Flight Acceptance Technician at Anduril Industries | Powderkeg

Location: Atlanta, GA

Employment Type: Full-time

Team: Area-I Manufacturing and Operations

Area-I, Inc. is a metro-Atlanta-based company dedicated to the development of state-of-the-art unmanned aircraft systems designed for use by the United States Armed Forces. We specialize in the development of unmanned aircraft systems that eject from host platforms or modular launch systems. These platforms are designed to meet the specific needs of our customers where we design, build, test, and ultimately deliver unique solutions to the customer. Area-I’s customers include the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, and NASA.


This position involves working in a team environment to conduct the final CST (Complete Systems Test) of all independent systems on Area-I ships to guarantee successful test operations on location.


  • Must be able to obtain and hold a U.S. Secret-Level Security Clearance.
  • Technical or associate degree in Aerospace/ UAS related field with hands-on experience working with UAS/UAV (Crew Chief, Maintainer, or A&P)5+ years relevant industry experience
  • Mechanical/Aerospace Engineer with Hands-on aerospace experience (RC Hobby, SAE Aero, Design-Build Fly team)
  • Equivalent military experience as UAS/UAV Operator, Maintenance, Crew Chief, or Technician
  • Strong understanding of aircraft systems and sensors
  • Familiarity with basic networking concepts
  • Ability to load and configure software
  • Strong organization and communication skills
  • Detail-oriented / strong organizational Skills
  • Strong mechanical aptitude
  • Soldering experience (at a hobby level, J-STD certification, or professional experience)


  • Manage team and scheduling for Aircraft CST
  • Perform tactile functions when needed
  • Have a full understanding of aircraft and systems and be able to take ownership of the needed processes to complete a full CST
  • Perform required system tests and record quality assurance data
  • Communicate and elevate system abnormalities to the production manager and product development team
  • Comfortably communicate and interact with all employees of the business from Interns to CEO
  • Read and interpret technical drawing and schematics
  • Assembling small mechanical/electrical components
  • Assemble aircraft and sub-systems
  • Troubleshoot and repair electrical issues (identify cold solder joints, bad crimps, faulty connections, etc.)
  • Complete Preflight Checklists
  • Complete Post-flight inspections and identify the list of repairs
  • Become proficient in ground station software
  • Maintenance of process/ checklists inefficiencies
  • Final approval of aircraft airworthiness
  • In-field repairs and modifications
  • Previous military experience with UAS operations as ground station operator, maintenance, or similar is preferred
  • Machining experience – CNC Mill, Manual Mill, Lathe, CNC Router, etc.
  • Composite Repair and/or Fabrication
  • Familiarity with 3-D Modeling (SolidWorks, NX, Creo, Fusion360, etc.)

_ Area-I is an equal opportunity employer, and we encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply. If you are someone passionate to work on problems that matter, we’d love to hear from you!_


Job Summary
  • Job Title
    Flight Acceptance Technician
  • Company
    Anduril Industries
  • Location
    Irvine, CA
  • Employment Type
    Full time
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