Vehicle Operations Specialist

Mountain View, CA
Flyer – Manufacturing
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.

While working as a Vehicle Operations Specialist you will support a fast-paced flight testing and training facility. Operations Specialists provide customer service by ground handling our cutting-edge all-electric aircraft, and performing related activities in and around the hangar and flight areas. The Vehicle Operations Specialist ensures our flight operations department is fully supported with serviceable and ready to fly aircraft at all times.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Perform aircraft pre-flight, post-flight and preventative maintenance inspections to a high standard to ensure airworthiness and aircraft safety
    • Communicates with other employees and/or crew using radios in order to provide excellent customer service and safe flight operations
    • Ensure aircraft, hangar facility and associated flight operations spaces are clean and orderly
    • Operate forklift to load/unload aircraft shipping containers and ensure safe arrival of aircraft to hangar facility
    • Understand fundamentals of the aircraft charging system and its associated components to safely and effectively keep aircraft charged and ready for flight
    • Assists with general grounds keeping (picking up paper and trash, general housekeeping, etc.), when needed
    • Other duties as needed to support high tempo operations

Work Environment and Physical Demands:

    • The work environment is an outdoor flight training and test facility in the presence of operating aircraft
    • The employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts, aircraft level noise and outside inclement weather conditions including high temperatures and dust
    • Employees will work around aircraft and some heavy equipment (ie forklift, man-lift, etc)
    • While performing the duties of a Aircraft ground support technician the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands and fingers to handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, and talk or hear
    • The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50-70 pounds


    • High school diploma or G.E.D, and some technical training is helpful
    • Must have valid drivers license and reliable transportation 
    • Must be authorized to work in the US
    • Good interpersonal and communication skills
    • Forklift operator certification or heavy equipment experience
We are located in Mountain View just a couple of hundred feet from Shoreline Lake and its surrounding walking/jogging trails. 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, flight lessons, snacks, drinks, fruits, employee referral bonus, IP bonus program, charitable giving match, 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.