Aerospace Engineer, Sr. Staff

AeroVironment, Inc.

Huntsville, AL

Worker Type


Job Description

AeroVironment is expanding our engineering team in Huntsville, AL, voted one of the best places to live in the US. Come join our growing multidisciplinary team as part of the MacCready Works Advanced Solutions segment!


If you thrive on a culture of relentless problem-solving and invention, and want to work for a global front-runner where you tackle real-world challenges, then AeroVironment is the place for you. Come join our group of innovative thinkers and discover how collaborative efforts produce extraordinary products that touch lives around the world. Our 50 years of experience in unmanned and robotic systems gives us the knowledge and expertise to confront the unknown and provide newly-discovered solutions for our customers. We research and develop advanced technologies in robotics, sensors, software analytics and connectivity to identify innovative solutions that push beyond the current applications.


We are looking for an Aerospace Engineer Sr. Staff to join the Innovation Center in Huntsville to design early concepts and modifications for Unmanned Systems and Munitions. These development efforts require system-level thinking and collaboration across disciplines, technology areas, and product lines.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Project chief engineer, IPT lead, and/or technical oversight

  • Lead/support design reviews and other technical meetings

  • Support proposal/whitepaper activities

  • Mentor junior/mid-level engineers

  • Lead/support test activities

Basic Qualifications (Required Skills & Experience):

  • Bachelor of Science in any of the following fields: Aerospace or Aeronautical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or related field is required or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience

  • 12+ years of relevant experience

  • Relevant experience with aircraft, unmanned systems, and/or munitions from concept to flight.

  • Experience in:

    • Aircraft sizing

    • Aircraft performance

    • Aircraft mass properties

    • Structural considerations

    • Aircraft layout

    • Stability and control

    • Aerodynamics

    • Ground and flight test planning and execution

    • Proposal development

Other Qualifications & Desired Competencies:

  • Master’s Degree is a plus

  • Must be a team player and collaborate effectively

  • Effective problem solving and analytical skills

  • 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 meeting project/company objectives.

  • Focuses on teamwork and puts the success of the team above one’s own interests.

  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office software

Physical Demands:

  • Ability to work in an office environment (Constant)

  • Required to sit and stand for long periods; talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer, telephone, and lab equipment (Frequent)

  • Travel: 10-25% travel is expected to support meetings and test events.

  • AV Work Locations: Huntsville, AL

The salary range for this role is:

$147,430 - $221,146

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.

AeroVironment Incorporated is an equal opportunity employer, M/F/D/V and works in compliance with both federal and state laws. We are committed to the concept regarding Equal Employment opportunity. Qualified candidates will be considered for employment regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, medical condition nor disability, genetics, veteran and all others that may apply.


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