Employment Opportunities



About Aitech

 Aitech Defense Systems is a great place to work and it all starts with our culture.  Our organization is built on our core values of trust and equal respect for our customers, our suppliers, and our employees and it is demonstrated in everything we do.
Our company vision is to provide valued systems solutions and competitive advantages to our customers while creating a well-rounded culture that allows all our employees to develop and grow their careers.
Aitech is continuously looking for talented individuals to join our dynamic team in the following disciplines:

  • Systems Engineers
  • Mechanical and Electrical Engineers
  • Component Engineers
  • Technical Support and Test Engineers
  • Operations and Administrative personnel

Aitech provides a stimulating, team-oriented atmosphere working to achieve success as a company, offering a competitive and comprehensive benefits package, including:

  • 401K Company Matching Contributions with immediate vesting
  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Short & Long Term Disability
  • Life Insurance
  • Vacation and Sick time
  • Flexible Benefit Plan
  • Employee Assistance Program and Online Services

If you're interested in a career with Aitech, please send your resume and cover letter to careers@aitech.com.

*Aitech Defense Systems is an Equal Opportunity Employer and believe in the strength of a diverse work force and encourage qualified individuals to apply.  It is the policy of Aitech to attract and retain the best qualified people available without regard to ethnicity, race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or status as a disabled or Vietnam Era Veteran.


Job Title:
Director of Engineering

Location
Chatsworth, CA

Department:
Engineering

Reporting To:
Chief Operating Officer

Primary Responsibilities:
The Director of Engineering (DoE) will have responsibility to provide the visible, strong leadership required to manage the day to day operation of the Aitech Defense Systems, Inc. (ADSI) Engineering Department.  The DoE will work with the Chief Operating Officer (COO) to clearly
  1. Document / improve the design and development process utilized at Aitech,
  2. Establish key metrics for monitoring and evaluating progress in the Engineering Department,
  3. Work with Program Managers to monitor progress and budget performance for the programs,
  4. Create development plans for all Managers and Engineers in the department to encourage continuous improvement, and
  5. Create a weekly status reporting system to brief the COO and other members of the ADSI management team. 
The DoE will define the required processed to ensure the Engineering Department maintains a leading edge technical approach to all activities.  The DoE will analyze the in-process and forecasted demands on the organization and implement plans to ensure the engineering group is adequately resourced with personnel and tools.  Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Department Leadership
    • Clear and consistent, on the floor leader of the engineering team.
    • Plan and directs all aspects of the company engineering and research and development policies, objectives and initiatives.
    • Provide expert technical guidance for engineering initiatives.
    • Lead the ADSI Engineering Management team
    • Provide department support and administrative functions.
  • Process Monitoring
  • Assure the effectiveness of the design process for Hardware Development, Software Design, and Systems testing and verification.
  • Identify and implement engineering process improvements.
  • Lead, direct and mentor engineering team managers and personnel.
  • Support in the recruiting of engineering department personnel.
  • Ensure that there are consistent, periodic activities in place that support and inform the engineering department personnel; including: department communication meetings; training in Aitech’s internal processes and procedures; and the organization of events that focus on team building.
  • Define proposal technical approach and provide technical write-up; identify cost estimates for Sales Pricing
  • Work with key engineers in group to author and publish “White Papers” and Technical Articles
  • Identify key personnel within the Engineering Organization that will provide technical support to other groups within Aitech.
  • Provide for the on schedule, smooth and orderly transition of new designs, bill of materials and documentation to operations.
  • Provide on-call Technical Support for Customer Interactions/Questions
  • Create systems to track the timely completion of internal failure analyses and corrective/preventative actions reports.
  • Summarize activities to conduct periodic analysis and monitoring for trends; recommend process improvements.
  • Personnel Development
  • Technical Proposal Support
  • Technical Support Organization
  • Failure and Problem Report Tracking
Requirements:
  • 10 - 15 years in Engineering and a minimum of 5 years of Lead/Management (or equivalent with related experience)
  • Knowledge of Circuit Board Design and the associated analyses a must
  • Experience with design and analysis of products intended for Space applications is a plus
  • Previous experience on NASA programs desirable
Education:
B.S. in Electrical Engineering or M.S. in Electrical Engineering is required

Special Requirements:
The DoE is a Senior Management level position that requires a business acumen and technical background.  To be successful, candidates must be capable of managing and motivating an entrepreneurial, high energy, high quality, and high output product development organization.  Candidates will exhibit strong leadership and motivational abilities capable of creating an effective team. A strong candidate will possess the passion, drive, tenacity and mentoring skills necessary to improve efficiencies, provide greater predictability of delivery, improved time to market, and lower cost of product development and support, while improving quality and fostering innovation. 

*Must be a U.S. Citizen or be authorized to work in the United States

Job Title:
Program Manager

Location
Chatsworth, CA

Department:
Program Management

Reporting To:
Chief Operating Officer

Primary Responsibilities:
The Program Manager (PM) will provide management and leadership direction for the design, development, and manufacturing of Avionics hardware including Command and Data Handling (C&DH) Units and mission Computers.  These programs may be Customer defined or Internal Research and Development (IR&D) projects.  The PM shall perform the following duties: 1) Manage all activities associated with the Development, Manufacturing, and Qualification Testing for DOD & Aerospace Contracts, 2) support proposal preparation in conjunction with business development personnel, and 3) Determine program requirements, budget and program control mechanisms utilizing Earned Value Techniques to effectively track and measure results, schedules, expenditures, labor and other aspects of the program.
 
