Control Sensors Engineering Specialist

Requisition ID: 45603

All Locations: El Segundo, CA (California)

A trusted partner. A national resource. A leader in national security space. We are THE Aerospace Corporation. A team that takes pride in our readiness to solve some of the most complex technical challenges in existence. With challenges spanning government to commercial, you'll have the unique opportunity to work on projects that are literally evolving our nation's space and launch capabilities. We all share a common passion and aspiration - to serve a mission much bigger than ourselves. When you join our team, you'll be part of a rare collection of thought leaders and game-changing innovators. Are you ready to launch your career?


The Electromechanical Control Department (ECD) is comprised of highly respected engineers, who provide matrix support in the area of control system hardware and algorithms for both spacecraft and launch vehicles. ECD subject matter experts specialize in key components such as gyroscopes, star trackers, encoders, motors, accelerometers, reaction wheels, fast steering mirrors, servo mechanisms, GPS receivers, and others. The department performs both technical studies and experimental investigations to support customer programs. Technical studies often involve the analysis, simulation, evaluation, or testing of control systems and their components. Experimental investigations may include controller design and implementation, data reduction and visualization, sensor and actuator performance evaluation, and electro-optical systems calibration and alignment in the Mechatronics Research Laboratory. Tasks may involve interaction with government customers, program management, and contractors.

Key Functions

  • Leads technical studies involving testing, analysis and simulation of control systems on a variety of satellite or launch vehicle programs in a highly-structured team setting
  • Support multiple programs, and work independently with both internal and external customers as well as associated technical support
  • Provide guidance and technical advice on customer projects, which may include specialized analytical and experimental studies for spacecraft and launch vehicle control system hardware.
  • Provide technical support to Program Offices in technical interchange meetings, design reviews, hardware reviews, and review of contractor analyses
  • Verify contractor designs, approaches, and overall system performance.
  • Generate written technical reports and presentations to customers and Aerospace management
  • Guide technical development efforts to build knowledge on critical topics
  • Travel may be required


  • Advanced degree in aerospace engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, or a related technical discipline with at least 8 years post-Bachelor's degree related engineering or scientific experience
  • Experience leading a project in one of the following areas: launch vehicle systems (thrust vector control, guidance systems, and/or avionics), space vehicle control systems, mechanical design, structural analysis, dynamics, electronics, optics, signal processing, systems engineering, real-time software development, guidance and navigation, GPS receiver testing and associated algorithms, motors, small satellite development, or robotics
  • Experience designing, modeling or testing steering mirrors, gimbals, brushless DC motors and/or stepper motors
  • Exhibits a high level of innovation, creativeness and initiative
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance, which is issued by the U.S. government. U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance

Preferred Qualifications
  • Preference would be given to candidates with working experience with sensors, actuators and integrated systems (e.g. GPS receivers, electric motors, control moment gyros, rotational sensors, etc.)
  • Demonstrated experience mentoring and building a product team
  • Proficiency with any of the following tools: MATLAB/Simulink, dSPACE, LabVIEW, SolidWorks, C/C++, Python
  • Active Secret Clearance with the ability to obtain a TS/SCI Security Clearance

Physical Requirements/Work Environments
  • Position requires sitting most of the time at a workstation, using a computer and possible work in a laboratory
  • Exposure to general office and laboratory noise
  • Local travel to off-site meetings and air travel to Aerospace or Customer office locations is required.
  • Ability to communicate with individuals and groups in person, by phone and telepresence.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee will typically work in an office and laboratory environment.

Transcript Requirement

Transcripts are required for this position.

Additional Requisition Details


Clearance Requirement: Secret

Access: None

Polygraph: None

Relocation Available: Yes

Employment Type: Regular

Work Schedule: Full Time

Company Statement

The Aerospace Corporation has provided independent technical and scientific research, development, and advisory services to national security space programs since 1960. We operate a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) for the United States Air Force and the National Reconnaissance Office, and support all national security space programs. We also apply more than 50 years of experience with space systems to provide critical solutions to technologically complex systems in such areas as communications, shipping, law enforcement, and cyber, among others.

From our inception, our highly skilled technical staff has focused on ensuring the success of every mission and developing the most effective and economic space-related hardware and software in the world. Our greatest asset is the technical expertise of our people. Our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities are staffed by some of the leading scientists in the world.

Equal Opportunity Commitment

The Aerospace Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We believe that a diverse workforce creates an environment in which unique ideas are developed and differing perspectives are valued, producing superior customer solutions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or disability status.

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