Chief Gimbal Stabilization Controls Engineer

Northrop Grumman Mission Systems is seeking an electro-mechanical control systems engineer to join a team designing and building advanced, state-of-the-art systems in our Baltimore, MD location.

Our team supports multiple programs to develop Line of Sight (LOS) and servo control systems. Candidates should have a strong control systems background, and experience with the design, integration and testing of multiple parts of precision gimbal stabilized systems. These include gimbals, Inertial Measurement Units (IMU), Inertial Navigation Systems (INS), DSP/Microcontroller control systems, bore sighting and transfer alignment algorithms, motor selection, power amps, and the sensors being stabilized.

Candidates should possess excellent written and verbal communication skills. They should project a friendly, positive attitude and work cooperatively in a multi-faceted environment; as well as exhibiting an ability and desire to self-educate.

This position has the option to work a 9/80 schedule. The 9/80 schedule allows employees who work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday to take every other Friday off .

Roles and responsibilities include:

  • Architect and lead small technical teams for the development of precision gimbal stabilized systems
  • Design, analysis, integration and testing of precision gimbal stabilized systems
  • Derive requirements for selection of sensors, motors, power amps, and digital controllers based on cost constraints and technical performance requirements
  • Provide technical oversight and review of detailed power amp and control board designs
  • Implementation of boresighting, transfer alignment, and motor control software algorithms
  • Contribute to technical proposals
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Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, or other related technical degree with 14+ years of relevant experience (12 years with a MS, 9 years with a PhD)
  • Experience with simulation, design, integrationand test ofcomplete gimbal control systems using inertial stabilization,whichincludes: sensors, motors, motor drives, digital controllers or embeddedsoftware
  • Able to function in a multi-disciplinary team-oriented environment and rapidly adapt to changing work priorities
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • US Citizenship with the ability to obtain a Secret clearance
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience architecting gimbal stabilized systems, and leading small technical development teams
  • Experience with simulation and analysis of gimbal stabilized system performance
  • Experience with detailed hardware and software design of gimbal stabilized system components
  • Experience with the selection of sensors, motors, motor drives, or digital controllers based on cost constraints and technical performance requirements
  • Troubleshooting, integration, and test experience
  • Understanding of control theory
  • Experience implementing boresighting or transfer alignment algorithms
  • Experience with control of 3-phase brushless DC motors
  • Experience with C code development for Texas Instruments C2000 microcontrollers using Code Composer Studio, or other embedded software/firmware development experience
  • Proficiency with MATLAB, Simulink, and circuit simulation tools (e.g. SPICE, Saber)
  • Experience conducting structured trade studies
  • Business development/proposal background
  • Active TS/SCI security clearance

Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit www.northropgrumman.com/EEO . U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.


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