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Engineering Development Technician II

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

Job Description:

Engineering Development Technician II

Location

Simi Valley, CA

Employment type

Regular - Full Time

ID

1714

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Summary

The Engineering Development Technician II will have the opportunity to work on a variety of advanced unmanned system prototypes to develop solutions for a variety of defense and commercial applications. The Engineering Development Technician will be responsible for assisting projects and programs with the building, integration and maintenance of aircraft and other robotic systems. This takes many forms, from the building of small components, tools and test fixtures, to the full assembly and upkeep of complete prototype systems. The ideal candidate is a creative thinker to work on rapid prototypes for the quick evaluation of new ideas and concepts.

Position Responsibilities

Conduct mechanical and electrical testing and troubleshooting of integrated systems

Use a variety of machine shop tools and other items including CNC mills, 3D printers, as well as a variety of internal laboratory tools. Requires use of soldering iron to assist with electrical assembly

Assist with designing and conducting tests including experiments, ground testing and flight testing

Meet scheduled timelines and, in some cases, aggressive deadlines to have hardware ready for project milestones

Effectively document important processes and build techniques for successful readiness of equipment and transition of responsibilities to other individuals

Follow engineering designs and building concepts/prototypes and assist with testing and data collection. Often times the designs may be incomplete and will require independent design and back and forth communication to finalize and prototype

Having substantial understanding of the job, applies knowledge & skills to complete wide range of tasks

Work on assignments that moderately difficult but recognizes the need to think outside the box for effective solutions

Completes new assignments with little instruction and receives little instruction on routine work

Position requires general upkeep and setup of development spaces and test areas for projects and prototyping. This includes ordering equipment, maintaining tools, and being proactive on safety issues/concerns

Other duties as assigned

Special Requirements

U.S Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (Green Card Holder) or asylee/refugee as defined by 8 U.S.C.b(a)(3) required.

Basic Qualifications (Required Skills & Experience)

High School diploma or GED equivalent and/or equivalent certificate from a technical school

Minimum of 2 - 4 years of technical experience (emphasis in machining, composites, rapid prototyping environment and electronics) or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience

Demonstrated familiarity with aircraft and/or Remote Control (R/C) experience

Experienced building fixtures, tools and parts or electrical devices

Experienced using machine shop tools and shows proficiency with these systems

Experienced in development of build/assembly documentation

Requires local/domestic travel (both driving and flying) to test site locations and participating in development testing

Must have a valid Driver’s license and clean driving record

Periods of development may require long irregular hours around deadlines, weekends and some holidays and in field test environments

Requires general proficiency with Microsoft Office Software and general computer skills

Other Qualifications & Desired Competencies

Higher education is desired

Welding certifications are desired

Candidate may have the opportunity to receive FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot’s license but not required

Experience working with composites, either wet layup or prepreg materials, is desired

3D printing experience is desired

Exposure and use of 3D modeling and programming software (such as Solidworks/SURFCAM) desired

Exposure to 3D additive manufacturing technology is desired

Demonstrates knowledge of basic electrical wiring and troubleshooting is desired

Skills as a machinist and with GD&T is desired

Interprets instructions given by engineering team (verbal or written), asking for clarity where needed, and updating or generation of documentation, which could include drawings 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. Focuses on teamwork, collaboration and puts the success of the team above one's own interests

Physical Demands

Requires manual dexterity and ability to effectively use machining tools, both manual and automated

Requires use of soldering iron to assist with electrical assembly

Ability to move and/or carry heavy equipment

Ability to work outdoors in varying weather conditions, both hot and cold, and varying terrains

Ability to meet California laws governing the acceptable use of a respirator

Capable of lifting up to 50 pounds as well as objects of varying sizes and shapes for shipment to and set up at various customer training sites

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

Ability to work in a manufacturing environment

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: http://www.avinc.com/myavbenefits.

We also encourage you to review our company website at http://www.avinc.com 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.

To view our CCPA Privacy Policy click here: https://www.avinc.com/legal/ccpa-privacy-policy

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