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Electrical Engineer, Sr. Staff

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

Job Description:

Electrical Engineer, Sr. Staff

Location

Simi Valley, CA

Employment type

Regular - Full Time

ID

1699

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Summary

The Sr. Staff Electrical Engineer is an expert on battery technology who designs, develops and maintains electrical control systems and/or components to required specifications, focusing on economy, safety, reliability, quality and sustainability. In this role, one selects components and equipment based on analysis of specifications and reliability and determines design approaches and parameters. The Senior Staff Electrical Engineer conducts and leads general engineering and design of electronic systems on small unmanned aircraft vehicles with cross-functional teams.

Position Responsibilities

Operates computer-assisted engineering and design software and equipment to perform engineering tasks. Performs electronic engineering activities on R&D projects

Inspects completed installations and observes operations to ensure conformance to design and equipment specifications and compliance with operational & safety standards

Works with avionics, embedded systems and Radio Frequency (RF) links. Supports Flight Test operations, as needed

Troubleshoots complex systems. Documents designs with engineering drawings and written descriptions.

Performs design and analysis tasks under general supervision and may be involved in developing budgets, estimating labor, material and construction costs.

Assesses root cause to critical issues and contributes to sustainability and reliability of products.

Works on significant and unique issues where analysis or situations or data requires an evaluation of intangibles. Makes decisions that have significant impact on project costs and schedule

Uses skills to contribute to development of company objectives and principles to achieve goals in creative and effective ways

Works independently and acts independently to determine methods and procedures on new or special assignments

Provides technical supervision across disciplines and leads a small team or project to accomplish established goals.

May supervise the activities of others

Other duties as assigned

Special Requirement

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. Must be willing to work on government contracts.

Basic Qualifications (Required Skills & Experience)

Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or Physics is required or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience

Minimum of 12 – 15 years of experience with R&D projects

Extensive experience in Battery Technology including lead acid, Nickel metal hybride, and Lithium ion

Experienced in one or more areas: Radio Frequency (RF), embedded control, FPGA

Advanced knowledge of common industry protocols (LVDS, I2C, HDMI, UART, SPI, CAN, USB)

Experienced with and knowledgeable of Battery Management Systems and Battery Charging Systems

Familiarity with PCB design process and battery powered UAVs

Experienced using Altium Designer for schematic capture and PCB layout

Expertise in engineering fundamentals, mathematics, physics & material properties

Demonstrates strong computer skills and proficiency with office software, productivity tools and other software tools on one’s area of expertise

Some travel may be required, in the support of flight test operations

Other Qualifications & Desired Competencies

Advanced degree is preferred

Aerospace experience is preferred

Flight test or R/C (Remote Control) experience a plus, hands-on experience with tools preferred

Familiarity with Small UAV subsystems and associated software preferred

Demonstrated leadership skills with ability to exercise independent judgment in selecting methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results

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 (written and verbal)

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

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: 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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