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Space & Missile Guidance & Control Engineer

Company: Draper Labs
Location: Huntsville
Posted on: July 8, 2024

Job Description:

Overview: Draper is an independent, nonprofit research and development company headquartered in Cambridge, MA. The 2,000+ employees of Draper tackle important national challenges with a promise of delivering successful and usable solutions. From military defense and space exploration to biomedical engineering, lives often depend on the solutions we provide. Our multidisciplinary teams of engineers and scientists work in a collaborative environment that inspires the cross-fertilization of ideas necessary for true innovation. For more information about Draper, visit www.draper.com. Job Description Summary: The Guidance and Control (G&C) Engineer 2 develops software for cutting-edge space and defense systems used by the US Government and commercial customers as well as internal R&D projects. A Guidance and Control (G&C) Engineer develops, integrates, and deploys advanced G&C algorithms and software for systems able to operate in complex environments such as underwater, ground, air, and space.

Draper is seeking a skilled, motivated, detail-oriented guidance and control engineer to support the design, development and analysis of advanced guidance and control algorithms as well as the development and testing of G&C models for missiles. The design and analysis tasks call for a wide-ranging suite of G&C design and analysis techniques such as classical, optimal, robust and/or adaptive control methods; analytic and numerical controller analysis and verification tools; and model- & optimization-based techniques such dynamic inversion and pseudo-spectral methods for trajectory design. Analysis tasks will include assessments of closed-loop system performance, development and verification of algorithms and algorithm requirements, and analysis of flight dynamics. The candidate should be familiar with the development and use of time domain as well as frequency domain analysis and linear covariance methods. Job Description: Duties/Responsibilities
* Evaluates requirements, proposes solutions, explores design trades to support a G&C design.
* Designs G&C algorithms using modern theory and proven techniques.
* Develops embedded software based on prototype algorithms.
* Analyzes G&C designs to demonstrate performance and functionality.
* Develops and executes software tests to check compliance with requirements.
* Evaluates results to establish problem causes and develop solutions for inefficient or problems.
* Prepares technical data, procedures, reports, drawings, manuals, and other required documentation.
* Communicates with customers and stakeholders to establish requirements and describe the design and deliverables.
* Contributes content for technical reports and presentations with appropriate guidance.
* Participates in tag-ups and informal meetings with group leads and colleagues.
* Derives task-level or component-level requirements from system requirements.
* Independently contributes high quality content for technical reports and presentations which shows an understanding of their task and an awareness of the intended audience.
* Tracks priorities, scope, schedule, and cost.
* Independently contributes high quality content for technical reports and presentations which shows an understanding of their task and an awareness of the intended audience.
* Performs other duties as assigned.

Skills/Abilities
* Proficient in MATLAB, Simulink, Python, C/C++ or other related tools.
* Proficient in basic software development standards.
* Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
* Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
* Knowledge of GNC algorithms.
* Knowledge of real-time software development tools.
* Knowledge of project execution, designing, developing, and validating real-time algorithms and software.
* Strong background in control systems theory.
* Contributes content for technical reports and presentations with appropriate guidance.
* Written and verbal communication is clear and concise.
* Participates in tag-ups and informal meetings with group leads and colleagues.
* Derives task-level or component-level requirements from system requirements.
* Clearly communicates work assignments to team members.
* Tracks priorities, scope, schedule, and cost.

Education
* Bachelor's Degree in Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or a related field is required. * Masters or PhD in a related field is preferred.

Experience
3-5 years of Software Engineering or related experience is required.
Additional Job Description: Applicants selected for this position may be required to obtain and maintain a government security clearance. Connect With Draper for Future Opportunities! If you don't find the right posting in our Career Opportunities, you may submit your resume for future consideration. Job Location - City: Cambridge Job Location - State: Massachusetts Job Location - Postal Code: 02139-3563 Our work is very important to us, but so is our life outside of work. Draper supports many programs to improve work-life balance including workplace flexibility, employee clubs ranging from photography to yoga, health and finance workshops, off site social events and discounts to local museums and cultural activities. If this specific job opportunity and the chance to work at a nationally renowned R&D innovation company appeals to you, apply now www.draper.com/careers. Equal Employment Opportunity: Draper is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. We understand the value of diversity and its impact on a high-performance culture. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. Draper is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, please contact hr@draper.com.

Keywords: Draper Labs, Huntsville , Space & Missile Guidance & Control Engineer, Engineering , Huntsville, Alabama

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