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Guidance, Navigation & Controls Engineering Intern

Company: AeroVironment
Location: Simi Valley
Posted on: November 16, 2022

Job Description:

We are currently seeking a GN&C ENGINEER INTERN to join our summer internship program.
AeroVironment is an engineering innovator and that means we look for people with a broad background of technical skills and the desire to tackle real-world challenges.
Whether you're part of a team designing a new unmanned aircraft to be used for planetary surveillance, or testing and designing modifications for flight hardware/software systems your AeroVironment internship will challenge you, stimulate you and provide you with real-world experience at one of America's most innovative and creative tech companies.
You'll have real responsibilities that impact actual products and help pave the way on our development path. You will work on projects and products that will launch AV into the future and provide you hands-on knowledge and skills through multiple phases of our Engineering/Manufacturing Design and Development process.
You will support part of the life-cycle of GN&C subsystems for UAS, including design, development, coding, debugging, test, simulation, analysis, and maintenance, including:
Analyze systems and flight test data to support model improvements and root cause investigation of failures and anomalies
Document designs and analyses with written reports, presentations, and Engineering drawings
Characterize, analyze, test, and troubleshoot control system hardware and software subsystems
Develop and maintain tools to perform flight test data reduction and analysis

Perform linear controls analysis and algorithm design for stability, robustness, and performance

Participate in GN&C-related design requirements development and design reviews
Help develop and maintain reusable software and GN&C design components and integrate into new designs
If you thrive on innovation and challenge, our engineering internship will exceed your expectations. You'll understand how your work fits into the whole and we'll give you the support you need to do the best work of your life.
Must be currently enrolled in a college or university pursuing a Bachelor's, Master's, or PhD in a technical or engineering major related to work assignment during the internship.
Must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 out of a 4.0 GPA or equivalent

Must be available to work full-time (40 hours/week) for 8-12 weeks during the Summer

Possess a desire to build things; have a strong engineering aptitude; and thrive working in a team environment.
UAV or Rotary Aircraft experience
General engineering fundamentals, mathematics, physics, material properties
Familiarity with simulation environments (e.g., HWIL, SWIL)

Familiarity with MATLAB and C++

Experience of performance in a progressive technical capacity in GN&C and adjacent fields
Understanding of frequency domain and state space representations of dynamic systems
Demonstrated understanding of linear controls design and analysis tools and techniques
Understanding of basic flight dynamics and controls concepts
Familiarity with aided inertial navigation systems concepts and techniques
Completed coursework relevant to major
Flight test or R/C experience a plus
Ability to excel in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment, where small teams share a broad variety of duties
Effective problem-solving, analytical, interpersonal and communication skills.
AV offers the ultimate hands-on intern experience that will help prepare you for your future. We provide relocation and housing for students out of state and have a 9/80 work schedule (every other Friday off).
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.
This position requires access to information that is subject to compliance with the International Traffic Arms Regulations ("ITAR") and/or the Export Administration Regulations ("EAR"). In order to comply with the requirements of the ITAR and/or the EAR, applicants will be asked to provide specific documentation to verify U.S. person status under the ITAR and the EAR. A "U.S. person" according to their definition is a U.S. citizen, U.S. lawful permanent resident (green card holder), or protected individual such as a refugee, or asylee. See 22 CFR - 120.15. Some positions will require current U.S. Citizenship due to contract requirements.
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.
Principals only need apply. NO agencies please.
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.
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.
AeroVironment Incorporated is an equal opportunity employer, M/F/D/V and works in compliance with both federal and state laws. We are committed to the concept regarding Equal Employment opportunity. Qualified candidates will be considered for employment regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, medical condition nor disability, genetics, veteran and all others that may apply.

Keywords: AeroVironment, Simi Valley , Guidance, Navigation & Controls Engineering Intern, Engineering , Simi Valley, California

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