Director of GN&C Engineering

Lafayette, Colorado, United States


Full Time

a month ago

Job description

Blue Canyon Technologies (BCT), a subsidiary of Raytheon Technologies, is leading the way in the New Space revolution! Our state-of-the-art systems are currently on missions from low Earth orbit to the Moon, near earth asteroids, and to Mars. We create high-reliability spacecraft with significantly greater performance, much smaller size and at a fraction of the cost of traditional space systems. We are involved in a wide range of projects for academic, commercial, and government applications. Join our innovative and dynamic company, as we build the small spacecraft of the future.

Position Purpose: The Director of GN&C Engineering will lead guidance, navigation, and control (GN&C) development for National Defense, Commercial and Civil programs. This position will report to the Executive Director of Engineering. The responsibility includes architecture design, detailed design, analysis, modeling, test, performance verification of the sub-elements needed to produce GN&C subsystems for BCT spacecraft.

Title:  Director of GN&C Engineering

Position Type: Full Time (Exempt)

Pay Range: $150,000 - $281,000

(Salary to be determined by the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities of the applicant, internal equity, and alignment with market data.)

Location: Lafayette, CO



  • 100% company paid health, dental and vision benefits for you and your dependents effective the first of the month following hire date
  • Life insurance
  • 401k (matching 4% with a minimum 5% contribution
  • Generous PTO (3 weeks of vacation + 3 floating holidays, 2 weeks of sick time, 7 paid holidays throughout the year) and parental leave.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for leading the design, analysis, modeling, test, and performance verification of a space- based system capable of producing exquisite GN&C performance for Civil, Commercial, and DoD customers
  • Responsible for system level GN&C performance following system Provide engineering skill and leadership supporting space borne remote sensing systems
  • Responsibilities include technology assessments and supporting system concept development from definition of the requirements through system design test and production
  • This includes spacecraft requirements flow-down to sub-elements of the architecture
  • Work with existing models and help create new algorithms and models for processing geolocation data, including attitude sensor data, GPS data and payload data
  • Work with existing models and algorithms, and develop new algorithms required to calibrate sensors and payloads
  • Interface with all engineering disciplines supporting the development of system concepts, trade studies, concepts for operations, and plans for verification/validation for aerospace products
  • This person will also interface with customers and vendors
  • Perform in a leadership role by integrating, trading, and adjudicating requirements and performance across multiple technical disciplines
  • Establish and negotiate performance allocations to meet system level performance in an affordable manner
  • Contribute using background in dynamics and control to projects in the areas of line-of-sight (LOS) pointing control of airborne and space borne payloads, control of structural interactions, thermal control systems, and vehicle vibration isolation/rejection
  • Create and deliver presentations to internal and external customers
  • Other responsibilities as assigned

Required Qualifications/Education:

  • BS degree or higher in Engineering or a related technical field is required plus 16 or more years related experience
  • Experience with procuring the hardware and developing the software capable of producing highly accurate attitude estimates and covariances, both in real time and with post-processed data
  • Experience with procuring the hardware and developing the software capable of producing highly accurate orbit determination estimates, including covariances, both in real time and with post- processed data
  • Experience calibrating attitude sensors, and payloads using real time and post-processed techniques
  • Experience with design trades, design concepts, system specifications, system analysis, and test and verification design and execution
  • Strong knowledge and practical experience in modeling dynamics of complex electro-optical systems and development of data processing algorithm.
  • Familiarity with MATLAB-Simulink, modeling of flexible dynamics (NASTRAN exposure preferred), and the space environment is highly desired. Additionally, other analytical tools, C, C++ a plus
  • Proven leadership capabilities in Systems Engineering and multidisciplinary product design, development, test, and fielding
  • Ability to interact with customers' engineers to develop functional and verifiable requirements, test plans, and roadmaps for implementing integrated control products
  • Superb writing and presentation skills with experience communicating to senior decision-makers and technical audiences
  • Experience with simulator/hardware test development and execution, as well as mission operations is a plus
  • Related technical experience may be considered in lieu of education

Working Conditions:

This job operates in a professional office environment, but in a manufacturing company. This role uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, scanners, filing cabinets and fax machines. BCT anticipates the application window closing approximately 40 days from the date the notice was posted.  However, factors such as candidate flow and business necessity may require BCT to shorten or extend the application window.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit for long periods of time. The employee is occasionally required to stand, bend, reach, and walk. The position requires some light physical effort. This would require the ability to lift or move objects up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift or move objects up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities are required by this job which includes close vision, distance vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.

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