic structural dynamics problems
      • Works on problems of diverse scope where analysis of data requires evaluation of identifiable factors. Resolves a wide range of issues in creative ways
      • Selects methods and techniques for obtaining solutions while utilizing good judgment. Contributes to meeting project cost and schedule
      • Typically receives little instruction on day-to-day work; Completes tasks within schedule and budget
      • 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 strong communication skills
      • Consistently demonstrates teamwork, collaboration and puts the success of the team above one's own interests 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 , Product Engineer, Engineering , Simi Valley, California

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