Hardware Engineer - Design

Palo Alto, CA
Electrical Engineering /
Full-time /
Pivotal is the leader in the emerging market of electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft. We design, develop, and manufacture light eVTOL aircraft and are renowned for the BlackFly, the first light eVTOL to fly manned missions and enter the consumer market.

Efficient, compact, and simple, Pivotal vehicles are designed for a wide range of consumer, public service, and defense applications. Our distinctive tilt-aircraft architecture and scalable platform have been in development, preparing to enter the market for over 10 years. We recently announced our next-generation aircraft, the Helix, planned for general release and scalable production in January 2024.

Mobility is one of the most highly-valued areas of technology investment today. This is the right company, in the right space, the right strategy, at the right time. We invite you to join our amazing team and grow with us.

About the job

We are looking for a mid-level engineer to join our EE team. As part of the Electrical Engineering team, you will assist in the design, manufacturing, and testing of Blackfly’s avionics and electronics. You do not need to match every listed expectation to apply for this position. We believe a wide variety of skills and backgrounds are necessary to encourage innovation.


    • Take ownership of multiple electronic assemblies on the aircraft throughout the design lifecycle
    • Create schematic capture using Altium Designer and have understanding of reviewing PCB layout, while adhering to industry standards and best practices
    • Create efficient production testing solutions for electronic assemblies
    • Design and carry out design validation testing for our electronics and sensors
    • Analyze electronics and components for failures in manufacturing and operations
    • Perform root cause analysis and implement fixes to improve yield, performance, reliability, and/or manufacturability
    • Iterate on existing designs and develop innovative solutions to new problems
    • Participate in design reviews, risk assessments, and product validation activities to ensure compliance with regulations


    • 3+ years relevant experience in board design
    • Undergraduate or postgraduate degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering
    • Experience taking at least one product through the entire development process
    • Proficient at test script writing, Python preferred
    • Experience with PCB layout and schematic capture using Altium Designer 
    • Experience with common communication protocols (SPI, UART, CAN)
    • Strong understanding of analog and digital circuit design concepts
    • Proficient at troubleshooting circuits with appropriate lab tools and equipment 
    • Familiarity with firmware (C/C++) debugging tools/processes in embedded systems
    • Ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks simultaneously
    • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment

Bonus Qualifications

    • Experience in automotive or aerospace industry
    • Prototype and medium volume manufacturing
    • E3 (Electromagnetic Environmental Effects) design mitigation and validation
    • Lithium-based battery integration

Personal Attributes

    • Resourceful, curious, and never satisfied with the status quo
    • Always thinking about how to make things more efficient
    • Thrive in a fast-moving, stimulating, and supportive team environment
    • Strong work ethic and detail-oriented
    • Love learning and being challenged

Salary Range

Applicants must be eligible for employment in the United States and willing to work onsite at our HQ office in Palo Alto, CA.

Pivotal offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, and 401k plans.

Pivotal is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Pivotal does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.