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System Test Engineer, Sr. Staff

Company: AeroVironment
Location: Simi Valley
Posted on: October 15, 2020

Job Description:

System Test Engineer, Sr. Staff


Simi Valley, CA

Employment type

Regular - Full Time



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The Sr. Staff System Test Engineer develops and executes System Test Plans for small, unmanned air vehicles and missiles and their associated subsystems. Testing encompasses simulator, ground and flight tests and includes logging and analyzing data and documenting test results.

Position Responsibilities

Support and lead developmental test and evaluation of sub-system, model-scale, and full scale testing. Assist the Flight Test Director during flight tests

Determine and communicate subsystem, system and flight test objectives. Develop test cards to verify that those objectives are met

Review System Requirement documents to help ensure requirements are concise and testable

Lead and participate in test and flight readiness reviews, test briefs, and post-test debriefs

Ensure test assets are prepared to support testing, including the proper configuration of product hardware and software, writing test cards and procedures, and maintaining test equipment

Process and analyze test data to determine test results. Analyze large test data sets using software tools (MATLAB or Excel)

Capture test activities, fill in test data sheets, and transfer telemetry files to the network. Enter test failures or anomalies in an issue tracking system database.

Develop System Test Plans, for small unmanned air vehicles and missiles and their associated subsystems, execute simulator and flight tests, and document test results

Responsible for estimating time required to conduct testing and completing assigned tasks within project schedule

Work with outside test labs and assist technicians during testing when required

Demonstrates good judgment within defined procedures and practices to determine appropriate action

Work with product development engineers to derive test requirements based on product specifications and modifications

Acts independently to determine methods and procedures on new or special assignments. May supervise the activities of others on the team

Works on significant and unique issues where analysis of situations or data requires an evaluation of intangibles

Other duties as assigned

Special Requirements

U.S. Citizenship is required. Secret or Top Secret clearance, or the ability obtain a clearance is desired

Basic Qualifications (Required Skills & Experience)

Bachelor’s degree in related discipline (Software, Systems, Electrical, Mechanical or Aerospace) is required or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience

Minimum of 12 - 15 years’ experience in related industry or projects that include conducting system or flight tests

Is effective in conversing technically with experts in the fields of test instrumentation and data acquisition

Skilled at documenting test plans, procedures, and reports; verbally directing UAV Operators and Observers during flight tests; capturing system test requirements; recording test failures and reporting test results

Position requires 10-30% travel within the Continental U.S.

Other Qualifications & Desired Competencies

Advanced degree in related discipline is preferred

Experience with scripting and programming languages to automate testing is preferred

Experience as a pilot or aircrew member would be beneficial

Willingness to learn and expand technical understanding of wind tunnel test techniques and measurement systems

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 strong communication skills

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

Works well with others across disciplines and has strong leadership skills

Physical Demands

Ability to work in an office and manufacturing environment (Occasional)

Able to frequently work outdoors in extreme weather conditions (hot and cold temperatures) and occasionally at night; Able to traverse across uneven ground and varying terrain (Frequent)

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

Able to lift, carry and/or move objects of varying sizes and shapes up to 50 lbs. (Frequent); Required to carry and set up equipment at test site locations (Frequent)

Able to demonstrate good manual dexterity to assemble and disassemble product (Frequent)

Able to repeatedly throw objects up to 16 lbs. over shoulder (Frequent)

Able to maintain visual line of sight of unmanned air vehicles up to 1 kilometer away (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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