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Senior GN&C Engineer

San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Posted: 06/02/2022 Employment Type: Direct Placement Category: Aerospace Engineers Job Number: 94212

Job Description

About the Position

Our client located in the Central Coast of California is seeking a Senior GNC Engineer (Guidance Navigation and Control Engineer) to grow our small and agile team of engineers. We are looking for a candidate who can collaborate well with a small team to develop unmanned aircraft products for military and commercial applications. The work is hands-on, fast-paced, fun, and rewarding. There is a good variety of projects and challenges and exposure to multiple disciplines, including aerospace, mechanical, electrical, and software.

Minimum Requirements:
  • US Citizen
  • No clearance required
  • Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering or equivalent
  • Not a remote position
  • Senior position: preferred 5+ year’s work experience in flight control for UAS, software implementation of flight control systems, flight performance testing, flight data review


Chief Duties and/or Responsibilities:
  • Design and develop guidance, navigation, and flight control algorithms for unmanned fixed-wing and VTOL aircraft
  • Write, test, and document C/C++ autopilot software code
  • Verify control law performance and troubleshoot flight control issues using 6-DOF analysis tools, HIL simulation, and flight test data
  • Analyze customer supplied flight data to figure out what went wrong, and work out how to make it better
  • Generate shop and flight test plans to explore or validate vehicle behavior
  • Participate in flight test activities
  • Analyze flight logs to (help) determine the root cause of issues
  • Perform simulations to answer what-if questions
  • Analyze vehicle firmware and communicate with the firmware team


Base Qualifications:
  • 5+ years of relevant experience developing flight control software for fixed-wing aircraft, with demonstrated deep understanding of fixed-wing aircraft dynamics, control theory/design/analysis, and navigation theory/design/analysis
  • Demonstrated proficiency in C/C++
  • Experience working in computer model-based development of flight control systems, including proficiency in MATLAB/Simulink or another model-based development tool-set
  • Strong background in sensor fusion
  • Familiar with sensor and actuator characteristics and limitations
  • Experience tuning PID controllers, state estimators, signal processing, path planning
  • Control system simulation, implementation, test, and verification experience
  • Must understand engineering concepts, principles, and theory and experience demonstrating the application of those concepts
  • Must have strong communication, computer, documentation, presentation, and interpersonal skills, ability to work independently and as part of a team

Additional Qualifications:
  • Experience with embedded system development and signal processing
  • Experience designing and implementing software for embedded real-time control systems for unmanned aircraft and/or robotics


Job Requirements

$180K is target rate. They would go up to $200K maybe more for someone really special and has what they are looking for. Flight Controls for UAS, C, C++, Flight performance testing, Flight Data Review,, computer model-based development of flight, MATLAB/Simulink or another model-based development tool-set
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