Integration Lab Manager (R2666)

Dallas Metro Area
Aircraft Engineering – Software /
Full Time Employee /
Introduction to Shield AI
Founded in 2015, Shield AI is a venture-backed defense technology company whose mission is to protect service members and civilians with intelligent systems. In pursuit of this mission, Shield AI is building the world’s best AI pilot. Its AI pilot, Hivemind, has flown a fighter jet (F-16), a vertical takeoff and landing drone (V-BAT), and a quadcopter (Nova). The company has offices in San Diego, Dallas, Washington DC and abroad. Shield AI’s products and people are currently in the field actively supporting operations with the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. allies. 

The Aircraft Software Test & Automation team is an ambitious, driven group of engineers focused on testing complex aircraft software integrated onto vehicles and various hardware systems. The team is a multi-discipline group of test engineers, software developers, flight engineers, embedded engineers, & more; working closely with our Embedded, GNC (Guidance, Navigation & Controls),and System Test teams, the Software Test & Automation team is chartered to provide (1) rigorous, but fast testing and (2) an advanced & robust test infrastructure for all aircraft software. Shield AI is building groundbreaking aircraft technologies, this team provides the complex testing & innovative capabilities required to get us there.

As the Integration Lab Manager on Software Test & Automation, you will own the integration lab; it’s build-out, advancement, and weekly operations. You will build the roadmap for the lab; driving our team and others to get us there. You will help design, build, and facilitate the use of the hardware infrastructure and testing capabilities in the lab; including HIL fixtures, networking/radio devices, mission simulation applications, and cabling solutions. You will marshal the development & operations of the integration lab, identifying needs for advancement & sustaining daily use.


    • Build development plans and operational procedures to drive build out and efficient use of an advanced integration lab, facilitating fast paced and rigorous aircraft development.
    • Design & build electro-mechanical fixtures, cable harnesses, and integrated hardware-in-the-loop solutions. 
    • Triage integration testing failures or errors, investigating & fixing hardware fixtures or test equipment as required
    • Own configuration management of test assets and operations, identifying opportunities for automation & optimization
    • Maintain and optimize inventory & access control of all lab testing assets
    • Facilitate and prepare aircraft validation and operator-test events, including use of mission simulation software, HIL solutions, and formal test plans.
    • Engage in system engineering development practices for our aircraft products, understand the system and derived needs for test coverage and test infrastructure
    • Work with test engineers on the team to design test cases for system software & aircraft integration, ensuring the appropriate hardware infrastructure is built for automation.
    • Report status, risks, accomplishments, expectations to senior leadership    
    • Create prototype hardware (circuit boards, cable harnesses, etc.) to unblock early product testing and assess technical limitations of our test capabilities


    • Demonstrated track record of assuming ownership over development processes and features and delivering outstanding outcomes  
    • Proven track record of successfully shipping products, showcasing the ability to navigate through development cycles, overcome obstacles, and deliver high-quality solutions to meet project deadlines and exceed client expectations in a fast-paced environment  
    • Ability to identify opportunities for improvement within lab development projects, demonstrating initiative to propose and implement innovative solutions that enhance efficiency, quality, and overall project success
    • Strong understanding of electronics and building hardware for testing complex systems
    • Proficiency in reading software and analyzing data logs to root cause integration testing failures
    • Good understanding of networking, including radio, ethernet, CAN bus devices.
    • Experience producing high-quality technical documentation, including architecture, detailed designs, and test plans   
    • B.S., M.S, PhD degree in Systems Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) discipline, such as Aerospace, Mechanical, or Robotics
    • Typically requires a minimum of 5 years of related experience with a Bachelor’s degree; or 4 years and a Master’s degree; or 2 years with a PhD; or equivalent work experience.


    • Experience working on cutting-edge aircraft or robotic systems  
    • Proven background in thriving within fast-paced environments, particularly within startup or R&D settings 
    • Experience building advanced test labs for vehicle or aircraft systems
$111,932 - $167,899 a year
Total package details:
Regular employee positions: Salary within range listed above + Bonus + Benefits + Equity
Temporary employee positions: Hourly within range listed above + temporary benefits package (applicable after 60 days of employment)
*Interns/Military Fellows/Part-time not eligible for bonus, benefits or equity
Actual compensation is influenced by a wide array of factors including but not limited to skill set, level of experience, licenses and certifications, and specific work location. All offers are contingent on a cleared background and possible reference check.

If you're interested in being part of our team, apply now! 

Shield AI is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.