Pyka

Pilotless, short takeoff and landing electric airplanes for urban…

Electrical Engineer (Generalist)

Location
Oakland, CA
Job Type
Full-time
Experience
1+ years
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Kyle Moore
Kyle Moore
Founder

About the role

Pyka is looking for an Electrical Engineer to join our experienced and enthusiastic team of engineers. In this role, you will be responsible for system level and component level design and testing across a wide range of subsystems.

Below is a list of current hardware projects that you will contribute to. Your roles and responsibilities will vary significantly from one week to the next.

  • Dual-computer flight computer with multiply redundant power distribution system for actuators and avionics
  • High power density motor controller (30kW ~ 100kW)
  • BMS/Contact controller for redundant battery system
  • Air data board
  • Various PCBs to streamline testing of the above hardware

Candidates who thrive in fast-paced environments working with a small team will love this role.

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:

  • Develop complex electrical subsystems involving FPGA, power, analog, and sensor integrations

  • Complete the entire PCBA design cycle including architecture selection, component selection, schematic design, PCB layout, and working with manufacturers

  • Test and validate subsystems to meet performance and reliability requirements

  • Work with cross-functional teams (Mechanical Engineering, Software, and Flight Testing) on aircraft integration and system level testing

  • Occasional travel (approximately one week every 1-2 months) to customer sites to support new aircraft deployments or EE subsystem debugging

  • Write design and testing documents

Preferred Qualifications:

  • >1-2 years of hands-on experience designing and testing (low to medium speed) FPGA and microprocessor based circuitry and interfaces to various peripherals

  • Experience designing power electronics systems such as DC-DC converters, BMSs, and motor controllers

  • Experience designing safety critical systems, considering system redundancy as well as failure mode and effects analysis

  • Familiarity with general schematic design and PCB layout tools such as Altium, OrCAD, Allegro, Eagle, KiCad, etc.

  • Willingness to travel internationally for up to 20% of the time

  • An inquisitive attitude with an ability to quickly and deftly research new topics and develop mastery of new subjects

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; the ideal candidate is not afraid to ask for clarification or give feedback

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