Associate Engineer, Control Systems Analysis
Aerojet Rocketdyne is seeking an Associate Engineer in Control Systems Analysis to join our growing Huntsville, AL location. In this position, the engineer will work with senior engineers in our team in the Systems Engineering group to support the various control systems analysis activities associated with throttling solid rocket technology for existing and new advanced programs. The work includes dynamic modeling and simulation, control algorithm design and development, steady state and transient analysis and design, testing, data analysis, and presentation of results. The engineer would ideally be familiar with Matlab/Simulink, C/C++, Python, control theory, and propulsion theory.
This individual will mentor under the senior engineers to develop the necessary design skills required to analyze and create system designs and models. Must be able to work independently, as well as collaborate with small and large development teams.
This position may be filled at this level or one higher.
Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)
75% - Under direct 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. Work with teams to assess system fault tolerance and health monitoring and sensor application. 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. Perform test data analysis.
15% - Mentor with a senior experienced engineer to gain insight and knowledge of Aerojet Rocketdyne Control Systems Analysis work and propulsion systems. 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.
10% - Document work in reports and presentations, and present results to small diverse audiences that may include customer and industry technical experts.
Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering/Science, or other relevant discipline/science, or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Course and lab work in propulsion, control systems, systems engineering, software engineering, and optimization methods is desired. Advanced degree preferred. Rocket propulsion industry technical experience and demonstrated skills with Matlab/Simulink, C/C++, Python, CAD tools, or equivalent tools and hydraulic and/or electromechanical actuation systems is preferred.
Being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 is a condition of employment at Aerojet Rocketdyne. Proof of vaccination or an accommodation request approved by Aerojet Rocketdyne will be required prior to starting employment with the Company.
May be required to obtain and maintain a U.S. Security Clearance at the appropriate level. Requires U.S. Citizenship, U.S. Permanent Residency or other status as a U.S. Person. Must 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.