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Engineer, Controls

Engineer, Controls

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Engineering - Systems Engineering

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Aerojet Rocketdyne is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader that provides propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense, strategic systems, tactical systems and armaments areas, in support of domestic and international markets.


Aerojet Rocketdyne is seeking a Controls Engineer to join our growing Huntsville, AL location. The Engineer performs rocket propulsion system engineering assignments requiring an understanding of systems analysis principles and a working knowledge of other related disciplines to define rocket propulsion system architecture and objectives. Performs work tasks assigned by other system analysis team members. Must be able to work independently, as well as collaborate with large development teams.


This current opening may be filled at this level as posted or at one level higher.

Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

45% - Under general supervision, apply advanced techniques and theories to perform transient and steady state analysis for solid and liquid rocket propulsion systems. Knowledge of control theory, simulation and modeling characteristics are important for this role. Experience with hydraulic and/or electromechanical actuation systems is desired. Support team in using and developing system simulation software tools such as Matlab/Simulink and other custom software applications. Support development of rocket propulsion hardware and software requirements, including involvement in and coordination of derivation of internal requirements allocation while considering statistical techniques to establish acceptable tolerance limits. Work with team members to develop compliance assessments and verification plans. Analyze test data, comparing to performance predictions and trend applicable parameters. Conduct trade studies comparing performance with cost/benefit analysis and define systems architectures. Work with teams to assess system fault tolerance and health monitoring and sensor application.


15%- Support solid and liquid propulsion system testing, including test plan and test procedure development, pre-test predictions, integration of electronic test support equipment, and development of test-related software.


20% - Document work in reports and presentations, and present results to small diverse audiences that may include customer and industry technical experts.


20% - Review work with peers and experienced engineers. Participate in Integrated Product Team meetings. Participate in planning and support propulsion system development tests and verification testing through solid rocket motor test setup, conduct, and data reduction.


Requires a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical, Aerospace Engineering or appropriate discipline/science, with coursework in control systems and systems engineering and at least two (2) years of directly applicable industry technical experience (or an equivalent combination of education and experience). Advanced degree in a related field preferred. Rocket propulsion industry technical experience and demonstrated skills with Matlab/Simulink, C/C++, Python, Easy 5 or equivalent tools preferred.


US Citizenship required. Must be able to obtain and maintain a U.S. Security Clearance at the appropriate level (U.S. Citizenship required). Must also be able to satisfy federal government requirements for access to government information, and having dual citizenship may preclude you from being able to meet this requirement.



Work Environment and Physical Requirements:

 Employees in these positions must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and to use standard office equipment, including a computer; stamina to sit or stand and maintain attention to detail despite interruptions; may occasionally lift/carry/push/pull up to 25 pounds; may require occasional walking, climbing, stooping, crouching, and/or bending; and vision to read printed materials and a computer screen, and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone. May require the ability to travel by air or auto. May require the use of personal protective equipment such as safety glasses, safety shoes, and shop coat. These positions may be expected to work varying shifts and hours to ensure successful operation of activities in the organization.


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