Engineering Specialist

Job Expired

Colorado Springs, CO - El Segundo, CA - Albuquerque, NM, United States

Full Time

4 months ago

Job description

The Aerospace Corporation is the trusted partner to the nation’s space programs, solving the hardest problems and providing unmatched technical expertise. As the operator of a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC), we are broadly engaged across all aspects of space— delivering innovative solutions that span satellite, launch, ground, and cyber systems for defense, civil and commercial customers. When you join our team, you’ll be part of a special collection of problem solvers, thought leaders, and innovators. Join us and take your place in space.

At Aerospace, we are committed to providing an inclusive and diverse workplace for all employees to share in our common passion and aspiration – to carry out a mission much bigger than ourselves.

Job Summary 

The Vehicle Systems Division (VSD) sits at the center of the ideas and data behind current and future systems supplying innovative research and development; technical evaluations during the acquisition process; conceptual and detailed design; assembly, integration, and test; and operational support. Comprised primarily of highly-trained mechanical and aerospace engineers, VSD provides national expertise in the areas of vehicle engineering; guidance, navigation, and controls; robotics; electro-mechanical devices; embedded systems; fluid mechanics; propulsion; thermal control; orbital mechanics; mechanisms; structures; structural dynamics; and dynamic environments.   


The Electromechanical Control Department (ECD) provides technical support for control hardware used on spacecraft and launch vehicles, as well as terrestrial and aerial applications. We specialize in mission critical control sensors and actuators, including electric motors, gyroscopes and IMUs, accelerometers, gimbals, steering mirrors, encoders and resolvers, star trackers, GPS receivers, capacitive and inductive sensors, servo mechanisms, thrust vector control actuators, and reaction wheels.  As an Engineering Specialist in ECD, you will plan and conduct technical studies, experimental investigations, and verification activities to support customer programs, interacting with government customers, program management, and contractors. 


Work Model 

This is a full-time position, nominally based in Colorado Springs, CO, offering a hybrid work model that combines regular onsite work and remote flexibility as the business needs allow. Additional locations to consider are El Segundo, CA or Albuquerque, NM. 


What You’ll Be Doing 

  • Conduct technical studies involving the testing, evaluation, analysis, or simulation of control hardware components 

  • Develop, characterize, and integrate digital engineering models of various control hardware components 

  • Supervise and support experimental investigations in the Mechatronics Research Laboratory (managed by ECD) and/or other Aerospace labs including control sensor and actuator performance evaluation, controller design and implementation, and data reduction and visualization associated with the study of key hardware components 

  • Interact with government customers, program management, and contractors supporting multiple programs. Clearly communicate the results of studies while working with both internal and external customers and stakeholders as a technical authority, consultant, primary investigator, or project leader 


What You Need to be Successful  

Minimum Requirements: 

  • Bachelor's degree in a STEM field or equivalent is required 

  • 8 years of applicable professional experience is required 

  • Expertise with laboratory experimentation, test strategy development, experiment design, and integration and testing 

  • A strong working knowledge of electronics, mechanical design, control systems, inertial sensors, and actuators applicable to spacecraft and/or launch vehicles 

  • Experience performing technical support in complex environments (multi-program, multi-agency) involving customers, program offices, engineering support, and contractors  

  • Strong people skills including: coaching, mentoring, training, motivating, directing employees to optimize workplace productivity, and promoting professional growth 

  • Proficiency with tools such as MATLAB/Simulink, dSPACE, LabVIEW, SolidWorks, C/C++, Python 

  • Flexibility for up to 10% travel and availability during non-standard hours to meet customer demands will be required 

  • 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. 

How You Can Stand Out  

It would be impressive if you have one or more of these: 

  • Advanced degree in a STEM field or equivalent is preferred 

  • Expertise in one or more space system components, electronic circuit design and analysis, space system software development, rapid control prototyping, small satellite development, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, UAV, drones), optics, robotics, or system engineering (requirement definition, design and implementation, qualification, and flight) 

  • Demonstrated ability to provide innovative solutions to challenging technical problems 

  • Demonstrated experience mentoring and building a product team that maintains working relationships with all levels of customer, corporate staff, and contractors 

  • Experience identifying new business opportunities and bringing tasks and projects from internal and external sources to your team 

  • An active Secret security clearance with the ability to obtain TS/SCI access, which is issued by the U.S. government is strongly preferred. U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance. 

We offer a competitive compensation package where you’ll be rewarded based on your performance and recognized for the value you bring to our business.  The grade-based pay range for this job is listed below.  Individual salaries within that range are determined through a wide variety of factors including but not limited to education, experience, knowledge and skills. 

(Min - Mid - Max)

$103,300 - $145,000 - $186,700

Pay Basis: Annual

Leadership Competencies

Our leadership philosophy is simple: every employee, regardless of level and role, can demonstrate leadership. At Aerospace, our commitment is our people. To cultivate our talent and ensure that we have a strong pipeline of future leaders, we want individuals who:

  • Operate Strategically
  • Lead Change   
  • Engage with Impact   
  • Foster Innovation   
  • Deliver Results  

Ways We Reward Our Employees

During your interview process, our team will provide details of our industry-leading benefits.

Benefits vary and are applicable based on Job Type.  A few highlights include:

  • Comprehensive health care and wellness plans

  • Paid holidays, sick time, and vacation

  • Standard and alternate work schedules, including telework options

  • 401(k) Plan — Employees receive a total company-paid benefit of 8%, 10%, or 12% of eligible compensation based on years of service and matching contributions; employees are immediately eligible and vested in the plan upon hire

  • Flexible spending accounts

  • Variable pay program for exceptional contributions

  • Relocation assistance

  • Professional growth and development programs to help advance your career

  • Education assistance programs

  • An inclusive work environment built on teamwork, flexibility, and respect

We are all unique, from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life, yet one thing bonds all of us to each other—the belief that we can make a difference. This core belief empowers us to do our best work at The Aerospace Corporation.

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 at [email protected]. You can also review Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement

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