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Aerospace Embedded Software Engineer, Sr. Staff

Company: AeroVironment
Location: Simi Valley
Posted on: November 17, 2020

Job Description:

Aerospace Embedded Software Engineer, Sr. Staff


Simi Valley, CA

Employment type

Regular - Full Time



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The Sr. Staff Software Engineer (Embedded) has the opportunity to lead and develop a variety of innovative unmanned and robotic systems for multiple defense and commercial applications. The Embedded Software Engineer writes functional software for deployment on embedded devices and systems like aircraft and payloads and has the opportunity to test out those devices in flight test environments. This requires the engineer to design, develop, code, test and debug system software as well as analyze and enhance efficiency, stability and scalability of the software on particular devices. There is a mix of full lifecycle development as well as a need to use existing software code base to expand the capabilities to match specific program requirements.

Position Responsibilities

Writes and tests software to support integration of sensors and embedded processors into aircraft (such as autopilots, payloads, software defined radios or other functional components) or other robotic systems

Designs and implements software for prototypes and products using established AeroVironment and industry developed tools and practices. Ensure good configuration control and management of software

Leads in writing of system requirements, system test plans, diagnostic tools, and in validation testing of software. Assist with hardware selection and recommend processing, memory and storage needs of systems

Leads development of rapid prototyping and conceptual level testing and will require estimating time to develop software and scoping the depth of the development with project/program management to fit timeline and budget constraints

Works closely with other engineering disciplines. Focused on getting the job done.

Leads and supports transition of development software to production environments and to certification. Participates in multi-disciplinary development teams.

Develops proof of concept capability demonstrations. Conducts and supports design reviews

Contributes to AV’s software development process in developing quality code

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

Other duties as assigned

Special Requirements

U.S. Citizenship is required. Must be willing to work on government contracts and have ability to obtain security clearance.

Basic Qualifications (Required Skills & Experience)

A BS degree in Computer Science/Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Aerospace, Mechanical Engineering or related field is required or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience

Minimum 12 - 15 years of experience years of relevant experience

Experienced trouble-shooting systems is required and is proficient with C, C++11,C++ STL

Demonstrated knowledge of Visual Studio, Eclipse or similar IDE as well as defect tracking tools

Experienced working with common protocols such as RS-485, RS-232, CAN, I2C, SPI, USB

Demonstrated mathematical and analytical skills are required

Other Qualifications & Desired Competencies

Advanced degree is preferred

Demonstrates competency in contributing to the design, coding, documenting and testing software

Experience with Test Driven Development (TDD) along with unit testing software

Understanding of automated build environments along with automated test and deployment

Demonstrated knowledge of object-oriented programming and multi-threaded design such as JIRA and source code control tools such as SVN, Bitbucket or GitLab

Experience with STM32 family of processors and working with RTOS systems (such as µC/OS, freeRTOS) on those processors

Experience using Video 4 Linux and modifying and compiling Embedded Linux systems

Experience developing drivers for Linux/ARM is required, familiarity with Robot Operating System (ROS) is a bonus

Mentorship capabilities

Demonstrates electronics knowledge and use of lab equipment

Demonstrates strong leadership, interpersonal and communication (written and verbal) skills

Understanding of the design of the system that one is working on and understand the role that assigned tasks play in the system

Demonstrates competency in researching and re-engineering to propose alternate solutions to issues

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

Ability to work in an office and R&D environment (Constant)

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

Periodic travel will likely be required in support of testing equipment at approved flying locations

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

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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