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GN&C Systems Engineer

Job No.: GCS-238

Job Description

This position is located in Huntsville, AL.

Our Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GN&C) team executes challenging tasks to design and integrate GN&C systems for projects ranging from CubeSats to NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS).

Working independently and in an integrated, collaborative team, your responsibilities would include:

  • Develop vehicle, subsystem, and environment models for high-fidelity simulation of launch vehicles and spacecraft.
  • Perform 3-DOF and 6-DOF analyses and trade studies in support of launch vehicles and spacecraft.
  • Develop equations, algorithms, and software tools suitable for GN&C system analysis and design.
  • Support failure modeling and aborts analysis for launch vehicles through the development of abort triggers, actuator failure models, booster malfunction models, and vehicle demise criteria.
  • Participate in task team reviews for vehicle and system specifications. Participate and contribute to requirement reviews at the program, system, component, and test levels.

Qualifications & Experience

Degree in Aerospace, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering or related field from an ABET-accredited university is required. Typically, educational requirements are the equivalent of a minimum of a Master with at least 3 years of experience, or BS with at least 5 years of experience.

Skills and experience should demonstrate:

  • Proficiency in 6DOF simulation, guidance, navigation, and control functions for aerospace vehicles.
  • Proficiency in using MATLAB, C, and Python for simulation development, analysis, and post-processing.
  • Knowledge of flight mechanics and orbital mechanics.
  • Experience in GN&C algorithm development and simulation.
  • Understanding of GN&C hardware and GN&C system sensitivities.
  • Ability to work with multi-discipline groups to develop solutions to complex integration problems.

Strong communication, interpersonal skills, and independent problem solving are required.

Work Environment:
Office environment. Requires ability to provide clear, concise, accurate and timely communication, both verbally and in writing (100%). Requires ability to interact professionally with co-workers, management, and client (100%). Requires travel in the domestic USA (<15%).

Physical Requirements:
Requires sitting for extended periods of time in meetings with peers, management, and with our client at NASA facilities to discuss technical issues (10%). Also, requires sitting for extended periods of time at a desk to write reports and perform engineering tasks (80%). Requires ability to use stairs or elevators for access between floors and multiple buildings at NASA and Jacobs facilities (10%).

Equipment and Machines:
Requires ability to operate a personal computer, a telephone, fax machine, copier, calculator, and other general office equipment (100%).

Normal workday is from 7:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Minimal overtime may be required (10%) to meet schedule milestones and to support technical demands of the job. Regular attendance is a necessity and adequate arrangements for delegating duties during absences are required.

Other Essential Functions:
The ability to work independently with minimal supervision, and to make rational decisions, and to exercise good judgment is essential (100%). Grooming and dress must be appropriate for the position and must not impose a safety risk/hazard to the employee or others.

Proof of U.S. Citizenship is required.

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