GNC Engineer, Sr.

March 24, 2023
Offerd Salary:$123,760 - $185,640
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For over 50 years, AeroVironment has been a leader in advanced technologies and diverse innovations that have redefined how the world drives, flies, and connects.

If you thrive on a culture of relentless problem-solving and invention and want to work for a global front-runner where you tackle real-world challenges, then AeroVironment is the place for you.

Come join our group of innovative thinkers and discover how collaborative efforts produce extraordinary products that touch lives around the world. You can be a part of the team that developed these firsts: a controlled human- powered aircraft, the modern consumer electric car, a tiny hummingbird-like drone and a helicopter that flew on Mars. We also set flight records in near- space with our solar-powered aircraft, and we re-shaped the battlefield with portable, hand-held, tactical drones and loitering munitions. We have cemented our reputation around the world and in record books as unrivaled technological pioneers, including seven innovative vehicles in the Smithsonian Institution's permanent collection in Washington, DC.

While engineering for the future is what we do, we are ever-mindful of our strong commitment to purpose — to secure lives and advance sustainability through transformative innovation. The products and solutions we provide our customers help to save lives and contribute to a more sustainable environment.

Join us to help push beyond the realm of the possible with such future- defining technologies as robotics, sensors, software analytics and connectivity to generate ever-more meaningful actionable intelligence for our customers so they can proceed with certainty – and succeed.


The Sr. GNC Engineer ensures the engineering needs are met and assists in planning and deployment of the design of components and their integration into systems. This role encompasses a multi-disciplinary background to include GN&C (60%), flight testing (20%), PCB Design (5%), Software (5%) and other projects (10%). This role supports development of technical proposals and project estimates, drives technical and engineering conflicts to resolution and ensures the engineering needs of their assigned product development projects are met.

Position Responsibilities

  • Document designs and analyses with written reports, presentations, and Engineering drawings
  • Characterize, analyze, test, and troubleshoot control system hardware and software subsystems
  • Develop and maintain tools to perform robot test data reduction and analysis
  • Perform linearization of nonlinear models, and linear and non-linear controls analysis and algorithm design for stability, robustness, and performance
  • Analyze systems and flight test data to support model improvements and root cause investigation of failures and anomalies
  • Participate in and lead GN&C-related design requirements development and design reviews
  • Help develop and maintain reusable software and GN&C design components and integrate into new designs
  • Works on complex issues where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of variable factors
  • Determines methods and procedures on new assignments and may coordinate activities of other personnel (Team Lead)
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Basic Qualifications (Required Skills & Experience)

  • Bachelor's degree in a related engineering discipline is required or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience
  • 8+ years' of combined experience in aircraft design and/or project management, GN&C, flight testing, systems engineering and program management
  • Demonstrated hands-on attitude with a broad range of development experience
  • Has a comprehensive knowledge of engineering disciplines and prior experience leading the development of many of these systems for manned or unmanned air vehicles: Autopilot hardware and software; Flight control hardware and software; Part 23 & part 27 aircraft certification; Ground control communications hardware and software; Ground control support equipment; Air vehicle subsystems integration & test; Air vehicle systems communications hardware and software; High voltage electrical power systems
  • Travel within the continental U.S. is required to support flight test operations (up to 20%)
  • Other Qualifications & Desired Competencies

  • Having wide-ranging experience, uses professional concepts and company objectives to resolve complex issues in creative and effective ways
  • Understanding of frequency domain and state space representations of dynamic systems
  • Understanding of linear controls design and analysis tools and techniques
  • Understanding of robotic dynamics and control concepts
  • Understanding of basic aircraft and helicopter flight dynamics a plus
  • Familiarity with aided inertial navigation systems concepts and techniques
  • Understanding of classical and modern controls design and analysis approaches
  • Familiar with Monte Carlo, hardware-in-the-loop, and/or 6DOF simulation environments
  • Able to excel in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment, where small teams share a broad variety of duties
  • Displays strong initiative and drive to accomplish goals and meet company objectives
  • Takes ownership and responsibility for current and past work products
  • Is committed to learning from mistakes and driven to improve and enhance performance of oneself, others, and the company
  • Has effective problem-solving, analytical, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Focuses on teamwork, collaboration and puts the success of the team above one's own interests
  • Physical Demands

  • Ability to work in an office and R&D environment (Constant)
  • Required to sit and stand for long periods; talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone keyboard (Frequent)
  • The salary range for this role is:

    $123,760 - $185,640

    AeroVironment considers several factors when extending an offer, including but not limited to, the location, the role and associated responsibilities, a candidate's work experience, education/training, and key skills.

    ITAR Requirement:

    This position requires access to information that is subject to compliance with the International Traffic Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) and/or the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”). In order to comply with the requirements of the ITAR and/or the EAR, applicants will be asked to provide specific documentation to verify U.S. person status under the ITAR and the EAR. A “U.S. person” according to their definition is a U.S. citizen, U.S. lawful permanent resident (green card holder), or protected individual such as a refugee, or asylee. See 22 CFR § 120.15. Some positions will require current U.S. Citizenship due to contract requirements.

    Benefits : AV offers an excellent benefits package including medical, dental vision, 401K with company matching, a 9/80 work schedule and a paid holiday shutdown. For more information about our company benefit offerings please visit: https:// www.

    We also encourage you to review our company website at https:// www. to learn more about us.

    Principals only need apply. NO agencies please.

    Who We Are

    Based in California, AeroVironment (AVAV) is a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and tactical missile systems. Founded in 1971 by celebrated physicist and engineer, Dr. Paul MacCready, we've been at the leading edge of technical innovation for more than 45 years. Be a part of the team that developed the world's most widely used military drones and created the first submarine-launched reconnaissance drone, and has seven innovative vehicles that are part of the Smithsonian Institution's permanent collection in Washington, DC.

    Join us today in developing the next generation of small UAS and tactical missile systems that will deliver more actionable intelligence to our customers so they can proceed with certainty – and succeed.

    What We Do

    Building on a history of technological innovation, AeroVironment designs, develops, produces, and supports an advanced portfolio of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and tactical missile systems. Agencies of the U.S. Department of Defense and allied military services use the company's hand-launched UAS to provide situational awareness to tactical operating units through real-time, airborne reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.

    AeroVironment Incorporated is an equal opportunity employer, M/F/D/V and works in compliance with both federal and state laws. We are committed to the concept regarding Equal Employment opportunity. Qualified candidates will be considered for employment regardless of race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, medical condition nor disability, genetics, veteran and all others that may apply.


    U.S. Citizenship is required. Secret or Top Secret clearance, or the ability obtain a clearance is desired.

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