Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Hiring for FAA-designated UAS TEST SITES

Are you interested in working with an FAA-DESIGNATED UAS TEST SITE?

Unmannedpower will be assisting with the staffing of key sites. Send me your resume today!

Desire specific experience with the FAA's Safety Management System (SMS); the FAA COA process and flight authorizations; airworthiness certifications; frequency and spectrum management; flight data collection, standardization, and reporting; and policy/technical writing.

 Send your resume to resumes@unmannedpower.com with UAS TEST SITE in the subject line for immediate review.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Engineering Technician Needed

This is a great position in a growing company for a motivated person to build, test, repair, and maintain the avionics systems for multiple UAV products and to

  • Keep schematics, drawings and documents of our systems up to date
  • Troubleshoot and repair our UAV systems
  • Create and support test setups for testing of R&D products

Must have great hands on experience crimping, soldering, and wiring and be ready to get involved.  In this small shop, you'll have the opportunity to grow multiple skill sets while learning from an experienced team.  Send your resume to whitney@unmannedpower.com or call me at 731-212-8658 for details!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Be Careful How You Use Your Name(s)!

Be careful how you use your name(s)!  You might miss out on an opportunity for a job!

Most of us have several names.  Our official name for documents.  The name we use for general business every day.  And perhaps a nickname we use with our friends.  Using a name on your resume that is different from the name you use to introduce yourself can cause confusion.  You do not want any confusion when it comes to identifying YOU for a job!

Let's use the following (purely fictional) example:

William Russell Smith is known by everyone as Rusty Smith.  He is more affectionately known as Tin Man by his fellow soldiers.  Rusty's primary email address is TinManSmith@gmail.com.

Rusty submits his resume via an online system to HR to apply for a job.  That online system imports (or parses) his resume into the company's database.  Because a resume is a professional document, his resume identifies him as William Smith.  He has also uses a more "professional" email address for his resume.  The database now recognizes William Smith with an email address of wsmith@gmail.com.

Scenario 1:  Rusty calls HR after several weeks of getting no feedback.  He identifies himself as Rusty Smith and asks about the status of the job.  HR searches the database for Rusty Smith.  You guessed it!  There is no Rusty Smith in the system.  Nor is there a Russell Smith or a Russ Smith or an R Smith.  Rusty just lost an opportunity for someone to pull up his resume for review.

Scenario 2:  A company employee who has worked with Rusty sends an email to the hiring manager/HR to recommend Rusty for the job.  HR tries to call Rusty for an interview.  And, you guessed it!  There is no Rusty Smith in the system.  Nor is there a Russell Smith or a Russ Smith or an R Smith.  HR is busy and doesn't have a way to track down Rusty.  No interview.

Scenario 3:  Rusty sends an email to HR with a well-written career summary and request for consideration for the job.  He mentions that he has completed the online application and looks forward to scheduling an interview.  Impressed, HR searches the database to flag Rusty for an interview.  She searches for Rusty Smith.  No luck.  She searches for an email of TinManSmith@gmail.com.  And, you guessed it...

Immediate need for IV&V Analyst

Unmannedpower has an immediate need for an IV&V analyst, and we are ready to interview!  If the following description sounds like you or someone you know, email me a resume and applicable details!  Position is based in Huntsville, AL.

  • Has exposure to unmanned systems - the software, architecture, and design
  • Has experience ensuring adherence to software life cycle processes in unmanned systems software
  • Can analyze and develop unmanned systems software requirements, design, code and config management
  • Has experience developing requirements based testing procedures and knows C/C++ programming

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Openings for Pred/Reaper pilots and sensor operators

If you are a pilot or sensor operator with current experience on either the Predator or Reaper platforms and interested in a CONUS opportunity, contact me immediately!  We are ready to hire.

Minimum of secret clearance and US citizenship required.

Friday, July 5, 2013

How Do I Break Into the Unmanned Piloting Industry?

