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Aerospace & Aeronautics
Summer Intern - Electromechanical Control Engineer
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The Aerospace Corporation | El Segundo, California
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Job Description

The Aerospace Corporation has provided independent technical and scientific research, development, and advisory services to national security space programs since 1960. We operate a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) for the United States Air Force and the National Reconnaissance Office and support all national security space programs. We also apply more than 50 years of experience with space systems to projects for civil agencies like NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, commercial companies, universities, and international organizations in the national interest.

From our inception, our highly skilled technical staff has focused on ensuring the success of every mission and developing the most effective and economic space-related hardware and software in the world. Our greatest asset is the technical expertise of our people. Our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities are staffed by some of the leading engineers and scientists in the world.

The Electromechanical Control Department is charged with the responsibility of providing technical support in the area of control system hardware for both spacecraft and launch vehicles. We specialize in key components such as electric motors, gyroscopes, star trackers, encoders, accelerometers, reaction wheels, fast steering mirrors, servo mechanisms, GPS receivers, etc. Technical studies often involve the analysis, simulation, evaluation, or testing of control systems and their components. Experimental investigations may include controller design and implementation, data reduction and visualization, sensor and actuator performance evaluation, and electro-optical systems calibration and alignment.


  • Participate in the testing, modeling, simulation, and analysis of electromechanical control systems and components in support of various satellite or launch vehicle programs.
  • Apply engineering techniques, procedures, and criteria to a variety of problems.
  • Develop, operate, and maintain laboratory resources.
  • Perform technical studies and experimental investigations in a highly-structured team setting.
  • Written reports and oral presentations will be required, including the documentation and presentation of the design, development, execution, and results of technical studies and experimental investigations.
  • Tasks may include the development of independent analytical models and analysis tools.
  • Tasks may include the development of laboratory experiments, characterization of electromechanical hardware, and technical review of experimental data.
  • Tasks may involve interaction with other technical disciplines, working independently or as part of a team.




Security Clearance: Secret
Requisition Number: 6637



  • This is an entry level position that requires a minimum two years of experience with a bachelor's degree in engineering, math, physics, or computer science.
  • Currently pursuing an advanced degree in engineering, math, physics, or computer science.
  • Must have a combination of analytical and experimental skills.
  • Familiarity with the any of the following tools: MATLAB/Simulink, C/C++, Unix, Python, dSPACE, LabVIEW, SolidWorks, I-deas, HyperWorks, SPICE.
  • The ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, is essential.
  • A current DoD clearance, or ability to obtain and maintain one, is required.


  • An academic emphasis in controls is highly desired, with related interests or experience in the following: mechanical systems, robotics, lasers, optics, electronics, mechatronics, signal processing, guidance, navigation, miniaturized satellites (nanosat, picosat, femtosat, cubesat), or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, UAV, drones).
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas is desired: control system design and analysis, signal processing and filtering, electronic circuit design and analysis, mechanical design and analysis, real-time software development and rapid control prototyping.
  • Familiarity with control stability and performance analysis techniques is desirable.
  • A current SSBI clearance, or ability to obtain one, is preferred.

The Aerospace Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We believe that a diverse workforce creates an environment in which unique ideas are developed and differing perspectives are valued, and that produces superior customer solutions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or disability status.

About The Aerospace Corporation

The Aerospace Corporation, a world leader in the application of space technology, provides advanced scientific and engineering services for space and related high technology systems. As an independent, nonprofit corporation operating a federally funded research and development center, Aerospace performs objective technical analyses and assessments for a variety of government, civil, and commercial customers.