AECOM Avionics Technician RPA/UAS in Des Moines, Iowa

Requisition/Vacancy No. 149307BR

Position Title Avionics Technician RPA/UAS

Job Category Maintenance

Business Line Government

Country United States of America

State/Province/Region USA - Iowa

City Des Moines

Why Choose AECOM? AECOM is a premier, fully integrated professional and technical services firm positioned to design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets around the world for public- and private-sector clients. With nearly 100,000 employees — including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management and construction services professionals — serving clients in over 150 countries around the world, AECOM is ranked as the #1 engineering design firm by revenue in Engineering News-Record magazine’s annual industry rankings, and has been recognized by Fortune magazine as a World’s Most Admired Company. The firm is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, oil and gas, water, high-rise buildings and government. AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering customized and creative solutions that meet the needs of clients’ projects. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM companies, including URS Corporation and Hunt Construction Group, have annual revenue of approximately $19 billion. More information on AECOM and its services can be found at

About the Business Line


AECOM works with national and local governments around the world to manage and support critical programs in the areas of defense, security and intelligence; energy and climate change; environmental cleanup and waste management; infrastructure development, protection and resilience; and international development. Our global operations and connected expertise enable us to provide cutting-edge, relevant and cost-effective solutions that help our clients safeguard and enrich society and the world we live in.

Job Summary

Geographic location of assignment is in Des Moines, IA. Inspects and performs organizational, intermediate, and/or depot level electronic maintenance and modifications on Predator and Reaper RPA/UAS systems and support equipment as required. Applies comprehensive technical knowledge to solve complex problems by interpreting manufacturers’ manuals or similar documents. Uses common test instruments such as digital multi-meters, signal generators, oscilloscopes and similar equipment to effect repairs.

Maintains, repairs, and installs various types of electronic equipment and related devices such as electronic transmitting and receiving equipment, micro and mainframe computers, and industrial measuring, controlling and calibration devices. Performs basic configuration, monitoring, troubleshooting, analysis and repair of databases, switches, networks, video systems, and long-haul communications as required.

Minimum Requirements

Education/Training: Must have AA degree, or have completed relevant military and/or vocational technical school curriculum. Employment category will be based on candidate’s experience and qualifications. Upon hiring, the company may provide a 9-week training class on RPA/UAS Predator-series maintenance conducted at Indian Springs/Creech AFB, NV; Gray Butte, CA or similar location as assigned. Students must achieve a passing grade in all required courses for continued employment. Additional “on the job” training may be required following the end of the initial training course.

Must have working knowledge of basic electronics; minimum of five to eight years of professional experience required. Must possess basic skills and knowledge in the operation of networks; both hardware and software, to include network topology, standards, and protocols. Must possess a basic understanding of TELNET and FTP processes, as well as the Microsoft Office Professional suite of software (Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.). Must possess the Security Plus Certification, or obtain the certification within 120 days of hire.


“Must be able to speak, read, write and understand English”

Must be able to provide proof of US Citizenship upon hire. DoD Top Secret Security Clearance eligible is required. Must submit updated SF-86 within 30 days of hire start date. Must be able to gain/maintain the required security clearance level and special access authorization as a condition of continued employment. Must pass a company-administered Electronics Qualification Exam prior to hire.

Preferred Qualifications

Application of technical knowledge of electronic principles in determining malfunctions and skill application in restoring equipment systems and operations preferred.

Current DoD Security Clearance highly desired.

Bachelor’s degree preferred.

Prior experience with RPA/UAS systems preferred.

Prior experience in aircraft avionics maintenance and repair preferred.

FCC radio telephone license preferred.

Knowledge and ability to administer UNIX and LINUX on both servers and workstations preferred.

Installation, upgrading, and administering operating systems and application software in multi-user client/server environments, including UNIX and LINUX highly desired.

What We Offer

AECOM is a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people. It's a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world's most challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects worldwide. It's a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people. It's what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow.

AECOM is an equal opportunity employer and Minorities, Females, Veterans, and Disabled persons are encouraged to apply. For further information, please click here at to view the EEO Is The Law poster.


Please note that AECOM does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Recruitment Fee Agreement, AECOM will not consider or agree to payment of any referral compensation or recruiter fee. In the event a recruiter or agency submits a resume or candidate without a previously signed agreement, AECOM explicitly reserves the right to pursue and hire those candidate(s) without any financial obligation to the recruiter or agency. Any unsolicited resumes, including those submitted to hiring managers, are deemed to be the property of AECOM.