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Engineering Technician



Software Engineering
El Segundo, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, June 9, 2023

Who we are

Picogrid envisions a future where every system, from the smallest sensors to next-generation fighter jets, can collaborate autonomously to create a safer and more prosperous world for all.

Today, we are at the forefront of American defense technology, developing a unified platform that integrates fragmented technologies—such as sensors, cameras, radar, and drones—into sophisticated mission systems.

Our technology is deployed globally, supporting customers including the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, CAL FIRE, PG&E, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and many others.

About this role

Picogrid is seeking an Engineering Technician to help build the next generation of American defense technology. As a core member of Picogrid’s hardware engineering team, you will help define our engineering culture and product roadmap.

As an Engineering Technician, you will work on the PCBAs and electrical systems powering Picogrid's current (e.g. Lander, Helios) and future (unannounced) hardware platforms, enabling the deployment of unmanned and autonomous systems into operations around the world.

You will own the wire harness manufacturing process from blank-sheet design to in-field troubleshooting and work alongside Picogrid’s world-class engineering team coming from companies including SpaceX, Google, Twitter, and more.


  • Assume ownership over the harness manufacturing process, working with the rest of the engineering team in assembling, maintaining, and operating mechanical and electrical systems

  • Obsess about quality, look for improvements that speed up and simplify processes

  • Perform a variety of mechanical and wiring tasks, including repetitive and non-repetitive fabrication, final end product assembly, and field maintenance

  • Develop manufacturing jigs to increase speed and yield of harness manufacturing

  • Follow electrical schematics and harness drawings, and complete wiring tasks including crimping, building harnesses, wiring switchgear, soldering SMT and through-hole components

  • Troubleshoot and rework circuit designs in development

  • Prepare and execute electrical and environmental test plans for PCBAs and end products

  • Manage part inventory for harness and PCBA assembly processes

  • Organize and maintain tooling and equipment involved in harness manufacturing

  • Respect workplace safety guidelines and take LV DC safety seriously

  • Travel 15-25% of your time across interesting and unique parts of the country to perform equipment installations and servicing

Some types of experiences we're especially excited to see:

  • 2+ years of experience with electrical/mechanical assembly

  • Associate degree

  • Military, aerospace, or IC background

  • Track record of leadership demonstrated through management, public service, community organizing, or similar experience

Why join us?

  • Stock options with a high upside (early stage)

  • Minimum starting salary of $70,000

  • Unlimited PTO (minimum two weeks) and eleven paid holidays

  • Full Health Coverage (Medical, Dental, and Vision)

  • Daily allowance for lunches and dinners

  • A $300 per year learning stipend that can be used on Audible, Calm, Masterclass, Duolingo, and more

  • Unique office in El Segundo, stocked with quality coffee, snacks, and craft beer.

Interview Process

  1. You apply

  2. Intro conversation

  3. Interview with our engineering team about your work experience

  4. On-site technical interview: Short project working alongside Picogrid engineers

  5. We make you an offer 🎉

Export Control Requirements

To conform to U.S. Government export regulations, applicant must be a (i) U.S. citizen or national, (ii) U.S. lawful, permanent resident (aka green card holder), (iii) Refugee under 8 U.S.C. § 1157, or (iv) Asylee under 8 U.S.C. § 1158, or be eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.