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Engineering Development Technician IV

Company: AeroVironment International
Location: Simi Valley
Posted on: September 9, 2018

Job Description:

Engineering Development Technician IV Location Simi Valley, CA Employment type Regular - Full Time ID 238 Apply Now 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. We are currently seeking an Engineering Development Technician IV to join our team. Job Duties and Responsibilities The Engineering Development Technician within AeroVironment's MacCready Works group will have the opportunity to work on a variety of cutting-edge 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 technician will be using a variety of machine shop tools and other items including CNC mills, 3D printers, as well as a variety of internal laboratory tools. The candidate should expect both mechanical and electrical testing and troubleshooting of integrated systems. The candidate will be assisting with designing and conducting tests including experiments, ground testing and flight-testing. Some travel may be required as well as outdoor development and occasional lifting of equipment. For all of the activity the engineering technician will be expected to meet scheduled timelines and in some cases aggressive deadlines to have hardware ready for project milestones. The candidate will also be required to document important processes and build techniques for successful readiness of equipment and transition of responsibilities to other individuals. Required Qualifications & Background

  • High school diploma required. Higher education desired.
  • 5+ years of experience in professional Research and Development (R&D) projects required. This includes building and/or prototyping electro-mechanical systems while offering assistance in design feedback, testing and troubleshooting on an electrical and mechanical level. (Aerospace experience preferred)
  • Candidate must have experience building composite parts with both wet layup and prepreg materials
  • Candidate must have an active security clearance and have gone through the background investigation within the last 5 years.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, blueprint or sketches.
  • Candidate must be familiar with machine shop tools and show proficiency with these systems. Skills as a machinist and with GD&T desired.
  • Position requires general familiarity with Microsoft Office software
  • Must have the ability to work with little supervision and exercise independent judgement on a regular basis
  • Must have a clean driving record.
  • Should be capable of lifting up to 50 pounds as well as objects of varying sizes for shipment to & set up at various customer training sites.
  • Candidate must be able to pass a medical assessment for working outdoors and with a respirator.
  • Familiarity with material properties highly desired
  • Ideal candidate should have familiarity with aircraft and/or Remote Control experience
  • Exposure and use of 3D modeling and programming software (such as Solidworks/SURFCAM) desired.
  • Exposure to 3D additive manufacturing technology desired.
  • Candidate may have the opportunity to receive FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot's license but not required
  • Must have clean DMV record. Other Qualifications and Responsibilities:
    • 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
    • Works with defined requirements to complete tasks with some supervision
    • Responsible for completing assigned tasks within project schedule and budget
    • Good written and verbal communication skills and able to communicate effectively with intended audience
    • Good interpersonal skills and able to work well with others across disciplines---
    • Should be accustomed to isolation and is expected to work long irregular hours around deadlines, weekends and some holidays and in difficult situations, environments. Additional Requirement: This position requires you have access to data and technology that is subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Applicants cannot be hired until they are qualified to have such access. To meet this qualification you must be a current U.S. Person and provide documentation as such. Some positions due to contracts will require current U.S. Citizenship. Benefits: AV offers a great benefits package, 401K with company matching, 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. 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 apply.

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