Joby Aviation

Test Lab Operations Manager - Airframe & Actuator Test

Job Locations US-CA-Santa Cruz | US-CA-Santa Cruz
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 highly organized and experienced individual to join our Testing Team as the Airframe and Actuators (A&A) Test Lab Operations Manager at our Bonny Doon/Santa Cruz facility. The objective of the A&A Test Lab is to support the Joby programs through the development and certification testing of airframe structures and actuators equipment and systems. The Test Lab Operations Manager is responsible for planning, organizing, and optimizing Test Lab operations and maintenance to facilitate the safe and timely completion of A&A testing in support of the Joby program needs.


  • Ensure A&A Lab Operations strategy is aligned with the Testing Team strategy to meet company goals. 
  • Understand the needs of Joby Development, Company, and FAA Certification test processes and ensure that the Lab can support these. This may include the implementation of principles like 5S. 
  • Manage test execution readiness strategies for the Lab, focusing on: 
  • Lab facility readiness for testing, including compliance with internal Safety guidelines and OSHA guidelines 
  • Lab equipment readiness for testing, including equipment procurement, scheduling, operating procedure development, maintenance, and calibration 
  • Lab personnel readiness for testing, including hiring, tasking, and training 
  • Test execution best practices, including test article management, test instrumentation, test setup configuration control, test log creation and storage. 
  • Ensure Lab team supports test flow process in JIRA 
  • Act as Testing Team liaison with Joby Facilities team on repairs, growth planning, Lab layout management, etc. 
  • Act as Testing Team liaison with Joby Shipping and Receiving team 
  • Manage the Test Lab Operations team, with a focus on: 
  • Management of Lab personnel including career growth planning, skills growth planning, and conducting of performance reviews


  • Experience with test development in an R&D environment 
  • Strong organizational and process improvement skills 
  • Experience in JIRA/Confluence or similar tools 
  • Strong written, and verbal skills, demonstrated in the development of operating procedures to be implemented by others 
  • Strong attention to detail 
  • Associate's degree in a relevant field or a related discipline or equivalent work experience. 
  • 2 years prior experience as Lab Manager or equivalent role with experience in building and managing a team of Lab Technicians and Lab Supervisors  


  • Knowledge of OSHA requirements for industrial Lab environments 
  • Knowledge of aerospace industry laboratory testing methods and equipment 
  • Experience with servo-hydraulic systems and high-load applications 
  • Experience with failure analysis techniques (non-destructive) and processes (FRACAS, etc.) 
  • Hands-on experience with test instrumentation (accelerometers, thermocouples, strain gauges, flowmeters, load cells, etc.) 
  • Experience with LabView for Data Acquisition and potential automation (invoking desired equipment functions at different conditions) 
  • Experience operating with high-voltage

Compensation at Joby is a combination of base pay and Restricted Stock Units (RSUs). The target base pay for this position is $116,200 - $154,900/yr. 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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