Pyka

Pilotless, short takeoff and landing electric airplanes for urban…

Integration Project Manager

Location
Oakland, CA
Job Type
Full-time
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Chuma Ogunwole
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About the role

Pyka is looking for an experienced team member to manage the integration of subsystems in Pyka aircraft. Integration is critical to the successful deployment of new products and on-going design improvements at Pyka. In this position you will be responsible for leading all aspects of integration from procurement, installation, design change management, and troubleshooting. 

You will interface directly with the Pyka engineering teams to identify opportunities for design and manufacturability improvements. You will also create and optimize documentation relating to integration, help design fabrication tools, jigs, and fixtures and help build out our facility for efficient prototyping work as well as serial production.

About Pyka

Pyka’s goal is to provide society with a new form of fast, environmentally friendly, and accessible transportation enabled by autonomous electric aviation.

To get there, we’re taking a different approach than most. We're applying our technologies to every industry where electric aircraft can be useful, starting with the highest value and most dangerous jobs. In doing so, we're building useful, game-changing products manufactured at scale, while perfecting the safety, reliability, and capabilities of our autonomy engine and electric propulsion systems. 

Today, we supply our aircraft to agricultural service providers and farmers as an autonomous tool that makes aerial crop protection safer, more targeted and less harmful to surrounding environments. Our vehicles are highly economical to operate and easy to deploy. What you work on at Pyka makes people’s lives better now and brings the future of electric aviation one-step closer each day.

We design, develop and manufacture an ecosystem of technologies including proprietary flight control software, avionics, high power density motors, motor controllers, batteries, and custom carbon-fiber composite airframes.

We foster a welcoming community within our company that promotes experimentation, asking questions, making simple solutions to complex problems, and expressing different views and opinions. We are a transparent company both internally and externally and do not believe in operating in “stealth mode.” Lastly, we don’t work 60 hour weeks, and don’t expect you to either. In this role you will have a great deal of responsibility, earn a competitive salary and benefits,  and contribute to the development of groundbreaking technology.

Responsibilities

In this role you will work closely with the Manufacturing Lead and the Pyka design team to deliver prototype and production projects on-time with the highest level of quality. A typical day will involve both hands-on tasks as well as management of a team of skilled technicians. 

  • Work with design engineers to determine fabrication details for prototype projects

  • Integrate wiring harnesses and troubleshoot connector issues

  • Identify gating items to stay on track with the build schedule

  • Create and maintain integration work instructions for production and retrofit projects

  • Maintain overall shop cleanliness and organization

  • Optimize designs for manufacturability (DFM)

  • Serve as the technical point of contact for a small team of Aircraft Integration Technicians

  • Support the development of new tooling, work instructions, and team build-out (hiring/training)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree with 3-4+ years of related work experience

  • Demonstrated critical thinking skills and experience devising solutions to new problems

  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment and with a strong desire to help others

  • Experience working with electric vehicles

  • Experience working with sensors and robotic equipment

  • Proficient in drilling, riveting, installation of related hardware, wiring, usage of precision instruments, and utilization of hand tools to perform these tasks

  • Soldering experience 

  • The ability to read and understand work orders, CAD drawings, and specifications

  • Knowledge of composite vehicles and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance

  • Proficient use of Google Docs (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)

Company Perks

  • Competitive salary and equity

  • Employer-sponsored health, dental and vision insurance, FSA with employer matching, and 401(k)

  • Paid holidays and unlimited PTO

  • Free catered lunch and plenty of snacks

Export Control Requirements

This position requires access to technology, software and other information that is subject to governmental access control restrictions, due to export controls.  Employment in this position is conditioned on the continued availability of government authorization to authorize release of such items, to the extent required, including without limitation an export license, or other documentation required to establish authorization to receive access to such items. 

Company may delay commencement of employment, rescind an offer of employment, terminate employment, and/or may modify job responsibilities, compensation, benefits, and/or access to Company facilities and information systems, as Company deems appropriate, in order to ensure compliance with applicable government access control restrictions.

Why you should join Pyka

At Pyka we develop autonomous electric aircraft to provide people with an affordable and compelling alternative to ground transit. We make hyper-short takeoff and landing autonomous electric aircraft. Today, we’re using our aircraft to protect crops with fully automated aerial sprays in order to obtain the flight hours, technical readiness, and scale required for human transportation.

Our aircraft make aerial crop protection safer and less harmful to surrounding communities. They’re also highly economical to operate and easy to deploy.

We are the only company in the world approved for commercial work with full-scale, autonomous aircraft. What you work on at Pyka makes people’s lives better today.

Pyka’s core technologies include proprietary flight control software, avionics, high power density motors, motor controllers, batteries, and custom carbon-fiber composite airframes. Our full-stack team is from Cora/Kittyhawk, Joby Aviation, Waymo, and Google[x].

We foster a welcoming community within our company that promotes experimentation, asking questions, making simple solutions to complex problems, expressing different views and opinions. We are a transparent company both internally and externally and do not believe in operating in “stealth mode.” Lastly, we don’t work 60 hour weeks, and don’t expect you to either. At Pyka, you will earn a competitive salary and benefits - including medical and dental coverage.

Pyka
Founded:2017
Team Size:24
Location:Oakland, CA
Founders
Kyle Moore
Kyle Moore
Founder
Michael Norcia
Michael Norcia
CEO
Chuma Ogunwole
Chuma Ogunwole
COO
Nathan White
Nathan White
CEO