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Project Engineer III



Software Engineering
Simi Valley, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, June 1, 2024

Worker Type


Job Description


The Project Engineer III is responsible for the success of project technical deliverables in collaboration with chief engineers, subsystem technical leads, engineering functional managers, and project managers. One works with engineering teams through design, analysis, prototype, integration, troubleshooting and verification and assist in new product launch to production.

Position Responsibilities

  • Improve product development processes by employing lessons learned and best practices such as modeling and simulation, design reviews, DFMEA, Six Sigma/ lean product development, DFX, and customer feedbacks
  • Coordinate cross-discipline teams through meetings and progress measurement activity which bring distinct, specific projects to completion both on time and within budget
  • Work on development of subsystem specifications, characterization & performance evaluations in support of system requirements
  • Participate in Prototype builds, key suppliers, contractors and 3rd party design service providers/consultants
  • Drive development of subsystem specifications, characterization, and performance evaluations in support of system requirements
  • Manage day-to-day technical aspects for the project, including facilitating cross-discipline decision making, design reviews, defect tracking, engineering tasks/schedule/status management, issue resolution and risk management activities
  • Introduce tools to improve project engineering excellence
  • Resolves a wide range of issues in creative ways
  • Works on problems of diverse scope where analysis of data requires evaluation of identifiable factors
  • Normally receives little instruction on day-to-day work, general instructions on new assignments
  • Other duties as assigned

Basic Qualifications (Required Skills & Experience)

  • Bachelor's degree in related Engineering field is required or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience
  • Minimum of 5 - 8 years of related technical experience in product development
  • Proven and demonstrated experience with full product development life cycle from concept to production with proven track-record of launching new products to production
  • Proven and demonstrated execution of product development methods and best practices
  • Experience working with integrated product teams
  • Broad-based technical knowledge and experience in order to understand and evaluate design and development activity across the engineering disciplines
  • Strong organization, facilitation and negotiation skills
  • Ability to analyze the assigned project, break down work into functional disciplines and/or subsystems and create design/develop plans

Other Qualifications & Desired Competencies

  • Advanced technical degree preferred
  • Familiarity with aerospace military/defense contracting environment highly desirable
  • Demonstrates good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions
  • Demonstrated ownership, accountability, and success to deliver products that meet requirements on time and on budget
  • Able to excel in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment, where small teams share a broad variety of duties
  • Displays strong initiative and drive to accomplish goals and meet company objectives
  • Takes ownership and responsibility for current and past work products
  • Is committed to learning from mistakes and driven to improve and enhance performance of oneself, others, and the company
  • Has effective problem-solving, analytical, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Focuses on teamwork, collaboration and puts the success of the team above one's own interests

Physical Demands

  • Ability to work in an office and manufacturing environment (Constant)
  • Required to sit and stand for long periods; talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone keyboard (Frequent)

The salary range for this role is:

$102,708 - $145,530

AeroVironment considers several factors when extending an offer, including but not limited to, the location, the role and associated responsibilities, a candidate’s work experience, education/training, and key skills.

ITAR Requirement:

This position requires access to information that is subject to compliance with the International Traffic Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) and/or the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”). In order to comply with the requirements of the ITAR and/or the EAR, applicants will be asked to provide specific documentation to verify U.S. person status under the ITAR and the EAR. A “U.S. person” according to their definition is a U.S. citizen, U.S. lawful permanent resident (green card holder), or protected individual such as a refugee, or asylee. See 22 CFR § 120.15. Some positions will require current U.S. Citizenship due to contract requirements.

Benefits: AV offers an excellent benefits package including medical, dental vision, 401K with company matching, a 9/80 work schedule and a paid holiday shutdown. For more information about our company benefit offerings please visit:

We also encourage you to review our company website at to learn more about us.

Principals only need apply. NO agencies please.

Who We Are

Based in California, AeroVironment (AVAV) is a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and tactical missile systems. Founded in 1971 by celebrated physicist and engineer, Dr. Paul MacCready, we’ve been at the leading edge of technical innovation for more than 45 years. Be a part of the team that developed the world’s most widely used military drones and created the first submarine-launched reconnaissance drone, and has seven innovative vehicles that are part of the Smithsonian Institution’s permanent collection in Washington, DC.

Join us today in developing the next generation of small UAS and tactical missile systems that will deliver more actionable intelligence to our customers so they can proceed with certainty – and succeed.

What We Do

Building on a history of technological innovation, AeroVironment designs, develops, produces, and supports an advanced portfolio of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and tactical missile systems. Agencies of the U.S. Department of Defense and allied military services use the company’s hand-launched UAS to provide situational awareness to tactical operating units through real-time, airborne reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.

We are proud to be an EEO/AA Equal Opportunity Employer, including disability/veterans. AeroVironment, Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Qualified applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic data, sexual orientation, gender identity or other legally protected status.


U.S. Citizenship required. Must be willing to work on government contracts and have the ability to obtain a security clearance.