Position Description

Flight Test System Engineer (Test Director)
Location Simi Valley, CA
Employment type Regular - Full Time
ID 579
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We are currently seeking a Flight Test System Engineer, Sr Staff (Test Director) to join our team.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop System Test Plans, for small unmanned air vehicles and missiles, execute simulator and flight tests, and document test results.
  • Act as the Flight Test Director during flight tests
  • Determine and communicate flight test objectives.
  • Develop test cards that meet flight test objectives.
  • Review System Requirement documents to help ensure requirements are concise and testable.
  • Lead flight readiness reviews, test briefs, and post-test debriefs.
  • Ensure test assets are prepared to support testing, including proper configuration of product hardware and software, writing test cards and procedures, and maintaining test equipment.
  • Process and analyze test data to determine test results
  • Capture test activities, fill in test data sheets and transfer telemetry files to the network.
  • Capture test activities and details in reports, enter test failures or anomalies in an issue tracking system database.

Required Qualifications & Background

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Bachelor’s degree in software, systems, or aerospace engineering.
  • A minimum of 12 years’ experience in related industry, including conducting system or flight tests
  • Excellent communication skills, including documenting test plans, procedures, and reports; verbally directing UAV Operators and Observers during flight tests; capturing system test requirements; recording test failures; and reporting test results.
  • Good interpersonal skills and able to work well with others across disciplines.
  • Understanding of the functionality of major aircraft sub-systems and avionics.
  • Ability to determine regression test requirements based on specific sub-system modifications.
  • Ability to develop ad-hoc tests to troubleshoot test failures.
  • Ability to analyze large test data sets using software tools, like MATLAB or Excel.
  • Responsible for estimating the time required to conduct testing and completing assigned tasks within the project schedule.
  • Position requires 10-30% travel.
  • The preferred candidate will have the ability to work with product development engineers to derive test requirements based on product specifications and modifications.
  • Experience as a pilot or aircrew member would be beneficial.
  • Secret or Top Secret clearance, or the ability to obtain a clearance, would be a plus.



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), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.  Applicants cannot be hired until they are qualified to have such access.  Some positions due to contracts 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 apply.

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