Aircraft System Integration Engineer (Multiple Seniority Levels)

San Carlos, CA
Part Time to Full Time

Aircraft System Integration Engineer (Multiple Seniority Levels)


About Beacon AI

Beacon AI is developing AI pilot assistant technology to transform aviation, flight safety, operational efficiency, and pilot capabilities. We are on a mission to leverage the power of artificial intelligence and advanced data analytics to revolutionize the aviation industry. Join us to be at the cutting edge of technological innovation for the second century of aviation.

Role Overview

As the Aircraft System Integration Engineer at Beacon AI, you will play a crucial role in designing, developing, and integrating advanced systems for next-generation aircraft. You will work closely with cross-functional teams to ensure seamless integration of various systems, optimizing performance, reliability, and safety. This is a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of innovation in the aviation industry. You will join a diverse team dedicated to making a real-world impact using advanced technologies.

Key Responsibilities

  • Integration Leadership: Safely and in accordance with FAA regulations, lead the integration of data acquisition devices, sensors, network components, and other devices into certified and non-certified aircraft.
  • Component Selection: Develop requirements and select components for an adaptable system compliant with appropriate FAA and DOD regulations.
  • External Collaboration: Collaborate with external partners and suppliers to integrate third-party components.
  • HITL Test Benches: Extend and mature Hardware In the Loop (HITL) test benches.
  • Device Integration: Find, install, and adapt drivers for low-level device integration.
  • Software Development: Write software for FPGAs, single-board computers, and microcontrollers.
  • Design and Development: Design and develop enclosures, housings, and retention devices.
  • Testing: Develop and execute test plans to validate system integration and functionality.
  • Troubleshooting: Identify and troubleshoot integration and boot issues.
  • Collaboration: Work closely with software and hardware engineers to achieve seamless integration and reliability of complex systems.
  • Documentation: Create and maintain detailed documentation of integration processes, configurations, test results, and user manuals.
  • Standard Procedures: Contribute to the development of system standard operating procedures.
  • Issue Resolution: Investigate and resolve integration challenges, ensuring compliance with aviation standards and regulations.
  • Proactive Management: Proactively address potential issues to minimize project delays.
  • Team Growth: Help grow a diverse team of creative engineers looking to make a real-world impact.

What Will Make You Successful

  • Aircraft Integration Experience: Proven experience in aircraft system integration, focusing on avionics and software systems.
  • Aerospace Standards Knowledge: Strong knowledge of aerospace standards, regulations, and certification processes.
  • Technical Proficiency: Proficiency in relevant tools and software for system integration and testing.
  • Problem-Solving Skills: Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Communication and Teamwork: Effective communication and teamwork abilities.
  • Emerging Technologies: Experience with emerging technologies in the aerospace industry, such as AIDs, FMS integrations, autonomous systems, and high-speed network devices.
  • Industry-Specific Tools: Familiarity with aviation industry-specific software tools and simulation environments.
  • Startup Experience: Previous experience in a startup or fast-paced environment.
  • Educational Background: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or a related field.
  • Collaborative Work Environment: Ability to work collaboratively in a fast-paced startup environment with limited guidance and direction.

Bonus Points

  • Passion for Aviation: A passion for aviation.
  • FAA Approval: An existing Designated Engineering Representative (DER) FAA approval.
  • Network Engineering: Network engineering and security experience.
  • Security Expertise: Hardware and software security.
  • Flight Experience: Experience flying, including the ability to fly aircraft simulators.
  • Mechanic Rating: A&P / IA Mechanic Rating.
  • Aircraft Management: Experience managing aircraft (inspections, maintenance, documentation).
  • Autopilot Systems: Experience with aircraft autopilot, control surface actuators, and flight management systems.
  • Aviation Standards: Familiarity with aviation RTCA ARINC-429, 825, 834, and standards like DO-178, DO-160, DO-254.
  • Safety-Critical Development: Prior experience in safety-critical software development and coding practices.

Why Join Us:

At Beacon AI, you will be at the forefront of revolutionizing the aviation industry. As a key player in our innovative team, you will have the unique opportunity to create groundbreaking technology that enhances flight safety and operational efficiency. We are driven by a passion for cutting-edge solutions, and we want you to bring your creative energy and technical expertise to help shape the future of aviation.

By joining Beacon AI, you will:

  • Make a Real Impact: Your work will directly contribute to saving lives and transforming how pilots interact with their aircraft.
  • Innovate: Collaborate with a team of brilliant minds who are as passionate about technology and aviation as you are.
  • Grow with Us: As a fast-growing startup, we offer ample opportunities for personal and professional growth, allowing you to expand your skills and take on increasing responsibilities.
  • Be Valued: We foster a supportive and inclusive environment where your ideas and contributions are highly valued.
  • Stay Ahead of the Curve: Work with the latest technologies and stay at the cutting edge of industry trends and innovations.
  • Enjoy Flexibility: Benefit from a hybrid work model that promotes a healthy work-life balance, ensuring you stay energized and motivated.


  • Comprehensive Healthcare Coverage: Enjoy peace of mind with our generous health, vision, and dental benefits, with 75% of costs covered by the company for the employee.
  • Paid Time Off: Recharge and relax with 3 weeks of paid vacation, in addition to 14 company-paid holidays each year.
  • Connectivity Stipend: Stay connected with our cell phone benefit, ensuring you have the tools you need to excel in your role.
  • Health and Wellness Allowance: Use this towards a gym membership or subscription to a meditation app, empowering you to prioritize self-care and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Financial Planning: Prepare for the future with our 401(k) program. While we currently do not offer matching, we are committed to enhancing this benefit in the future.


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