Joby Aviation

Powertrain & Electronics – Senior Test Engineer (Propulsion)

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 Aviation is seeking a passionate, motivated and experienced Senior Test Engineer to aid in characterization, performance, environmental and reliability testing of powertrain & electronics system comprising of electric motor, inverter and related systems and/or components. This role interacts heavily with the Integrated Product Team (IPT) and leads the testing efforts on verification and validation testing activities for the propulsion system components.


  • Responsible for leading overall test activities for the assigned system/ sub-system/ components by following Joby processes and/or procedures
  • Lead discussions with cross functional team as a subject matter expert and facilitate the development team in planning and executing testing required to refine propulsion systems and/or components including but not limited to electric motor(s), inverter(s), pump, fan, radiator etc
  • Work closely with Integrated Product Team (IPT) to understand testing needs, milestones & deliverables and manage associated activities using Joby test processes to execute them. Work with operations team to understand test capacity, manage priorities and communicate schedule to key stakeholders.
  • Author and release test procedures for development testing, acceptance testing, qualification testing & certification testing for powertrain and electronics systems and/or components
  • Co-ordinate with reliability test engineer to define appropriate test profiles for demonstrating reliability of systems and/or components. Develop new and novel testing methodologies in support of product development
  • Develop test stand requirements to support product testing and work with equipment design team to ensure appropriate test capabilities are adequate to support product development process
  • Define and procure (as needed) test enabling support hardware/ software as needed to execute product testing
  • Develop LabView/Python scripts for test automation and in-situ data collection. Assist technician in test setups, execution of tests as needed on test equipment (test platforms, chambers, shakers, test benches etc). Mentor engineer in best practices on test management
  • Participate in failure and Root Cause Analysis of sub-systems and components used in powertrain and electronics system (from validation, reliability, and/or field testing)


  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering or related discipline is required. M.S. in Electrical Engineering or related discipline preferred
  • 5+ Experience in propulsion HV electric motor/ inverter testing specifically around integration or development testing is required
  • Practical experience with complicated test equipment such as a dyno and its related equipment is a must
  • Knowledge or experience with environmental and durability testing and related accelerated test methodologies especially in electrical or electromechanical devices is required
  • Expertise in using Python/ MATLAB/ NI Diadem to aid in data collection and analysis
  • Practical experience in using miscellaneous lab equipment such as oscilloscopes, NI DAQ systems, power analyzers, power supplies etc
  • Ability to thrive in ambiguous and fast paced environment
  • Be agile and adapt to evolving requirements and change in directions
  • Ability to travel to other Joby/ external test sites locations as needed
  • Pursuant to various local, state, and federal regulations, you must show proof of your full COVID-19 vaccination status prior to your start date.  Exemption requests are available for bona fide religious and medical circumstances.


  • Knowledge on aerospace requirements and standards like DO-160 is preferred but not required.


Compensation at Joby is a combination of base pay and Restricted Stock Units (RSUs). The target base pay for this position is $112,600 - $189,800. 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 is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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