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GNC Engineer II

Company: Edge Autonomy (formerly UAV Factory)
Location: San Luis Obispo
Posted on: August 7, 2022

Job Description:

Edge Autonomy, headquartered in San Luis Obispo, California, is a leader in unmanned and autonomous systems technology and was established with the goal of developing the most advanced platforms and sensors in the unmanned systems market. Edge Autonomy brings a diverse ecosystem of unmanned platforms, EO/IR camera payloads, and unmatched global reach with manufacturing and flight test facilities that service customers with innovation, speed, and agility. With an experienced talent pool and global base of employees, including some of the world's top unmanned systems engineers and payload sensor experts, Edge Autonomy helps customers positively impact Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) operations in innovative and cost-effective ways. Edge Autonomy benefits from its vertically integrated operations and global footprint, including over 150,000 square feet of manufacturing facilities on two continents, with key support offices located in Bend, Oregon, and Herndon, Virginia. Learn more about Edge Autonomy at
Position SummaryEdge Autonomy is looking for a GNC Engineer II to grow our small and agile team of engineers. We are looking for a candidate who can collaborate well with a small team to develop unmanned aircraft products for military and commercial applications. The work is hands-on, fast-paced, fun, and rewarding. There is a good variety of projects and challenges and exposure to multiple disciplines, including aerospace, mechanical, electrical, and software.Responsibilities This is not necessarily an all-inclusive list of job-related responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts, requirements or working conditions. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned.

  • Design and develop guidance, navigation, and flight control algorithms for unmanned fixed-wing and VTOL aircraft
  • Verify control law performance and troubleshoot flight control issues using 6-DOF analysis tools, SIL/HIL simulation, and flight test data
  • Write, test, and document C/C++ autopilot software code
  • Analyze customer-supplied flight data to figure out what went wrong, and work out how to make it better
  • Generate shop and flight test plans to explore or validate vehicle behavior
  • Participate in flight test activities
  • Analyze flight logs to (help) determine the root cause of issues
  • Perform simulations to answer what-if questions
  • Analyze vehicle firmware and communicate with the firmware team
    Required Qualifications
    • 3+ year's work experience in flight control for UAS, software implementation of flight control systems, flight performance testing, flight data review
    • 3+ years of relevant experience developing flight control software for fixed-wing aircraft, with demonstrated understanding of fixed-wing aircraft dynamics, control theory/design/analysis, and navigation theory/design/analysis
    • Demonstrated proficiency in C/C++
    • Experience working in computer model-based development of flight control systems, including proficiency in MATLAB/Simulink or another model-based development toolset
    • Strong background in sensor fusion
    • Familiar with sensor and actuator characteristics and limitations
    • Experience tuning PID controllers, state estimators, signal processing, path planning
    • Control system simulation, implementation, test, and verification experience
    • Must understand engineering concepts, principles, and theory and experience demonstrating the application of those concepts
    • Must have strong communication, computer, documentation, presentation, and interpersonal skills, ability to work independently and as part of a team
      Preferred Experience
      • Experience with embedded system development and signal processing
      • Experience designing and implementing software for embedded real-time control systems for unmanned aircraft and/or robotics
        Hiring Requirements
        • If an offer of employment is extended, a background check is required, and the offer of employment is contingent on the results
        • This is a salaried position requiring 40 hours a week during normal business hours. Additional hours may be required to support development or production goals
        • Being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 is a condition of employment at Edge Autonomy. Proof of vaccination or an accommodation request approved by Edge Autonomy will be required prior to starting employment with the company
        • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain a clearance -Work ConditionsConditions will vary. -Most work performed in enclosed buildings. -Must be able to stand or sit for prolonged periods of the time, walking, lifting, and reaching. -Must be capable of lifting 20 lbs., 20+lbs. assisted by other employees as needed. -Standard business hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm with a one-hour lunch period. -A Note on Our Response to COVID-19Our workplace requires that all employees be fully vaccinated. Persons with documented medical issues or sincerely held religious beliefs will be reasonably accommodated in accordance with applicable law. Employment is contingent upon proof of vaccination or exemption. -Edge Autonomy is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for our employees. While we continue to meet our commitments delivering the highest quality product to our customers, the health, safety, and wellbeing of our employees and their families remains our top priority. As the situation evolves, so does our plan. Not only are we following all CDC, state, and local guidelines, but we're taking extra precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We remain vigilant and will continue to be proactive in keeping our community safe. - -What we OfferAt Edge Autonomy we care about all team members. We offer a positive culture with opportunities for career growth, competitive compensation, and a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, vision insurances, paid vacation time, paid holidays, additional paid sick time, and a 401(k)-retirement plan with up to 4% company matching contribution. -Edge Autonomy is an Equal Opportunity EmployerEdge Autonomy, -Inc. -is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.All job requirements are subject to possible revision to reflect changes in the position requirements or to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a threat or risk to the health and safety of themselves or other employees. This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to which will be required in this position. Employees will be required to follow other job-related duties as requested by their supervisor/manager (within guidelines and compliance with Federal and State Laws). Continued employment remains on an "at-will" basis. -All responses will be handled with strict confidentiality. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Keywords: Edge Autonomy (formerly UAV Factory), San Luis Obispo , GNC Engineer II, Engineering , San Luis Obispo, California

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