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Engineering Development Technician IV



Simi Valley, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, June 28, 2024

Worker Type


Job Description


The Engineering Development Technician IV will have the opportunity to work on a variety of advanced unmanned systems to develop solutions for a variety of defense and commercial applications. This will include contributing to the development, build, integration, and maintenance of these systems.

Position Responsibilities

  • Conducts mechanical, electrical, and composite fabrication support, troubleshooting, repair, and testing of integrated systems
  • Responsible for operating and maintain shop equipment and tools (Hand tools, power tools, solder irons, manual lathe and mills, 3D printers, etc.), and tracking projects, material use and ROI
  • Instructs and teaches Engineering team members on using shop equipment safely, properly and effectively.
  • Provide specialized rapid prototyping fabrication and assembly services to build prototype product hardware.
  • Meet scheduled timelines and, in some cases, aggressive deadlines to have hardware ready for project milestones
  • Provide planning assistance for rapid prototyping activities to support overall product development project goals and milestones.
  • Effectively document important processes and build techniques for successful readiness of equipment and transition of responsibilities to other individuals
  • Lead technician support to engineering projects.
  • Responsible for Fabrication of development test fixtures, tools or molds
  • Provide product design feedback to the engineering team to improve product performance, manufacturability, safety, reliability, and cost.
  • Ensure that laboratory and machine shop areas and equipment are safe, clean, in good working order, and organized for all engineering staff to efficiently work.
  • Maintain and participate in explosives safety program.
  • Other duties as assigned

Basic Qualifications (Required Skills & Experience)

  • High School diploma or GED equivalent and/or equivalent certificate from a technical school
  • 12+ years of technical experience (emphasis in machining, composites, rapid prototyping environment and electronics)
  • Requires general proficiency with Microsoft Office Software and general computer skills
  • Demonstrated familiarity with aircraft and/or Remote Control (R/C) experience
  • Expert understanding of using machine shop tools and shows proficiency with these systems
  • Experience with building fixtures, tools and parts or electrical devices
  • In-depth understanding of build/assembly documentation development
  • Expert knowledge, including repair and test, in at least two areas: Fabrication, Composites, Mechanics, Electronics
  • In-depth knowledge of 3D modeling and programming software (such as SolidWorks/SURFCAM) desired
  • Maintain a high level of work practice and ensure all safety guidelines and policies are met.
  • Requires local/domestic travel (both driving and flying) to test site locations and participating in development testing
  • Must have a valid Driver's license and clean driving record
  • Periods of development may require long irregular hours around deadlines, weekends and some holidays and in field test environments

Other Qualifications & Desired Competencies

  • Higher education and Welding certifications are desired
  • Candidate may have the opportunity to receive FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot's license but not required
  • In-depth experience with 3D additive manufacturing technology desired
  • Experience working with composites, either wet layup or prepreg materials, is desired
  • Skills as a machinist and with GD&T desired
  • Demonstrates competency in interpreting instructions given by engineering team (verbal or written), asking for clarity where needed, and updating or generation of documentation, which could include drawings and procedures
  • 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
  • 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

  • Requires manual dexterity and ability to effectively use machining tools, both manual and automated
  • Requires use of soldering iron to assist with electrical assembly
  • Ability to move and/or carry heavy equipment
  • Ability to meet California laws governing the acceptable use of a respirator.
  • Capable of lifting up to 50 pounds as well as objects of varying sizes and shapes for setups and assemblies for various internal customers
  • Required to sit and stand for long periods; talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and/or telephone keyboard
  • Ability to work in a manufacturing environment

Special Requirements

  • U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident (Green Card holder), per ITAR definition

The salary range for this role is:

$38 - $54

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.