I receive calls or emails frequently from people who love aviation and want to convert their love of aviation and their manned piloting skills into a career in the exciting and growing field of unmanned aviation.  You've come to the right place!
I recently received the following well-organized email and wanted to share my response with all of you because I know many of you are wondering about the answers.  Please understand that these responses are generalized and may differ based on a person's skills, background, and career goals.  These answers are also based on my experience working daily with job seekers and clients in this career field, not on a scientific or formalized study.

I hope the following information is helpful to you.  If you have additional questions regarding this general information or more specific information related to your career goals, please submit your resume, send me an email or give me a call.  All contact info can be found on the website at UnmannedPower.

Hello Whitney,

I am interested in utilizing your service to find employment in the field of unmanned piloting. The problem is that I'm not sure how one gets started in this field. There isn't exactly a wealth of information on the subject. After spending some time on your website, I was really hoping you might be willing to answer a few questions that came to mind:

1. What are the minimum educational and/or certification requirements for the majority of careers in this field?
Today, the three primary differentiators for employment as an unmanned pilot or operator are experience, clearance, and credentials.  Companies who hire pilots prefer to hire people who have been trained in a specific platform, or in a platform similar to the one being operated.  While companies are still willing to certify or train an inexperienced pilot, they may not have to do so.  With the draw down of the war, the supply of employable and trained pilots is larger than it was just a few years ago.

Second, since most of the current flight operations are still supporting the military and defense related activities, most positions require a security clearance or the ability to obtain a clearance.  (You can get some answers to your questions about security clearances here.)  
Third, credentials are becoming more important as differentiators in a market that has an excess of trained personnel.  While currently there are no industry-wide minimum education requirements, employers may look at education as a key discriminator in otherwise similarly-qualified candidates. Credentials can apply to either specific UA systems or to broader applications such as FAA licensing.  Many UAS have manufacturer-specified training requirements for qualification and currency.  For FAA licensing, please see the answer to #4 below.

2. Are there many available positions all over the country? Specifically, how is the market in Arizona at the moment?
While UAS employers are located throughout the country, most of the positions require the pilot to deploy.  Deployments can range from 6-12 months depending on your contract.  The FAA does not, except in very limited and specific circumstances, allow unmanned aircraft to fly in the national airspace (NAS).  I predict the demand for pilots to operate vehicles in the US will increase exponentially once the NAS is opened to UAS.

3. Are you familiar with education/training opportunities?  What is their value in applying for positions?
Yes, I am familiar with some of the training opportunities that are available.  I think these courses are filling a niche and may offer a competitive advantage in the next phase of our industry.  I encourage you to talk with the course administrators, recent graduates, and hiring managers to ascertain the potential value for you.

4. How often is having a private pilot's license a requirement for employment?
A pilot's license is not usually required for pilot's who are deploying and operating unmanned vehicles overseas.  Current FAA guidance requires that, in most cases, professional UAS pilots that fly here in the US must hold at least an FAA Private Pilot License.  Many experienced military UAS pilots who wish to transition to professional positions here in the US will need to complete the FAA licensing requirements to stay competitive in the commercial space.  For those just entering the industry, FAA credentials can be a key differentiator for those employers who are open to hiring and training new UAS pilots. 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Senior Electronics Design Engineer

If you are a senior electronics engineer and  have experience designing inertial systems and sensors, I'd love to talk with you about joining a senior R&D engineering team with a company that is leading edge in sensor technology.  You will be the lead on all electronics design projects and responsible for the specification, design, and implementation of all electronic design projects, refinement of existing sensor electronics, and root cause and troubleshooting of new and existing products. 

Experience with designing inertial systems required.  Great benefits package and relo available.  US Citizens not eligible to apply.

Please submit your resume to whitney@unmannedpower.com or call 731.212.8658.

