Guidance Navigation & Control (GNC) Engineer IV (part-time)

    • Job Tracking ID: 85347-341448
    • Job Location: Roseville, CA
    • Job Level: Mid Career
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: 05/04/2022
    • Years of Experience: 11+
    • Radford Job Code: 65274
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Job Description


Come be part of a team working on the latest advancements in unmanned aircraft.  Get to work on groundbreaking designs that will be the future of tactical aviation.  Perform a diverse array of engineering tasks related to the aerodynamic design, analysis, simulation, and test of unmanned aerial vehicles.  Help develop the control laws and flight control systems for our next generations of unmanned tactical air systems and target drones.  Work in a fast-paced environment that rapidly develops and deploys state of the art unmanned aircraft to a diverse array of customers and applications.  Be a part of the future of unmanned aviation




  • Aircraft  dynamics, subsystem modeling and simulation
  • Control system gain and filter design and stability margin evaluation
  • Evaluation of flight dynamics, flying qualities, and aircraft flight path performance
  • Perform non-linear control system robustness testing
  • Design and implement operator interfaces, autonomous logic algorithms, waypoint following, and path generation algorithms
  • Guidance algorithm development, analysis and test
  • Navigation system design, analysis, and test
  • Derive subsystem requirements and specifications
  • Support subsystem testing and verification
  • Flight test planning, execution, and analysis
  • Support aircraft design at all phases of development
  • Wind tunnel test planning support
  • 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. drawings, specifications, test procedures, technical reports, etc.).
  • Prepare and presents 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 flight test activities



Guidance, Navigation, & Control Engineer IV

  • Provide oversight to the Guidance, Navigation, and Control 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, stability and control, propulsion, modeling and simulation, and verification.
  • Stays current on the "state-of-the-practice" through training and industry involvement/exposure, and mentors the Guidance, Navigation, and Control group with this knowledge.
  • Mentors Level I-III Guidance, Navigation, & Control Engineers.


Other Job Functions

  • Other duties may be assigned




Experience and Skills




  • Understanding of basic aircraft dynamic modes
  • Understanding of flight control logic and automation
  • Ability to create a runtime environment for autonomous functions
  • Knowledge of basic software development process
  • 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

  • Ability to travel as necessary to perform job duties

  • Ability to effectively communicate professionally in writing or verbally with all levels of personnel

  • Demonstrated passion for customer satisfaction.
  • May be required to obtain and maintain a U.S. security clearance at the appropriate level (requires U.S. Citizenship)


Preferred Skills:

  • MATLAB and Simulink experience strongly preferred
  • Familiarity with C/C++ and Java software is strongly preferred
  • Familiarity with unmanned aircraft systems and operations is preferred
  • Understanding of autopilot flight control design is strongly preferred
  • Familiarity with unmanned aircraft systems and operations is preferred
  • Familiarity with software configuration management systems is preferred




Guidance, Navigation, and Control Engineer IV

  • Requires BS degree in Engineering (MS Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering preferred)
  • 11 + years related experience in related engineering discipline
  • 6+ years lead engineer experience in the aerospace industry



  • Office and or manufacturing environment
  • Ability to stand and sit for long periods of time
  • Ability to perform repetitive motion (keyboarding, 10-key phones)
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds
  • Frequent outside contact with customers and suppliers
  • May work extended hours or weekends



  • 10-25% May be required to support flight test activities, new business development, and customer maintenance occasionally

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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