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Maintenance and Test Technician - System Prototype (Contractor)



Half Moon Bay, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, March 14, 2024

About Zipline

Do you want to change the world? Zipline is on a mission to transform the way goods move. Our aim is to solve the world’s most urgent and complex access challenges by building, manufacturing and operating the first instant delivery and logistics system that serves all humans equally, wherever they are. From powering Rwanda’s national blood delivery network and Ghana’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution, to providing on-demand home delivery for Walmart, to enabling healthcare providers to bring care directly to U.S. homes, we are transforming the way things move for businesses, governments and consumers. The technology is complex but the idea is simple: a teleportation service that delivers what you need, when you need it. Through our technology that includes robotics and autonomy, we are decarbonizing delivery, decreasing road congestion, and reducing fossil fuel consumption and air pollution, while providing equitable access to billions of people and building a more resilient global supply chain.
Join Zipline and help us to make good on our promise to build an equitable and more resilient global supply chain for billions of people.

About You and The Role

As a maintenance & test technician on the System Prototype & Test team you will split your time between supporting maintenance of our early stage aircraft and driving the execution of tests primarily in our Half Moon Bay test site. You will be working with our latest prototype avionics, powertrain and mechanisms and collaborating with engineers on design iterations as well as supporting field operations to maintain our flight vehicles. You will be responsible for running tests from quick semi-automated vehicle check-outs all the way to long reliability and endurance campaigns, all with clearly documented results. And lastly you will build large jigs and structures to support full system vehicle testing and development, think wind cannons, tether mounts, and barriers for safety

What You'll Do

  • Build up vehicle components and test jigs using instructions ranging in quality / completeness
  • Replace vehicle parts following instructions and updating documentation in the process
  • Verify that test specifications are correct and can be executed on given resources available.
  • Create test setups to match engineering specifications which includes interpretation of test procedures and diagrams, instrumentation, data acquisition, test article diagnostics and front line root causing.
  • Write high quality and detailed reports that drive to the root of any issues on a given test using data and a first order analysis.

What You'll Bring

  • Experience working in a machine shop and operating common mechanical equipment
  • Experience working with electronics at different power levels and component size
  • Experience working on hardware/software projects and collaborating with hardware engineers
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Experience working on hardware/software projects and collaborating with hardware engineers
  • Ability to understand and interpret a wide variety of technical documents (electrical specification, mechanical drawings, etc…)
  • Ability to organize data in a way that is easy to understand

What Else You Need to Know

The starting cash range for this role is $28 - $38/ hour. Please note that this is a target, starting cash range for a candidate who meets the minimum qualifications for this role. The final cash pay for this role will depend on a variety of factors, including a specific candidate's experience, qualifications, skills, working location, and projected impact. The total compensation package for this role may also include: equity compensation; overtime pay; discretionary annual or performance bonuses; sales incentives; benefits such as medical, dental and vision insurance; paid time off; and more.
Zipline is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion or religious creed, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, military or veteran status, citizenship, or other characteristics protected by state, federal or local law or our other policies.
We value diversity at Zipline and welcome applications from those who are traditionally underrepresented in tech. If you like the sound of this position but are not sure if you are the perfect fit, please apply!