Airware is hiring an

Automation Engineer - Flight Systems

San Francisco, United States

Create applications and tools to help put our autonomous aerial systems through the wringer.

Airware’s next-generation commercial drone systems are built on a full stack, state-of-the-art, homegrown hardware and software architecture, including microcontrollers running real-time embedded firmware, mission-critical flight systems, ground control software, and cloud data management. The Automation Engineer will help build and maintain a platform that ensures Airware’s test and deployment operations are robust, intuitive, and automated. Although this is primarily a software development position, the ideal candidate will have experience working on embedded hardware systems.


  • Build and maintain test infrastructure used internally to write and run functional and integration tests on target hardware
  • Develop applications and tools to:
    • Tie build, test and deployment systems together
    • Interact with lab hardware and measurement systems
    • Launch and control simulation software
    • Manage and analyze data
    • Manage testbed configuration and inventory
  • Work with other development teams to define interfaces to make sure Airware products can be automated
  • Gather needs and requirements from the hardware, software development, and test teams to improve existing tools or create new ones

Necessary Skills and Experience

  • Expert at Python
  • Experience with C/C++
  • Experience with 3rd-party APIs and tying systems together
  • Has solid troubleshooting, debugging and documentation skills
  • Comfortable configuring and managing software processes on embedded hardware and Linux
  • Takes the initiative and is self-driven

Beneficial Skills and Experience

  • Knows JIRA, Stash/Git, and latest CI/CD systems such as TeamCity
  • Familiar with JTAG, I2C, CAN
  • Expert with network protocols and configuration
  • Comfortable with server configuration management and software deployment
  • Experience building and maintaining databases

How to apply and what to expect

  • Apply online. In addition to a resume, please include a short explanation of your background, accomplishments (links to past projects are always helpful), and what excites you about Airware--This will help us to get a multi-dimensional view of who you are and connect you to the right person at Airware quickly
  • Be prepared to have a detailed technical discussion with one of our engineers over phone or Skype to walk through your previous projects and write some code
  • Be prepared to spend a half-day at our office to meet the Airware team, geek out with our engineers, write some more code, and check out all of our toys

About Airware

Airware offers complete enterprise drone solutions that are built on the Aerial Information Platform, so that aerial data becomes an extension of a company’s existing data management systems. Airware’s comprehensive set of technology enables enterprises to plan, capture, and analyze aerial data, all within an enterprise workflow.  Based in San Francisco, Airware has built a cross-disciplinary team of experts in aerospace, robotics, geospatial, hardware, software, and cloud. Founded in 2011, Airware has raised more than $70 million to date from investors including Andreessen Horowitz, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Next World Capital, First Round Capital, Google Ventures, GE Ventures, and Intel Capital.

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