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Unmanned Systems Operator I

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Job ID 123372 Date posted 06/07/2021 Location : Plymouth, Minnesota | Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Job Purpose and Impact

The Unmanned Systems Operator I, will use their basic commercial flight operations experience to assist with ground, flight and data processing operations during project deployment of an unmanned aircraft system. In this role, you will develop basic project plans to include flight planning, performing safety checks and troubleshooting basic mechanical equipment issues. You will be involved in making aeronautical decisions at the right time during each flight, which includes taking into account the weather, hazards, drone limitations, route or flight path, use and monitoring of telemetry data, automated flight software, energy or fuel management and technical requirements of the unmanned aircraft system. You will travel to regional sites and facilitate basic missions required to collect information vital to company projects and operations.

Key Accountabilities

  • Operate unmanned aerial systems as a remote pilot in command at dispersed locations to obtain project requirement data.
  • Perform preflight tasks, in flight and post flight tasks, safety checks and perform basic troubleshooting for equipment issues.
  • Execute solutions as an onsite project technician using data and image gathering technologies and effectively operate equipment such as small unmanned aerial systems, flight controllers and associated software and hardware.
  • Monitor weather, navigation and airspace limitations to fulfill customer or project requirements.
  • Perform compliance checks, airspace reviews, mission planning, mission debriefs and post project data processing and analysis.
  • Handle basic issues and problems under direct supervision, while escalating more complex issues to appropriate staff.
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent experience
  • Unmanned aircraft system or remotely piloted aircraft system license required by governmental authority to fly unmanned aircraft commercially
  • Internship, military or commercial project experience with operating small to large multi rotor and fixed wing drones below 1,320 pounds maximum takeoff weight


  • Experience with basic data imaging technology
  • Experience with common drone flight controller software
  • Minimum of 100 hours of flight time in a commercial or military setting, operating small to large multi rotor and fixed wing drones below 1,320 pounds maximum takeoff weight
  • Experience working with aircraft command to gather and execute mission information
  • Experience operating an unmanned aircraft system in various environments, weather and lighting conditions being utilized in a commercial operation
  • Completion of training or a degree in aviation or engineering
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