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Aircraft Integration Lead



Mississippi, USA
Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2023

About Us

Skydweller Aero Inc. is a transatlantic cutting-edge aerospace company developing solar powered aircraft solutions capable of achieving perpetual flight with heavy, and powerful payload capacity. Utilizing technology based upon the longest continuous manned renewably powered flight program in history, this fast-growing startup is developing a new class of unmanned aircraft, providing the persistence of geosynchronous satellites with the powerful sensing capabilities and the flexibility of a large, airborne platform. Skydweller Aero Inc. has World and US headquarters in Oklahoma City and European offices headquartered in Spain.

Job Description

  • Must be US Citizen
  • Run aircraft hangar operations.
  • Lead aircraft assembly, maintenance, and repair functions.
  • Support integration of payloads.
  • Be able to understand aeronautical and electrical documentation.
  • Lead aircraft assembly, maintenance, and repair functions.
  • Prepare aircraft for flight.
  • Oversee manufacture wiring harnesses and composite material repair.
  • Be able to write operating instructions and assembly guides.
  • Adhere to all safety guidelines, protocols, and regulations applicable to working with complex mechanical systems, hazardous materials, and testing environments.
  • Participate in the setup and execution of tests involving mechanical systems and components, following established procedures and safety protocols.
  • Collect data during testing and assist in analyzing results to identify anomalies, discrepancies, or improvements needed.
  • Have autonomy at work and provide support when necessary.
  • Maintain accurate and detailed records of maintenance activities, repairs performed, and test results obtained.
  • Stay updated on the latest developments in mechanical technology and space exploration systems.
  • Be based at Stennis International Airport, Mississippi.

Tasks and Accountabilities

Outline Job Profile:

  • Lead Integration Team undertaking the assembly, dis-assembly, maintenance, upgrade and testing of a large scale solar Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
  • Manage team workloads to meet project timescales and demands
  • Support requirements definition, management and conformance verification
  • Oversee, support and coordinate qualification and acceptance test campaigns for UAV systems in accordance with Engineering policies
  • Support flight-test and evaluation
  • Mentoring and Guidance of members of the team as well as the wider Skydweller team.
  • Help to create an inclusive workplace, championing collaboration and innovation.

Qualifications / Experience

  • Degree or equivalent in Engineering, Physics or related subject
  • 5+ years’ experience in aerospace / aviation / UAV industry.
  • Experience of running a dynamic delivery-focused team, managing tension between requirements and delivery
  • Through knowledge of:
    • Composite materials and manufacturing techniques
    • UAV Avionics systems
    • UAV structures and mechanics
  • Some of the following may be beneficial:
    • Experience of novel R&D programmes, ideally with challenging ‘cutting edge’ technology
    • Experience of large UAV development
    • Experience of RF communication systems
    • Experience of UAV avionics hardware systems
    • Experience of solar power and battery management systems
    • Experience of building vehicles, robots or other complex systems
  • Effective communication skills and ability to work in a collaborative team environment and team leadership.
  • Excellent attention to detail and precision in work.
  • Teamwork abilities.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours, including weekends and evenings, as needed for testing and maintenance activities.
  • Full valid driving licence.
  • Ability to climb ladders, drive forklift, and operate scissor lift.

Preferred Tools / Process Experience

  • Microsoft Office

Company Benefits

  1. Health insurance: We offer health insurance to all FTEs, which can include medical, dental, and vision coverage.
  2. Paid time off: This includes vacation time, sick leave, and personal days.
  3. Flexible schedules: we offer flexible schedules; we help employees achieve a better work-life balance.
  4. Professional development opportunities: we may offer training, educational opportunities, or tuition reimbursement programs to help employees develop their skills and advance their careers.
  5. Stock options: all FTEs after one year of seniority may have the opportunity to receive options as part of their compensation package.
  6. Bonuses: we offer bonuses or other forms of performance-based compensation to reward employees for their hard work and achievements.