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Systems Engineer



Software Engineering
Simi Valley, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2024

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Job Description


The Systems Engineer I is an entry level position and one will have the opportunity to interact with our Design team to develop a variety of innovative Unmanned Systems for defense and commercial applications. This position will interact with Controls Engineers and Senior Systems Engineers to allocate requirements and develop architectures to drive simulation models. These development efforts will generally be small focused design teams, which will require engineers to use a range of skills and tools across traditional engineering, computer science, and mathematical disciplines. Because of the nature of the development efforts, the engineer will need to work on a variety of stages of development including requirements definition, concept design, prototyping, detailed design, validation and verification testing.

Position Responsibilities

  • Support in the following:
    • Providing weekly Status of System development progress with requirements burn down
    • Allocating Requirements to Subsystems & Engineering coordination
    • Evaluating System performance thresholds and providing direction
    • Developing Instrumented Flight Test vectors and Data acquisition
    • Definition of system Build in Test for Fault Detection, Isolation, Recovery
    • Definition of ground system warnings, cautions, notifications
    • Assist in Requirements and Specification Reviews
    • Prototyping of autonomous systems and validate designs through a series of purpose designed experiments
    • Provide input for model development and simulation analysis
  • Support design and analysis tasks using AeroVironment and industry developed tools
  • Write system requirements, system test plans, and assist in validation testing
  • Learn to use professional concepts and build stable working relationships internally
  • Work on problems of limited scope and apply company procedures to resolve routine issues
  • Receives detailed instructions on all work and follows standard practices in analyzing data
  • Other duties as assigned

Basic Qualifications (Required Skills & Experience)

  • Bachelor's degree in Mathematics, Computer Science/Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Aerospace, or Mechanical Engineering is required or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience
  • 0 to 2 years of related experience
  • Familiarity with C/C++ and Matlab required
  • Basic Matlab skills and familiarity with office software and computer based productivity tools
  • The ideal candidate will be interested in creating Architectures using Model Based Engineering tools

Other Qualifications & Desired Competencies

  • Knowledge of Simulink, Ansys and Solidworks is preferred
  • Familiarity with Python or ROS (Robot Operating System) and Aircraft Terminology is preferred
  • An understanding of Control Theory and Transform functions helpful
  • Exposure to Guidance Navigation and Control Systems along with Modeling Simulation and Control helpful and to Model-Based Systems Engineering helpful but not required
  • 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
  • Required to sit and stand for long periods; talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone keyboard

The salary range for this role is:

$69,259 - $98,175

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.