Guidance & Control Engineer

in Lompoc, CA

Guidance & Control Engineer Job

Job Description Job Attributes+

  • Job ID

    80452BR

  • Job Location

    Lompoc, CA 93437, US

  • Job Category

    Engineering & Technology

  • Job Type

    Full-Time

  • Clearance Level

    Top Secret

  • Career Level

    Experienced

  • Travel

    <10%

Job Description

BAE Systems employees serve on the forefront of our nation’s defense program. BAE Systems is looking for well qualified professionals to join our team for an exciting opportunity to support the readiness and sustainment of the USAF Minuteman III (MMIII) Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) program. It is America’s only dedicated ICBM Test Range professionally executing tests that accurately measure the current and future capability of the nation’s ICBM force. This mission helps to establish accuracy and reliability planning factors under operational conditions, detects changes in weapon system accuracy and reliability, identifies areas for weapon system modification or improvement, and verifies operational effectiveness and suitability through demonstration. This position will directly support the MMIII ICBM program through operational test launch preflight planning, launch support and post launch analysis. We offer our team of experienced, professional employees, an environment of challenging, stimulating and personally and professionally rewarding career opportunities.
This position will be located at Vandenberg SFB, CA.

Required Education, Experience, & Skills

Essential Functions:

  • Provide engineering & technical support for minuteman III missile guidance systems.

  • Provide engineering & technical support for missile guidance system instruments.

  • Provide support analysis for hardware receipt inspections, hardware and software processing and system integration, launch preparation and test data evaluation.

  • Provide engineering and technical expertise to support the preparation and launch of the MMIII ICBM in accordance with Range Commander`s Council 319 and 324-01 guidance and Western Range requirements to include radars, telemetry, communications, data transport and displays.

  • Have an understanding of MMIII flight sequence of events.

  • Support MMIII operational test launch preflight mission planning, test launch meetings and post launch flight assessment and analysis discussions.

  • Provide on-site engineering expertise, insight, corrective action, guidelines and information concerning the MMIII weapon system in areas of Aerospace Vehicle Equipment (AVE) consisting of missile guidance systems, solid rocket motors, booster inter-stages, arm-disarm switches, flight controls, missile ordnance devices, liquid propulsion systems, destruct systems, Operational Ground Equipment (OGE), and test support equipment.

  • Prepare and publish prelaunch processing reports, missile test data, white paper briefing material, quick-look evaluations and vehicle performance reports.

  • Be responsible for MMIII prelaunch processing tasks which include monitoring processing operations, verifying missile test data, evaluating missile guidance instrument performance and provide weapon system guidance instrument analysis.

  • Monitor weapon system performance utilizing various weapon system monitoring equipment.

  • Develop test plans and procedures and review test documentation as required.

  • Provide training to the customer as required.

  • Provide engineering support necessary to support the Air Force with missile flight test anomalies and provide analysis in determining causes/malfunctions and develop corrective action solutions through pre & post launch data reviews.

  • Support special studies and analysis as required.

  • Monitor current and future range instrumentation capabilities and requirements and coordinate with subsystem contractors as needed.

  • Be able to evaluate telemetry data for accuracy and provide analysis on performance of guidance instruments which impacts operational force readiness.

  • Coordinate with Air Force customer to resolve any technical support problems.

  • Assist in analysis and understanding of missile systems and associated parameters required to operate and assess their performance.

  • Maintain MMIII historical guidance data and perform comparison data analysis of subsystems.

  • Must be familiar with the MMIII Security Classification Guide.

  • Must understand MMIII telemetry requirements, work with analog measurements, discrete data, digital data, and operational ground/flight computer words and have an ability to perform derived data products produced from IRIG Chapter 10 telemetry files.

  • Perform other duties as required.

  • Must be detail oriented, self-motivated and able to work independently.

  • Must be able to operate under a timeline driven process environment and able to solve problems relatively quickly and supportive IAW USAF technical directives.

  • Must possess good verbal and written technical communication skills.

  • Continuously strive to maintain and enhance the technical reputation of BAE Systems with customers and industry.


Previous experience in solid missile guidance system theory and western range IRIG chapter 10 telemetry standards is desired. Must be able to work reliably with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Mat Lab and MM telemetry IRIG chapter 10 software tools.
Must be able to obtain and maintain a DoD Top Secret Security Clearance, which includes U.S. citizenship or U.S. naturalization.
Valid U.S. Driver’s License required.
Some travel required.

Preferred Education, Experience, & Skills

Must be able to obtain and maintain a DoD Top Secret Security Clearance, which includes U.S. citizenship or U.S. naturalization.

About BAE Systems Intelligence & Security BAE Systems, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of BAE Systems plc, an international defense, aerospace and security company which delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. Improving the future and protecting lives is an ambitious mission, but it’s what we do at BAE Systems. Working here means using your passion and ingenuity where it counts – defending national security with breakthrough technology, superior products, and intelligence solutions. As you develop the latest technology and defend national security, you will continually hone your skills on a team—making a big impact on a global scale. At BAE Systems, you’ll find a rewarding career that truly makes a difference.

