Shield AI
Our mission is to protect service members and civilians with intelligent systems.

Senior Staff Aircraft Systems Test Engineer (R2073)

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Introduction to Shield A

Founded in 2015, Shield AI is a venture-backed defense technology company whose mission is to protect service members and civilians with intelligent systems. In pursuit of this mission, Shield AI is building the world’s best AI pilot. Its AI pilot, Hivemind, has flown a fighter jet (F-16), a vertical takeoff and landing drone (V-BAT), and a quadcopter (Nova). The company has offices in San Diego, Dallas, Washington DC and abroad. Shield AI’s products and people are currently in the field actively supporting operations with the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. allies. 

Job Description

Are you a passionate, innovative, and experienced in Aircraft ground and Flight system-level testing looking to help develop state-of-the-art AI and robotics products? Are you eager to make a positive difference in the world? Do you want to work alongside mission driven and values focused teammates? Shield AI is just the place for you!

As a Senior Staff Aircraft Systems Test Engineer, you will lead the integration and verification efforts for our vertical take-off unmanned aerial vehicle, demonstrating flightworthiness and mission capability. You will work cross-functionally in a dynamic and fast paced environment to help to plan and conduct UAV ground and flight testing in support of product development and prototyping. 

Establish and lead program level test strategies throughout development lifecycle to include:

  • Development of program test milestones and associated artifact delivery 
  • Planning and coordination of ground and flight test plans 
  • Definition and management of test infrastructure to include configuration of aircraft and ground control segment hardware, software, subsystems and test asset utilization
  • Establish best engineering practices, common operating procedures 
  • Participate in or lead post-test debriefing in test conductor capacity 
  • Lead root cause analysis investigations, Perform out-of-cycle tests to support debug or special developer validation requests without pre-defined documentation 

Support system-level qualification testing to include:

  • Environmental testing and qualification 
  • Electro-Magnetic compatibility and interference testing 
  • Functional Acceptance Test procedure development and execution 
  • Develop, maintain, and execute system-level engineering test procedures and troubleshooting on hardware and software-in-the-loop validation platforms 
  • Configure/operate industry standard test and measurement equipment for debug and data collection 
  • Provide supporting artifacts required for safety and flight readiness reviews, requirements verification efforts 

Required qualifications:

  • B.S. degree in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) discipline, such as Aerospace, Mechanical, or Electrical Engineering. Technology-related degree plan also acceptable, e.g., Electrical Engineering, Aeronautics or Information Technology. Degrees with Manufacturing Testing competency will be considered. 
  • 5+ years of experience with ground and/or flight test teams /maintainer or in a test related field. 
  • Demonstrated expertise in test event / resource management 
  • Organized and methodical with excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated record of working hard, being trustworthy , holding yourself and others to high standards, and being kind to others 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proficiency in MATLAB 
  • Experience with code repositories such as Git, Mercurial, SVN, or ADO 
  • Experience building or prototyping small aircraft or RC components 
  • Previous UAV operations and/or maintenance 
  • Previous environmental test experience, familiarity with MIL-810 


Total compensation: Salary within range listed above + Bonus + Benefits + Equity (if applicable)

Actual compensation is influenced by a wide array of factors including but not limited to skill set, level of experience, licenses and certifications, and specific work location. Information on the benefits offered is here. All offers are contingent on a cleared background check.

Location guidelines-

Onsite = 5 days/week

Remote = Remote but able to come to the office as requested for business needs

If you're interested in being part of our team, apply now! 

Shield AI is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know. 

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What are Shield AI Perks + Benefits

Shield AI Benefits Overview

Medical, Dental, and Vision
Access to medical (HMOs & PPOs), including dental and vision. Shield AI pays 90% for employees and 75% for dependents. Life insurance policies are available including Voluntary Term Life and AD&D.

Retirement Services
Invest in your future with 401K matching retirement services provided by Vanguard. Shield AI fully matches the first 3% of contributions and matches half of your next 2%, coming out to ~4% match from us.

Paid Parental Leave
Shield AI offers up to 12 weeks paid parental leave for mothers AND fathers. We want you to be present and support your family. While you're out, your team has your back!

Learning and Development
We offer leadership-specific training, expert speakers, and 24/7 access to Udemy. Shield AI encourage all teammates to take 1 hour per week to learn or sharpen a skill. We call it a DEAL hour (Drop Everything And Learn).

Paid Time Off
You accrue 6.15 hours of paid time off (PTO) per paycheck. This is ~12 hours/month or ~20 days per year. However, you can take up to and accumulate a maximum of 336 hours (42 days) of PTO total.

Company Events & Merch
If Monday-Friday isn't enough time with teammates, there's always the weekend! From pickleball tournaments to company baseball games and happy hours, we love spending time with each other. You can do so in custom company merch, which has included Patagonia, JBL and Lululemon.

Volunteer in local community
Open door policy
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Employee resource groups
Employee-led culture committees
Quarterly engagement surveys
In-person all-hands meetings
The witty team at the Eagles Wing in DC loves to stand up during weekly standup!
Employee awards
Flexible work schedule
Diversity employee resource groups
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Health Insurance + Wellness
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Pet insurance
Wellness programs
Team workouts
Mental health benefits
Transgender health care benefits
Financial & Retirement
401(K) matching
Company equity
Shield AI offers restricted stock units (RSU) as part of its standard compensation package.
Performance bonus
Pay transparency
Child Care & Parental Leave
Generous parental leave
Up to 12 weeks paid parental leave.
Family medical leave
Adoption Assistance
Company sponsored family events
Vacation + Time Off
Generous PTO
Shield AI's vacation policy includes four weeks paid time off for all employees.
Paid holidays
Flexible time off
Bereavement leave benefits
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
Company-sponsored outings
Free snacks and drinks
Company-sponsored happy hours
Onsite office parking
Relocation assistance
Fitness stipend
Mother's room
Onsite gym
Professional Development
Job training & conferences
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Continuing education available during work hours
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications

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