Electrical Engineer

Location

Daytona Beach, Florida

Department

Engineering

About VerdeGo Aero

VerdeGo is a hardware‐based startup, with a focus on rapid iteration and development.    Modern computing tools and analysis are consistently applied in parallel with real‐world execution, testing, and validation.  In the emerging market sector of distributed electric propulsion, we stand as one of a few companies shipping product to customers today, and we are moving fast to meet the burgeoning demand for electrons that will enable a revolution in aviation not seen since the dawn of the jet age. 

VerdeGo Aero is the market leader in hybrid‐ electric gensets, converting Jet‐A fuel to electricity with multiple customers already signing on to our solutions.  Between our proven hybrid technology with proprietary noise reduction, our internal battery development program, and our advanced flight modeling we already serve multiple segments of this exciting new marketplace.  

VerdeGo is seeking an Electric Aircraft Power Systems Engineer to join our R&D team developing hybrid-electric and battery-electric powertrain systems for aircraft utilizing distributed electric propulsion.  This position is located at our headquarters in Daytona Beach, FL and it involves engineering, analysis, software development, hardware development, and prototyping of power systems for aerospace applications.  Technical expertise should include:  MATLAB & Simulink experience, motor controls, generator controls, control software development, modeling, and hands-on prototyping.  This role may work both with VerdeGo's internal team, as well as external customer teams.

Job Responsibilities
  • Design power systems with a focus on optimizing for efficiency and weight

  • Develop controls hardware and software to efficiently manage the engine, generator, rectifier, and power distribution to multiple electric motors with significant transient loads

  • Engineer functional systems: including the development of customized components, as well as the selection of off-the-shelf components

  • Write and test control software for power systems

  • Perform hands-on testing to validate systems performance

  • Interact with VerdeGo customers to understand project requirements, provide regular updates, and collaborate with external project inputs

  • Document hardware and software designs, and communicate progress with VerdeGo leadership and customers

  • Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of the state-of-the-art in lightweight, high-efficiency power systems

Organizational Competencies
  • Must be a team player with positive attitude.  VerdeGo is a growing company, we routinely take on big challenges on a tight timeline, and we learn fast.  Company culture is consistent focus on learning and moving forward as a team.

  • Strong communication skills are important.  The successful candidate will be expected to present work and key findings to internal stakeholders, investors, and customers.

  • Patience and interest in mentoring will be important.  VerdeGo has a strong team of young engineers and ideally they will learn and grow.  In addition to a strong science contribution, the best candidate will also be open to coaching, trusting, and pushing our growing electronics team.

During product development, VerdeGo maintains a keen eye on the make vs. buy question.  We tend to focus manufacturing outside our facility to keep our physical footprint and overhead low, but we can and do execute some wiring and electronics development in‐house.  Going forward, there is an expectation for a blend of internal development vs. outside manufacture as it relates to LV wiring, HV wiring, controller development, and other activities.

Qualifications Required
  • Electrical Engineering Bachelors Degree and two years of power systems design experience required OR Masters Degree and five years experience preferred

  • Understanding engines, generators, rectifiers, power distribution components, and electric motors

  • MATLAB and Simulink modeling experience

  • Experience with power electronics and design for systems efficiency

  • Experience designing power electronics for vehicles

  • Systems integration expertise

  • Controls software development and testing experience

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills

  • Hands-on prototyping experience

  • Experience with vehicle batteries is a plus

  • Candidates must be a US Citizen or a Permanent Resident/Green Card Holder

Email resumes to kollarm@verdegoaero.com
With "Electrical Engineer" in the Subject Line.