Intelligence & Security (I&S), based in McLean, Virginia, designs and delivers advanced defense, intelligence, and security solutions that support the important missions of our customers. Our pride and dedication shows in everything we do—from intelligence analysis, cyber operations and IT expertise to systems development, systems integration, and operations and maintenance services. Knowing that our work enables the U.S. military and government to recognize, manage and defeat threats inspires us to push ourselves and our technologies to new levels.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:
At BAE Systems, we work hard every day to nurture an inclusive culture where employees are valued and feel like they belong. We are conscious of the need for all employees to see themselves reflected at every level of the company and know that in order to unlock the full potential of our workforce, everyone must feel confident being their best, most sincere self and be equipped to thrive. We provide impactful professional development experiences to our employees and invest in social impact partnerships to uplift communities and drive purposeful change. Here you will find significant opportunities to do meaningful work in an environment intentionally designed to be one where you will learn, grow and belong.

Additional Information

Who We Are

You're used to protecting what matters most.

Throughout your career in the military, you've been dedicated to improving security, defending freedom and making the world a safer place. Now you can continue that commitment through cyber operations, intelligence analysis, and building combat vehicles and electronic systems. We’re proud to provide solutions and services that advance the strength and security of America and our allies – and we’re honored to offer an environment where veterans and reservists can continue doing mission-centered work. In all that we do, we are guided by our company values – trusted, innovative and bold – understanding that it’s not just what we do, but how we do it that underpins our success.
+ The Organization

Our team has the privilege and the responsibility of knowing that the work we do really matters. Our work is vital to the armed forces personnel and major corporations who rely on us to protect, equip and support them where it counts; to the security and prosperity of the nations we serve; to our skilled and talented people; to the local communities where we are based; and to the wider community who invest in, supply and engage with us. At BAE Systems, everyone can make a difference.

+ The Culture

We believe that a diverse workforce inspires creativity and drives innovation. We respect and value the huge variety of skills, abilities and perspectives that our people bring to our business. We celebrate our differences and aim to recruit and develop talent from all backgrounds, championing the strength that a truly inclusive and collaborative workplace gives to our company culture and performance.

+ The Work

Enjoy a flexible environment that values your work-life balance and helps you perform at your best.

+ The Opportunity

On the job training, leadership programs, collaboration with leading experts – excellence is built into your career development whether you are just starting out as an apprentice or are an experienced professional.

+ The People

We’re united by trust, camaraderie and a shared ambition to lead the world in our field. It helps that we’re nice people too.

+ The Reward

See your contribution, making real change as breakthrough technology and intelligence solutions reshape the landscape for our customers.

What We Offer

+ Warrior Integration Program (Est. 2008)

This program was created to assist in the employment, transition, education, and development of wounded warriors. Through mentoring, partnership, education, and leadership, we vow to serve our veterans in the same manner they served our country. WIP provides mission-centered work that gives wounded warriors the opportunity to contribute, providing a path for career progression.

+ Camo to Corporate (Est. 2013)

Camo to Corporate underpins all of our military recruiting and veteran efforts. We participate in annual career workshops and partner with VA employment reps to identify opportunities for vets at BAE Systems. We’re also proud members of Joining Forces, the Veteran Jobs Mission and Hiring our Heroes - initiatives focused on helping vets and their spouses find meaningful careers.

Perks & Benefits

  • Veterans Support Network
    Veterans Support Network +-

    The mission of the Veterans Support Network is to help connect former service members, active duty members, reservists and those who are supportive of the Armed Services.

  • Health & Wellness
    Health & Wellness +-

    We offer medical plans that take great care of you and your family’s health and well-being. These include medical plans, prescription drugs, dental and vision, along with incentive programs and health saving and spending accounts.

  • Time Away From Work
    Time Away From Work +-

    Paid Time Off (PTO) provides you with paid time away from work that you can use for vacation, personal time, personal illness, or to care for dependents. You can accumulate up to a maximum of 400 PTO hours.

  • Military Leave
    Military Leave +-

    Full-time and part-time employees who serve in the military reserves are eligible to take paid and unpaid leaves of absence to perform military duty.

  • Employee Assistance Program
    Employee Assistance Program +-

    The EAP offers confidential support to manage personal issues, such as stress, family issues, and substance abuse.

  • Employee Discount Programs
    Employee Discount Programs +-

    BAE Systems partners with Beneplace to offer exclusive discounts on a variety of products and services.

  • Tuition Reimbursement
    Tuition Reimbursement +-

    Lifelong employee learning is critical to both your personal growth and that of BAE Systems as a trusted, innovative, and bold organization. That’s why we offer a tuition reimbursement program, so you can pursue advanced education to help further your career.

  • Adoption Assistance
    Adoption Assistance +-

    You can be reimbursed up to $4,000 for qualified adoption expenses through the Adoption Assistance program.

  • Financial Wellness
    Financial Wellness +-

    Plan for today, save for tomorrow. Our programs support your goals at every stage of life. These programs include 401(k) savings plans, life and accident insurance, disability coverage, home, auto, and pet insurance and legal planning.

Our Partners

G.I Jobs Hiring Our Heroes Veterans Job Mission Joining Forces Soldier for Life American Association of People with Disabilities

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