Small UAS Operator
Boeing Company •
The Flight Operations department performs test flight, corporate flight operations, aircraft maintenance and certification for Aurora’s manned, unmanned, and optionally piloted aircraft.
Our test pilots and flight test engineers plan, execute, and report on flight tests of advanced aircraft and aircraft systems, from testing aircraft payloads to experimental flight test of newly developed aircraft types.
Aurora is seeking highly qualified, motivated and enthusiastic candidates for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS) development and operations. The candidate will participate as a member of an Integrated Product Team responsible for the integration, testing, operation, maintenance and support of SUAS. The SUAS Operator will work throughout the development life cycle from initial requirements through development, integration, testing, and maintenance. The SUAS Operator will lead the execution of SUAS flight operations, including aircraft registration and airworthiness, flight authorizations, and logistics.
A qualified candidate must be experienced in the fabrication, integration and flight operation of Small UAS, and well versed in current and upcoming technology trends. This position requires attention to detail, multi-tasking ability, and disciplined follow-up. The ideal candidate must be analytical while using acquired experience to work pragmatically, capable of working within deadlines, demonstrate high standards, thrive in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment, and work with minimal supervision. Knowledge of SUAS technologies, regulations, fabrication techniques, and remote piloting skills are critical.
Conduct integration and testing of Small UAS. Identify and select parts; modify or fabricate custom parts; assemble and integrate aircraft system. Work closely with subsystem design leads to ensure prototype vehicles are ready for each flight. Obtain all necessary flight authorizations, including FAA or other government authorizations as applicable. Develop test plans, conduct flight readiness reviews, and manage logistics for test operations. Maintain test discipline and rigor during operations. Conduct flight tests as a Remote Pilot, Flight Test Director, or other crew member. Maintain airworthiness of the SUAS, including aircraft logs, modifications and configuration control. Lead debriefings, review flight test results, write test reports, and provide recommendations for system improvements.
5+ years of professional experience designing, building, and/or operating Small UAS
Part 107 license for commercial SUAS operation
Hands on experience assembling SUAS type vehicles
Experienced RC pilot flying both fixed wing and multirotor aircraft
Hands-on experience working with machine shops, specifying fasteners, bearings, and other hardware.
Hands-on experience soldering, wire and connector selection, integrating and troubleshooting propulsion and avionics components
Experience troubleshooting and integrating PX4, Ardupilot or similar sUAS flight control software, autopilots & RC controllers
Experience with a variety of rapid prototyping techniques including 3D printing, CNC router, laser cutting
Experience designing composite parts and experience doing hand layup, with both wet and pre-preg materials with vacuum bag compression.
Experience with integration, testing & development of prototype aircraft
Conducting hardware performance tests
Proficiency with MS Office
Must be a U.S. Person (U.S. Citizen, Green Card Holder/Permanent Resident)
Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical, Electrical, or Aerospace Engineering
CATIA and/or SolidWorks proficiency
Experience programming PX4, Ardupilot or similar SUAS Flight Control Software
Experience integrating cameras, sensors and payloads on SUAS
Experience with MATLAB
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