Mechanical Engineer (Flight Testing)

Mechanical 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 a highly-motivated and resourceful Mechanical, Aerospace, or Mechatronics Engineer with a passion for innovation and technology, who possesses the organizational, attention-to-detail, and troubleshooting skills to test prototype aircraft.

Role Responsibilities

  • Become immersed in the design, operation, and maintenance of our aircraft
  • Develop hands-on experience with aircraft subsystems
  • Work with team to develop test plans and coordinate test logistics
  • Conduct UAV flight testing with team (some travel may be required)
  • Analyze aircraft structure 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(s) in Mechanical, Aerospace, or Mechatronics Engineering or a related field
  • Strong understanding of Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering fundamentals, especially mechanical design, robotics, mechatronics, dynamics, and control systems
  • Proficient with solid-modeling CAD software (preferably CATIA) and 2D documentation
  • 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, motors, and sensors used in UAVs
  • Interest in RC planes, quadcopters, kit plane construction, and/or composite layup
  • Advanced Google Sheet or MS Excel skills
  • Programming in C, C++, Matlab, Python, Django, Javascript, and/or Node.js

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, highly 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 Be sure to include Mechanical Engineer (Flight Testing) and your name in the subject line.