UAS Visual Observer REMOTE... You Can Live Anywhere!
Employment Type: Full-Time
4116 Whiteside St Los Angeles California 90063-1619 Why Valmont Welcome to Valmont, where a world of opportunity awaits. When you join our team, you become part of a passionate group dedicated to changing lives and conserving resources around the globe. We want problem solvers who roll up their sleeves to foster progress and innovation for all people. At Valmont, we provide infrastructure, irrigation, tubing and coatings to the world. We strengthen cities. We nourish croplands. We design, manufacture and coat. Our products and services make a difference. Join us, and BUILD YOUR WORLD. THIS IS AN ON-CALL POSITION A Brief Summary of This Position: This role is vital to the Valmont's drone program. This individual is responsible for capturing critical imagery during aerial inspections of transmission line structures, among other applications. Outside of imagery, the UAS Visual Observer plays an important safety role inside of assigned drone crews by ensuring flight activities are acknowledged by controlling entities, assisting in site hazard analysis, assisting in equipment transportation and maintenance, navigating right-of-ways, and as needed, alerting the crew of potential airborne hazards. Being a part of a drone crew providing services in sensitive environments, the UAS Visual Observer must demonstrate strong teamwork and communication skills. Essential Functions: UAS Visual Observer must be able to remotely operate both visual spectrum and long-wave infrared three-axis stabilized cameras, and obtain mission specified field-of-views, resolution, and exposures. UAS Visual Observer must also be able to navigate iOS type devices, Adobe Photoshop and other related software to process obtained data. In addition, the position of UAS Visual Observer entails the following responsibilities: Reports to the Senior Project Manager and has no direct or indirect reports Must be able to travel at least 95% with overnight stays Ensure flights have been acknowledged by controlling entities at the beginning of the day and called off at the end of the day Assist other drone crew members in load-out of the vehicles and gaining access to the right-of-ways (ROW) Conduct or assist drone crew in conducting a THA (task hazard analysis) by detecting potential hazards to personnel, UAS operation and vehicles Assist the drone crew in establishing flight operation areas on the ROW which will include deployment of safety cones and UAV landing pads Setup of UAV remote controls and displays for onboard drone cameras, and manage all settings to ensure proper operation during flights Prior to drone flights, take a light reading or be able to discern that desired images data can be obtained in given light levels Ensure good communication with the PIC (Pilot in Command / Drone Pilot) is maintained during UAS flights and are familiar with landing procedures the PIC may conduct In cases of emergencies, be prepared to provide visual observation of the UAS, in instances to where the VO (Visual Observer) is not able to perform normal duties Be capable of hand catching landing UAS in cases to were ground landings is not ideal or unsafe Other Important Details about the Role: The UAS Visual Observer must have a fundamental understanding of DSLR or micro-four-thirds camera functionality and be able to perform adjust to settings to ensure optimal image data acquisition. Since a UAS Visual Observer may have to monitor the camera equipment while also communicating with the PIC and VO, they should be capable of multitasking effectively. UAS Visual Observer may also be responsible for executing safety protocols at the work site, including completing written Task Hazard Analysis forms and securing the area for drone flights. The UAS Visual Observer is part of a larger team of pilots, camera operators, visual observers and inspectors, and should demonstrate a positive attitude, flexibility, and good communication skills. All team members are expected to be proactive in offering help and pitching-in where they can to ensure operations go smoothly and maintain a welcoming work environment. UAS Visual Observer also should hold a basic understanding of camera operation and problem-solving skills and be able to proactively seek out answers for any equipment or work-related issues that arise. Required Qualifications of Every Candidate (Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities): High school diploma and 4+ years of work/educational experience or Associate's degree Must be able to successfully complete Ascend Level VO/Cam Op Training Ability to travel 95% and have valid driver's license Comfortable working outdoors in remote environments in both hot and cold weather Basic computer skills, including file transfer and organization, and familiarity with the iOS platform are required Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop is a plus Highly Qualified Candidates Will Also Possess These Qualifications: OSHA-10 Certification and Thermography certification Experience in capturing objective images Experience in capturing aerial images Working Environment and Physical Efforts: Work is typically performed outdoors in remote locations. Minimum travel requirements of 95% and overnight stays. Each work day begins and ends at the main office or work trailer before drone team travels to the specified location for the day's flight operations. The UAV Camera Operator is regularly required to stand for extended periods of time, as well as drive a pickup truck and load/unload drone equipment and safety cones at the work site. The employee is occasionally required to assist with filing, inventory checks, equipment maintenance, and general cleaning and administrative tasks at the office. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 60 pounds while working with large boxes and hard cases with drone equipment. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception. #LI-KM1 #LI-Remote Valmont does not discriminate against any employee or applicant in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, genetic information, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. If you have a disability and require any assistance in filling out the application for employment email EEOCompliance@Valmont.com.