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Filter by Date: Feb 14, 2019

Filter by Location: El Segundo, CA, US, 90245

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 43985 

All Locations: El Segundo, CA (California)  

A trusted partner. A national resource. A leader in national security space. We are THE Aerospace Corporation.  A team that takes pride in our readiness to solve some of the most complex technical challenges in existence. With challenges spanning government to commercial, you’ll have the unique opportunity to work on projects that are literally evolving our nation's space and launch capabilities. We all share a common passion and aspiration – to serve a mission much bigger than ourselves.  When you join our team, you’ll be part of a rare collection of thought leaders and game-changing innovators.  Are you ready to launch your career?


The Electromechanical Control Department (ECD) provides engineering/scientific support in the area of control system hardware and algorithms for both spacecraft and launch vehicles. ECD specializes in sensors such as accelerometers, gyroscopes, star trackers, encoders, and GPS receivers; in actuators including electric motors, reaction wheels, gimbals, and fast steering mirrors; and in integrated systems such as servomechanisms, line-of-sight pointing systems, and thrust vector control systems.


Key Functions

  • Provide technical expertise in the area of electromechanical control systems
  • Support multiple programs and work independently with both internal and external customers as a technical authority, consultant, primary investigator, or project leader
  • Provide oversight, guidance, and technical advice on customer projects, which may include specialized analytical and experimental studies for spacecraft and launch vehicle control system hardware.  Analytical studies often involve simulation, analysis, and document review.  Experimental investigations may include experiment design, controller design and implementation, electro-optical system calibration and alignment, and sensor and actuator performance evaluation in the Mechatronics Research Laboratory
  • Lead or organize technical efforts or project teams and provide technical advice to management, customers, and associated contractors
  • Verify contractor designs, approaches, and overall system performance
  • Work with minimal management oversight and have the ability to coordinate, organize and lead the work of other Aerospace staff
  • Generate written reports and presentations to customers and Aerospace management
  • Mentor less experienced staff and serve as role model
  • Travel is required



  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering or scientific field with at least 12 years of post-Bachelor's degree experience
  • Experience with spacecraft and/or launch vehicle control hardware
  • Experience providing technical support in multi-program, multi-agency environments with government program office personnel, engineering support and contractors
  • Experience peforming technical tasks, forming and leading technical teams and effectively supporting multiple programs
  • Experience training and mentoring less experienced technical staff
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD security clearance, which is issued by the U.S. government. U.S. citizenship ir required



  • 15 or more years of increasingly responsible professional experience and/or advanced degree in engineering or related field
  • Demonstrated ability to provide innovative solutions to challenging technical problems
  • Significant experience in one or more of the following would be valued: sensors, actuators, and integrated systems (e.g., electric motors, rotational sensors, reaction wheels, and control moment gyros). Experience in one or more of the following would also be valued: launch vehicle systems (thrust vector control and guidance systems), space vehicle control systems, mechanical design, robotics, structural analysis, dynamics, electronics, optics, signal processing, systems engineering, real-time software development, guidance and navigation, GPS receiver and algorithm development, or small satellite build and development
  • Ability to work closely with senior Aerospace/government management
  • Proficiency with any of the following tools: MATLAB/Simulink, dSPACE, LabVIEW, SolidWorks, C/C++, Python

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Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: Secret 

Access: None 

Polygraph: None 

Relocation Available:  Yes 

Employment Type: Regular 

Work Schedule: Full Time 


Company Statement

The Aerospace Corporation has provided independent technical and scientific research, development, and advisory services to national security space programs since 1960. We operate a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) for the United States Air Force and the National Reconnaissance Office, and support all national security space programs. We also apply more than 50 years of experience with space systems to provide critical solutions to technologically complex systems in such areas as communications, shipping, law enforcement, and cyber, among others.

From our inception, our highly skilled technical staff has focused on ensuring the success of every mission and developing the most effective and economic space-related hardware and software in the world. Our greatest asset is the technical expertise of our people. Our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities are staffed by some of the leading scientists in the world.

All Aerospace employees working in organizations with technical responsibilities are required to apply for and maintain at least a Secret clearance.  U.S. citizenship is required for those positions.

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 You can also review The Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law poster and the supplement, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement

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