SkySpecs

UAS ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN

Ann Arbor

ABOUT SKYSPECS

SkySpecs envisions a world where wind energy is the most affordable form of electricity and therefore ubiquitous around the world. SkySpecs is helping to make this possible by automating the operations and maintenance of wind farms using advanced robotics paired with our custom-built asset performance management software, Horizon.

SkySpecs launched the world’s first completely autonomous blade inspection product in 2016 with a custom designed drone system. Since then, SkySpecs has inspected over 25,000 wind turbines in over 15+ countries, becoming the world leader in understanding the health of turbine blades. Identifying issues with turbine blades is only the first step. In 2019 SkySpecs launched Horizon to be a platform for SkySpecs to offer a multi-layered solution for customers that includes: data collection, wind turbine blade engineering expertise, and a place for all stakeholders to collaborate to manage and analyze massive amounts of data, spot trends, and create plans for high-cost repair campaigns. Ultimately, this will help reduce the cost and risk of operations for the industry.

WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR

SkySpecs is seeking a UAS Engineering Technician who combines superb drone electrical and mechanical troubleshooting knowledge with a passion for innovative ideas and solving hard problems. You will be responsible for the day-to-day maintenance, repair, troubleshooting, tracking, and in-field 24/7 tech support activities associated with UAS electro-mechanical systems and subsystems. You will work closely with software and hardware engineers, system integrators, and field operators to ensure maximum system uptime and effective technical support for all facets of the technical operations process.

REQUIREMENTS

  • 2-year technical degree or higher in an engineering, unmanned systems, or related field
  • Practical knowledge and hands-on experience with UAS operations, system integration and test, vehicle and sensor assembly/disassembly, telemetry radios, R/C transmitters, video downlinks, or UAS field troubleshooting – i.e. you can independently assess, diagnose, and troubleshoot a variety of drone technical issues with minimal guidance
  • Superb drone “hacker/tinkerer/maker” skills; drones are your passion
  • Willingness to jump in at any level and do “whatever it takes” to help the team
  • Motivated self-starter with a knack for solving problems under stress
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, and project planning skills; high attention to detail
  • Professional, responsible, and innately safety conscious
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and work ethic
  • Hold a valid driver’s license

NICE TO HAVE

  • 2-5 years of experience in a hands-on technical role building and troubleshooting complex electronic and/or electro-mechanical products
  • Deep technical knowledge – beyond simple trial-and-error troubleshooting – related to advanced drone technologies, including LiDAR, GNSS, IMU, microelectronics, embedded systems, multi-axis gimbals, imaging sensors, electromagnetic interference, and Linux-based OS
  • Experience with resin-based 3D printers, shop equipment (e.g. hand tools, drill press, table saws), and electronics lab test equipment (e.g. soldering, function generators, multimeters)
  • Practical knowledge on best practices in the safe handling, charging, discharging, and storage of large lithium polymer batteries (>200 watt-hours)
  • FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certification
  • Startup or tech experience

THE WORK

  • Support field operations teams with 24/7 on-call technical support and logistics
  • Help the team with all facets of the UAS system maintenance, repair, and overhaul process
  • Troubleshoot complex, long-term vehicle, hardware, and microelectronics issues as well as coordinating with our pilots to make in-field “quick-fix” repairs and remote diagnosis
  • Contribute to the field repair and troubleshooting guide with guidance from the engineering team
  • Operate and maintain shop equipment, tools, and warehouse area
  • Support day-to-day logistics needs by dropping off equipment to shipping locations as needed

PERKS YOU’LL RECEIVE

  • A great downtown Ann Arbor office with access to coffee, shopping, bars, restaurants, etc.
  • A fun, energetic, often zany workplace that is open and accepting of all interests
  • An open vacation policy (our policy is: Get your work done; be reliable; go above and beyond because you want to, and take rest and relaxation when you need it!).
  • A flexible work schedule and work environment
  • Health benefits

HOW TO APPLY

Please send your resume and cover letter to: jobs@skyspecs.com.

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