Solar Drone Technician 

Seattle, WA

Next stop: The stratosphere

At Radical, we’re embarking on a mission to revolutionize how we connect and observe our planet. Our focus is on taking aerospace technology to new heights – literally. We are building high-altitude solar-powered aircraft designed to fly continuously in the stratosphere.

To date, we have successfully validated our technology using a subscale solar aircraft, which has flown non-stop for over 24 hours. Now, we are assembling a dynamic team of engineers and builders ready to propel our technology to the next level.

If you’re passionate about advancing innovative technology and love challenging engineering projects, Radical is the startup for you. Join us and push the boundaries of what’s possible.

Core responsibilities:

As a solar drone technician at Radical you will work directly on the assembly and integration of our fixed-wing stratospheric aircraft. You will build solar and battery assemblies, test electromechanical components, and support aircraft prototyping and construction work. You will be based at our Ballard office in Seattle, WA, collaborating closely with our small, agile, and interdisciplinary team. You will:

  • Support aircraft assembly and system build and integration work for solar drone structure, systems, and subsystems.

  • Troubleshoot, inspect, test, repair, service aircraft and battery systems to prepare stratospheric aircraft for flight.

  • Build solar arrays and battery modules and integrate onto assembled solar aircraft.

  • Interpret technical specifications, detailed drawings, and engineering instructions to accomplish technical work assignments.

  • Uphold the highest standards of safety and quality, conducting thorough inspections and ensuring all work meets or exceeds company standards.

  • Maintain accurate records and documentation of maintenance and repair work, including reports on system performance and issues encountered.

Required skills:

  • 3+ years of experience working in a dynamic team environment

  • Experience working with electrical systems (including soldering)

  • Experience working with physical hardware

  • Familiarity with solar array components

  • Familiarity with rechargeable batteries

  • Ability to interpret technical specifications and engineering instructions

  • Strong organizational skills for maintaining detailed maintenance records

Preferred (but not required) skills:

  • Experience working with UAVs or drones

  • 1+ years of experience in aerospace systems or wiring

Radical is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other protected status. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply, and we strive to create a workplace that reflects the diversity of our community and promotes inclusion. We believe that diversity and inclusion are essential to fostering innovation, collaboration, and success, and we are dedicated to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all employees.

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