Project Wayfinder is building scalable, certifiable autonomy systems to power self-piloted aircraft applications throughout Airbus, from small urban air vehicles (aka air taxis) to large commercial airplanes. Our team of experts is driving the maturation of machine learning and other core technologies for autonomous flight; we are creating a reference architecture that includes hardware, software, and a data-driven development process to allow aircraft to perceive and react to their environment. Autonomous flight is transforming the transportation industry - our team is at the heart of this revolution.

System Engineer
Santa Clara, CA

As a System Engineer for Wayfinder, you will support a rapidly growing team in the development of complex systems involving both software and hardware workstreams.

You will ensure systems on the vehicle and on the ground are developed and operate as a cohesive whole. You will work closely with design engineers, certification, safety, and cybersecurity specialists, within Airbus groups or with external partners. You will ensure continual alignment of all stakeholders, flag potential deviations, and provide insights for a more effective coordination of engineering activities. You will report directly to the Chief Engineer.



  • Engage with internal and external stakeholders to define, collect, and maintain requirements, specifications, and technical documentation
  • Ensure traceability and compliance throughout design, verification, and validation in accordance with industry standards
  • Conduct trade studies and functional analyses, develop and maintain configuration management system
  • Support the Chief Engineer in making strategic decisions on system design and architecture



  • Bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering or a related discipline
  • 4+ years of professional system engineering experience in aerospace
  • Familiarity with requirement management tools such as Doors, Enovia, or Polarion, and product life-cycle management tools such as Team Center, Enovia, PTC or other PDM/PLM.
  • Ability to effectively communicate across different teams and stakeholders
  • Availability to travel domestically and internationally
  • A flexible, get-it-done attitude to contribute across the project as needed


Strong preference:

  • Experience with general aviation aircraft operations
  • Exposure to development and test processes supporting aircraft certification (DO-178C, DO-254, DO-160G)
  • Experience with avionics component evaluation, selection, and testing


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