Director, Mechanical Engineering



Software Engineering
El Segundo, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2024

Our mission at Skyryse is nothing less than a new era in flight, where fatalities are nearly zero, piloting any aircraft is simple and safe, and the sky is accessible to all. SkyOS, our industry-first universal operating system for flight, provides any airplane or helicopter with a fly-by-wire flight management solution that significantly reduces the complexity of flying. Skyryse One, our first production aircraft powered by SkyOS, was unveiled in 2024 and features the simplest, safest, and most intuitive flight controls in general aviation.

Director, Mechanical Engineering - EL SEGUNDO, CA

In this role, you will be managing a team of engineers designing and testing our fly-by-wire product for flight readiness and helping to ensure robust product integration. You will work cross-functionally with teams that include Electrical, Software, GNC, etc. to assist in the development of certifiable flight autonomous technologies and cost-efficient processes for the General Aviation industry.


  • Ability to drive concepts into prototype and then mature the design to production
  • You will lead a group of experts in mechanical engineers to prepare and present PDR and CDR to progress designs quickly through the engineering design process
  • You are the team leader that can build and manage teams that will deliver innovative products
  • Manage a wide variety of stakeholders while leading process definition for your team
  • Create career development plans, manage performance, create performance reviews
  • Provide team guidance, regular feedback, education, coaching and mentoring

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace engineering, or equivalent
  • 8+ years experience in product design or mechanical system development
  • 5+ years experience managing engineering teams through product development cycles
  • Has electro-mechanical actuation/mechatronics experience
  • Has worked with avionics and control electronic enclosures as well as pilot inceptor.
  • Experience working independently and managing priorities
  • Experience developing electro-mechanical systems

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MS in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or equivalent.
  • 10+ years experience managing design teams for air-worthy products
  • 15+ years experience in aerospace design


  • The opportunity to change the world through improving aviation safety and accessibility
  • Salary: $225,000-$275,000
  • Valuable stock option plan
  • Heavily subsidized medical, dental and vision plans
  • Full-time employees are eligible for 20 days of paid time off (PTO) and 5 sick days annually. PTO and sick days must be used in accordance with Company policy.
  • A company with an ambitious vision, a dynamic work environment, and a team of smart, motivated, and fun to work-with colleagues!

Skyryse is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.