GNC Engineer

San Clemente, CA 92673

Posted: 01/05/2021 Employment Type: Direct Industry: Engineering Job Number: 80571

Job Description


Our Client is looking for a Guidance, Navigation, and Controls Engineer. As part of the Systems Engineering Team, you will design, analyze, implement, and test the Guidance, Navigation, and Control algorithms for the company's Unmanned Aerial Systems. You will be responsible for system control architecture, flight stability and controls tuning, analyze linear and non-linear controls, GN&C software development and test, as well as, maintaining high-fidelity 6-DOF simulations. In this role, you will engage in frequent multi-disciplinary collaboration and work side by side with team members with the overall System Architecture, Design, Integration, and Testing to ensure the highest quality product for our customers.
The Guidance, Navigation, and Controls Engineer is an integral part of the flight vehicle and requires deep care and attention to detail in order to fulfill our mission.
Candidates must have a positive and can-do attitude, and a desire to continually improve and learn. The preferred candidate will not sweat the small stuff, have a strong sense of ownership, and a curiosity to understand how things work, even if they take you outside your area of expertise.

Job Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree in systems, software, aerospace engineering or field related to GN&C responsibilities. Masters or PhD preferred
  • 5+ years experience in GN&C and aerospace industry
  • Hands-on experience with open-source flight hardware and software (e.g. Pixhawk, PX4, ArduPilot)
  • Experienced with developing linear and non-linear flight dynamic models
  • Experienced with aerodynamic stability and control modes
  • Experienced with navigation controls (e.g. GPS/INS, state determination, attitude estimation)
  • Demonstrated competence with classical and modern controls design, analysis, and simulation approaches
  • Understanding of the functionality of major aircraft subsystems and avionics
  • Ability to work with product development engineers to derive test requirements based on product specifications and modifications
  • Experienced with 6-DOF simulation environments
  • Proficient in C++ and experience with object-oriented design, with real time operating systems

Preferred Skills and Competencies

  • Experienced with Matlab Simulink and aerospace toolbox
  • C/C++/Python/Visual Studio
  • Experienced with MATLAB Simulink and SITL Gazebo
  • Familiar with Scrum Methodologies and Jira/CA Rally
  • Experience with Pixhawk controller or APM Flight Stack
  • Proficient with digital and modern control systems, dynamics, Kalman filter design, and signal processing
For more info, please contact Josh Tims at [email protected] or 714-901-3265.
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