Senior Model-Based Design Engineer
This position designs and develops high integrity flight and mission-critical onboard software for UAV systems and delivers integrated and tested software in the unmanned aerospace system markets. The main purpose of this position is to shape the requirements, design and implement target hardware software, fully integrate and test software and support flight testing. This position generates software with a high degree of safety-critical rigor.
Aurora’s work environment provides significant responsibility and authority to implement robust, cost-effective, and high-performing technical solutions. As part of a dynamic, multidisciplinary team, this engineer participates hands-on in the full software life-cycle, from concept through implementation, integration all the way to flight test. This activity requires collaboration with other engineering disciplines in planning, design and development of systems to ensure software and hardware performance and compatibility. The position also requires authoring test plans and test cases, conducting unit, integration, and system-level testing. Typically, the applicant will use toolsets that support applications that run-in space and time partitions. These are typically on a real-time operating system executing on a wide range of processor families.
Aurora utilizes a structured, model-based-design approach to develop the flight control and associated software systems to fly autonomous aircraft. Aurora’s development environment requires sufficient rigor to pass challenging criteria for flight-critical software. We also tailor this approach to enable very efficient use of our developer’s time. Aurora structures our unit test approach to automate unit testing as much as possible. The use of MBD and appropriate rigor enables this approach.
Typical software functionality for a UAS includes guidance, navigation & control, mission sequencing, payload control, redundancy and contingency management, uplink and downlink packet encoding and decoding, converting between different serial protocols, hardware-in-the-loop simulation, ground based GUIs, and aircraft subsystem control (i.e., engine, electrical system, fuel system).