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Systems Engineer, Principal

Company: AeroVironment
Location: Simi Valley
Posted on: October 15, 2020

Job Description:

Systems Engineer, Principal

Location

Simi Valley, CA

Employment type

Regular - Full Time

ID

1704

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Summary

The Principal Systems Engineer is considered a subject matter expert in the discipline. One demonstrates visionary & professional concepts in developing resolution to critical issues and broad design matters pertaining to the development of a variety of innovative Unmanned Systems for defense and commercial applications. The Principal Systems Engineer leads a group of other engineers in technical projects with the goal of analyzing all parts of a system to make sure each component is performing as it should. Because of the nature of the development efforts, the Principal Engineer will have a hand in a variety of stages of development including requirements definition, concept design, prototyping, detailed design, validation and verification testing.

Position Responsibilities

Lead Systems development using Model Based Systems Engineering tools (Matlab, others)

Evaluate and modify System Simulation models to scope requirements & identify tolerances

Create model based Systems Test strategy based on flight envelope that includes corner cases

Provide design direction for Aircraft Instrumentation and data analysis based on Model performance

Provide subsystem feedback and direction to Aeromechanical, Electrical, GN&C and Software.

Plan, develop and oversee requirements traceability and evolution through the development cycle

Provides multi-layered technical expertise for next-generation initiatives

Conceives system interfaces and prototypes

Develops, configures and oversees the upgrade, enhancements, fixes and sustainability

Defines system specifications, input/output and working parameters for overall compatibility

Identifies, analyzes and resolves system design weaknesses. Influences the shaping of future products by contributing to the framework (architecture) used across multiple products or systems

Makes complex design decisions to meet stated and derived requirements and demonstrates expert knowledge of appropriate design, analysis and simulation tools and validation techniques

Creates designs for success that addresses evolution and future concepts, products and/or technologies

Work independently and provide technical supervision across disciplines

Transfers knowledge for both professional and technical career development

Other duties as assigned

Special Requirements

U.S. Citizenship required. Must have ability to obtain a security clearance and be willing to work on government contracts.

Basic Qualifications (Required Skills & Experience)

Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, Computer Science/Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Aerospace, or Mechanical Engineering is required or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience

15+ years of related experience in architecting, modifying and supporting aircraft avionics & flight control systems. Preferred aerospace and/or UAV experience including aircraft avionics, ISR payloads and their interfaces

Proficiency with C/C++ and Matlab required

Proficiency with office software and computer based productivity tools

Has managed requirements traceability and evolution through the system development cycle

Demonstrated experience in providing effective weekly status of system development progress with requirements burn down

Has successfully developed systems test plans, procedures and reports and reviewed and interpreted customer specification

Experienced in writing Systems Safety protocols and ensuring personnel safety during field testing

Must be able to understand all of the components of a system and how they interact with each other, making sure the system parts work correctly together and delegate to one’s team when and how something needs to fixed to keep the system working smoothly

Other Qualifications & Desired Competencies

Advanced degree is preferred

Experienced in taking a product from concept to production with contract manufacturers is preferred

Exposure to Guidance Navigation and Control Systems along with Modeling Simulation and Control is preferred

Exposure to Model Based Systems Engineering is helpful but not required

Demonstrated understanding of Aircraft Terminology is a plus as is familiarity with Python or ROS (Robot Operating System)

Knowledge of Simulink, Ansys and Solidworks preferred

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

Has effective problem-solving, analytical, interpersonal and communication skills

Focuses on teamwork, collaboration and puts the success of the team above one's own interests

Physical Demands

Ability to work in an office and manufacturing environment (Constant)

Required to sit and stand for long periods; talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone keyboard (Frequent)

ITAR Requirement:

This position requires the use of information which is subject to compliance with International Traffic Arms Regulations (ITAR). To conform to U.S. Government export regulations/ITAR, applicants must be a U.S. Citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S. (or, green card holder), protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3). Applicants cannot be hired until they are qualified to have such access. Some positions due to U.S. Government contract requirements will require current U.S. Citizenship.

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: http://www.avinc.com/myavbenefits.

We also encourage you to review our company website at http://www.avinc.com to learn more about us.

Principals only need apply. NO agencies please.

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.

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, national origin, marital status, medical condition nor disability, genetics, veteran and all others that may appy.

To view our CCPA Privacy Policy click here: https://www.avinc.com/legal/ccpa-privacy-policy

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