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AeroVironment Air Vehicle Operator II in Huntsville, Alabama

Position Description

Air Vehicle Operator II

Location Huntsville, AL

Employment type Regular - Full Time

ID 890

We are currently seeking an Air Vehicle Operator II to join our team.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Will operate and instruct on Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) and Tactical Missile Systems (TMS) in the field.

  • Will be incorporated into the AeroVironment’s Master Trainer Training Program (MTTP) IAW the Master Trainer Training Manual (MTTM)

  • Ensure all TMS flight and ground operations follow established procedures and are conducted safely.

  • Conduct all necessary TMS, equipment, and material inventories.

  • Immediately advise MCs, customer representatives, and controlling authorities of any changes affecting the planned TMS training / flight operations.

  • Maintain proper operational status of TMSs and supporting operations systems.

  • Maintain situational awareness of the air vehicle's location, in-flight status, and threats to the aircraft from the air and ground.

  • Constantly monitor weather on-site and along intended flight paths.

  • Continually re-evaluate risk assessments and take appropriate actions to mitigate any elevated risk levels.

  • Complete all documentation required for flight operations, equipment operational status, and data collection.

  • Complete post-flight procedures.

  • Capture critical information for input into after-action reports and lessons learned databases.

Required Qualifications & Background

  • Must be US Citizen and hold, or be eligible to obtain a DoD Secret security clearance.

  • High School diploma or GED.

  • Prior military experience, or 1 - 2 years directly related experience training experience in an aircraft or aerospace manufacturing firm.

  • Will be required to pass FAA Part 107 training.

  • Must have the capability to obtain a US passport.

  • Must have a clean driving record.

  • Must pass and maintain a medical and dental exam for deployments.

  • Because of various out-of-area training/maintenance requirements, the candidate must be available on both short and long-term deployments away from home, both CONUS and OCONUS consisting of up to 75% travel.

  • Should be capable of lifting up to 50 pounds as well as objects of varying sizes for shipment to & set up at various customer training sites.

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Access, PowerPoint, Excel).

  • Must have outstanding Leadership, Managerial and Organizational skills, and should have excellent presentation inter-personal skills.

  • Ability to lead, train and mentor small groups of students in meeting course objectives.

  • Should have a solid understanding of military tactics, operations, GPS and Navigation utilizing map and compass.

  • Prior military instructor/Special Operations experience highly desirable: Prefer Special Forces, SEAL, Special Tactics, Ranger, Force Recon / MARSOC, Scout, Forward Observer, TACP, or Aviation backgrounds.

  • Must have strong analytical skills with which to solve various degrees of complex problems.

  • Should have outstanding oral and written communication skills.

  • Should be accustomed to isolation and is expected to work long irregular hours, weekends and holidays and in difficult situations, environments and watches.

  • Must be a demonstrated team player.

  • Must have the ability to work with little or no supervision and exercise independent judgment on a regular basis.

  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, blueprint or sketches.

  • Must maintain a high level of initiative.

  • Will have excellent problem-solving skills

ITAR Requirement:

This position requires the use of information which is subject to compliance with International Traffic Arms Regulations (ITAR). To conform to U.S. Government export regulations/ITAR, applicants must be a U.S. Citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S. (or, green card holder), protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Applicants cannot be hired until they are qualified to have such access. Some positions due to contracts will require current U.S. Citizenship.

Benefits: AV offers an excellent benefits package including medical, dental vision, 401K with company matching, a 9/80 work schedule and a paid holiday shutdown. For more information about our company benefit offerings please visit: .

We also encourage you to review our company website at to learn more about us.

Principals only need apply. NO agencies please.

Who We Are

Based in California, AeroVironment (AVAV) is a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and tactical missile systems. Founded in 1971 by celebrated physicist and engineer, Dr. Paul MacCready, we’ve been at the leading edge of technical innovation for more than 45 years. Be a part of the team that developed the world’s most widely used military drones and created the first submarine-launched reconnaissance drone, and has seven innovative vehicles that are part of the Smithsonian Institution’s permanent collection in Washington, DC.

Join us today in developing the next generation of small UAS and tactical missile systems that will deliver more actionable intelligence to our customers so they can proceed with certainty – and succeed.

What We Do

Building on a history of technological innovation, AeroVironment designs, develops, produces, and supports an advanced portfolio of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and tactical missile systems. Agencies of the U.S. Department of Defense and allied military services use the company’s to provide situational awareness to tactical operating units through real-time, airborne reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.

AeroVironment Incorporated is an equal opportunity employer, M/F/D/V and works in compliance with both federal and state laws. We are committed to the concept regarding Equal Employment opportunity. Qualified candidates will be considered for employment regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, marital status, medical condition nor disability, genetics, veteran and all others that may apply.