Camera Reliability Engineer

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: As a Camera Reliability Engineer, you will play a pivotal role in the Camera Hardware Engineering Team, responsible for defining, testing and improving reliability of our camera modules and sensors. In this role, you will develop reliability requirements, establish test conditions, work closely with module vendors and internal teams to drive failure analysis, implement corrective actions and help improve design and process to meet requirements. Your expertise will be critical in ensuring the seamless integration and high-performance of our camera systems for our next-generatHow you’ll make an impact: 

  • Participate in design reviews and provide key 'design for reliability' inputs. Aim to mitigate risks from the first prototypes to the first customer shipment and beyond
  • Work closely with system reliability team to understand and convert system requirements to help develop module level reliability requirements document for next gen cameras and sensors and manage test and qualification at module vendors
  • Collaborate with mechanical, electrical, optical, process and software engineering teams to perform failure analysis, identify root causes, implement corrective actions, resolve module and system issues, and help develop process/design mitigations
  • Excellent learning and growth opportunity to join the new camera hardware engineering team developing multiple custom cameras and to have a significant impact on our future roadmap and across the entire drone industry.

What makes you a good fit: 

  • Comprehensive understanding of design and process challenges involved in developing highly reliable miniaturized camera modules
  • Proven ability to perform DOE, statistical analysis as well as demonstrate failure mode analysis, root cause investigation, and problem-solving skills within optical, mechanical, electrical, and software domains
  • Familiarity with metrology tools and quantitative measurement methodology
  • Prior experience of working with subcontract manufacturing partners and remotely driving FA and improvement efforts
  • Experience with lab testing of cameras and illuminators is a plus
  • Good language proficiency and communication skills

Compensation Range: The annual base salary range for this position is $138,000 - $195,500*. 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.




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