Electrical Wiring Interconnect Systems (EWIS) Engineer

Palo Alto, CA /
Heaviside – Engineering /
Project Heaviside is Kitty Hawk’s latest high-performance electric VTOL vehicle. It is designed to be fast, small and exceedingly quiet, taking advantage of new possibilities to free people from traffic.

Here at Kitty Hawk, where a century of aviation practices meets technology breakthroughs and a world-class engineering team, things are looking up. In 1903, the Wright brothers took flight for the first time from the beaches of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Our journey started by designing, testing and building all-electric vertical take-off and landing products for work and play. Today, in California, we are building on the Wright Brothers’ legacy to create the next generation of vehicles for everyday flight.

In this role you will be responsible for the high and low voltage wiring systems of an electric VTOL aircraft.  You will support existing harness designs and debug manufacturing and documentation issues while working to develop and implement a design workflow (electrical -> mechanical routing -> manufacture) suitable for our organization. You will also design new harnesses for our current and future vehicles, optimizing for weight, cost, and ease of manufacture.

You should be familiar with all, proficient with most, and expert at some of the following, in no particular order:

    • Experience with harness design, routing, and manufacture per industry and FAA standards (AS50881, AC 43.13-1B, F2639, IPC/WHMA-A-620)
    • Familiarity with automotive and/or aerospace connectors, accessories, suppliers, and assembly
    • Familiarity with wire and cable specifications (e.g. M22759, M27500), trade offs, and suppliers
    • Experience with commercial harness schematic design tools (Solidworks, Zuken, etc.)
    • Experience with harness routing in a 3D CAD tool (Solidworks, NX, etc.)
    • Experience developing harness routing standards and best practices
    • Excellent communication and documentation skills

Desired Requirements:

    • Experience setting up and rolling out harness schematic and routing tools / workflows
    • Experience specifying acceptance and qualification test plans for harness assemblies
    • Familiarity with grounding and bonding techniques on composite airframes
    • Experience performing harness load analysis including transient thermal models

Within three months you will:

    • Learn our vehicle architecture, subsystems, and how they interconnect
    • Take ownership of the design and documentation of all vehicle harnesses
    • Develop a proposal for a harness design and routing workflow including tool selection

Within six months you will:

    • Implement harness design workflow, setting up and rolling out any associated tools
    • Utilize processes to optimize vehicle harness design and routing to follow best practices and reduce weight
You should be able to work independently and determine the most fruitful direction to move in, while being an efficient communicator, avid documenter, and integrated team member. You should be able to describe your contributions to previous personal, academic, open source and/or professional projects that you are most proud of.

We are located in Palo Alto and Hollister, with great access to nice outdoor spaces as well as to airports at both locations. We offer a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision and life insurance (company pays 100% of employee premium), unlimited PTO days, 10 company holidays, a 401(k) plan with 50% company matching (no vesting period), commuter assistance, and education assistance. And on top of all that, we also offer a variety of perks such as free catered lunches and snacks, flight lessons, happy hours and many more.

Kitty Hawk provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Kitty Hawk abides by applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Kitty Hawk is an E-Verify employer.