Guidance Navigation and Control Engineer 4

Centennial, Co, United States


Full Time

2 months ago

Job description

Date: Feb 16, 2024

Location: Centennial, COLORADO, US, 80112

Company: United Launch Alliance

Requisition ID: 26

Location: ULA - Denver

At ULA, success comes through the efforts of a strong, united team.

Thanks for your interest in United Launch Alliance, the world's most experienced and reliable space launch company! Successfully launching more than 155 consecutive missions with 100% mission success doesn't happen by accident. It's a testament to the commitment and dedication of our team of rocket scientists and support employees combined with the systems and processes we use to pull them together. As a ULA employee, you'll have the opportunity to grow in your career while working in a team-oriented culture that combines technology, innovation, ingenuity and a commitment to the extraordinary. Whether you are in college just launching your career, or, have experience and want to come work with the best rocket team in the world, our unshakable unity yields stronger solutions and better results as we carry out our mission to save lives, explore the universe, and connect the world. Our team is excited to meet you!

Job Overview & Responsibilities

As a Guidance, Navigation and Control (GN&C) Systems engineer on the Vulcan Development Avionics team, you will be responsible for designing, developing, and integrating new GN&C system solutions for ULA launch vehicles. Responsibilities include:

  • Act as the technical lead for ULA GN&C system development efforts.
  • Developing new GN&C system architecture solutions.
  • Developing GN&C unique preflight, flight, coast, and orbital mission CONOP’s.
  • Executing trade studies for new guidance system capabilities.
  • Developing GN&C system and component requirements.
  • Selecting and working with suppliers on component development.
  • Developing test requirements and sequences.
  • Working with software engineering teams to define requirements and perform software data reviews.
  • Executing hardware/software qualification tests and system integration.
  • Supporting guidance analysts.

We are looking for team members with a passion for the space industry, who enjoy solving complex problems and can work effectively in a fast-paced environment.

Required Education


Required Years of Experience

Minimum of 6 years of related work experience

Basic Qualifications

  • A Bachelor's degree in Engineering or related technical field from an accredited college or university is required.
  • Experience with:
    • Aerospace GN&C systems and concepts (inertial navigation systems, GPS tracking systems, space borne attitude determination components, filters, throughput, latency, communication bandwidth, steering control, actuation, thrust vectoring and attitude control strategies)
    • Electrical and electronics engineering
    • Managing system redundancy and working single fault tolerant designs.
  • Understanding of inertial, position and attitude control systems, guidance and navigation strategies and applications.
  • Familiarity and an understanding of the application and ability to integrate inertial sensors, position determination hardware, and attitude sensing components into an overall guidance solution.
  • Ability to work effectively with others and interface with internal/external customers.
  • Available to travel if required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated project or professional experience in launch vehicle, missile and/or space systems.
  • Knowledge of Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs), GPS, and Attitude determination hardware.
  • Knowledge of basic orbital mechanics.

Summary Salary Range (for ULA - Denver only): $130,775.00 - $204,383.00

Please note that the salary information shown above is a general guideline only. Salaries are based upon a candidate's experience and qualifications, as well as internal equity, market and business considerations. Employees may be eligible for a discretionary annual bonus in addition to base pay.

What makes ULA different?

Because we understand launch success comes through the collective efforts of a team, we seek the best to join us. We value ethics, ingenuity, diversity and professional development for employees at all levels.

We offer our employees competitive pay and benefits including:

  • 401(k) match plus an additional employer contribution
  • Discretionary annual incentive bonus for eligible employees
  • Generous paid time off
  • Flexible work environments

Additionally, most salaried ULA team members work a "9/80 schedule," meaning they enjoy every other Friday off.

Benefits and work schedules may vary for union-represented hourly positions and are described in the applicable collective bargaining agreement.

The application period for the job is estimated to be 20 days from the job posting date. However, this timeline may be shortened or extended depending on business needs and the availability of qualified candidates.

Security Clearance / International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR). This position requires use of information which is subject to the International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR). Therefore, all applicants must be U.S. Persons as defined in ITAR 22 CFR 120.62 (e.g., U.S. Citizen, Lawful Permanent Resident (Green Card holder) or protected individual. See 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(20) and 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) for additional information).

ULA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other categories protected by law.

ULA is a participant in the federal E-Verify Program. Posters in PDF format pertaining to this program can be accessed by clicking on the links identified below. E-Verify Participation poster (English / Spanish) and Right to Work Poster (English / Spanish).

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