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Staff Satellite Guidance Navigation and Control (GNC)

Company: General Atomics
Location: Boulder
Posted on: September 18, 2022

Job Description:

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) designs and manufactures first-of-a-kind electromagnetic and electric power generation systems. GA-EMS' expanding portfolio of specialized products and integrated system solutions support critical fleet, space systems and satellites, missile defense, power and energy, and process and monitoring applications for defense, industrial, and commercial customers worldwide.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Satellite Guidance Navigation and Control (GNC) Engineer to join our Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) Group located in Boulder, CO. Our employees provide a multi-disciplinary, sometimes non-traditional, approach to generate innovative solutions to challenging technical problems in the national security arena. Our areas of expertise are in spacecraft payload and system development unique system development; ground control and operational software development; embedded software development; and unique cyber capabilities. Key customers include the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community.
With consultative direction, this position exercises considerable latitude in determining technical objectives for the review, research, design, development, and/or solution(s) for a designated engineering system(s) or project(s)/program(s).


  • Develop guidance, navigation, and control (GN&C) algorithms for satellite missions.
  • Rendezvous and Proximity Operations (RPO) system design, implementation, simulation and testing.
  • Establish, maintain and execute satellite attitude control simulation software.
  • Analyze the stability and robustness of guidance and control algorithms using control theory and Monte Carlo simulations.
  • Undertake requirements capture, performance trades and design activities.
  • Actively participate in system level design of satellite systems across all project phases, through attitude control subsystem architectural design development.
  • Provides direction to design or technical staff and may lead a team of moderately experienced professional staff.
  • Maintains the strict confidentiality of sensitive information.
  • Responsible for observing all laws, regulations and other applicable obligations wherever and whenever business is conducted on behalf of the Company.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or required.
    We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.

    Job Qualifications:
    • Typically requires a bachelors degree, masters degree or PhD in engineering or a related technical discipline from an accredited institution and progressive engineering experience as follows; six or more years of experience with a bachelors degree, four or more years of experience with a masters degree, or two or more years with a PhD. May substitute equivalent engineering experience in lieu of education.
    • Demonstrates an extensive technical expertise and application of engineering principles, concepts, theory, and practice with the ability to organize, plan, schedule, conduct, and coordinate workloads to meet established deadlines or milestones with some experience in project leadership.
    • Must possess the ability to understand new concepts quickly and apply them accurately throughout an evolving environment.
    • Experience in satellite attitude and orbit control systems.
    • Experience with Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technology, and implementations in satellite systems and their applications.
    • Experience with physics-based modeling of dynamic systems and Monte Carlo simulation analysis.
    • Experience developing software in C/C++ and Matlab/Simulink.
    • Ability to work within a multidisciplinary team environment.
    • Strong communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills are required enabling an effective leadership interface with other departments, all levels of management, professional and support staff, customers, potential customers, and government representatives.
    • Must be able to work on a self-initiated basis and in a team environment.
    • Able to work extended hours as required and adaptable to changing priorities and workloads.
    • US Citizenship is required as is the ability to maintain a Top Secret Security Clearance.Each job has a salary range which identifies the minimum, midpoint (market) and maximum base pay for the job. Pay rates are established based on the individual's knowledge, skill, experience and education/training needed to perform the job.

Keywords: General Atomics, Boulder , Staff Satellite Guidance Navigation and Control (GNC), Other , Boulder, Colorado

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