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AeroVironment Six Sigma Engineer I in Simi Valley, California

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Job Description


Under the direction of the Continuous Improvement Manager, the Six Sigma Engineer I works to continuously improve the Manufacturing/Design processes to provide better product reliability, quality, lower costs, and better use of assets. The Six Sigma Engineer works directly with operators, engineering, maintenance, quality, management, and production planning to accomplish these tasks.

Position Responsibilities

  • Manages and implements continuous improvement projects to increase income or reduce costs

  • Implements lean manufacturing principals

  • With assistance from Six-Sigma Black belts, leads and manages cross-functional Six-Sigma process improvement projects and presents to Master Black Belts and business leaders

  • Identifies problems, collects data, performs analysis, generates solutions, implements corrective action, and monitors success

  • Identifies, creates and utilizes key metrics related to process improvement to prioritize projects

  • Assists with the planning, development and accomplishment of key Continuous Improvement projects

  • Develops narrowly focused, clearly defined projects to streamline and improve organizational processes.

  • Performs work under minimal supervision and within cross-functional teams

  • Assists Six Sigma Green Belt trainees and certified employees with their projects

  • Handles moderately complex issues and problems, and refers more complex issues to higher-level staff

  • Other duties as assigned

Basic Qualifications (Required Skills & Experience)

  • 0-5 years of experience in continuous improvement projects with proven/quantifiable results

  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering field or Continuous Improvement is required or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience

  • Certified as Six Sigma Green Belt

  • Experienced managing multiple projects concurrently

  • Proficient in MS Office Suite (Word, Access, PowerPoint, Excel) and other office productivity tools

Other Qualifications & Desired Competencies

  • Experience in PCBA, Electro-mechanical assembly and fully integrated systems manufacturing and testing is desired

  • AS9100, ISO9001 company certification knowledge is desired

  • Demonstrates knowledge of and implements lean manufacturing principals and continuous improvement processes. Has understanding of ISO 9001 and similar achievement standards

  • Demonstrates familiarity in World Class Best Practice

  • Consistently demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills

  • Demonstrates strong analytical approach to problem solving and high organizational skills as well as effective time management, interpersonal and communication skills

  • Demonstrates Leadership skills, Strategic thinking skills, Detail oriented, Sound Judgement & Creativity

  • Able to excel in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment, where small teams share a broad variety of duties

  • Displays strong initiative and drive to accomplish goals and meet company objectives

  • Takes ownership and responsibility for current and past work products

  • Is committed to learning from mistakes and driven to improve and enhance performance of oneself, others, and the company

Physical Demands

  • Ability to work in a manufacturing and office environment (Constant)

  • Regularly required to, stand, sit; talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone keyboard (Frequent)

COVID Vaccine Statement

AeroVironment is a U.S. government contractor, and is therefore subject to the September 9, 2021 Presidential Executive Order requiring COVID-19 vaccines for federal contractors. Consistent with AeroVironment’s commitment to health, safety, and national security, all U.S.-based AeroVironment employees must be fully vaccinated from COVID-19; this means that all new hires located in the United States must provide proof of being fully vaccinated from COVID-19 before their start date. At this time, the vaccination requirement applies only to U.S.-based employees; non-U.S. locations will have their own vaccination policies in accordance with applicable law of the non-U.S. jurisdiction.

ITAR Requirement:

This position requires access to information that is subject to compliance with the International Traffic Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) and/or the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”). In order to comply with the requirements of the ITAR and/or the EAR, applicants will be asked to provide specific documentation to verify U.S. person status under the ITAR and the EAR. A “U.S. person” according to their definition is a U.S. citizen, U.S. lawful permanent resident (green card holder), or protected individual such as a refugee, or asylee. See 22 CFR § 120.15. Some positions will require current U.S. Citizenship due to contract requirements.

Benefits : AV offers an excellent benefits package including medical, dental vision, 401K with company matching, a 9/80 work schedule and a paid holiday shutdown. For more information about our company benefit offerings please visit: .

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Principals only need apply. NO agencies please.

Who We Are

Based in California, AeroVironment (AVAV) is a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and tactical missile systems. Founded in 1971 by celebrated physicist and engineer, Dr. Paul MacCready, we’ve been at the leading edge of technical innovation for more than 45 years. Be a part of the team that developed the world’s most widely used military drones and created the first submarine-launched reconnaissance drone, and has seven innovative vehicles that are part of the Smithsonian Institution’s permanent collection in Washington, DC.

Join us today in developing the next generation of small UAS and tactical missile systems that will deliver more actionable intelligence to our customers so they can proceed with certainty – and succeed.

What We Do

Building on a history of technological innovation, AeroVironment designs, develops, produces, and supports an advanced portfolio of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and tactical missile systems. Agencies of the U.S. Department of Defense and allied military services use the company’s hand-launched UAS to provide situational awareness to tactical operating units through real-time, airborne reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.

AeroVironment Incorporated is an equal opportunity employer, M/F/D/V and works in compliance with both federal and state laws. We are committed to the concept regarding Equal Employment opportunity. Qualified candidates will be considered for employment regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, marital status, medical condition nor disability, genetics, veteran and all others that may apply.


U.S. Citizenship required


At AeroVironment, our purpose is to secure lives and advance sustainability through transformative innovation. Our solutions give our customers a fresh vantage point, positioning them to see the world with new eyes and extending their reach beyond the line of sight. That is the power of our breakthrough unmanned aircraft systems, perfected and refined over a half century.

Whether they are warfighters searching for an enemy, border patrol agents searching for people in need of assistance, or telecom providers linking millions to the digital economy, our customers choose AeroVironment because our systems generate actionable intelligence reliably, creating a path to goals that would otherwise be unattainable.