Senior Staff Aircraft Systems Test Engineer (R2073)

Introduction to Shield A
Founded in 2015, Shield AI is a venture-backed defense technology company whose mission is to protect service members and civilians with intelligent systems. In pursuit of this mission, Shield AI is building the world’s best AI pilot. Its AI pilot, Hivemind, has flown a fighter jet (F-16), a vertical takeoff and landing drone (V-BAT), and a quadcopter (Nova). The company has offices in San Diego, Dallas, Washington DC and abroad. Shield AI’s products and people are currently in the field actively supporting operations with the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. allies. 

Job Description
Are you a passionate, innovative, and experienced in Aircraft ground and Flight system-level testing looking to help develop state-of-the-art AI and robotics products? Are you eager to make a positive difference in the world? Do you want to work alongside mission driven and values focused teammates? Shield AI is just the place for you!   
As a Senior Staff Aircraft Systems Test Engineer, you will lead the integration and verification efforts for our vertical take-off unmanned aerial vehicle, demonstrating flightworthiness and mission capability. You will work cross-functionally in a dynamic and fast paced environment to help to plan and conduct UAV ground and flight testing in support of product development and prototyping. 

Establish and lead program level test strategies throughout development lifecycle to include:
  • Development of program test milestones and associated artifact delivery 
  • Planning and coordination of ground and flight test plans 
  • Definition and management of test infrastructure to include configuration of aircraft and ground control segment hardware, software, subsystems and test asset utilization  
  • Establish best engineering practices, common operating procedures 
  • Participate in or lead post-test debriefing in test conductor capacity 
  • Lead root cause analysis investigations, Perform out-of-cycle tests to support debug or special developer validation requests without pre-defined documentation 
  • Support system-level qualification testing to include:
  • Environmental testing and qualification 
  • Electro-Magnetic compatibility and interference testing 
  • Functional Acceptance Test procedure development and execution 
  • Develop, maintain, and execute system-level engineering test procedures and troubleshooting on hardware and software-in-the-loop validation platforms 
  • Configure/operate industry standard test and measurement equipment for debug and data collection 
  • Provide supporting artifacts required for safety and flight readiness reviews, requirements verification efforts 
  • Required qualifications:
  • B.S. degree in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) discipline, such as Aerospace, Mechanical, or Electrical Engineering. Technology-related degree plan also acceptable, e.g., Electrical Engineering, Aeronautics or Information Technology. Degrees with Manufacturing Testing competency will be considered. 
  • 5+ years of experience with ground and/or flight test teams /maintainer or in a test related field. 
  • Demonstrated expertise in test event / resource management 
  • Organized and methodical with excellent written and verbal communication skills.   
  • Demonstrated record of working hard, being trustworthy , holding yourself and others to high standards, and being kind to others 
  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • Proficiency in MATLAB 
  • Experience with code repositories such as Git, Mercurial, SVN, or ADO 
  • Experience building or prototyping small aircraft or RC components 
  • Previous UAV operations and/or maintenance 
  • Previous environmental test experience, familiarity with MIL-810 
  • #LI-JM2

    Total compensation: Salary within range listed above + Bonus + Benefits + Equity (if applicable)
    Actual compensation is influenced by a wide array of factors including but not limited to skill set, level of experience, licenses and certifications, and specific work location. Information on the benefits offered is here. All offers are contingent on a cleared background check.

    Location guidelines-
    Onsite = 5 days/week
    Remote = Remote but able to come to the office as requested for business needs

    If you're interested in being part of our team, apply now! 

    Shield AI is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know. 
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