Engineering Development Technician I

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Job Description


The Engineering Development Technician I 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. In this role, one is a creative thinker who works on rapid prototypes for the quick evaluation of new ideas and concepts.

Position Responsibilities

  • Conducts mechanical and electrical testing and troubleshooting of integrated systems
  • Uses 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
  • Assists with designing and conducting tests including experiments, ground testing and flight testing
  • Meets scheduled timelines and, in some cases, aggressive deadlines to have hardware ready for project milestones
  • Effectively document important processes and builds techniques for successful readiness of equipment and transition of responsibilities to other individuals
  • Follows 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
  • Applies acquired job skills and company policies & procedures to complete assigned tasks
  • Works on assignments that are semi-routine in nature but recognizes the need to think outside the box for effective solutions. Completes assignments under general supervision following established procedures 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
  • Basic Qualifications (Required Skills & Experience)

  • High School diploma or GED equivalent and/or equivalent certificate from a technical school
  • Minimum of 1 – 2 years of technical experience (emphasis in machining, composites, rapid prototyping environment and electronics)
  • Requires general proficiency with Microsoft Office Software and general computer skills
  • Demonstrated familiarity with aircraft and/or Remote Control (R/C) experience
  • Experienced using machine shop tools and shows proficiency with these systems
  • Experienced building fixtures, tools and parts or electrical devices
  • 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
  • Other Qualifications & Desired Competencies

  • Higher education is desired
  • Welding Certification is desired
  • 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 desired
  • Knowledge of basic electrical wiring and troubleshooting is desired
  • Skills as a machinist and with GD&T are desired
  • Candidate may have the opportunity to receive FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot's license but not required
  • 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

  • Ability to work in a manufacturing environment
  • 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
  • The salary range for this role is:

    $22 - $33

    AeroVironment considers several factors when extending an offer, including but not limited to, the location, the role and associated responsibilities, a candidate's work experience, education/training, and key skills.

    ITAR Requirement:

    This position requires access to information that is subject to compliance with the International Traffic Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) and/or the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”). In order to comply with the requirements of the ITAR and/or the EAR, applicants will be asked to provide specific documentation to verify U.S. person status under the ITAR and the EAR. A “U.S. person” according to their definition is a U.S. citizen, U.S. lawful permanent resident (green card holder), or protected individual such as a refugee, or asylee. See 22 CFR § 120.15. Some positions will require current U.S. Citizenship due to contract requirements.

    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: https:// www.

    We also encourage you to review our company website at https:// www. 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, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, medical condition nor disability, genetics, veteran and all others that may apply.


    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.

    Job details


    Engineering Development Technician I




    United States


    June 11, 2024

    Application deadline

    September 01, 2023

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