Flight test engineer


Website Shield AI

Shield AI’s mission is to protect service members and civilians with intelligent systems. Shield AI is a fast growing, venture-backed defense-technology company built around a team of proven executives, distinguished warfighters, and world-class AI engineers. Since 2018, Shield AI’s products and people have supported operations around the world with the US Department of Defense.
Job Description
Shield AI is currently seeking a driven and organized flight test engineer focused on verification of Shield AI’s vertical take-off unmanned aerial vehicle. The ideal candidate will have been intimately involved with the development and flight testing of UAV(s) which may include military drones, research vehicles, hobby projects, or even general aviation. The candidate must have exceptional organizational and self-management skills, be comfortable with a high pace startup environment, and be capable of adapting to new roles and areas of expertise. Some travel will be required for flight testing, demonstrations, and customer support. As such, the ideal candidate must be capable of communicating with customers and potential customers in a manner that represents the best interests of the company.

What you’ll do:

      • Aircraft Management
      • Track aircraft system status including avionics, propulsion, structures, and software versioning
      • Establish flightworthiness through inspection and ground testing
      • Organize flight testing equipment
      • Test Documentation
      • Safety reviews
      • Flight readiness
      • Checklists
      • Flight reports and vehicle records
      • Flight planning
      • Balance the testing progression risk/reward based on program goals and in collaboration with subsystem experts
      • Flight Data Analysis
      • System health
      • Controller performance
      • Aerodynamic performance
      • Communications
      • Diagnosing errant vehicle behavior and bugs through telemetry and logs
      • Field Testing
      • Field test support
      • Ensure flight testing equipment readiness, operations and safety
      • Set field testing goals
Additional Responsibilities:
    • Virtual flight test through Hardware and Software simulation
    • Provide insightful feedback to controls, software, and aero performance engineers
    • Learn and diagnose avionics and propulsion subsystem behavior
    • Other duties as assigned by supervisor

Required qualifications:

    • BS in Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or a related field
    • 1-3 years of Flight Test Engineering experience
    • Demonstrated expertise in airspace/range management
    • Excellent proficiency in Matlab
    • MS Office Suite

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