Flight Test Operator I

United States

Closing in 18 days

Worker Type


Job Description


The Flight Test Operator I is responsible for performing functional flight tests of AeroVironment's Unmanned Air Vehicles and equipment for quality assurance purposes. Flight tests are performed in the field utilizing various computerized test equipment. Conditions and testing locations may vary and require frequent local travel with some longer distance interstate travel.

Position Responsibilities

  • Performs tests on AV Products including quality testing and customer acceptance tests
  • Support other department product testing as needed
  • Prepares test plans and detailed post flight test reports
  • Required to follow and ensure all safety protocol is adhered to. Must report all safety issues
  • Provides pertinent feedback to various department personnel on observed aircraft performance. Able to provide insight on possible cause and affect
  • Works on assignments that are routine in nature, requiring limited judgment working under close supervision
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Basic Qualifications (Required Skills & Experience)

  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent is required
  • Typically requires less than 1 year of related experience or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience
  • Experience working at an Aircraft Manufacturing company
  • Minimum of 1,000 UAV flight hours
  • Must be able to pass the FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate examination and follow on examinations as required
  • Must be able to maintain visual line of sight of UAV up to 1 kilometer away
  • Will be required to pass a semiannual proficiency examination and pass the semiannual unannounced written and field test examinations
  • Proficient with computerized work applications (including MS Word and automated time keeping)
  • Familiar with and have aptitude to operate UAV systems
  • Must have and maintain a clean DMV record in order to drive company vehicles
  • Other Qualifications & Desired Competencies

  • Prior Military experience desired
  • Able to articulate issues
  • Capable of making situational judgment calls to ensure the safety of the product, the customer, and staff
  • Able to excel in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment, where small teams share a broad variety of duties
  • Travel to various testing sights as required
  • Due to scheduling demands, must be able to work overtime and weekends as needed
  • 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
  • Good written and verbal communication skills and able to clearly communicate with a diversified audience to include internal and external customers
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build and lead teams
  • Physical Demands

  • Able to work outdoors in extreme weather conditions and traverse across uneven ground and varying terrain (Constant)
  • Lift and/or move up to 50lb cases of varying sizes & shapes (Occasional)
  • Lift and/or move between 11-20 lbs of cases of varying sizes & shapes (Frequent)
  • Repeatedly throw objects up to 16 lbs over the shoulder, stand and/or sit for long periods of time
  • Stand and/or sit for long periods of time (Constant)
  • Balancing, handling, fine manipulation and grasping (Constant)
  • Good manual dexterity to assemble and disassemble product (Frequent)
  • Crouching, reaching and keying (Frequent)
  • Climbing, stooping, kneeling, feeling, overhead lifting (Occasional)
  • The salary range for this role is:

    $16 - $23

    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. Citizenship required

    Job details


    Flight Test Operator I




    United States


    April 02, 2024

    Application deadline

    May 02, 2024

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