Mechatronics Engineer

Requisition ID: 40102

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 Electromechanical Control Department (ECD) provides engineering/scientific support in the area of control system hardware and algorithms for both spacecraft and launch vehicles. ECD specializes in sensors such as accelerometers, gyroscopes, star trackers, encoders, and GPS receivers; in actuators including electric motors, reaction wheels, gimbals, and fast steering mirrors; and in integrated systems such as servomechanisms, line-of-sight pointing systems, and thrust vector control (TVC) systems.

Key Functions

  • Performs technical studies involving analysis, simulation, evaluation, or testing of control systems and their components on a variety of satellite or launch vehicle programs in a highly-structured team setting
  • Experimentally investigate controller design and implementation, data reduction and visualization, sensor and actuator performance evaluation, and opto-mechanical systems calibration and alignment in the Mechatronics Research Laboratory
  • Evaluate contractor designs, analyses, and overall system performance
  • Support internal and external customers in technical interchange meetings, design and hardware reviews
  • Some travel is required


  • Master's degree in aerospace engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, or a related technical discipline
  • 0-1 year of relevant industry experience
  • Experience working both independently and as a member of a team, with demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
  • Experience communicating technical information effectively both orally and in writing with program management, contractors, and colleagues
  • Experience working with control systems hardware, including sensor data acquisition, actuators, system identification, closed-loop controllers, error response, and stability
  • 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.

  • Ph.D. degree with a strong background in mechatronics or electromechanical control systems
  • Understanding of one or more of the following would also be valued: robotics, 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 receivers and associated algorithms, motors, small satellite development
  • Strong desire to work with laboratory hardware and experiments.
  • Proficiency with any of the following tools: MATLAB/Simulink, solidThinking EMBED (VisSim), dSPACE, LabVIEW, SolidWorks, EMWorks/EMS, ANSYS Maxwell, C/C++, Python
  • Active Secret Clearance with the ability to obtain a TS/SCI Security Clearance

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Additional Requisition Details

System Job Title : MEMBER-TECH STF

Clearance Requirement: Secret

Access: None

Polygraph: None

Relocation Available: [[relo]]

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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