In this entry level role, the Software Engineer I (Embedded) has the opportunity to develop a variety of innovative unmanned and robotic systems for multiple defense and commercial applications. The Embedded Software Engineer writes functional software for deployment on embedded devices and systems like aircraft and payloads and have the opportunity to test out those devices in flight test environments. This requires the engineer to design, develop, code, test and debug system software as well as analyze and enhance efficiency, stability and scalability of the software on particular devices. There is a mix of full lifecycle development as well as a need to use existing software code base to expand the capabilities to match specific program requirements.

Position Responsibilities

  • Writes and tests software to support integration of sensors and embedded processors into aircraft (such as autopilots, payloads, software defined radios or other functional components) or other robotic systems
  • Designs and implements software for prototypes and products using established AeroVironment and industry developed tools and practices. Ensure good configuration control and management of software
  • Assists in writing of system requirements, system test plans, diagnostic tools, and in validation testing of software. Assist with hardware selection and recommend processing, memory and storage needs of systems
  • Support development of rapid prototyping and conceptual level testing and will require estimating time to develop software and scoping the depth of the development with project/program management to fit timeline and budget constraints
  • Works closely with other engineering disciplines. Focused on getting the job done
  • Supports transition of development software to production environments and to certification. Participates in multi-disciplinary development teams
  • Develops proof of concept capability demonstrations. Conducts and supports design reviews
  • Follows AV's software development process to develop quality code under general supervision
  • Works on problems of limited scope. Operates in a continuous learning environment under moderate supervision
  • Other duties as assigned

Basic Qualifications (Required Skills & Experience)

  • A BS degree in Computer Science/Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Aerospace, Mechanical Engineering or related field is required or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience
  • Minimum 0 - 2 years of experience years of relevant experience
  • Experienced trouble-shooting systems is required and is proficient with Python, C, C++11,C++ STL and/or OpenCL
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Visual Studio, Eclipse or similar IDE as well as defect tracking tools
  • Experienced working with common protocols such as RS-485, RS-232, CAN, I2C, SPI, USB
  • Demonstrated mathematical and analytical skills are required
  • Periodic travel will likely be required in support of testing equipment at approved flying locations
  • Periods of development may require long irregular hours around deadlines, weekends and some holidays and in field test environments

Other Qualifications & Desired Competencies

  • With guidance from senior engineers, be able to contribute in the design, coding, documenting and testing software
  • Experience with STM32 family of processors highly desired and additional experience working with RTOS systems (such as µC/OS, freeRTOS) on those processors is preferred
  • Experience using Video 4 Linux and modifying and compiling Ubuntu Linux Kernels is desired
  • Experience developing drivers for Linux/ARM and Robot Operating System (ROS) is desired
  • Basic electronics knowledge and use of lab equipment is preferred
  • Demonstrates strong interpersonal and communication (written and verbal) skills
  • Understanding of the design of the system that one is working on and understand the role that assigned tasks play in the system
  • Develops and enhances professional expertise. Demonstrates competency in researching and re-engineering to propose alternate solutions to issues
  • Able to excel in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment, where small teams share a broad variety of duties
  • Displays strong initiative and drive to accomplish goals and meet company objectives
  • Takes ownership and responsibility for current and past work products
  • Is committed to learning from mistakes and driven to improve and enhance performance of oneself, others, and the company
  • Has effective problem-solving, analytical, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Focuses on teamwork, collaboration and puts the success of the team above one's own interests

Physical Demands

  • Ability to work in an office and R&D environment (Constant)
  • Required to stand and sit for long periods; talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone keyboard (Frequent)