Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems GNC Engineer in Wallops Island, Virginia

GNC Engineer

Locations:Wallops Island, VA

Categories: Engineering and Sciences

Job Description

Job ID:JSD20181107-46517

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems that impact people’s lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of many technological advancements in our nation’s history - from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work — and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they’re making history.

Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation-related systems to customers around the world. Our main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; missile products, subsystems and defense electronics; precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition; satellites and associated space components and services; and advanced aerospace structures.

Overview:

Seeking an Engineer to work in the Guidance, Navigation, & Control (GNC) section. This position will require an individual to be able to work individually and work in a team environment. Applicant will work on a variety of projects, typically multiple at any one time. Applicant will be the Attitude Control System or GNC engineer for sounding rocket missions. The application will support system development throughout the entire mission life cycle including launch at remote sites. Travel is required. Typical travel to the remote launch site lasts 4 to 6 weeks.

This position requires the ability to understand and apply a broad range of technical disciplines germane GNC problems. These areas include but are not limited to: control systems design and analysis, attitude and navigation solutions, software (C and others, real-time applications), electrical H/W – digital and mixed-signal, mechanical systems, cold gas pneumatics, and various sensors including rate gyros, inertial measurement units, star trackers, accelerometers, and magnetometers. The applicant is expected to provide most technical contributions in VHDL design and implementation. The VHDL component of the job is only a small portion of the overall job duties (< 10%). Training for VHDL may be provided. The applicant may also be expected to provide software development and maintenance support. The applicant also must be able to adeptly communicate GNC concepts within the program and to the customer in written, oral, and presentation formats. The Applicant will be working with high pressure pneumatics systems.

This position supports NASA’s Sounding Rocket Operations Contract (NSROC) at the Wallops Flight Facility. NSROC supports approximately 20 sounding rocket shots per year. This program supports a range of scientific and government experiments. Missions are flown from a variety of launch sites including Wallops, White Sands Missile Range, Poker Flats Rocket Range, Alaska, Kwajalein, Andöya, Norway, and Svalbard. Applicants are encouraged to read about the Sounding Rocket Program and familiarize themselves with the Wallops Island area prior to applying.

Job Description:

  • Perform analyses of attitude control systems, attitude control problems, navigation issues, sensor performance and their contribution to system performance.

  • Applies comprehensive knowledge of engineering concepts, procedures and practices to GNC problems.

  • Participate in technical design/modification negotiations with customers.

  • Present system designs and analyses to customer and a variety of technical disciplines.

  • Performs system integration and testing of in-house and subcontractor-supplied ACS and BGS systems.

  • Analyze post-flight data and redesigns or modifies equipment to improve performance.

  • Perform integration tests to validate assemblies.

  • Contribute to the development of new engineering products or specialty products and develop engineering specifications for applicable projects.

  • Maintain and extend existing VHDL implementations. Develop VHDL implementations for new system designs.

  • Design, development, manufacturing, refurbishment and evaluation of hardware relevant to ACS Sensors and Pneumatic Attitude Control Systems

  • Develop the ability to support the design of software for attitude control systems and associated hardware and support equipment.

  • Work with data from various attitude sensors including particularly a roll gimbal mounted fiber optic gyro with on-board flight computer.

  • Coordinate the efforts of multiple engineers, technicians, and fabrication areas.

  • Test control systems which includes high-pressure hardware and electro-mechanical components relevant to the control payload attitude.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Computer Science, or relevant technical area

  • 1-2 years engineering experience

  • Aptitude for digital logic design and VHDL implementation

  • Demonstrated C or C# Programming capability

  • MATLAB experience

  • MS Office proficiency

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MS or higher in related discipline (reduces experience requirement).

  • 3 months or more experience with VHDL

  • Demonstrated control system capability

  • Real-time system development

  • GNC related experience

Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visitwww.northropgrumman.com/EEO. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

Job Type:Full Time

Desired Travel:less than 25%

Years of Experience:1-3 Years

Education:Bachelors

Expertise:Engineering

Group:Space