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Guidance, Navigation, and Controls Engineer

Company: AeroVironment
Location: Simi Valley
Posted on: August 8, 2022

Job Description:

Who We Are Based in California, AeroVironment (AVAV) is a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and tactical missile systems. Founded in 1971 by celebrated physicist and engineer, Dr. Paul MacCready, we've been at the leading edge of technical innovation for more than 45 years. Be a part of the team that developed the world's most widely used military drones and created the first submarine-launched reconnaissance drone, and has seven innovative vehicles that are part of the Smithsonian Institution's permanent collection in Washington, DC. Join us today in developing the next generation of small UAS and tactical missile systems that will deliver more actionable intelligence to our customers so they can proceed with certainty - and succeed. What We Do Building on a history of technological innovation, AeroVironment designs, develops, produces, and supports an advanced portfolio of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and tactical missile systems. Agencies of the U.S. Department of Defense and allied military services use the company's hand-launched UAS to provide situational awareness to tactical operating units through real-time, airborne reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.
Summary The Guidance, Navigation, and Controls Engineer ensures the engineering needs are met and assists in planning and deployment of the design of components and their integration into systems. This role encompasses a multi-disciplinary background to include GN&C (60%), flight testing (20%), PCB Design (5%), Software (5%) and other projects (10%). This role assists in development of technical proposals and project estimates, supports technical and engineering conflicts to resolution and ensures the engineering needs of their assigned product development projects are met.
Position Responsibilities

  • Supports the design, development and validation of the flight control system for current and new products
  • Supports system interfaces, test and flight test activities from subscale to full scale within perimeter
  • Implements designed flight control algorithms on to the aircraft flight control system hardware
  • Prepares and executes the validation of the flight control system including analysis (SIL/HIL/iron bird)
  • Ensures proper integration and validation of the flight control system together with the avionic system
  • Supports the test team as required to explore and validate technical solutions
  • Works on problems of diverse scope where analysis of data requires evaluation of identifiable factors
  • Normally receives little instruction on day-to-day work and general instructions on new assignments
  • Other duties as assigned
    Basic Qualifications (Required Skills & Experience)
    • Bachelor's degree in a related engineering discipline is required or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience
    • 5+ years' of combined experience in aircraft design and/or project management, GN&C, flight testing, systems engineering and program management
    • Demonstrated hands-on attitude with a broad range of development experience
    • Has good knowledge of engineering disciplines and prior experience in the development of any of these systems for manned or unmanned air vehicles: Autopilot hardware and software; Flight control hardware and software; Part 23 & part 27 aircraft certification; Ground control communications hardware and software; Ground control support equipment; Air vehicle subsystems integration & test; Air vehicle systems communications hardware and software; High voltage electrical power systems
    • Travel within the continental U.S. is required to support flight test operations (up to 20%) Other Qualifications & Desired Competencies
      • Familiar with office software and computer based productivity tools. Demonstrated competence in engineering processes and design tools
      • Knowledge of appropriate design and simulation tools and validation techniques
      • Demonstrates strong communication (verbal & written), presentation and collaboration skills
      • Able to excel in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment, where small teams share a broad variety of duties
      • Displays strong initiative and drive to accomplish goals and meet company objectives
      • Takes ownership and responsibility for current and past work products
      • Is committed to learning from mistakes and driven to improve and enhance performance of oneself, others, and the company
      • Demonstrates effective problem-solving, analytical and interpersonal skills with the ability to work well across disciplines. Focuses on teamwork, collaboration and puts the success of the team above one's own interests
        Benefits AV offers an excellent benefits package including medical, dental vision, 401K with company matching, a 9/80 work schedule and a paid holiday shutdown. For more information about our company benefit offerings please visit: . We also encourage you to review our company website at to learn more about us.
        COVID Vaccine Statement AeroVironment is a U.S. government contractor, and is therefore subject to the September 9, 2021 Presidential Executive Order requiring COVID-19 vaccines for federal contractors. Consistent with AeroVironment's commitment to health, safety, and national security, all U.S.-based AeroVironment employees must be fully vaccinated from COVID-19; this means that all new hires located in the United States must provide proof of being fully vaccinated from COVID-19 before their start date. At this time, the vaccination requirement applies only to U.S.-based employees; non-U.S. locations will have their own vaccination policies in accordance with applicable law of the non-U.S. jurisdiction. ITAR U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (Green Card holder) or asylee/refugee status as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) required. Principals only need apply. NO agencies please.

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