Entry Level-Flight Systems Aerospace/Mechanical Engineer

Huntsville, AL |Full Time
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Position Description

Dynetics, Leidos Group, is seeking a talented Entry-Level Aerospace or Mechanical Engineer to join a diverse team creating unique solutions for complex flight vehicle engineering challenges. We have offices across the United States providing responsive, cost-effective engineering, scientific, and IT Solutions engaging in the defense, space, cyber, and commercial fields. engaging in the defense, space, cyber, and commercial fields,

This position is for an entry-level aero or mechanical engineer within the Flight Systems Department as part of the Missiles &Aviation Division. Engineers in the Flight Systems Department provide solutions to complex, technical problems involving analysis, design, flight testing and/or autonomous solutions of various types of missiles, space systems, hypersonic, acquisition systems, fixed & rotary wing aircraft, and more.

Engineers in this position will provide technical expertise in one or more of the following areas:

- Developing and maintaining simulations to evaluate performance and flight dynamics of various types of aerospace systems.

- Creating 6-DOF, 3-DOF, and/or hardware-in-the-loop (HWIL) simulations by incorporating aerodynamic & propulsion models, Guidance/Navigation/Control (GNC) algorithms, and other features to accurately characterize the capabilities of foreign or domestic missiles systems and other flight vehicles.

- Conduct accurate, timely, detailed analysis of vehicle dynamics, complete design trade-studies, support mission planning operations, assist live flight test events, as well as other responsibilities.

- Use accurate assessments to make programmatic design decisions and/or inform Department of Defense policy makers, acquisition program, warfighter consumers, or other organizations to support their needs.

- Support design & analysis of GNC efforts for various flight systems.

- G & C engineer will create guidance/autopilot routines for various aerospace vehicles, many being complex, “niche” weapon systems that require novel techniques. Candidate will also evaluate/improve existing algorithms and toolsets and must implement algorithms into 6-DOF simulations, HWIL facilities, and operational flight software.

- Navigation engineer will assess, test, integrate, and/or develop navigation systems in simulation and hardware environments. Candidate will leverage sim and experimental data to evaluate GPS, IMU, and other sensors as well as implement Kalman filter algorithms.

- Must also conduct trade studies for design decisions, develop techniques to verify performance, and support flight tests with pre-flight predictions and post-flight analyses.

- GNC candidate must be capable of performing in highly accelerated schedules to meet critical needs on development efforts requiring concept-to-flight timelines measured in months (not years).

- Support design, development, analysis, and test for UAV embedded systems, sensors, and training applications

- Develop modular aircraft dynamics models based on first principles for use in performance analysis and operator training. Engineer must design and test simulation interface with executive flight software and/or HWIL environments.

- Engineer will assist systems engineering and flight-test support as needed.


Basic Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, or related field from an ABET accredited school with 0 – 3 years of experience and minimum GPA of 3.2.

Requires a fundamental understanding of aerospace and mechanical engineering concepts, particularly including vehicle flight dynamics, mechanics, guidance/navigation/controls, aerodynamics, and propulsion combined with a solid foundation of programming experience in MATLAB/Simulink, C/C++, Python, or other language.

Must possess strong technical communication skills and an ability to work both independently and in collaborative team environments.

Resident of North Alabama area or willing to relocate in order to work on-site at the Huntsville, AL office.

Candidate must be a US citizen and possess (and be able to maintain) a Secret Clearance or be eligible to acquire & maintain a Secret Clearance.


Other Qualifications

Master’s Degree in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering is preferred but not required. Special consideration is made for applicable experience in lieu of advanced degrees.

Familiarity with DoD digital engineering paradigm and experience

Prior work with post-flight data analysis

Strong math skills in the areas of linear algebra, matrix math, statistics, trigonometry, and coordinate transformation

Experience with

- Linux, hardware-in-the-loops simulation architectures, and/or GPS simulators

- Configuration management software, such as Git or Mercurial

- Trajectory analysis tools, such as TAOS or OTIS

- Using numerical optimization techniques

- Simulink code-generation

- Optimal estimation and controls

- Sensor fusion and state estimation techniques (eg. Kalman or Particle Filters)

- Terrestrial navigation, SAASM, M-Code, and GPS-denied operations

- GNC applications of flight vehicles, guided munitions, and/or UAS systems

- Aircraft systems including sensors, actuators, embedded systems, and electrical power

Private/commercial piloting and/or RC/UAS piloting

Security Requirements

Candidate must be a US Citizen and possess (and be able to maintain) a Final Secret Clearance or meet the eligibility to obtain (and maintain) a Secret Clearance.

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