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Software Engineer - Manufacturing Verification

Software Engineering | Alameda, CA | Full Time | From $115,000.00 to $190,000.00 per year

Job Description

About Us

At Saildrone, we sustainably explore, map, and monitor the oceans to understand, preserve, and protect our world. Saildrone provides real-time access to critical data from any ocean on earth, 24/7/365, and uses proprietary software applications to transform that data into actionable insights and intelligence. Saildrone’s fleet of uncrewed surface vehicles (USVs), powered by renewable wind and solar power, have a minimal carbon footprint and operate 24/7/365, without the need for a crewed support vehicle. We work with governments, civil agencies, foundations, universities, and private companies around the globe to drive better information about our oceans and seas—from sailing drones into the eye of a Category 4 hurricane to obtain new scientific storm data, mapping the ocean floor, collecting new CO2 data in hard-to-reach areas, counting biomass to establish fishing quotas, or detecting and stopping illegal fishing and drug trafficking. As a result of our work, we have been included on Fast Company’s annual list of the “World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2022” and earned the 2022 Ocean Awards’ Innovation Award, presented by the Blue Marine Foundation. Saildrone’s hurricane mission was included as one of the New York Times "Top 21 Things that happened (for the first time) in 2021", and Popular Science's "100 Greatest Innovations of 2021".

We are based in Alameda, CA, with offices in Washington DC, St. Petersburg, FL, and Fall River, MA, and operate our missions worldwide. We are backed by top-tier investors in the frontier-tech and sustainability sectors, including Social Capital, Capricorn, Lux Capital, BOND Capital, and Emerson Collective. 

This is an exciting opportunity with a fast-growing team at the cutting-edge intersection of big data services and autonomous hardware. You will be an integral part of a high-performing multi-disciplinary delivering high impact for humanity and future generations.


The Role 

We are seeking an experienced software engineer to join a great team responsible for manufacturing verification, their execution infrastructure, and the effective presentation of their results.

Our manufacturing facility is delivering an ever-growing variety of custom components which control our drones and handle our mission payloads. This team is using familiar web-services tooling to automate initialization, testing, and serialization of that hardware in order to ensure its quality and reliability. We're seeking a generalist software engineer who can write sensible, reliable software and who's excited to get hands-on with electromechanical systems.

In this role, you can expect to work side-by-side with technicians, hardware and software engineers, and production staff as internal customers, delivering reliable and user-friendly tools.


  • Design, develop, and maintain manufacturing verification and hardware-testing software for manufacturing ocean-going autonomous drones.
  • Design and troubleshoot automated functional tests for cutting-edge hardware based on testing requirements delivered from the hardware and production teams.
  • Design, develop, and maintain web-based tools for effectively presenting hardware test results.
  • Participate in defining best-practices to deliver great software on an outstanding team.

* Please note that this role is not a software QA role, and is instead responsible for in-house software tools for hardware testing

Required skills and experience

  • 3+ years experience writing Python in a professional development environment.
  • B.S. in an engineering discipline (or equivalent experience), Electrical Engineering or Computer Science preferred
  • Bash and general Linux knowledge
  • Experience with modern software development practices (Git, CI/CD, Unit and Integration Testing, Agile Methods).
  • Experience developing REST APIs within Service-Oriented Architectures.

Desired skills and experience

  • Familiarity with basic Amazon Web Services (S3, RDS, DynamoDB).
  • Configuration-as-code deployment tools (Ansible, Salt, Puppet, Chef, etc).
  • Hobbyist+ level of electronics understanding; basics of digital buses and the ability to read datasheets. Familiarity with test bench equipment.
  • Knowledge of IP networking, CAN bus, NMEA2000, and serial communication protocols (RS-232, RS-422, etc.).

Location: This position is in Alameda, CA. Our waterfront office offers beautiful views of San Francisco Bay in always sunny Alameda. Even our walls have good karma, our offices mix software development with a hardware production line in the former airplane hangar used to film 'The Matrix'.


  • Medical, dental and vision plans for you and your dependents.
  • Short and relaxing ferry ride from the Ferry Building for SF residents
  • Enhanced Parental Leave Programs
  • Competitive benefits including excellent medical, life insurance, 401k plan


Catch up on the latest news about us:

An Unprecedented View Inside a Hurricane – EOS (May 6, 2022)

Meet the sailing robots trying to solve climate change – The Hill (Mar. 18, 2022)

They Sailed Into a Hurricane, Now these Unmanned Saildrones are Seeking Data on Our Carbon Uptake – CNN (Dec. 9, 2021)

Saildrone Catches a $100M C Breeze to Build More Robo-boats – TechCrunch (Oct. 18, 2021)

With A Sight, Sound And Radar Picture, Saildrone Could Build An AI Database Of Everything In The Ocean – Forbes (Aug. 16, 2021)

Changing Arctic Environment Could Also Change Technologies Needed to Protect It, Experts Say – SeaPower Magazine (Aug. 2, 2021)

Autonomous Research Vehicle Completes Ocean Crossing from San Francisco to Hawaii – Hydro International (July 13, 2021)

Saildrone Featured Videos Playlist


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Individuals who require employer sponsorship to remain employed in the United States now or in the future will not be considered for hire for certain positions.

In accordance with Saildrone’s mandatory employee COVID-19 vaccination policy, please be advised that all employees are required to be vaccinated and boosted to safeguard the health of our employees and their families, our customers and visitors and the community at large.


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