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Lead Propulsion Engineer (R2173)

Shield AI

Shield AI

Dallas, TX, USA
Posted on Sunday, May 21, 2023
Introduction to Shield AI
Founded in 2015, Shield AI is a venture-backed defense technology company whose mission is to protect service members and civilians with intelligent systems. In pursuit of this mission, Shield AI is building the world’s best AI pilot. Its AI pilot, Hivemind, has flown a fighter jet (F-16), a vertical takeoff and landing drone (V-BAT), and a quadcopter (Nova). The company has offices in San Diego, Dallas, Washington DC and abroad. Shield AI’s products and people are currently in the field actively supporting operations with the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. allies.
Job Description:
Propulsion engineering is one of the foundational technologies that determines the overall performance and reliability of the VBAT platform. We seek a subject matter expert to guide the development and test of our VBAT propulsion system technologies.

What you'll do:

  • Lead multiple propulsion development and analysis projects related to aircraft engines, engine components, and fuel systems.
  • Lead verification and validation test plans for fuel system, propulsion performance characterization, reliability and durability, aerodynamic performance, thermal management, and acoustic performance.
  • Collaborate with external engine development suppliers for air system components such as turbochargers and superchargers, fuel system and control system to support the development and testing of various propulsion technologies (2S, 4S and alternative engine architecture)
  • Produce technical reports to capture and communicate the findings of the propulsion system testing.
  • Perform system, subsystem, and component trade studies.
  • Review, execute the development and release of detailed design documents including CAD models, 2D drawings, assembly instructions, acceptance test plans and other design artifacts.
  • Act as point of contact for test activities and collaborate with design, systems engineering and external testing/propulsion manufacturing partners.
  • Hands on work in installing/setup test rig, data acquisition systems, actuator systems, control unit integration.
  • Use data and analysis to set acceptance criteria for production and engineering propulsion hardware testing.

Required qualifications:

  • B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or equivalent
  • 7-10 years of relevant experience in propulsion system design, testing, and hardware development applicable to UAV's or fixed wing aircrafts
  • Basic knowledge of fundamentals for 2S internal combustion engines
  • Expertise in hardware testing with demonstrated experience inleading and managing multiple projects.
  • Demonstrated record of working hard, being a trustworthy teammate, holding yourself and others to high standards, and being kind to others

Preferred qualifications:

  • Masters or PhD in Mechanical Engineering (Propulsion/Combustion focus)
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Total compensation: Salary within range listed above + Bonus + Benefits + Equity (if applicable)
Actual compensation is influenced by a wide array of factors including but not limited to skill set, level of experience, licenses and certifications, and specific work location. All offers are contingent on a cleared background check.
Location guidelines-
Onsite = 5 days/week in office
Hybrid = Minimum 3 days/week in office
Remote = Remote but able to come to the office as requested for business needs
If you're interested in being part of our team, apply now!
Shield AI is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.