Early admission is now open!

Why Join UBC Unmanned Aircraft Systems?

Are you a creative thinker? Do you thrive in a fast-paced team envrionment where you can collaborate with others to develop solutions to complex problems? Or are you just interested in learning more about aerospace, robotics or the high-technology sector? If any of these are you, then you belong with us. Here at UAS we have three main priorities:

We build our knowledge.

We build winning systems.

And we build a team for the future.

Build. Crash. Repeat...

Founded in 2014, UBC UAS has had the time to build a wide knowledge base for its current members. With experience in multirotor, VTOL and fixed-wing aircraft, our projects are getting more ambitious every year and we plan to use the talent of our past to bolster our projects of the future.  New members can look forward to learning from the best with an optional buddy system, learning sessions and walkthroughs for unfamilliar tools and packages, an all-access extensive system information database, working with experienced and seasoned upper-year members who are eager to help, and even a build-your-own drone day to learn how the system functions.

We have a proven track-record and we only want more...

As a team we don’t just build systems to compete. We build systems to win. We were in the top 3 Canadian teams at the international level AUVSI SUAS Competition 2019. Before that, we placed third at the national level USC UAS Competition in 2018. We’re not stopping until we’re first place, and that won’t be long. This flight is taking off, and believe us you want to be along for the journey.

A top-end team is nothing without top-end talent...

In our recruitment process we search for the best UBC has to offer. Our members are passionate about what they do, and cultivate an atmosphere of respect, mutual growth, learning and ambition. They want to win competitions now, and they’re in it for the long haul. Members can look forward to a cohort as excited about unmanned aviation as they are, and being a part of a team with a bright future ahead of it.

The Recruitment Process

1. Submit an Application

Review the positions available below, once you are ready, apply at the button below.  Make sure to include any special skills or qualifications you may have, as well as your motivations for joining. We are accepting early admission applications until midnight on July 15th, 2019 so don’t hesitate!

2. Technical Skills Quiz

So you’ve already stood out from the crowd, but now we need to know what you know. Applicants for technical roles will need to complete a 20-30 minute discipline specific technical skills quiz before being invited for an interview. You may know your stuff, now it’s time to prove it.

3. In Person Interview

You’re impressive on paper, now’s your chance to show us the mettle! An in-person interview with one of our senior members will test your abilities and give you a chance to show off some skills.

4. Offer to Join

Welcome aboard! If you’ve made it to this step, you’re top end talent and you belong on this team! Check your e-mail regularly for information regarding the on-boarding and training process. We’ll see you in the sky!

Early Admission Openings

Technical Roles

Mechanical Designer

During the early admission recruitment phase, we’re looking for eager mechanical designers who might be able to fit onto any project. This could mean designing airframes, to payload systems or even structures for ground control stations!

Mechanical Designers should have experience with or looking to learn about:

  • SolidWorks or other CAD software
  • Servos and motor control
  • Theory of Solid Mechanics, Materials Science, Rigid-Body Dynamics and/or Fluid Mechanics
  • ANSYS or other FEA software
  • Minimum Constraint Design (MinCD) Principles
  • Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DFMA) Principles
  • Machining
  • Rapid-prototyping

Electrical Designer

While recruiting in the early admission recruitment phase, we’re looking for eager electrical designer who might be able to fit onto any project. This could mean working on the electrical systems which power our aircraft, payload drop mechanisms, autonomous ground vehicles or even antenna tracking systems!

Electrical Designers should have experience with or looking to learn about:

  • Raspberry Pi or microcomputer experience
  • Basic knowledge of servos and motor control
  • Python/C/C++ programming experience
  • Soldering and wiring experience
  • Working knowledge of antenna/RF theory
  • Working knowledge of PID tuning
  • Any machining or rapid-prototyping experience

Software Systems Developer

Software developers will be responsible for software on all parts of the unmanned aircraft system, including: ground control systems, the flight computer, the payload systems and radio communications controls. This year the software team will be improving upon existing software as well as implementing exciting new programs and systems designs.

Software Systems Engineers should have experience with or be looking to learn about:

  • Docker
  • Networking
  • Realtime software design
  • CI/CD
  • JavaScript
  • Python (Django)
  • C/C++
  • RC systems and devices
  • Microcontrollers
  • Embedded software

Admin Operations

Communications Coordinator

We are looking for a dedicated individual to connect our network of sponsors and followers to our activities through social media and web channels.

Responsibilities include:

  • Post weekly updates onto our Facebook and Instagram accounts
  • Support the social media accounts of our industry partners
  • Prepare and publish website content using templates
  • Represent UAS at outreach events, conferences, and competitions

Logistics Officer

UBC UAS requires a talented indivual to ensure that behind-the-scenes our entire operation is running as smoothly as possible.

Responsibilities include:

  • Design paper drafting and writing
  • Project and timeline management
  • Competition travel organization
  • SFOC management and maintenance
  • Pilot licencing management and maintenance
  • Security access management
  • Communication with entities asscociated with UBC UAS

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