Modeling and Simulation Engineer III-IV

    • Job Tracking ID: 85347-327869
    • Job Location: Arlington, TX
    • Job Level: Mid Career
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: 05/06/2022
    • Years of Experience: 3+
    • Radford Job Code: 04723
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Job Description


Perform a diverse array of engineering tasks related to the simulation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and associated subsystems modeling in support of software and hardware integration and test environments here at KUAS. 



The duties and responsibilities listed below apply to all levels of Modeling and Simulation Engineers. A Modeling and Simulation Engineer is expected to demonstrate proficiency in these duties:

  • Simulation of airframe dynamics, systems, subsystems, and environmental conditions.

  • Generation and maintenance of six degree of freedom (6DOF) simulations.

  • Support integration with software in the loop (SWIL) and hardware in the loop (HWIL) simulations.

  • Support various hardware/software design, test, troubleshooting, and documentation activities.

  • Analyses in support of requirements generation, verification, and validation.

  • Prepare formal, controlled engineering documentation (i.e. design documentation, test plans, technical reports, etc.).

  • Prepare and present design review material in support of technical interchange meetings with suppliers and external/internal customers.

  • Support customer training activities.

  • Foreign and domestic travel to support test activities.

Modeling and Simulation Engineer I

  • Performs simple engineering tasks as assigned by their manager.


 Modeling and Simulation Engineer II

  • Performs moderate engineering tasks as assigned by their manager.

  • Acts as lead engineer as required for various contract deliverables.

  • Presents design review and technical interchange material to major customers.

  • Develop analyses in support of requirements generation, verification, and validation.

  • Provides onsite support during various test activities.

  • Mentors Level I Modeling and Simulation Engineers.

  • Supports business development efforts in preparation of proposals.




 Modeling and Simulation Engineer III

  • Performs complex engineering tasks as assigned by their manager.

  • Supports program planning of engineering activities through detailed scope definition.

  • May act as System Engineer to help communicate top level requirements to subsystems and determine proper verification and validation methods.

  • Reports progress on engineering efforts to technical leadership.

  • Provides direction and oversight, both technically and programmatically, to Modeling and Simulation Engineers.

  • Establishes and maintains best practices for design, analysis, and testing responsibilities held by the Flight Sciences group.

  • Mentors Level I-II Modeling and Simulation Engineers.


 Modeling and Simulation Engineer IV

  • Provide oversight to the Modeling and Simulation group to help prioritize and delegate group work given the company’s programmatic requirements.

  • Manages the engineering team’s effort and time within the budget and schedule provided for the task.

  • Acts as key liaison for programs (both internal and external) on all matters having to do with aerodynamic design and performance, propulsion, modeling and simulation, and verification.

  • Stays current on the "state-of-the-practice" through training and industry involvement/exposure, and mentors the Modeling and Simulation group with this knowledge.

  • Mentors Level I-III Modeling and Simulation Engineers.


Other Job Functions:

  • Other duties as assigned.




Experience and Skills


  • Highly self-motivated.

  • Versatile and adaptable to diverse engineering problems.

  • Demonstrated strength in one or more of the listed essential job functions.

  • Demonstrated focus on customer satisfaction.

  • Demonstrated strong communication skills.

  • Must be able to work in a multidisciplinary team environment.

  • Ability to travel as necessary to perform job duties.

  • Ability to maintain sensitive and confidential information as required by government standards.

  • Ability to interact effectively with peers and supervisors.

  • Ability to interact appropriately with the public when necessary.

  • Ability to adhere to workplace rules.



  • Knowledge of Matlab.

  • Knowledge and experience of processing large datasets.



  • 3+ years of flight test conductor or director experience.

  • Bachelor of Science in applicable aerospace related field.

  • Excellent real-time problem solving skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Hands on experience and in-depth knowledge of aerospace systems, preferably Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS).
  • Previous deployment experience at government or commercial test ranges.


  • Master of Science, flight test engineering or technical field.

  • Formal test pilot flight test engineering.

  • Multiple UAS platform experience.



  • Ability to crouch, stoop, lean over; must be able to lift 25-50+ pounds 20%+ of the time.
  • Good hand eye coordination with the ability to operate in a high-pressure quick decision-making environment.

  • Frequent outside contact with customers and suppliers.
  • May work extended hours or weekends.



  • 25-75% Travels both domestic and internationally.

As a federal contractor, and consistent with Executive Order 14042, we will require all newly hired employees in the United States to be fully vaccinated by December 8th 2021 or by your start date if it is after December 8th 2021, subject to approved medical, religious or other accommodation


Job Benefits


  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Tax Savings Accounts (HSA / FSA)
  • Life Insurance
  • Short Term Disability
  • Long Term Disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 401k
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan
  • PTO
  • Education Assistance Program
  • Paid Holidays
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