Actuation Systems Engineer

Joby Aviation

Santa Cruz, CA, USA

Full time

Trucks VC portfolio

Jul 4

Joby Overview

Located in Northern California, the Joby Aviation team is steadily working toward our goal of creating an affordable, all-electric air transportation system. Imagine an air taxi that takes off vertically, then quietly and quickly carries you over the traffic congestion below, giving you back the time that otherwise would have spent sitting in traffic. Since 2009, our team has been making this dream a reality, designing and flight testing a prototype aircraft capable of serving in a network of electric air taxis. We’re looking for talented individuals to join our team as we push onwards toward certifying the aircraft with the Federal Aviation Administration and preparing for commercialization with launch targeted in select markets for 2024. 


Joby Aviation is on a mission to save a billion people an hour every day by introducing a revolutionary urban air mobility service featuring the innovative all-electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) JAS4-1 air vehicle. The Integrated Flight and Propulsion Control System (IFPCS) product team is seeking highly motivated, passionate engineers to help complete the mission.

The Integrated Flight and Propulsion Control System includes all the primary flight control functions (pilot inceptors, flight sensors, processing and communications, control laws, and control effectors) and some vehicle management functions.  

This position requires the application of a broad range of systems engineering skills supporting multiple primary flight control electromechanical servo actuation applications on the air vehicle.


  • Drafting, linking/tracing, reviewing, and validating requirements at all levels
  • Supporting design team in architecture trade studies, subsystem development and definition, interface definition, analysis, and modeling and simulation activities
  • Leading and performing system integration and validation and verification testing including test planning, test case definition/development/reviews, detailed test procedure development/review, automated and manual test execution, data reduction and analysis, problem reporting and issue tracking, and test report writing
  • Creating, analyzing, and managing issues, risks, and opportunities for the subsystem using enterprise tools
  • Preparing artifacts and briefing materials for internal and external technical meetings and program reviews
  • Assisting in creating type certification documentation
  • Collaborating with cross-functional teams including system test, flight test, certification, and program management


  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Physics, or Mathematics required; Electrical, Mechanical, Aerospace Engineering preferred
  • Minimum 10 years of industry experience with electromechanical servo actuation hardware and electronics for primary control applications
  • Understanding and application of development assurance processes per SAE ARP4754A
  • Use of requirements management tools
  • Familiarization with safety assessment process, methods, and analyses (FHA, FMEA/FMECA, FTA, CCA) used in safety assessments (PSSA, SSA) per SAE ARP4761
  • Experienced in model-based engineering using MATLAB/Simulink
  • Proficient and reading and interpreting mechanical and electrical engineering drawings and schematics
  • Excellent verbal and technical writing skills in the English language
  • Collaborative worker but self-sufficient and self-starter
  • Basic knowledge of FAA regulations and guidance material and industry standards
  • Working knowledge of DO-160G environmental qualification
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office and Google Docs


  • Electric vehicle technology experience
  • Minimum 10 years of Aerospace industry experience with electromechanical servo actuation hardware and electronics for primary flight control applications
  • Extensive experience (5-10 years) integrating and testing complex, highly integrated systems, including failure modes and effects testing (FMET)
  • Familiarity and experience with FAA Part 23, Part 25, Part 27, and/or Part 29 certification regulations (Part 23 is highly desired)
  • Experience using Atlassian tools including Jira, Confluence, and Crucible
  • Familiar with Siemens Polarion requirements management tool
  • Familiar with Dassault Systems engineering and management tools (Enovia)

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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