Mechanical Technician - Santa Cruz

Job Locations US-CA-Santa Cruz
Integration and Subsystem Testing
Regular Full-Time

Joby Overview

Located in Northern California, the Joby Aviation team has been steadily working toward our goal of providing safe, affordable, fully electric air transportation that is accessible to everyone. Imagine an air taxi that takes off vertically, then quietly and quickly carries you over the congestion below, giving you back that time you’d otherwise spend sitting in traffic. Technology has advanced to the point where designing and operating an all-electric aircraft is completely viable. Our team has been discreetly designing and flight testing this vehicle and is looking for talented individuals to see it through certification and high rate production.


Joby Aviation is seeking a highly organized, passionate individual to join our integration and subsystem testing team. As part of this team, you will help in the integration and testing of flight-critical components and subsystems for VTOL electric aircraft. The Joby Aviation team is made up from extremely talented, hardworking, proactive, and hands-on individuals, operating in a very fast-paced and rewarding environment. We are looking to expand this team with like-minded individuals looking to make a mark in the transportation industry.


  • Work closely with engineering to develop and test a wide array of systems including electric motors, electric actuators, linkages, propellers, landing gear, and cooling systems, in support of rapid aircraft development.
  • Assemble hardware for use on test stands or on aircraft while maintaining associated documentation. This will involve mechanical assembly of parts and sub-systems, etc.
  • Install flight hardware on aircraft and perform systems checkout and debugging, as to bring subsystems to an operational status, while strictly adhering to best practices and proper documentation.
  • Perform structural, environmental, and functional tests on specific hardware to validate its design and manufacturing against established benchmarks.
  • Generate reports from collected test data to provide quantifiable feedback to the engineering teams that will allow them to optimize their designs.


  • Strong work ethic
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Team oriented attitude
  • Excellent problem-solving techniques and analytical ability
  • Hands-on experience with small engines and brushless motors
  • Experience with mechanical component assembly and systems integration of mechanical systems
  • Proficiency with machining, welding, and overall mechanical craftsmanship


  • Experience rebuilding, overhauling, and troubleshooting small engines and brushless motors 
  • Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) rating
  • Experience working on structures made from composite materials
  • Experience with data acquisition techniques using foil strain gauges, accelerometers, load cells, thermistors, etc. (including sensor installation)
  • Familiar with LabView/Diadem/MATLAB
  • Experience with CAD
  • Experience with industrial test laboratory environments and procedures 
  • Automotive maintenance experience a strong plus


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