Sr Mechanical Engineer Job

Job ID: BDH20161509-36625

With projected annual revenues in of nearly $4.5 billion, approximately 12,000 employees, and operations in about 20 states, Orbital ATK is a company on the move. Our mission is to ensure that our customers accomplish their mission — whether it’s a technological breakthrough, a satellite launch, or protecting our nation. The company is the world’s leading supplier of solid rocket motors, a leading provider of launch vehicles, satellites and other space systems, and the nation’s largest manufacturer of ammunition.

Orbital ATK Space Systems Group designs, manufactures and operates small and medium-class spacecraft for communications, imaging, scientific, exploration and national security space applications. The Group is leading supplier of space components that power and enable satellites of all classes, provides technical engineering services to government agencies and laboratories, and is developing exciting new satellite servicing and advanced space flight technologies.

United in pride and shared goals, Orbital ATK employees come from diverse backgrounds and work together to deliver reliable, innovative and affordable solutions. Work with the best and unleash your potential.

If you are a dynamic, successful, driven professional, Orbital ATK is the company that will further your experience and career growth. We offer a highly competitive salary, comprehensive benefits including, medical, dental, 401k, tuition reimbursement, and much more.


We are seeking a Mechanical Engineer to work in the Guidance, Navigation, & Control (GNC) section. This position will require an individual to be able to work individually and work in a team environment. Applicant will work on a variety of projects, typically multiple at any one time. Applicant will be the Attitude Control Engineer or Boost Guidance Engineer for sounding rocket missions. The application will support development throughout the entire mission life cycle including launch at remote sites. Travel is required. Typical travel to the remote launch site lasts 3 to 6 weeks.

This position requires the ability to understand and apply a broad range of technical disciplines to GNC problems. These areas include but are not limited to: control systems design and analysis, attitude and navigation solutions, software (C and others, real-time applications), electrical design, mechanical systems, cold gas pneumatics, and various sensors including rate gyros, inertial measurement units, star trackers, accelerometers, and magnetometers. The applicant is expected to provide most technical contributions in the software and electrical hardware design area. The applicant also must be able to adeptly communicate GNC concepts within the program and to the customer in written, oral, and presentation formats. The Applicant will be working with high pressure pneumatics systems.

This position supports NASA’s Sounding Rocket Operations Contract (NSROC II) at the White Sands Missile Range. NSROC II supports approximately 20 sounding rocket shots per year. This program supports a range of scientific and government experiments. Missions are flown from a variety of launch sites including Wallops, White Sands Missile Range, Poker Flats Rocket Range, Alaska, Kwajalein, and Andöya, Norway.

Job Description:

Develop the ability to support the design of software for attitude control systems and associated hardware and support equipment. Applies comprehensive knowledge of engineering concepts, procedures and practices to GNC problems. Participate in technical design/modification negotiations with customers. Present designs and analyses to customer and a variety of technical disciplines. Performs integration and testing of in-house and subcontractor-supplied ACS and BGS systems. Analyze post-flight data and redesigns or modifies equipment to improve performance. Perform integration tests to validate assemblies. Design, development, manufacturing, refurbishment and evaluation of hardware relevant to ACS Sensors and Pneumatic Attitude Control Systems. Work with data from various attitude sensors including particularly a roll gimbal mounted fiber optic gyro with on-board flight computer. Contribute to the development of new engineering products or specialty products and develop engineering specifications for applicable projects. Coordinate the efforts of multiple engineers, technicians, and fabrication areas. Test control systems which includes high-pressure hardware and electro-mechanical components relevant to the control payload attitude.

Required Qualifications:

• Bachelors Degree (BA/BS) in Engineering, Physics, or Computer Science
• Demonstrated C Programming capability
• Demonstrated electrical hardware capability
• MATLAB experience
• MS Office proficiency

Preferred Qualifications:

• 5 years engineering experience or more
• MS or higher in related discipline (reduces experience requirement)
• Real-time system development
• GNC related experience

Orbital ATK is applying entrepreneurial thinking and commercial practices to deliver reliable, innovative and affordable products and services to our customers and grow our core areas while harnessing new technologies that will take our products – and your ideas – into the future. When encouraged to think beyond the ordinary, you’ll be amazed at what you can do!

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Salary Range
$97,000.00 - 149,000.00
per Year
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White Sands Missile Range, NM 88002, US