UAV Test Engineer

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Vertical Aerospace is building technology to revolutionise how people fly.  Our mission is to make air travel personal, on-demand and carbon-free.

Vertical Aerospace is growing its existing Test Team in preparation for an exciting novel aircraft development programme.  Part of this expansion is to bring in a passionate and driven UAV Test Engineer to help design, build, and support UAV operations.  This is a great opportunity to participate in the rapidly developing, nascent eVTOL industry.

Integrating into on-going projects, the working environment will be rewarding, dynamic and always challenging.  The pace will be different from ‘traditional’ aerospace.


Duties will be wide ranging and varied and will include:

  • Working on a rapid development programme within Vertical Aerospace, supporting sub- and full-scale and vehicle development and testing
  • Tasks will be varied including: component specification, documentation writing, hardware build and commissioning, through to planning and supporting flight test activities
  • Performing risk assessments and providing recommendations/solutions following our Safety First culture
  • Assisting with other tasks within the Test Team (and occasionally other Teams) as required (planning, test definitions, vehicle operations, operating rig tests, etc.)
  • HV systems working might be required – training will be provided
  • Working closely with Vertical Advanced Engineering with occasional travel to their Oxfordshire facilities


Basic Qualifications/Experience:

  • Mechanical and electrical hands-on drone/model building experience
  • Radio Frequency systems understanding (control, telemetry, FPV, etc.)
  • Basic understanding of aerodynamics and drone control theory
  • Ground Control Station setup and operations
  • Multicopter/RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aerial System) flight experience
  • Degree level (or higher) in Engineering, Physics, or equivalent.
  • 1+ year demonstrable industry experience working with novel UAVs
  • Understanding of aircraft systems, flight physics and a desire to learn and advance
  • Excellent computer skills – proficiency with day-to-day applications used for email, word processing, etc. as well as data analysis experience using MATLAB, Python, or similar
  • Must be able to work both independently and in a team and when required to travel and work extended hours
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to effectively communicate with colleagues across a wide range of technical disciplines
  • Be fluent in spoken and written English language


Preferred Qualifications/Experience:

  • CAD experience (Solidworks or CATIA)
  • Experience with using basic workshop mechanical and electrical tools
  • PfCO / GVC Qualification
  • Hands-on experience with Ardupilot, Mission Planner, and relevant hardware
  • Rapid prototyping / 3D printing experience
  • Be able to demonstrate commitment to professional development

To apply for this role, submit your CV and a covering letter to us.

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