R&D Engineer

A recognized leader in inertial sensor technology has an opening for an engineer with  experience working with inertial sensors and in laboratory test environments.  For new and emerging inertial sensor technologies, you will manage and conduct laboratory tests, analyze results, and provide recommendations to senior leadership.  You will have a hands-on role in all laboratory activities and work closely with industry experts.  Please contact me at whitney@unmannedpower.com or 731-212-8658

Experience with inertial sensors and systems, understanding of the theory behind inertial sensors working principles, and experience with laboratory work required.  US Citizens not eligible to apply.

Electronics Field Technician

I have an immediate opening for an electronics technician who loves to interface with the customer and provide on-site training in addition to troubleshooting and repairing analog/digital circuitry.  You will have the opportunity to work on both large and small boats, so if you get sea sick, this isn't the position for you!  You will maintain and train customers on cutting edge unmanned/robotics technology and will work within a cross-functional team within production and engineering. 

Experience referencing schematics and assembly drawings, comfort with software intensive systems, and understanding of sonar systems preferred.  Travel up to 50% and US Citizenship required.  Contact me immediately at whitney@unmannedpower.com or 731-212-8658 if you are interested.  We are ready to hire!

R&D Director

I'm working with a growing company that needs a senior level, goal-oriented person to direct the research and development of their next generation robotics systems.  You can be at the helm to establish research and development goals, create winning proposals and grant applications to significantly increase the investment in R&D, and facilitate the achievement and documentation of next generation systems. 

Experience in robotics, advanced degree, and cutting edge software skills preferred.  US Citizenship required.  Please contact me at whitney@unmannedpower.com or at 731.212.8658 to learn more.  We are currently interviewing.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Friday, May 24, 2013

Happy Memorial Day

Monday, April 29, 2013

Engineers Needed for a Growing UAV Company

Are you an Engineer with an interest in UAV?  Do you enjoy getting away from your desk and getting your hands on the project?  Would you love to work in a small, but growing, UAV company?  Does the challenge of providing a rapid response to client needs sound better than toiling through  bureaucracy?

Then CALL ME!  We have an immediate need in the DC area for electrical and aerospace engineers.  You'll be working side by side with the owner, pilots, R&D experts, and designers to rapidly respond to customer requests and technology challenges.

 You can reach me at 731.212.8658  or whitney@unmanpower.com.

Friday, April 12, 2013

UNmanpower Has Openings for Engineers

If you are interested in engineering and related jobs and have experience in unmanned, autonomous, or robotic systems, I'd love to talk with you.  I am working with clients who might need your experience.

One client is interviewing software engineers this week.  Please visit our website and click the "send resume" button on the home page, send us an email, or give us a call.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Where Do I Go for Unmanned Training?

Job seekers interested in getting into the unmanned systems industry often ask me what they should do from an education perspective to be competitive.  This question was recently raised in an industry group on LinkedIn.  There were several answers including colleges that have added an unmanned emphasis (or full program) to their aviation/aeronautics degrees, private schools offering unmanned degrees, and vocational options. 

The following answer was provided by Mr. Ted Beneigh, Professor of Aeronautical Science at Embry-Riddle University.  I appreciate Mr. Beneigh's suggestion that unmanned is not "one size fits all" and encompasses multiple disciplines and specialties.  In other words, to get where you want to go, you first have to determine your destination.

"There are several aspects of UVS education. Engineering, operations, and maintenance are a few. Robotics covers a significant portion of non-UAS training. First, a student needs to identify which  specific area of UVS education he/she desires. Next, the student should try to narrow down which aspect of UVS education he/she wants; again engineering, operations, or maintenance. After these decisions have been made, there are several universities that will provide an excellent education in the selected field."

(Above statement quoted with full permission of Mr. Beneigh.)

Looking for sUAS instructors and operators

UNmanpower would love to talk with you if you are a sUAS instructor or operator with at least one year of experience.  Please visit our website and click the "send resume" button on the home page, send us an email, or give us a call.

