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Software Engineers (Learning & Active Perception Applications) – Multiple Levels

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For over 50 years, AeroVironment has been a leader in advanced technologies and diverse innovations that have redefined how the world drives, flies, and connects.

We created MacCready Works Advanced Solutions, named for our founder, Dr. Paul B. MacCready, Jr., to ensure that creativity and long-term thinking remain at the core of our culture. With a focus on the future, this group of select, visionary scientists and engineers partner with our customers to explore breakthrough technologies that open new, more powerful ways to tackle difficult challenges. Together, they research and develop advanced technologies in robotics, sensors, software analytics and connectivity to identify innovative solutions that push beyond the current applications. These revenue-generating projects significantly contribute to the growth of the company and stretch our imaginations to spawn new inventions.

Once conceptualized, we can apply these new technologies to other projects, keeping us and our customers at the forefront of cutting-edge innovation. We are currently working on tomorrow’s solutions by creating highly autonomous, mission-centered products that operate jointly across multiple domains, and position our customers at the leading edge of interconnected systems.

We are here to tackle the impossible…without hesitation.


We are looking for Software Engineers (Applications) to join the Learning and Active Perception (LEAP) group in AV’s MacCready Works division and develop a variety of innovative computer vision detection, classification, localization, and tracking solutions for defense and commercial applications. Software Engineers (Applications) work with and are mentored by a talented group of engineers to design and develop software solutions to meet customer requirements.

Position Responsibilities (may Vary Slightly Based On Position Level)

  • Implements and optimizes algorithms and software including application programs, REST endpoints, database schemas, and user interface components
  • Supports testing and demonstration of components and integrated systems
  • Develops documentation, technical reports, and provides report inputs for presentation to customers and other stakeholders
  • Creates software design documentation according to software process requirements and guidance from Senior Engineers
  • Implements coding according to coding standard; writes a unique test and validates software according to the process; contributes to process improvement efforts
  • Delivers work on time according to agreed completion dates and project schedule & budget
  • Supports and derives algorithm design from detailed software requirements
  • Works closely with other software developers to design and reuse developed software to support different programs
  • Works on problems of moderate scope where analysis of situations or data requires a review of a variety of factors
  • Exercises judgment within defined procedures and practices to determine appropriate actions
  • Other duties as assigned

We are pipelining for Engineers with various level of experience:

  • Software Engineer I (Apps) with a minimum of 1+ years of relevant experience
  • Software Engineer II (Apps) with a minimum of 2+ years of relevant experience
  • Software Engineer III (Apps) with a minimum of 5+ years of relevant experience
  • Sr. Software Engineer (Apps) with a minimum of 8+ years of relevant experience

Basic Qualifications (Required Skills & Experience)

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Math, or Physics is required or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience
  • Strong software engineering skills in C/C++, Java, Golang, and/or Python, including understanding of common data structures, algorithms, object-oriented programming, and development workflows
  • Experience with Ubuntu and/or CentOS Linux operating systems
  • Demonstrated mathematical and analytical skills are required
  • Demonstrated familiarity with source code configuration management tools such as SVN and Git as well as familiarity with IDEs and debuggers are desired
  • Experience with relational database systems such as PostgreSQL or MySQL is a plus

Other Qualifications & Desired Competencies

  • With guidance from senior engineers, be able to contribute in the design, coding, documenting, and testing software
  • Demonstrates effective listening, questioning, clarifying and summarizing skills to effectively communicate in one-on-one and small group settings
  • Demonstrates understanding of system design that one is working on and understands the role that assigned tasks play in the system
  • 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 meet company objectives
  • Takes ownership and responsibility for current and past work products
  • Is committed to learning from mistakes and driven to improve and enhance performance of oneself, others, and the company
  • Has effective problem-solving, analytical, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Focuses on teamwork, collaboration and puts the success of the team above one’s own interests

Physical Demands

  • Ability to work in an office environment (Constant)
  • Required to stand and sit for long periods; talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone keyboard (Frequent)

This is a pipeline requisition posted in advance of approved headcount for future hiring needs.

Note: Our team is always interested in speaking with exceptional candidates though please note this is a Pipeline posting with more of an eye towards our future needs rather than necessarily being an immediate hire. Only qualified candidates will be contacted.

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: http://www.avinc.com/myavbenefits.

We also encourage you to review our company website at http://www.avinc.com 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.