Engineering Development Technician

The Engineering Development Technician 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 year 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

COVID Vaccine Statement

AeroVironment is a U.S. government contractor, and is therefore subject to the September 9, 2021 Presidential Executive Order requiring COVID-19 vaccines for federal contractors. Consistent with AeroVironment’s commitment to health, safety, and national security, all U.S.-based AeroVironment employees must be fully vaccinated from COVID-19; this means that all new hires located in the United States must provide proof of being fully vaccinated from COVID-19 before their start date. At this time, the vaccination requirement applies only to U.S.-based employees; non-U.S. locations will have their own vaccination policies in accordance with applicable law of the non-U.S. jurisdiction.

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:

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