Senior Control Systems Engineer

Job Description

ATA is currently building a multi-disciplinary engineering team to support the development of Optical Communications and Tracking Systems for commercial and defense applications. ATA is looking for candidates who are interested in developing and implementing real-time, high-speed opto-mechanical control algorithms and systems. ATA offers a culture with small, agile, innovative teams who share a strong desire to create a work environment that is highly collaborative, well compensated, rewarding and fun. Highly qualified candidates can anticipate a more than competitive salary.

Essential Functions: 

  • - Work with research engineers in the design, development, implementation and analysis of
      servo control systems for a variety of applications

  • - Mathematical modeling of opto-mechanical and opto-electronic systems such as gimbaled
      pointing mechanisms and Fast-Steering Mirrors

  • - Design and analysis of servo controllers using classical control system design approaches
      (frequency and s-domain)

  • - Experience in hands-on design and implementation of real-time control systems development
      for opto-mechanical applications

  • - Performance prediction of systems where inputs are described by spectral density functions

  • - Controller implementation using both analog and digital approaches

  • - Experience at technical proposals, presenting to both technical and non-technical audiences

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work: 

This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This position occasionally requires long hours and weekend work.


Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-area and overnight travel may be required.

Required Education and Experience: 

  • - Minimum Bachelor of Science in engineering or equivalent experience

  • - United States Citizen, able to obtain and maintain a U.S. DoD Security Clearance

  • - Familiarity or coursework in systems engineering methods and tools

  • - Familiarity or experience with Optical Mechanical or Electrical systems

  • - Basic experience with MATLAB®/Simulink®

Preferred Education and Experience: 

  • - Master’s degree (or equivalent) or higher with primary focus in SERVO Mechanical and/or
      controls of optical systems

  • - Strong background in engineering physics of lasers and optical propagation within atmosphere

  • - Experience in design using both classical and modern control theory

  • - Well versed in MATLAB®/Simulink® and systems engineering tools

  • - Experience in any applied phase of optical control system development and test

  • - Current U.S. DoD Security Clearance

ATA prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. ATA conforms to the spirit as well as to the letter of all applicable laws and regulations. Please send all resumes, including cover letters, to Human Resources at Applied Technology Associates, 1300 Britt Street SE, Albuquerque, NM 87123. You may also fax them to (505) 998-2397, or e-mail them to  PLEASE REFER TO DOCKET No. ATA20190827.

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