Joby Aviation

Software Engineer, Manufacturing Test Automation

Job Locations US-CA-San Carlos
Regular Full-Time

Joby Overview

Located in Northern California, the team at Joby Aviation is driven by our goal of creating an affordable, all-electric air transportation system. Imagine a piloted air taxi that takes off vertically, then quietly carries you and your fellow passengers over the congested city streets below, enabling you to spend more time with the people and places that matter most. Since 2009, our team has worked steadily to make this dream a reality. We’ve designed and tested many generations of prototype aircraft capable of serving in a network of electric air taxis. We’re looking for talented, committed individuals to join our team as we push onwards toward certifying the Joby aircraft with the Federal Aviation Administration, scaling our manufacturing, and preparing to launch commercial service in 2025.


Joby is looking for an electrical or software engineer with experience in electronics manufacturing and software development. Ideal candidates would contain both strong Python skills, electronics test equipment experience, and a firm understanding of the software/hardware interface.


Specifically, this role will develop software that enables the automation of electronics manufacturing tests in an aerospace production environment. The manufacturing test software includes a full stack that leverages containerized microservices that directly interact with test benches. This manufacturing test software is responsible for certifying line-replaceable-units (LRU), the heart and soul of Joby’s aircraft. This role develops back end software frameworks in Python that interact with test equipment (digital multimeters, power supplies, measurement devices, etc.) and communicates with a unit under test using networking protocols.


  • Build and develop over 30 unique electronics test stations that enable the production of Joby’s avionics system
  • Develop Python software that directly interacts with test equipment (ie. power supplies, multimeters, data acquisition devices) to automate electronics testing 
  • Use Agile software development to deliver manufacturing test software
  • Participate in software design discussions to ensure manufacturing needs are met
  • Develop and execute tests to ensure FAA compliance of avionics equipment
  • Professional Python development that includes experience with networking, Modbus, and Serial protocols
  • Physical setup of electronics test stations
  • Interfacing with hardware engineers and manufacturing technicians to ensure successful delivery of test software


  • University degree in computer science, computer engineering or electrical engineering and 3+ years full time industry experience. An advanced degree and 1+ year of practical experience will also be considered.
  • Experience with electronics test equipment (multimeters, power supplies, data acquisition devices)
  • Strong Python programming experience and an exposure to other languages such as: C++, C#, C, SQL
  • Experience in software development for production test equipment in a manufacturing environment


  • Mature understanding of Continuous Integration, Continuous Development (CI/CD) and DevOps tools
  • Experience with networking, Modbus, I2C, and Serial protocol
  • Positive attitude and self-motivated work ethic
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member in a geographically distributed team
  • Ability to work closely with the software development team, and teams in other domains, gathering requirements and feedback.
  • Experience designing and implementing test strategies to assess the reliability of automation frameworks and libraries
  • Willingness to be flexible and learn new technologies

Please still apply if you don’t meet all items in the desired section! Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. We are dedicated to building a diverse and effective workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.


Compensation at Joby is a combination of base pay and Restricted Stock Units (RSUs). The target base pay for this position is $103,500-$138,000/year. The compensation package will be determined by job-related knowledge, skills, and experience.

Joby also offers a comprehensive benefits package, including paid time off, healthcare benefits, a 401(k) plan with a company match, an employee stock purchase plan (ESPP), short-term and long-term disability coverage, life insurance, and more.


Joby Aviation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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