The PM acts as a primary interface between the customer, corporate team members, and partners providing regular status on achieving assigned program goals and objectives. The individual must be able to plan, organize, and manage multiple programs / projects of varying size and complexity and support the preparation of proposals in response to both commercial and government RFPs including cost, schedule, and technical inputs.  
 
Additional duties may include contract negotiations through contract award, presenting briefings to company and customer management, review and recommending process improvements for existing systems / products at Aitech, and preparation of business cases for new business.

Required Knowledge, Education, and Experience:

  • 2+ years of experience as a program, or project manager.
  • Excellent understanding of Microsoft Office products including Microsoft Project.
  • A BS degree in a related field (Engineering discipline preferred)
Recommended Experience:
  • Strong knowledge of Military, Aerospace, and Space programs and requirements.
  • Strong Team building and leadership skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to foster cross-functional teamwork among Engineering, Operations and Quality.
  • Ability to review customer Purchase Orders and Contract requirements with a focus on the implications for Aitech
  • Strong leadership skills with an ability to quickly assimilate new ideas and concepts and make good decisions for the program or project
  • Experience with Avionics and Control systems including integration of I/O products and embedded systems development will also be considered a plus.
  • Direct experience in the specification and control of the Printed Circuit Board artwork process and Printed Wiring Board fabrication
  • Effective written, verbal, presentation and communication skills.
  • Working knowledge of Document Control and Configuration Management procedures
  • Previous experience on Space Programs specifically with NASA is a plus.
 
*Must be a U.S. citizen or be authorized to work in the United States.

Job Title:
Systems Engineer, MTS-IV

Location
Chatsworth, CA

Department:
Engineering

Reporting To:
Director of Engineering

Summary:
Independent worker who can operate in a small company environment and lead special Research & Development project activities or investigations within the Electronic Engineering discipline. Manage and prioritize multiple simultaneous activities.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for Systems Engineering tasks:
    • Requirements review, flow down and tracking
    • Interface design
    • Conduct Verification and Validation plan
    • Evaluate end-to-end verification to ensure the planning and compliance is sufficient and complete to meet the system level requirements.
    • Provide data and manages risk management (identifies potential risks and develops mitigation strategies) and trade study processes for a portion of a project.
    • Test definition, and qualification
  • Perform technical lead tasks:
    • Coordinating design efforts
    • Conducting design reviews
    • Releasing drawings
    • Organizing and tracking of system configuration and changes
    • Coordinate the development of the test programs including procedures, test equipment, and reporting.  Successful candidate will have and be proficient with Microsoft Office tools.
    • Coordinate activities of engineers within the Engineering Department and/or across Aitech programs and projects
  • Strong knowledge of embedded computing hardware, including PowerPC, Graphics, Comms and I/O and DSP applications
  • Prepare and present customer presentations, and participate in face to face customer discussions and negotiations regarding complex technologies
  • Develop technical solutions derived from technology building blocks
  • Use project scheduling tools to estimate the total cost of a development program
  • Strong communication skills
  • Manage technical sub-contracts
  • Independent worker who can operate in a small company environment
  • Lead special Research & Development project activities or investigations within the Electronic Engineering discipline.
  • Coordinate activities of engineers within the Engineering Department and/or across Aitech programs and projects
  • Manage and prioritize multiple simultaneous activities

Experience:

  • Strong System Engineering skills with 5+ years of experience
  • Experience with mil-spec programs
  • Space / Mil-Aero programs experience
  • Requirements review/tracking/compliance matrix experience
  • High speed processing system design/architecture experience
  • Requirements verification/Test Plans/Test Procedures creation experience
  • Electrical Engineering background
  • Understanding of signal integrity analyses a plus

Education:
BS EE Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Computer Science (and/or equivalent experience) with MS desired

Special Requirements:
Position requires an engineer with a diverse background in electronic circuit design for embedded computer system development.
*Must be a U.S. Citizen or be authorized to work in the United States


Job Title:
Electronic Engineer, MTS-IV

Department:
Engineering

Location
Chatsworth, CA

Reporting To:
Manager, Electronic Engineering

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Responsible for FPGA functional allocation, design, simulation, synthesis, and place & route
  • Responsible for the design and development of new products as well as support existing products.
  • Concept development work with marketing, writing product specifications, test plans and VHDL coding
  • Responsible for concept digital design, parts selection, design simulation, detailed design, detailed analyses of the circuits, schematic and PWB Design Rules creation
  • Support the layout of the cards, card level debug and verification.
  • Coordinate activities of engineers within the Engineering Department and/or across Aitech programs and projects
  • Support customers as they integrate our products into their systems.
  • Lead special Research & Development project activities or investigations across all engineering disciplinesDirect and coordinate all activities necessary to complete a major electrical engineering project or several small projects

SKILLS/ EXPERIENCE:

  • Minimum 10+ years of FPGA / Digital Design experience with mil-spec or space  programs
  • Actel FPGA / CPLD design experience required, Xilinx and Altera experience is a plus.
  • Experience with development & simulation tools for FPGA design simulation, and debug. In particular experience with ModelSim. OrCAD Schematic Capture and PSpice experience is a plus.
  • Solid digital / analog design and debug skills.
  • Knowledge of industry standard bus architectures such as PCI, PCI-X, PCIe is strongly desired, VME knowledge is a plus.
  • Good troubleshooting and problem solving skills.
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently as well as cohesively within a team environment with minimal supervision.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

EDUCATION:
BS degree in Electrical Engineering (or equivalent) with MS desired.

*Must be a U.S. citizen or be authorized to work in the United States
 



Please send resume to Luwana Alvarado at lalvarado@rugged.com