Shield AI
Our mission is to protect service members and civilians with intelligent systems.
San Diego, CA

Staff Software Foundations Test Engineer, San Diego (R2138) at Shield AI (San Diego, CA)

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Introduction to Shield AI
Shield AI’s mission is to protect service members and civilians with intelligent systems. Shield AI is a fast growing, venture-backed defense-technology company built around a team of proven executives, distinguished warfighters, and world-class AI engineers. Since 2018, Shield AI’s products and people have supported operations around the world with the US Department of Defense and our allies.

Are you a passionate and innovative engineer 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!
The Hivemind Test department (HMT) is a group of teams on mission to build a comprehensive and robust testing infrastructure that supports the development and deployment of the world’s best AI pilot and most reliable aircraft. Hivemind Test is dedicated to ensuring the highest level of quality, reliability, and performance in our Hivemind software ecosystem. This ecosystem includes software for AI behaviors, embedded systems, system integration, and more. Our group is charged with validating and verifying the entire Hivemind software ecosystem meets reliability standards and is operationally ready to meet mission objectives. 
We are seeking an experienced Foundations Software Test Engineer to join our growing Hivemind Test department, where you will play a critical role in ensuring the highest level of quality, reliability, and performance in our software foundations. This software sits below our AI technology and allows integration with robotics and avionics systems - more specifically with embedded systems/components, Linux operating systems, real time operating-systems, and related components.
We are looking for a technical expert, passionate about rigorous and efficient testing. Someone who is not afraid to take charge, make-decisions, and do what honor dictates to make things happen. Ideally someone who experience with modern and innovative test solutions relative to robotics, aviation, DoD industries. HMT is a growing department so there are many opportunities for groups and individuals to evolve with time, to start we will hire someone who can drive execution and potentially build a team focused on Software Foundations Test Engineering. 

What you'll do:

  • Develop and execute test plans, test cases, and test scripts for embedded systems and operating system software components 
  • Identify, analyze, and document software defects, issues, and inconsistencies in software behavior 
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including software development and other test teams, to ensure seamless integration and alignment of testing efforts 
  • Drive continuous improvement in testing methodologies, tools, and processes 
  • Contribute to the creation and maintenance of test documentation, including test plans, test reports, and test coverage matrices 
  • Participate in design and code reviews to identify potential issues and ensure the quality of software components 
  • Mentor and guide other test engineers, sharing knowledge and best practices to enhance the team's skills and expertise 
  • Establish and maintain strong working relationships with stakeholders, including development teams, project managers, and other test teams 
  • Monitor industry trends and advancements in testing methodologies and tools, ensuring the Hivemind Test department stays at the forefront of innovation 

Projects that you might work on:

  • Develop and implement test plans and test cases for an advanced hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulation system, ensuring thorough testing of software components and their interaction with hardware. 
  • Collaborate with software development teams to define and execute system-level tests for new aircraft platform software, ensuring proper functionality and performance under various operating conditions. 
  • Identify and investigate software defects, working closely with development teams to reproduce and resolve issues, and provide detailed documentation and analysis. 
  • Evaluate and implement testing tools and frameworks for use in the validation and verification of software components, ensuring alignment with industry best practices and company objectives. 
  • Contribute to the ongoing improvement of test processes and methodologies by researching and implementing new testing techniques and technologies, ensuring a robust and efficient testing environment. 

Required qualifications and competencies:

  • Typically requires a minimum of 10 years of related experience with a Bachelor’s degree; or 8 years and a Master’s degree; or a PhD with 5 years experience; or equivalent experience. 
  • Minimum of 4 years of real-world experience building test plans or automated test solutions for embedded systems. Ideally in the avionics, robotics, automotive, or defense industries. 
  • Strong understanding of software testing methodologies, techniques, and tools, with a focus on embedded systems and operating systems 
  • Proficiency in programming languages, such as C, C++, or Python 
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and debugging skills 
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills, with the ability to work effectively with cross-functional team 
  • Software management tools (Git, AzureDevOps/Jira, Artifactory) 
  • You have a demonstrated record of working hard, being a trustworthy teammate, holding yourself and others to high standards, and being kind to others 
  • You are capable of managing cross-functional software projects and achieving high quality execution 
  • You can make great plans to resource and roadmap projects to maximize business impact balanced with high quality engineering

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience in the aerospace or defense industries, working with complex systems and adhering to stringent standards and regulations 
  • Familiarity with real-time operating systems, such as VxWorks, RTLinux, or QNX 
  • Demonstrated ability to lead projects, manage resources, and build teams 
  • Adaptability and a willingness to learn new technologies and methodologies quickly 
  • #LI-OE1 

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!
Flexible work schedule
Diversity employee resource groups
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
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 Benefits
Generous parental leave
Up to 12 weeks paid parental leave.
Family medical leave
Adoption Assistance
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
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 Benefits
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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