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Belcan Ground Autonomy Engineer in Kent, Washington

Ground Autonomy Engineer

Job Number: 302780

Category: Aerospace

Description: A Ground Autonomy Engineer role in Kent, WA is currently available through Belcan with one of our key aerospace clients. In this role, you will be responsible for designing control strategies and implementing safety-critical ground software for a rocket that will enable millions of people to live and work in space. As part of the Ground Autonomy group, you will support development of autonomous software behavior applied during critical launch operations such as propellant loading or terminal count. You should be comfortable in working in an often-uncertain environment, contributing to innovative solutions, while demonstrating individual leadership, technical competence, and attention to detail. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your dedicated commitment and detailed attention towards safe and repeatable spaceflight.

Ground Autonomy Engineer Job Duties:

  • Design and implement automated software applications for sequenced operations

  • Design efficient logic controllers and state machines to manage and instruct lower level control loops

  • Design fault-tolerant control systems and algorithms

  • Coordinate with ground operators and subsystem designers to understand system coupling, constraints, and other design considerations

  • Support systems analysis with a cross-functional mindset to support system level architectural decisions

  • Support prototype control system solutions

  • Support software verification efforts, including HIL qualification test programs

  • Assist in developing verification and validation procedures to ensure software products will perform as specified to meet system and subsystem requirements


  • B.S. in aerospace, electrical, mechanical, chemical or related engineering with 2+ years of control system design experience

  • Demonstrated advanced knowledge in developing control systems and software for complex linear and nonlinear subsystems including process modeling and simulation

  • Excellent technical writing and verbal communication skills

  • Experience with MATLAB and Simulink Stateflow

  • Experience with software verification and validation processes

Must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.


M.S. or Ph.D. in aerospace, electrical, mechanical, chemical, or related engineering

Experience with PLC/DCS for industrial applications

Experience with HMI design and alarm management

Experience with discrete or continuous control systems

Hands-on experience with hardware-in-the-loop testing and test development

Demonstrated ability to model, simulate, and validate the behavior of sensor and actuator subsystems across multiple domains (e.g. electro-hydraulic, power electronics, aerodynamic, thermodynamic, static and dynamic mechanical)

Good system engineering and configuration management skills

Experience with rockets, missiles or other aerospace vehicle systems

If you are interested in this Ground Autonomy Engineer role located Kent, WA please apply via the 'apply now' link provided.

Belcan is a global supplier of engineering, technical recruiting, and IT services to customers in the aerospace, industrial, and government sectors. Belcan engineers" better outcomes through adaptive and integrated services-from jet engines, airframe, and avionics to heavy vehicles, chemical processing, and cybersecurity. Belcan takes a partnering approach to provide customer-driven solutions that are flexible, scalable, and cost-effective. Our unique capabilities have led to continuous growth and success for over 60 years. We are a team-driven Equal Opportunity Employer committed to workforce diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to status as a protected

Location: Kent , WA

Minimum Experience (yrs):

Required Education: Not Specified


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