Systems Engineer, Electrical Power Sub-systems and Equipment

Joby Aviation

Santa Cruz, CA, USA

Full time

Aug 24

Joby Overview

Located in Northern California, the Joby Aviation team has been steadily working toward our goal of providing safe, affordable, fully electric air transportation that is accessible to everyone. Imagine an air taxi that takes off vertically, then quietly and quickly carries you over the congestion below, giving you back that time you’d otherwise spend sitting in traffic. Technology has advanced to the point where designing and operating an all-electric aircraft is completely viable. Our team has been discreetly designing and flight testing this vehicle and is looking for talented individuals to see it through certification and high rate production.


Joby Aviation is looking for engineers experienced with civil aviation certification to join our growing team in the role of a Systems Engineer focused on Electrical Power Sub-systems and Equipment. The Systems Engineer will own the architecture, integration, and life-cycle success of a single or multiple aircraft systems, ranging from requirements management, development, certification, and entry into service. Systems Engineer will coordinate between the various departments - Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Software, Flight Test, Manufacturing, Operations - as necessary to ensure the technical success of their systems. This role will serve as an internal Subject Matter Expert as well as a primary external point of contact with regulatory agencies and industry standards groups for aircraft, system, and equipment-level aspects of electrical power systems and equipment. The most important traits at Joby are attitude towards the project, hard work ethic, and being able to self-manage and learn new skills. Forward thinking will be highly regarded as well.

This position will work closely with multiple design engineering and test teams to ensure system and equipment requirements are managed appropriately, architectures are safe and reliable, and designs comply with all company requirements and federal airworthiness regulations. This position requires a solid understanding of aircraft electrical systems, power electronics, system development processes, equipment design and qualification, and industry-specific certification processes. It is preferred that this individual currently be an FAA DER. However, other delegation holders (i.e. ODA, foreign CAAs, etc.) and engineers that have the necessary experience to immediately apply as a DER will be considered as well. This position requires the engineer to be a full-time, direct employee of the company located onsite.

The Systems Engineer, Electrical Power Sub-systems and Equipment will be responsible for certification aspects of some or all systems and equipment related to:

  • High Voltage Electrical Systems
  • Energy Storage Systems
  • Power Distribution and Quality
  • Power Inverters and Associated Electronics


  • Providing technical guidance across several systems and electronic equipment design and qualification projects
  • Generate, review, approve, and manage system, sub-system, and equipment level requirements
  • Serve as a subject matter expert for integration and coordination activities with various departments and the certification authorities
  • Conduct trade studies, analyses, and test programs as necessary to validate system architectures meet all requirements
  • Generate, review, and approve
  •  Engineering drawings, schematics, and design specifications
  •  System safety analyses, such as FHAs, FTAs, CCAs, FMEAs, etc.
  •  System and equipment test plans and reports
  •  Compliance documentation
  • Coordinate as required to execute and manage system design projects, testing, certification, production readiness, etc.
  • Work with various company departments to ensure equipment and low-level designs meet all system and aircraft-level requirements
  • Determining and interpreting the certification basis and establishing compliance strategies – including means and methods of compliance – and driving those strategies into engineering, test, and manufacturing execution
  • Developing, reviewing, and approving certification-related documents, including
  • Issue Papers, Special Conditions, Equivalent Levels of Safety, etc.
  • Certification Plans and Summaries
  • Test Plans and Reports
  • Design and Analysis Reports
  • Requests for Conformity, Statements of Compliance
  • Working with and mentoring multiple engineering teams with a mix of aerospace and non-aerospace backgrounds to
  • Establish relevant design development and certification plans that will support Type Certification
  • Convey and document requirements in a way that clearly breaks down the regulations and guidance material
  • Develop engineering specifications for electrical systems and equipment
  • Review designs, develop solutions, and ensure compliance with the irworthiness standards


  • Skilled at creating and reviewing technical schematics, logical and functional diagrams, and engineering specifications
  • Expert-level understanding of design standards and verification methods for electrical power sub-systems and equipment
  • Previous FAA certification experience with electrical power sub-systems and equipment
  • Expert-level understanding of RTCA/DO-160 Environmental Conditions and Test Procedures for Airborne Equipment
  • Basic knowledge of 2X.1309 analyses and processes, including Advisory Circular 23.1309-1E, SAE ARP4761, and SAE ARP4754A
  • The ability to question traditional assumptions in the application of regulations, guidance material, and engineering specifications
  • The ability to read, review, and create technical schematics, engineering specifications, and engineering drawings
  • Excellent problem solving, communication, and technical writing skills
  • At least 10 years of relevant aviation or aerospace industry experience
  • A Bachelor of Science in an applicable engineering discipline
  • Proficient in English
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office products
  • Able to relocate permanently

Pursuant to various local, state, and federal regulations, you must show proof of your full COVID-19 vaccination status prior to your start date. Exemption requests are available for bona fide religious and medical circumstances.

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