Flight Systems Aerospace/Mechanical Engineer - Intern

Huntsville, AL |Intern
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Position Description

Dynetics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Leidos, is seeking a talented Aerospace or Mechanical Engineer to join a diverse team creating unique solutions for complex flight vehicle engineering challenges for an internship. Dynetics provides responsive, cost-effective engineering, scientific, and IT Solutions engaging in the defense, space, cyber, and commercial fields.

This position is for an internship for aero or mechanical engineering student within the Flight Systems Department as part of the Missiles &Aviation Division. Engineers in the Flight Systems Department provide solutions to complex, technical problems involving analysis, design, flight testing and/or autonomous solutions of various types of missiles, space systems, hypersonics, acquisition systems, fixed & rotary wing aircraft, and more.

Engineers in this position will work closely with full-time engineers and complete a technical project involving one or more of the following areas:

- Developing and maintaining simulations to evaluate performance and flight dynamics of various types of aerospace systems.

o Create 6-DOF, 3-DOF, and/or hardware-in-the-loop (HWIL) simulations by incorporating aerodynamic & propulsion models, Guidance/Navigation/Control (GNC) algorithms, and other features to accurately characterize the capabilities of foreign or domestic missiles systems and other flight vehicles.

o Conduct accurate, timely, detailed analysis of vehicle dynamics, complete design trade-studies, support mission planning operations, prepare for live flight test events, as well as other responsibilities.

o Provide accurate assessments to make programmatic design decisions and/or inform Department of Defense policy makers, acquisition program, warfighter consumers, or other organizations to support their needs.


- Support design & analysis of GNC efforts for various flight systems.

o Create guidance/autopilot routines for various aerospace vehicles, many being complex, “niche” weapon systems that require novel techniques.

o Develop or improve toolsets to support future efforts and evaluate/improve existing algorithms. Implement algorithms into 6-DOF simulations, HWIL facilities, and operational flight software.

o Assess, test, integrate, and/or develop navigation systems in simulation and hardware environments. Candidate will leverage sim and experimental data to evaluate GPS, IMU, and other sensors as well as implement Kalman filter algorithms.

o Conduct trade studies for design decisions, develop techniques to verify performance, and support flight tests with pre-flight predictions and post-flight analyses.


- Support design, development, analysis, and test for UAV embedded systems, sensors, and training applications

o Develop modular aircraft dynamics models based on first principles for use in performance analysis and operator training. Engineer must design and test simulation interface with executive flight software and/or HWIL environments.

o Assist systems engineering and flight-test support as needed.

Basic Qualifications

This position requires a fundamental understanding of aerospace and mechanical engineering concepts, particularly including vehicle flight dynamics, mechanics, guidance/navigation/controls, aerodynamics, and propulsion combined with a solid foundation of programming experience in MATLAB/Simulink, C/C++, Python, or other language.

Candidate must possess strong technical communication skills and an ability to work both independently and in collaborative team environments.

Candidates must be a resident of North Alabama area or willing to temporarily relocate in order to work on-site at the Huntsville, AL office.

Candidates must be a student pursuing a Bachelor’s (or graduate) Degree in Aerospace, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, or related field from an ABET accredited school with a minimum GPA of 3.2.

Candidate must be a US citizen.

Other Qualifications

Pursuing Master’s Degree in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering.

Familiarity with DoD digital engineering paradigm and experience

Prior work with post-flight data analysis

Strong math skills in the areas of linear algebra, matrix math, statistics, trigonometry, and coordinate transformation

Experience with

- Linux, hardware-in-the-loops simulation architectures, and/or GPS simulators

- Configuration management software, such as Git or Mercurial

- Trajectory analysis tools, such as TAOS or OTIS

- Using numerical optimization techniques

- Simulink code-generation

- Optimal estimation and controls

- Sensor fusion and state estimation techniques (eg. Kalman or Particle Filters)

- Terrestrial navigation, SAASM, M-Code, and GPS-denied operations

- GNC applications of flight vehicles, guided munitions, and/or UAS systems

- Aircraft systems including sensors, actuators, embedded systems, and electrical power

Private/commercial piloting and/or RC/UAS piloting

Security Requirements

Candidate must be a US Citizen and possess (and be able to maintain) a Final Secret Clearance or meet the eligibility to obtain (and maintain) a Secret Clearance.

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