Guidance, Navigation and Control Engineer

    • El Segundo, CA

Requisition ID: 53503

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 clandestine 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 Guidance Analysis Department (GAD) provides the design and analysis support for guidance, navigation, and control (GN&C) for launch vehicles and upper stages. GAD is responsible for GN&C system validation, targeting, trajectory performance, and mission certification. GAD fulfills a systems engineering and integration role for the respective disciplines. The department is dedicated to achieving total mission success while maintaining the highest level of integrity and technical excellence.

The qualified candidate works independently with both internal and external customers and with technical support, as a technical authority, consultant, primary investigator, or project leader. May lead or organize technical efforts or project teams. Interfaces between customers and Aerospace technical and management staff. May mentor less experienced MTS and serve as role model.

Key Functions

  • Conducts specialized technical studies and reports findings. Coordinates specific technical assignments for designated discipline or organizations. Provides technical advice to management, customers, and associate contractors. Initiates development of advanced analytical techniques, concepts, and/or design criteria for subsystems. May lead project teams within a department. Supports multiple programs and/or activities and frequently acts as point-of-contact for technical activities. May bring in tasks and projects beyond personal activities from internal and external sources.
  • Perform engineering analyses of launch and upper-stage vehicle guidance and navigation systems, including performance of guidance algorithms and use of inertial systems, GPS, and other sensors.
  • Perform trajectory studies and conduct error and orbital perturbation analyses.
  • Perform statistical analyses of launch vehicle trajectories and targeting accuracy.
  • Develop mathematical models and high-fidelity computational simulations of launch vehicles from fundamental principles of dynamics and physics.
  • Develop computational tools to analyze the performance of launch vehicle guidance and navigation systems.
  • Study and evaluate launch vehicle guidance and navigation designs and algorithms.
  • Analyze control system performance, develop and perform linear stability analyses, time and frequency domain simulations.
  • Prepare technical reports and briefings to be presented to the customer


  • Bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science or related field with 8 or more years of experience or academia
  • Advanced undergraduate / graduate level knowledge in guidance, navigation, and control of aerospace vehicles, rigid-body kinematics and dynamics, flight dynamics, and orbital mechanics.
  • Minimum 4 years of industrial experience in the following areas:
    • Guidance of aerospace vehicles, inertial navigation systems, and time-domain systems analysis applicable to aerospace vehicles.
    • Mathematic modeling of aerospace vehicle dynamics including derivation of equations of motion from first principles.
    • Developing 6-degrees-of-freedom computer-based vehicle simulations.
    • Performing statistical analyses (e.g. Monte Carlo analysis) of aerospace vehicle performance, trajectory and targeting accuracy.
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of the following computer platforms and programming languages:
    • Microsoft Windows and Office
    • MATLAB
    • Simulink
  • Ability to identify, assess, and resolve engineering problems with the highest technical objectivity.
  • Experience in establishing and maintaining effective professional relationships with corporate peers, partners, and customers.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. Department of Defense security clearance.

  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of control system stability and performance analysis techniques.
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of the following computer platforms and programming languages:
    • Unix / Linux
    • C++
    • Python

Transcript Requirement

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Additional Requisition Details


Salary Grade: 82

Organization Level: 2

Rotation Posting: Non-Rotation

Clearance Requirement: Secret

Access: None

Polygraph: None

Relocation Available: Yes

Employment Type: Regular

Work Schedule: Full Time

Hiring Manager: DAVID W CAPE

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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