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UAS/Drone Flight Test Engineering Lead - Site Scan for ArcGIS



Site Scan for ArcGIS is a mobile application enabling automated and repeatable drone data captures in order to perform reality mapping and inspection across the ArcGIS system. Site Scan for ArcGIS allows users to plan safe and optimal flight paths using their GIS content, execute automated missions using a variety of drones to collect images and video, maintain records of drone, battery and pilot flight activity, and publish content to colleagues within their organization.

As the leader of our Site Scan UAS/UAV/Drone test flying team, you’ll leverage your drone flying expertise to test and evaluate our mobile app in close collaboration with our Product Development team, educate and assist other pilots, and ensure quality across Esri's fleet of supported drones. The team will have opportunities to share new ideas for testing and flying drones to ensure we uphold a high standard of accuracy and performance for our customers.

To see how our software can help make a difference, check out how Esri users leverage Site Scan to monitor the water quality at the famously clear Lake Tahoe!


  • Lead a team of Drone Pilots by assigning tests for each release including details of vehicle, firmware version, camera model and mobile device combinations to be tested, lead and manage team work performance and aid in the development and growth of each team member
  • Commute locally via company or personal vehicle to open flying area 3 to 4 times a week to pilot and test the supported fleet of drones using the latest version of Site Scan for ArcGIS
  • Regularly review test strategies to ensure appropriate coverage and traceability between test cases and product requirements
  • Execute test cases and fill in test executions; validate bug fixes through reproduction
  • Track software defects using relevant tools; provide defect statistics and reports to Software and Product Development teams
  • Clearly communicate with Software Development and Product Engineering teams regarding bug reporting, improvement recommendations, and testing implementation; approve or reject app and vehicle firmware versions prior to software release
  • Work closely with Software Development to evaluate and integrate forecasted drones, payloads, and testing hardware to ensure compatibility with Site Scan for ArcGIS
  • Provide estimates to Product teams and Developers and assist in project scheduling
  • Aid in test planning and hardware forecasting for each release including support for new vehicles, firmware versions, cameras, and controllers
  • Organize, register, maintain, and inventory drones and drone related hardware
  • Document and maintain pilot safety materials, and provide safety training to team members
  • Perform Site Scan for ArcGIS demonstrations


  • 3+ years of UAS/UAV/Drone piloting experience creating repeatable flight plans that capture high-quality and accurate imagery and maintaining hardware in top condition
  • 3+ years of leadership experience including accountability for team performance
  • Understanding and application of safety risk analysis when creating repeatable flight plans and test flying both on and off site, and ability to appropriately mitigate incidents
  • Knowledge and skills in aerodynamics and aviation safety, including weather considerations
  • Display of ethical airmanship
  • A keen eye for details and motivation to keep those details organized
  • Solid understanding of the Software Development Lifecycle
  • Valid California driver’s license, clean driving record, and the ability to drive to open flying areas
  • FAA Remote-Pilot Certificate (Part 107)
  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering or a related technical field

Recommended Qualifications

  • Understanding of Scrum and Agile
  • Experience in GIS
  • Experience writing and executing test cases and test suites using test case management tools such as TestQuality or TestRail
  • Familiarity with project management tools, such as GitHub or ZenHub



Total Rewards

Esri’s competitive total rewards strategy includes industry-leading health and welfare benefits: medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life insurance for employees (and their families), 401(k) and profit-sharing programs, minimum accrual of 80 hours of vacation leave, twelve paid holidays throughout the calendar year, and opportunities for personal and professional growth. Base salary is one component of our total rewards strategy. Compensation decisions and the base range for this role take into account many factors including but not limited to skill sets; experience and training; licensure and certifications; and other business and organizational needs.

A reasonable estimate of the base salary range is$90,000—$125,000 USD

The Company

At Esri, diversity is more than just a word on a map. When employees of different experiences, perspectives, backgrounds, and cultures come together, we are more innovative and ultimately a better place to work. We believe in having a diverse workforce that is unified under our mission of creating positive global change. We understand that diversity, equity, and inclusion is not a destination but an ongoing process. We are committed to the continuation of learning, growing, and changing our workplace so every employee can contribute to their life’s best work. Our commitment to these principles extends to the global communities we serve by creating positive change with GIS technology. For more information on Esri’s Racial Equity and Social Justice initiatives, please visit our website here.

If you don’t meet all of the preferred qualifications for this position, we encourage you to still apply!

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