Electrical Engineer (Flight Testing)

Electrical Engineer (Flight Testing)

We are a fast-growing company with a single lofty goal: to bring personal aviation to the general public. Innovating at the leading edge of electric aviation technology, we have developed BlackFly, the world’s first ultralight all-electric fixed-wing VTOL personal aircraft. Join us in ushering in a new age of aviation.

We are seeking someone with a passion for innovation and technology, who possesses the technical, organizational, and troubleshooting skills to flight-test and maintain our prototype aircraft.

Role Responsibilities

  • Become immersed in the design, operation, and maintenance of our aircraft
  • Develop hands-on experience with aircraft subsystems
  • Strategize with team to develop test plans and coordinate logistics
  • Conduct UAV flight testing with team (some travel may be required)
  • Analyze aircraft electronics and other components for operational and reliability issues
  • Troubleshoot and perform repairs and upgrades
  • Suggest and/or implement design and process improvements
  • Compile and document findings
  • Keep aircraft fleet flight-ready
  • Other engineering duties, as needed

Minimum Qualifications

  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in Electrical, Computer, or Mechatronics Engineering
  • Strong understanding of analog and digital circuit design
  • Proficient at PCB layout, electronic assembly, troubleshooting circuits, and handling electrical devices
  • Proficient at writing firmware (C/C++) for embedded systems
  • Demonstrated hands-on experience through student teams, class, co-op, and/or personal projects
  • Experience using rigorous scientific methods for testing and troubleshooting
  • Comfortable managing and manipulating data and documentation
  • Able to write in a clear and concise manner

Optional Qualifications

  • Familiarity with electronics, batteries, motors, and sensors used in UAVs
  • Programming in Matlab, Python, Django, Javascript, Node.js, and/or React.
  • Advanced Google Sheet or MS Excel skills
  • Interest in RC planes, quadcopters, or aviation

Personal Attributes

  • Thrive in a fast-moving, stimulating, and collaborative team environment
  • Resourceful, curious, and never satisfied with the status quo
  • Strong work ethic, extremely organized, detail-oriented, and able to multitask
  • Always thinking about how to increase efficiency and improve processes
  • Proactive about solving problems and suggesting solutions
  • Love learning and being challenged

Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States and willing to relocate to Palo Alto, CA. To apply, send your cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcripts to careers@opener.aero. Be sure to include Electrical Engineer (Flight Testing) and your name in the subject line.