Aerojet Rocketdyne Careers

  • Engineer, Mission Architecture – Control Systems Analysis

    Location US-AL-Huntsville
    Job ID
    Engineering - Systems Engineering
  • Overview

    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. We offer a complete line of propulsion products for launch vehicles, missile defense, and advanced hypersonic propulsion.


    Aerojet Rocketdyne is seeking a Control Systems Analysis Engineer in the Mission Architecture and Analysis group to join our growing Huntsville, AL location. In this position, the engineer will work with senior engineers within Mission Architecture and Analysis Engineering to conduct integrated vehicle and propulsion system studies to develop concept designs and analytical models for new propulsion and advanced technology systems. The engineer will perform preliminary sizing, performance, and optimization analyses, model the system architecture, and create documents to communicate results and conclusions. This individual will mentor under the senior engineers to develop the necessary design skills required to analyze and create system designs. 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)

    60% - 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. 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. Work with team members to develop compliance assessments and verification plans. Analyze test data, comparing to performance predictions and trend applicable parameters. 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.


    15% - Document work in reports and presentations, and present results to small diverse audiences that may include customer and industry technical experts.


    10% - 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, Aeronautical Engineering or appropriate discipline and at least 2 years of directly related technical experience in solid propulsion design or control systems engineering disciplines, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


    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.


    Additional Requirements and Preferred Qualifications:

    • Extensive experience with Matlab/Simulink is highly desired, particularly any experience with autocode generation, or parallel processing.
    • Course, lab work, and/or direct work experience in control systems analysis, optimization methods, propulsion analysis, and statistical methods are highly desired
    • Demonstrated skills with Python, Easy 5, C/C+/C++/C# is preferred
    • Experience with Windows and Linux operating systems is preferred
    • Experience with 6DOF analysis and data reduction is preferred
    • Experience with liquid and/or solid propulsion system analysis is desired


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