Electromechanical Control Engineer

Requisition ID: 46040

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 charged with the responsibility of providing technical support in the areas 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, thrust vector control, 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. Tasks may involve interaction with government customers, program management, and contractors.

Key Functions

  • Participate in the testing, modeling, simulation, and analysis of electromechanical control systems and components in support of various satellite or launch vehicle programs.
  • Apply engineering techniques, procedures, and criteria to a variety of problems.
  • Verify contractor designs, approaches, and overall system performance. Tasks may include attending and participating in technical interchange meetings, requirements reviews, design reviews, readiness reviews, pedigree reviews, and acceptance reviews.
  • Develop, operate, and maintain laboratory resources.
  • Perform technical studies and experimental investigations in a highly-structured team setting.
  • Written reports and oral presentations will be required, including the documentation and presentation of the design, development, execution, and results of technical studies and experimental investigations.
  • Tasks may include the development of independent analytical models and analysis tools.
  • Tasks may include the development of laboratory experiments, characterization of electromechanical hardware, and technical review of experimental data.
  • Tasks may involve interaction with other technical disciplines, working independently or as part of a team.
  • Must be capable of overseeing existing projects as well as aiding in attracting new work.
  • Tasks may involve interaction with government customers, program management, and contractors. Must be able to represent the department and sub-division during these interactions and project a professional image.
  • Light to moderate travel will be required.


  • This position requires a minimum of one of the following,
    • Two years of experience with a bachelor's degree in engineering, math, physics, or computer science.
    • Ten years of experience in an applicable engineering or scientific profession.
  • Must have a combination of analytical and experimental skills.
  • Exhibits a high level of innovation, creativeness, and initiative.
  • The ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, is essential.
  • 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.

  • Preference would be given to candidates with responsible-engineer-level experience (requirement definition, design and implementation, qualification and flight) on launch vehicle systems (thrust vector control, guidance systems, and/or avionics), space vehicle control systems, space vehicle payload systems, mechanical design, structural analysis, dynamics, electronic circuit design and analysis, optics, signal processing and filtering, systems engineering, real-time software development, rapid control prototyping, guidance and navigation, GPS receiver testing and associated algorithms, motors, small satellite development (nanosat, picosat, femtosat, cubesat), unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, UAV, drones), or robotics.
  • 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 offices, customer locations, and contractor facilities 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.

All Aerospace employees working in organizations with technical responsibilities are required to apply for and maintain at least a Secret clearance. U.S. citizenship is required for those positions.

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, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion,genetic information, marital status, ancestry, national origin, protected veteran status, physical disability, medical condition, mental disability, or disability status and any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. If you're an individual with a disability or a disabled veteran who needs assistance using our online job search and application tools or need reasonable accommodation to complete the job application process, please contact us by phone at 310.336.5432 or by email atieo.mailbox@aero.org. You can also reviewThe Equal Employment Opportunity is the Lawposter andthe supplement, as well as thePay Transparency Policy Statement.

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