[robotics-worldwide] Aero-Mechanical Engineer for Robotic Rotorcraft

Gregory Piasecki GregoryPiasecki at dragonflypictures.com
Thu May 12 10:46:33 PDT 2011

Aero-Mechanical Engineer for Robotic Rotorcraft

START DATE: 1JUN11 or as agreed upon

FINISH DATE: DPI seeks a fulltime permanent employee, but would contract through 15DEC11 or later as agreed upon

LOCATION: Essington, PA (near Philadelphia, PA)

HOURS: 8am to 4pm M-F or as agreed upon. Additional hours needed on weekends and evenings to make deadlines. Comp time available.

PAY: DPI will pay market rates

CITIZENSHIP: Due to our military customers, we can only accept applications from US Citizens and / or Permanent Residents.

COMPANY: Dragonfly Pictures Inc. (DPI) is a leader in the development of autonomous vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and is seeking a Aero-Mechanical Design Engineer to help build the next generation of VTOL UAS products. DPI will hire a motivated and skilled self-starter who can complete challenging work. The AeroMech Engineer will mature systems to move them through system level testing and through flight testing.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The AeroMech Engineer will lead the mechanical sub-systems from ground testing through flight testing. Assist in qualifying major systems.

Understand requirements, document design problems, generate alternative solutions, analyze options, and implement solutions.
Lead system design reviews for one or more of the following mechanical systems: blade, hub, electro-mechanical controls, drive, engine, cooling, fuel, exhaust, landing gear, and structural systems.
Coordinate with Electrical Engineers to fit avionics, provide cooling, route wiring, and install mission payloads in design and in prototype.
Collaborate with composite technicians to implement modifications to the composite structure in design and prototype.
Implement and document bench, ground, and flight tests.
Support ground and flight testing by coordinating aero-mechanical engineering change orders.
Support Product Design Management. Support Safety of Flight Reviews for each configuration of aircraft.
Update build log of aircraft to meet certification requirements.

EXPERIENCE: DPI looks to hire people who have held similar responsibilities in related fields. The following experience is helpful, but not necessary: SAE, IEEE, IARC, AUVSI or comparable vehicle competitions; laboratory projects; hands-on experience with robots, vehicles, airplanes, or comparable mechanical assemblies; applied kinematics, 3-D simulation, 3-D modeling, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), finite element analysis (FEA), stress analysis; ability to advance solutions from concepts to functional prototype; product development experience; composite design and/or fabrication; design light weight systems; working knowledge in multiple manufacturing processes such as: rapid prototyping, machining, milling, composites, and others.

REQUIREMENTS: The candidate must work at DPI in Essington (greater Philadelphia), PA. BS or MS in aerospace, mechanical, robotics, mechatronics, or equivalent Engineering degree and have >2 years in Solidworks.

Applicant must qualify for access to U.S. export-controlled technology without a license. Non-immigrant visas will not be sponsored for this position. Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident. Security Clearance a plus.

GOALS FOR FIRST TWO MONTHS: The following are illustrative of the deliverables for the first two months:

1)    Design engine compartment placement and assembly

2)    Design installation of mission equipment packages

3)    Provide thermal analysis and CAD modeling of engine cooling

4)    Re-design cowling and tooling therefore

5)    Update composite tooling

6)    Design fixtures and markers into tooling

7)    Document lay-up schedule for all parts and hard points

8)    Support flight testing and qualification of aircraft

PROCESS: Qualified candidates are encouraged to send an email to the attention of Mr. Gregory Piasecki, CFO via Careers at DragonflyPictures.com<mailto:Careers at DragonflyPictures.com> , or, GregoryPiasecki at DragonflyPictures.com<mailto:GregoryPiasecki at DragonflyPictures.com> before May 15th, 2011. Candidates are encouraged to send the earliest date you can start, three work references, unofficial transcript(s), resume, motivation for seeking the position, and non-proprietary sample work product, as appropriate. DPI apologizes for not being able to respond to every email. DPI will contact you if there is a match. Every resume is reviewed and all information is kept confidential.

DISCLAIMER: The above information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this position.


Gregory Piasecki, CFO
600 West End of 2nd Street
Essington, PA 19029-0202
W: 610 521 6115
F: 610 521 3074
C: 917 324 4654
GregoryPiasecki at DragonflyPictures.com<mailto:GregoryPiasecki at DragonflyPictures.com>

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