Manage the operation of a collection of small uncrewed aircraft systems (UASs). The aircraft range from prosumer $1000 aircraft to larger aircraft capable of having a gross take-off weight of up to 55 pounds. The payloads range relatively inexpensive visible cameras to $100,000 payloads. The successful candidate will respond to solicitations for data collection missions, answer questions about the fleet, provide cost estimates, schedule missions, supervise mission executions, and invoice customers when appropriate.
Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges. For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Manage the operation of a fleet of small UASs.
2. Provide cost estimates to potential customers.
3. Provide invoices for the HPC2 Business Office to handle.
4. Supervise other pilots, some of which may be part-time or students.
5. Schedule missions (the pilot in charge may be another pilot).
6. Fly small UAS’s mainly to collect environmental data, such as river flooding, topography / bathymetry, crops, watershed conditions, forest assessment, and wildlife assessment.
7. Develop and maintain a productive, positive relationship with the FAA, vendors, contractors, and research collaborators.
8. Register aircraft with FAA as needed.
9. Ensure all UAS flight operations personnel are qualified and current with FAA regulations.
10. Supervise the maintenance of or directly maintain UAS equipment.
11. Recommend new and replacement equipment.
12. Maintain flight operation records.
13. Establish and maintain Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for all aspects of UAS flight operations.
14. Ensure compliance with MSU UAS operation regulations.
15. Share knowledge with others in group as appropriate.
16. Participate in discussions and planning meetings.
17. Responsible for assuring quality data collections and for transferring data from sensor systems to short-term and/or long-term storage.
18. Support the multi-disciplinary team in other duties as assigned.
19. Performs related duties as assigned.
• Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautics, Aeronautical Technology, Aeronautical Sciences, or related field
• At least 2 years of recent experience operating small UASs at least monthly.
• FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certification
• US Citizen (required to access necessary information for some sensor systems)
FAA Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) License
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Documented business acumen
• Knowledge of how electrical, mechanical, and sensor systems operate
• Computer literate and experienced with common word processing and office applications
• Motivation to advance personal and group knowledge
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Excellent interpersonal skills
Working Conditions and Physical Effort
• Considerable physical activity. Requires heavy physical work; heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling required of objects up to 50 pounds. Physical work is a primary part (more than 70%) of job.
• Work may involve moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.
• Exposure to physical risks.
• Vision requirements: Ability to see information in print and/or electronically. Externally exposed to deadlines; set and revised beyond one’s control; interruptions influence priorities; difficult to anticipate nature or volume of work with certainty beyond a few days; meeting of deadlines and coordination of unrelated activities are key to position; will involve conflict- resolution or similar interactions involving emotional issues or stress on a regular basis.
Instructions for Applying:
Link to apply: http://explore.msujobs.msstate.edu/
Apply online by submitting a cover letter, resume, and a copy of your transcript(s). Any social security numbers included on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online.
Position contingent upon funding availability.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.