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Closed Loop Control Designer, Engineer II

Date: Jan 24, 2023

Location: Savannah, GA, US

Company: Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation

Closed Loop Control Designer, Engineer II in  GAC Savannah

Unique Skills:

*** Upcoming graduates will be considered. Degree must be conferred prior to beginning employment.***



The Flight Sciences division is responsible for the design and development of the Gulfstream Flight Control Laws and Automated Guidance Systems. These systems are complex in nature and are designed by a highly cross-functional team of exceptional engineers in the areas of Flight Controls, Testing, and Airplane System Modeling. We are seeking candidates with broad skillsets and various levels of experience to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals and work on one of the most challenging companies in aviation, from right here at our Savannah facility. This includes interaction with auto-throttles, maneuvering, and guidance. The candidate will work in the Flight Dynamics Group and ultimately be responsible for generating the set of control laws and state machines that will control the motion of the airplane. Candidate will also generate and codify the safe operating regimes and high-level safety algorithms for the airplane from the perspective of the airplane handling qualities.



  • Modeling (linear and non-linear) of aerodynamics and systems
  • Design, implementation, experimentation, and optimization of fault tolerant control laws for vehicle level motion
  • Stability, safety, and reliability analysis of vehicle motion control laws 
  • Interface with Systems Engineering, Flight Controls, Flight Operations, Mechanical Systems, Propulsion, and Test and Development teams


  • Bachelor's in Engineering or another related field or equivalent work experience focused on closed loop control of a vehicle system
  • Experience in classic, optimal, robust, and adaptive control techniques and implementation (loop-shaping, Lyapunov, H-infinity, sliding mode control, LQG/LTR, model adaptive identification controllers, fuzzy-logic, etc)
  • Experience in one or more of the following: MIMO control of highly redundant systems, stability/robustness characterization for highly non-linear systems, flexible mode analysis in the context of motion control, autonomous vehicle controls development, fault tolerant/resilient control design
  • Expert in Matlab, Simulink
  • Experience with configuration management tools (SVN or similar)
  • Systems and controls documentation (logical flow charts, sequence diagrams, etc.)
  • Familiarity with digital signal processing and sensor fusion
  • Experience in Validation and Verification activities for software development


  • Deep understanding of aerodynamics and airplane systems
  • Experience with FAR Part 25 certification, ARP 4754A, and Handling Qualities Analysis (per MIL-STD-1797B or similar)
  • Vehicle simulation including analysis and modeling
  • System and state identification techniques (extended state observers)
  • Statistical estimation techniques (Kalman, extended Kalman, scented/unscented Kalman)
  • Low level implementation of digital controllers
  • Software-in-the-loop and hardware-in-the-loop testing of embedded systems
  • Validating computational models through experimental data analysis and system identification
  • Familiarity with DO-178C and DO-331 for software requirements, validation, and verification
  • Experience performing Hardware in the Loop testing, including unit testing (test bench) and in a lab integrated with peripheral systems and real-time simulations
  • Completion of at least one commercial vehicle program or motion control product (in robotics, automation/fabrication, machine tools) with significant ownership of system dynamics modeling, motion control algorithm design and implementation, sensor integration and calibration, or integration of motor and power electronics



Education and Experience Requirements

Bachelor's Degree Engineering or a related curriculum required or equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to perform the essential functions of the job. 18 months related Engineering experience. Experience credit will be considered for related advance degrees limited to 2 years for Master's and 4 years for PhD in field applicable to the job position.

Position Purpose:

Performs engineering work related to the investigation and the solution of technical problems associated with research, design, development, service and manufacture of Gulfstream aircraft.

Job Description

Principle Duties and Responsibilities:

Essential Functions:
  1. Solves typical engineering problems within assigned discipline .
  2. Provides technical assistance to engineering staff and contributes to completion of project milestones .
  3. Responsible for a complex engineering assignment, or a full project of lesser complexity .
  4. Follows established schedules while developing plans for engineering assignments .
  5. Obtains appropriate level of supervisor approvals for work accuracy and adequacy .
  6. Proficiently applies company/organization policies and procedures .

Additional Functions:
  1. Actively works to improve daily processes, and ensures all work meets customer requirements .
  2. Maintains a current and up-to-date knowledge of developments and application of technical principles, theories, and concepts in assigned field of expertise .

Perform other duties as assigned.

Other Requirements:
  1. The level of technical skills and abilities appropriate for this grade will be established by each discipline.
  2. Applies knowledge to provide solutions to a variety of technical problems of moderate scope and complexity, using a combination of judgment with defined practices and procedures.
  3. Failure to achieve results, or erroneous decisions or recommendations, may cause delays in program schedules and/or allocation of additional resources.
  4. Ability to convey technical concepts in both written and verbal formats.
  5. Contacts are primarily within the organization, with occasional customer contacts on routine issues.
  6. Works under general supervision for routine tasks of minor complexity.
  7. With supervision/mentorship, can coordinate the activities for lower level engineering staff.

Additional Information

Requisition Number: 182674

Category: Engineering

Percentage of Travel: Up to 25%

Shift: First

Employment Type: Full-time

Posting End Date: 02/14/2023 


Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled.



Gulfstream will consider employment visa sponsorship, if applicable.


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