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Embedded Controls Engineer

Business Unit UTC Aerospace Systems Req ID 46465BR Date posted 04/06/2017 City Hood River State Oregon Country United States

UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS) TASE Imaging Systems are the preferred tactical ISR solution, providing superior image quality and offer the lowest size, weight, and power (SWaP) available in the industry. Proven in the harshest environments, our payloads have flown hundreds of thousands of hours of unmanned and manned in theater military operations, public safety missions, and commercial surveillance projects.

The TASE family of systems provides full motion video via stabilized imaging platforms that provide intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance in military, civil, and commercial markets on unmanned and manned aircraft, as well as ground and marine vehicles.

Located in the heart of the scenic Columbia River Gorge, Hood River, Oregon is a hotbed for the unmanned aircraft industry consisting of dozens of partners and competitors. Situated less than an hour east of Portland, Hood River is home to world-class wind sports, skiing, biking, hiking, and fishing. The area offers some of the best restaurants, microbreweries and wineries in the Pacific Northwest.

The Embedded Controls System Engineer will primarily be responsible for implementing line of sight (LOS) control for multi-axis stabilized imaging platforms. The role requires close, cross-discipline collaboration with electrical, mechanical and software engineers to achieve state of the art inertial stabilization, optical target tracking, and target geolocation performance.

Responsibilities include developing system models and performing simulations, completing sensitivity analyses and defining error budgets, developing and optimizing control algorithms, realizing designs in hardware, and deriving electrical, mechanical, and software requirements to achieve performance goals.


Required Experience / Qualifications:

Experience developing dynamic system models and simulations

Experience with classical, multivariable, and optimal control design

Experience with MATLAB, Simulink, and/or other control system design tools

Experience with embedded motion control systems

Desired Experience / Qualifications:

Deep knowledge of systems design and software & hardware development practices

Demonstrated experience developing and implementing requirements specifications, technical specifications, and test procedures

Experience with visible and IR cameras, GPS, IMU / INS

Experience with inertial sensors, acquisition electronics, actuators & servo drives, microcontrollers, etc.

Experience with circuit design, including analysis, simulation, schematics capture and PCB layout

C language skills

Experience with SolidWorks

Desired Skills:

Strong analytical skills with excellent attention to detail

Strong organizational, written and verbal communication skills, including ability to present information to various audiences

Ability to multi-task and work under pressure and deadlines

Strong skills in debugging, performance optimization and unit testing.

Knowledge of the Product Life Cycle and Engineering Change Order processes

Typical Disciplines: Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or Physics.

US Person Required

Education: BS degree w/ 6-10+ years of experience
MS w/ 5-7+ years of experience
or PhD w/ 2-4+ years of experience

United Technologies Corporation is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status, age or any other federally protected class.

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