Controls Engineer II (GNC)


: $123,230.00 - $176,910.00 /year *

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Engineering

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Controls Engineer II (GNC)


Moorpark, CA

Employment type

Regular - Full Time



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We are currently seeking a Controls Engineer II to join our team.

The GNC Engineer II works on the development of Guidance, Navigation and Control algorithms for large flexible unmanned aircraft. Develop Hardware In the Loop (HIL) and Software In the Loop (SIL) flight dynamic simulation environments, including pilot training simulators. Conduct rigid body and flexible mode system identification and assist in flight test at remote locations.

Job Duties and Responsibilities
  • Design, develop, code, test, troubleshoot, and analyze flight control and estimation systems for UAVs
  • Develop comprehensive, reusable simulation and analysis tools for model-based control and estimation designs including Monte Carlo and Pilot training simulations
  • Perform stability and performance analyses on linear and nonlinear models and flight data
  • Participate in and present at GN&C-related design requirements development and design reviews
  • Perform linearization of nonlinear models, and linear controls analysis and algorithm design for stability, robustness, and performance
  • Support flight test operations
  • Characterize, analyze, test, and troubleshoot control system hardware and software subsystems
  • Assist in software certification
  • Document designs with project reports, written descriptions, and engineering drawings
  • Help develop and maintain reusable software and GN&C design components and integrate into new designs
  • Analyze systems and flight test data to support model improvements and root cause investigation of failures and anomalies
  • Other duties as assigned
Required Qualifications & Background
  • US Citizenship or US permanent resident (Green Card Holder) due to ITAR
  • Bachelor s degree in a related field is required or equivalent combination of experience and education; Advanced degree preferred
  • Minimum 2 5 years of relevant experience or equivalent progressive technical capacity in GNC and adjacent fields
  • UAV experience a must, fixed-wing a plus
  • Demonstrated hands-on autopilot experience a plus
  • Field (flight) test experience desired
  • Must be proficient in MATLAB and Simulink, App Designer a plus
  • Understanding of frequency domain and state-space representations of dynamic systems
  • Understanding of linear controls design and analysis tools and techniques
  • Understanding of robotic dynamics and control concepts
  • Understanding of basic aircraft and helicopter flight dynamics a plus
  • Familiarity with aided inertial navigation systems concepts and techniques
  • Understanding of classical and modern controls design and analysis approaches
  • Familiar with Monte Carlo, hardware-in-the-loop, and/or 6DOF simulation environments
  • Versed in linear and non-linear control methodologies, digital estimation and filtering techniques, and be comfortable working in simulation, hardware-in-the-loop and free-roam environments
  • Able to work on problems of moderate scope where analysis of situations or data requires a review of a variety of factors; Exercises judgment within defined procedures and practices to determine appropriate action
  • Able to excel in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment, where small teams share a broad variety of duties
  • Displays strong initiative and drive to accomplish goals and meet company objectives
  • Takes ownership and responsibility for current and past work products
  • Is committed to learning from mistakes and driven to improve and enhance the performance of oneself, others, and the company
  • Has effective problem-solving, analytical, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Focuses on teamwork, collaboration and puts the success of the team above one's own interests
  • Ability to work in an office and test site environment (Constant)
  • Required to sit and stand for long periods; talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone keyboard (Constant)
  • Ability to travel overnight as needed in support of flight test operations (Occasional)
ITAR Requirement:

This position requires the use of information which is subject to compliance with International Traffic Arms Regulations (ITAR). To conform to U.S. Government export regulations/ITAR, applicants must be a U.S. Citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S. (or, green card holder), protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Applicants cannot be hired until they are qualified to have such access. Some positions due to contracts will require current U.S. Citizenship.

Benefits: AV offers an excellent benefits package including medical, dental vision, 401K with company matching, a 9/80 work schedule and a paid holiday shutdown. For more information about our company benefit offerings please visit:

We also encourage you to review our company website at to learn more about us.

Principals only need apply. NO agencies please.

Who We Are

Based in California, AeroVironment (AVAV) is a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and tactical missile systems. Founded in 1971 by celebrated physicist and engineer, Dr. Paul MacCready, we ve been at the leading edge of technical innovation for more than 45 years. Be a part of the team that developed the world s most widely used military drones and created the first submarine-launched reconnaissance drone, and has seven innovative vehicles that are part of the Smithsonian Institution s permanent collection in Washington, DC.

Join us today in developing the next generation of small UAS and tactical missile systems that will deliver more actionable intelligence to our customers so they can proceed with certainty and succeed.

What We Do

Building on a history of technological innovation, AeroVironment designs, develops, produces, and supports an advanced portfolio of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and tactical missile systems. Agencies of the U.S. Department of Defense and allied military services use the company s hand-launched UAS to provide situational awareness to tactical operating units through real-time, airborne reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.

AeroVironment Incorporated is an equal opportunity employer, M/F/D/V and works in compliance with both federal and state laws. We are committed to the concept regarding Equal Employment opportunity. Qualified candidates will be considered for employment regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, marital status, medical condition nor disability, genetics, veteran and all others that may appy.

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Associated topics: aeroelasticity, aeronautical, aerospace, aircraft maintenance, airframe, astronautical, aviation, rocket, satellite, waterjet * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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