Engineering Technician

San Mateo, California, United States

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:

We are seeking an enthusiastic and detail-oriented test engineering technician to help support hardware-focused validation testing of intelligent aerial vehicles and ground equipment within a team dedicated to maximizing product reliability for our customers.

How you'll make an impact:

  • Support test setup, instrumentation, execution, checkpoint and tear down inspections for a variety of performance, reliability and environmental stress tests for our flying and ground based hardware using a broad range of lab equipment
  • Work closely with test engineers to understand the item under test, execution procedures, data requirements, and potential failure modes of each test to ensure the earliest possible detection of issues
  • Develop and fabricate custom test fixtures and infrastructure to add capability, improve repeatability, and save time through automation 
  • Document and escalate test failures quickly; collaborate with reliability, mechanical, electrical, and software engineering teams to perform failure analysis and ensure the product continuously improves through all stages of development
  • Optimize execution efficiency with preventative maintenance on equipment and helping to ensure a high standard for safety and organization within the lab

What makes you a good fit:

  • Acute attention to detail - able to identify subtle degradations in mechanical feel or system performance that may be precursors to test failures
  • Proactive - you anticipate needs, identify areas to improve efficiency and work towards these goals without explicit prompting to support the team
  • Curious - you’re driven to understand the nuances of complex systems and are always interested in learning new skills
  • Hands-on and fabrication technical skills and experience with wire harnesses, 80/20, light machining and/or woodworking (or a knack and an eagerness to learn) 
  • Solid computer skills including documentation, web research, and executing linux commands and python scripts
  • Excellent written & verbal communication

Compensation Range: The annual base salary range for this position is $80,000 - $125,000*. 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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