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AeroVironment Electrical Engineer III in Simi Valley, California

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The Electrical Engineer III designs, develops, modifies and evaluates electronic parts, components or integrated circuitry for electronic equipment, or other hardware systems and/or electrical engineering applications. In this role, one selects components and equipment based on analysis of specifications and reliability as well as determines design approaches & parameters. Conducts general engineering and design of electronic systems on small unmanned aircraft vehicles with cross-functional teams.

Position Responsibilities

  • Performs simulation and detailed design for digital and analog circuits

  • Drives system integration, assembly procedures, and test procedures

  • Documents designs with engineering drawings and written descriptions

  • Trouble-shoots complex systems from a hardware and software perspective

  • Designs, builds, and tests prototypes expediently and efficiently

  • Works with avionics, embedded systems, and RF links. Writes software to support the integration of sensors and embedded processors

  • Designs and implements circuit boards. This includes architecture, component selection, schematic capture, board layout, board bring-up, and documentation

  • Performs electronic engineering support activities on R&D projects. Performs design & analysis tasks and writes fabrication & test procedures

  • Works on problems of diverse scope where analysis of data requires evaluation of identifiable factors

  • Follows standard practices and procedures when analyzing situations or data from which answers can be readily obtained

  • Other duties as assigned

Basic Qualifications (Required Skills & Experience)

  • B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering is required or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience

  • Minimum of 5 - 8 years of relevant experience

  • Proficient with office software, computer-based productivity tools and other software tools in one's area of expertise

  • Experienced using Altium Designer for schematic capture and PCB layout

  • Experienced in one or more areas: Radio Frequency (RF), embedded control, FPGA

  • Experienced with power electronics, including motors and Battery Technology (lead acid, Nickel metal hybride & Lithium ion)

  • Demonstrated competency in troubleshooting complex systems

  • Demonstrated familiarity of common industry protocols (LVDS, I2C, HDMI, UART, SPI, CAN, USB)

  • Knowledge of general Engineering fundamentals, mathematics, physics & material properties

  • Some travel may be required in support of flight test operations (up to 30%)

  • Must have a clean driving record

Other Qualifications & Desired Competencies

  • Advanced degree is preferred

  • Flight test or R/C (Remote Control) experience a plus, hands-on experience with tools a plus

  • Demonstrates familiarity with Small UAV subsystems and associated software

  • Demonstrates consistency in complying with company's policies and procedures

  • Resolves a wide range of issues in creative ways

  • Demonstrates sound judgement in selection of methods and techniques for obtaining solutions

  • Shares ideas and experiences with others, solicits feedback and asks relevant questions

  • 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.

  • Team Player - Focuses on teamwork, collaboration and puts the success of the team above one's own interests

Physical Demands

  • Ability to work in an office and manufacturing environment (Constant)

  • Required to sit and stand for long periods; talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone keyboard (Frequent)

The salary range for this role is:

$102,708 - $145,530

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: 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.

We are proud to be an EEO/AA Equal Opportunity Employer, including disability/veterans. AeroVironment, Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Qualified applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic data, sexual orientation, gender identity or other legally protected status.


U.S. Citizenship required. Must be willing to work on government contracts and have the ability to obtain a security clearance.


At AeroVironment, our purpose is to secure lives and advance sustainability through transformative innovation. Our solutions give our customers a fresh vantage point, positioning them to see the world with new eyes and extending their reach beyond the line of sight. That is the power of our breakthrough unmanned aircraft systems, perfected and refined over a half century.

Whether they are warfighters searching for an enemy, border patrol agents searching for people in need of assistance, or telecom providers linking millions to the digital economy, our customers choose AeroVironment because our systems generate actionable intelligence reliably, creating a path to goals that would otherwise be unattainable.

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