Field Test Engineer I at Airspace
San Leandro, CA, US

Position Description:


We are looking for an enthusiastic, rigorous and meticulous Field Test Engineer to help us with QA and reporting for our latest drone technologies. You will work under our Senior Field Test Engineer (and occasionally our VP of Product) to help with the company’s field testing efforts of its autonomous interceptor drone and its support systems (e.g. hangar, detection suite, command center) in order to provide quick development feedback cycles for the hardware and software teams. You will interface with engineering, execute tests, and help with the day-to-day field activities of the flight testing team.


About the Company:


Airspace Systems, Inc. uses artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced robotics to create fully automated, always-on solutions that deliver the three mandatory requirements of airspace security: long-range detection, instant identification, and safe capture and removal of unauthorized or malicious drones. Airspace solutions protect people, property, and IP for businesses, law enforcement, and the military. All Airspace solutions are mobile, modular, and simple to operate. Founded in San Francisco in 2015, Airspace is funded by early investors in Nest, Palantir, and Skype.


At Airspace, we’re creating cutting-edge tech so autonomous flying machines can live and work among us. We leverage AI, machine vision and deep learning to realize the full potential of drones by using neural networks to power autonomy. Our fusing of advanced radar, radio frequency detectors, cameras and airborne sensors into advanced flight systems enable our currently-deployed end-to-end drone security solutions.


Do you want to join a company that codes in the morning and flies in the afternoon? Come work alongside veterans from the tech titans, such as Google, Apple and Autodesk, in our turnkey facility that houses everything from coding to manufacturing and is minutes away from our large, outdoor drone flight testing facility. 


Location: San Leandro, CA


Daily responsibilities:


  • Maintain testing equipment and supplies in safe and good working conditions.

  • Work in a safe manner in accordance with established operating procedures and practices.

  • Interface with the engineering teams (hardware and software) to plan, execute, document, and report on airborne flight tests of Airspace’s autonomous interceptor.

  • Clear reporting and open communication of test results and system operation/performance to facilitate engineering efforts – work closely with engineering teams to identify and solve problems.

  • Perform root cause analysis to determine reasons for system failures and develop corrective actions.

  • Record test results accurately - ensure all test records are logged and available for future reference and to produce meaningful metrics for use by engineering and management.

  • Document all issues and corrective actions accurately for future references.




  • Previous experience working with small aircraft, drones, and/or UAVs. 

  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident due to strict military clearance requirements.

  • Experience with General Aviation Rules

  • Minimum 1 year of experience in Field Test or QA Engineering.

  • Reliable, methodical, organized, and detail oriented.

  • Excellent communication and analytical skills.

  • Team player with an emphasis on transparency and collaboration.

  • Adept at quickly understanding technical details (hardware and software).

  • Flexible and adaptable to work in a fast paced environment; be able to deliver results even under stressful working conditions. 

  • A bachelor's degree in engineering, computer science, or any other relevant technical field or equivalent professional experience.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and team building skills




  • Part 107 certified UAV pilot.

  • Experience with multiple autopilots (Piccolo, Pixhawk, DJI, etc)


Working Environment:


We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to maintaining an inclusive working environment for all employees free of discrimination and harassment. Our goal is to be a workforce that is representative of the people we serve; we do not make employment decisions based off of non-merit characteristics. 

We have veterans from the tech titans, such as Google, Apple and Autodesk, in our turnkey facility that houses everything from coding to manufacturing and is minutes away from our large, outdoor drone flight testing facility.


Here’s what to expect:


  • Significant outdoor field work.

  • Occasional domestic travel for customer field tests. 

  • Some overtime as required to meet project deadlines.

You will be working from our San Leandro office and in our nearby outdoor testing field around a friendly and diverse set of staff.  You will have access to a fully stocked kitchen, catered lunches and you can participate as a team member in company events and outings. We will assign you a computer workstation and tools as needed and necessary to complete the job. 




$TBD per hour,which will be paid semi-monthly in accordance with the Company’s normal payroll procedures. Obviously: medical, dental, vision, vacation, health and wellness, and stock options are part of the package. 


Thank you for your time and consideration. If you are not interested or available and know of someone that may be, please feel free to pass along this opportunity.