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Flight Test Engineer - NYC



Quality Assurance
San Mateo, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Skydio is the leading US drone company and the world leader in autonomous flight, the key technology for the future of drones and aerial transportation. The Skydio team combines deep expertise in artificial intelligence, best-in-class hardware and software product development, and operational excellence to empower a broader, more diverse audience of drone users - from first responders to insurance claims adjusters, utilities, and more!

About the role:

Skydio is seeking an enthusiastic flight test engineer to help validate the next generation of Skydio products.Skydio builds innovative flying platforms and Software to control them. This role will be focused on working with all products that Skydio has to offer. As an FTE, you will be responsible for working cross functionally with various teams and spearheading both software and hardware validation specific to Skydio Dock operations at the NYC test site.

*This will be an onsite role in New York City.

How you'll make an impact:

  • Run smoke and regression tests to validate system confidence
  • Improve the Skydio Dock full end to end experience, working closely with the engineers to identify and close major issues
  • Assist in validating new customer facing software features
  • Capture and surface product limitation early in the development cycle to improve performance and market fit.
  • Validate SW changes to ensure a stable flying platform
  • Assist in collection of flight data for competitive benchmarking
  • Execute flights at NYC and occasionally at test sites nearby
  • Interface with customers to help support integration and test needs

What makes you a good fit:

  • Software QA/testing background
  • Part 107 Certification
  • Consider yourself a jack of all trades
  • Solid debugging of hardware and software systems
  • Enjoy working on multiple projects at the same time
  • Practical experience with UAS
  • Understanding of UAS subsystems and their real world performance
  • Basic mechanical and electrical system integration knowledge
  • Experience operating Linux based systems
  • Demonstrated passion for things that fly (bonus points for sUAS Pilot's license)
  • Thorough communication and documentation skills
  • Interest in spending time outdoors
  • Experience testing web based applications

Compensation Range: The annual base salary range for this position is $100,000 - 132,000*. Compensation will vary based on factors, including skill level, proficiencies, transferable knowledge, and experience. In addition to base salary, Skydio full-time employees are eligible to enroll in our benefit plans and take advantage of a variety of incentives and stipends.

*For some positions the pay may be dependent upon the individual's regional location.


At Skydio we believe that diversity drives innovation. We have created a multidisciplinary environment that embraces the power of diverse perspectives to create elegant solutions for complex problems. We are committed to growing our network of people, programs, and resources to nurture an inclusive culture.

As such, we do not make hiring or other employment-related decisions on the basis of an applicant or employee’s race, color, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship, sex/gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), gender identity or expression, age, religion, disability status, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition, genetic information or characteristics, veteran, military or family status, or other classifications protected by applicable federal, state or local anti-discrimination laws.

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