Friday, February 15, 2013

UNmanpower Interviewing Proposal Managers and Writers

Are you a highly experienced proposal manager and/or writer?  Do you love to create, work to, and manage a compliance matrix to ensure your proposal has full compliance with the solicitation?  Do you have a knack for creating compelling proposal prose?  Do you have an understanding of the aviation industry, including unmanned?

If yes, then UNmanpower would love to talk with you.  Contact us today.

Are You Preparing a Response to the FAA UAS Test Site Request?

Time is short and the competition is intense.  If you need experts to assist you with your proposal, UNmanpower can help.  We are poised to help you find the right person to help you prepare and present the best proposal possible.  Whether you need expertise for a few days or for the next twelve weeks, we can find you the talent required.  You need to be working on your proposal, not sitting on the phone to find available help.  Call us TODAY!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

UNmanpower on the Road...Would Love to Meet You

I'd love to meet you in person next week!  I'll be in attendance at the AUVSI Program Review in Tyson's Corner, Washington, DC, on February 12-14.  I'd love to meet you if you are going to be there.

Please call me at 731.212.8658, email me at whitney@unmanpower.com, txt me at 240.599.6658, or stop me in the hallways to arrange a time to meet.

Let's take advantage of the opportunity to talk face to face!  See you there!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Educating the Unmanned

Just Don't Call It A Drone. I love the title of this New York Times article which highlights existing and growing options for students interested in an unmanned aerial career.

Three major universities currently offer majors in unmanned aerial systems, and many others offer courses. Although today, the biggest use of UAS is by the military and Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Aviation Administration predicts that 10,000 remotely piloted aircraft will be operating in American airspace within five years. Moreover, experts predict that unmanned vehicles will offer better job prospects than the airlines. New FAA regulations allowing operations of UAS in national airspace will open up currently untapped career opportunities.

To learn more about opportunities in unmanned education, click here to read the article referenced above.


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Does Your Resume Do It's Job?

Why do you have a resume?  What was your objective in writing it?  What is the goal of sharing it?  The answer, generally, is simple.  The objective of your resume is to get you an interview.  

Review your resume objectively.  Is it attractive, well laid out, and easy to read?  At first glance, do you see the skills that your potential employer wants?  Do you see proof that you are as good as you say you are?  Do you want to interview yourself?  In other words, does your resume do its job?

If not, then put your resume to work with the following five tips:
- Condense.  You don't want to read more than one or two pages about yourself, and neither does your new manager.
- Start strong.  Lead with a summary or executive profile that  highlights your big-picture accomplishments and clearly defines the value you provide to the employer.
- Be selective.  Consider whether the information included will persuade an employer to interview you.
- Proofread.  Proofread.  Proofread.  And then ask someone else to proofread.  
- Quantify.  Numbers, percentages, and dollars prove your assertions.

UK Civil Aviation Authority Publishes List of 160 Approved UAS Users

Defence firms, police forces and fire services are among more than 130 organisations that have permission to fly small UAS in UK airspace, according to the UK’s Guardian newspaper.

Read More

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

UAS Job Salary Information

UAS specialties are some of the most in-demand in the aerospace industry.  Salaries are high!

How does your salary compare?  Would you like to explore new opportunities and challenges to better position yourself in this growing industry sector?  Are you ready to unlimit your potential?

If so, contact Unmanpower LLC and let us know what is on your mind.

UAS Job Salary Information
Annual Salary Range
UAS Pilot
$85,000 - $115,000
Systems Engineer
$72,350 - $127,000
Instructor/Training Specialist
$74,500 - $93,000
Intel/Imagery Analyst
$57,350 - $84,600
Maintenance Specialist
$59,500 - $67,500
Sensor/Payload Operator
$69,300 - $89,450
$45,700 - $67,890
$70,500 - $145,000

Source:  Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, 2010

Please keep in mind that salaries can vary widely based on a number of factors including the job candidate's level of experience, size of company, scope of responsibilities, geographical location of the position, and market served.

This information is presented as a guide only.