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Senior Rocket Aerospace Engineer

Job ID: 2302414
Location: SAN BERNARDINO, CA, United States
Date Posted: Sep 27, 2023
Category: Engineering and Sciences
Subcategory: Systems Engineer
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: Secret
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: None
Potential for Remote Work: No Remote
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Job Description


SAIC is seeking experienced and highly motivated engineers to join our team of Rocket Scientists in San Bernardino, CA!

Tired of the long commute into the Los Angeles area, SAIC has exciting aerospace engineering opportunities in the Inland Empire.  The Inland Empire has affordable housing and commute times much shorter than typical commutes into the LA area since our SAIC Engineering office is located on the east side of Los Angeles.  Commit your years of experience, or build on your current engineering skills to a future of excellence as you help shape the future of the United States missile technology.  Develop critical aerospace skills and learn from some of the best in the industry for rocket technology.    

SAIC is currently the key support contractor for the Force Development Evaluation (FDE) Program to the Air Force and SAIC provides aerospace engineering analysis and modeling/simulation support as part of a multi-contractor team.  SAIC is looking for an energetic and highly motivated engineer to become the next generation telemetry expert for a variety of interesting rocket programs.  At the SAIC San Bernardino engineering center, we are multi-discipline team of propulsion, structures, fluid mechanics, software, controls, and avionics engineers. We support the Rocket System Launch Program (RSLP) which is a United States Space Force program that provides quick access to space to other government agencies in addition to ICBM technical analysis.  Working in the SBCA engineering center provides a unique and diverse opportunity to work with various launch vehicle programs (besides MMIII) and contractors throughout the country and perform independent analysis of the launch vehicle designs.  Don’t miss this great opportunity to contribute to one of the most exciting and challenging development and sustainment efforts in the Department of Defense (DoD).  

Role and Responsibilities:

·       Perform post flight verification of simulation predictions

·       Guidance system error modeling

·       Perform hazards analysis for various launch vehicles

·       Perform analyses of launch vehicles to ensure mission requirements are met

·       Autopilot linear stability analysis

·       Non-linear six-degree-of-freedom (6DOF) simulation analysis

·       Validation of 6DOF simulation models

·       Review and verify system level and launch vehicle requirements

·       Develop, modify, and maintain software tools that predict pre-flight performance under nominal, off-nominal, and Monte Carlo flight conditions

·       Update models based on designs, test results, and other data

·       Review and support GNC team members working a variety of missions

·       Support design reviews and milestones as necessary

·       Prepare presentations, reports, and other contract deliverables related to analyses performed

·       Present results of analyses to internal staff members, and customer

·       Perform GN&C covariance analyses to estimate accuracy of missile GN&C subsystem

·       Perform studies to estimate missile weapon system accuracy as a result of changes to accuracy error models

·       Assess accuracy data and evaluate statistics associated with error model and validation

·       Prepare presentations, reports, and other contract deliverables related to analyses performed


Minimum Qualifications:

·       Active DoD Secret security clearance

·       BS in aerospace/aeronautics, mathematics/statistics, computer science, physics, or a related discipline with 7+ years' experience in industry, or a MS in these disciplines with 5+ years' experience in industry 

·       Proficiency with one or more of the following scientific programming languages: MATLAB, FORTRAN, C++, Python (preference given for multiple languages)

·       Experience with one or more of the following: missile and/or aircraft dynamics, missile and/or aircraft GN&C, feedback control theory, estimation theory, inertial navigation, Global Positioning System (GPS) (preference given for multiple skills)

·       May require up to 10% travel

Desired Qualifications:

·       MS in aerospace/aeronautics, electrical or mechanical engineering, computer science, physics, or a related discipline

·       Strong background in computer science, to include object-oriented programming, compilers, and shell scripting in a Linux environment

·       Experience with design validation and/or verification of missile and/or aircraft GN&C systems through 6-DOF simulation and/or covariance analyses

·       Experience in giving presentations and interfacing with USAF customers

·       Experience with ICBM weapon systems

Target salary range: $100,001 - $125,000. The estimate displayed represents the typical salary range for this position based on experience and other factors.

Covid Policy: SAIC does not require COVID-19 vaccinations or boosters. Customer site vaccination requirements must be followed when work is performed at a customer site.


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