Data & Control Systems Engineer
Team and Role Overview
The structures test team is responsible for completing all development, acceptance, and qualification testing of the primary and secondary structure of the vehicle. This position will integrate with both the structures and avionics team to implement all of the control systems (hardware and software) for the structural test stands.
The Mission/Outcomes and Objectives
Our mission is to change people’s conception of the way rockets are built and flown. As the Data & Control Systems Engineer, you will be involved in every test we run. You will help to write our control software, select instrumentation, design wiring schematics, and troubleshoot field installations. As a part of the integrated software team, you will ensure that the structures test needs are represented and fulfilled.
Upon joining the team, your first priorities will be:
- Design actuator control circuitry
- Build out data acquisition capability
- Drive requirements for internal software tools
In order to be successful in this role, you should be equally at home working from your desk or in the test yard. Some days you will be working on the test stands to diagnose and solve electrical problems, while other days you will be designing new systems for upcoming test campaigns. You should be nimble and scrappy, but able with a constant eye to safety and quality.
The test team frequently shifts priorities and redistributes work amongst our teammates. You should be flexible and able to work in a very dynamic environment. You should be able to work independently, but willing to jump in wherever help is needed. The ideal candidate will specialize in electrons, but have a basic understanding of mechanical systems. The most successful candidates have a hunger to continually learn new skills and are not afraid to give and receive constructive feedback.
Minimum Required Skills and Competencies
- Undergraduate degree in STEM major (science, technology, engineering, and math) and at least 3 years of engineering experience
- Willing to travel as required (up to 20%)
- Demonstrated track record of completing hardware/software projects within time and budget constraints
- Experience designing, fabricating, and testing complex data & control systems
- Ability to develop and review complex electrical schematics.
- Knowledge of noise reduction, grounding, filtering, and other techniques necessary to ensure quality data.
- Demonstrated competency in at least 2 programming languages
- Able to work in a fast-paced and intense startup environment.
Preferred Skills and Competencies
- Experience in aerospace launch or test environment
- Comfortable working at heights or enclosed spaces
- Significant "hands on" experience
- Familiarity with EtherCAT architecture
- Demonstrated ability to tune and troubleshoot closed loop control systems
- Knowledge of common fluid test instrumentation and components, such as pressure transducers, thermocouples, flow meters, accelerometers, strain gauges, load cells, and solenoid/pneumatic/other valves.
This position must meet Export Control compliance requirements, therefore a United States Person as defined by 22 C.F.R. § 120.15 is required.
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.