Vehicle Integration Engineer at Elroy Air
San Francisco, CA, US
At Elroy Air, we are building autonomous cargo aircraft systems that will change the way the world moves goods. Transporting cargo by air can be much faster than by land or sea - but before recent developments in perception, autonomy, electric powertrain and aerospace materials, air transport has remained too expensive. We’re going to change that. And we’re solving a big problem - the express logistics industry worldwide spends $140B annually.
 
Our team has a proven track record in UAVs and drones, with veterans from 3D Robotics, Airware and Honeywell forming the founding and early team. We’ve started (and sold) hardware companies before. We are engineers, designers and product people who are obsessed with creating robust, easy-to-use technology that solves big real-world problems. This isn’t our first rodeo, but there’s a lot of exciting work ahead. You will play a critical part in developing & testing the Elroy Air system.
 
Our future partners and customers are responding enthusiastically. As we prepare to pilot our vehicles with customers, we are looking for people like you: motivated teammates excited by this mission and by the rare opportunity to develop a world-class autonomous air transport system.
 
There are a lot of jobs out there that you could easily get, we know that. But - speaking without humility for a second - few will be nearly as exciting as this. Come join us! This is a full-time position at our headquarters in San Francisco, CA.
As a Vehicle Integration Engineer, you will help our team to tackle a broad array of aero, structural, mechanical, & electro-mechanical development tasks and aircraft testing needs critical to our VTOL aircraft and its associated subsystems.

What You’ll Own

    • Determining smart construction/assembly methodologies and then executing the builds and assembly of aircraft, fixtures, and test equipment for our vehicle development & testing programs. CAD experience (SolidWorks), and adept use of hand tools, power tools, & machining equipment are necessities for this role.
    • Assisting our Mechanical Engineering team in design & calcs necessary for designing a wide range of aircraft components.
    • Integrating and debugging complex systems involving electrical and electro-mechanical devices on aircraft and test fixtures.
    • Designing parts that are appropriate for machining, composites molding, welding, laser cutting, waterjet, forgings, etc...
    • Creating shop drawings/CAD for vendors to ensure that parts meet our performance goals
    • Working with our designers & engineers to devise appropriate access panels, field replaceable drive units, and ensure fastener accessibility.
    • Working with our Flight Testing team in participating in pre and post flight procedures and working in the GCS 

Our Ideal Candidate

    • Has 1-to-5 years of Aerospace, Mechanical, or Electrical engineering experience directly pertaining to vehicle design or robotic systems, preferably in the UAV space.
    • Has experience building vehicles or robots utilizing high power drives or actuators
    • Has experience designing for machined parts & composite structures.
    • Is well versed in a wide variety of production processes including but not limited to machining, 3D printing, waterjet and laser cutting, welding, castings, injection molding, gluing & bonding, etc...
    • Bachelor's or advanced degree in applicable engineering field, or equivalent experience

Bonus Points For

    • Aerospace experience
    • Composites experience
    • Past experience developing parts and structures for weight-constrained applications
    • Past experience developing parts and structures involving large structural composite vehicles/robots/etc…