Aerojet Rocketdyne Associate Telemetry Engineer (Associate Engineer, Engineering Services) in Orlando, Florida


Aerojet Rocketdyne Coleman Aerospace (ARCA) is looking for an Associate Telemetry Engineer for its Orlando, FL location.

The Coleman Aerospace Telemetry Team is responsible for the design, implementation, testing, and operation of telemetry systems used for the collection of launch vehicle data during ground testing and flight.

The successful candidate will be self-motivated, detail oriented, and able to work both independently and within a team environment.

This current opening may be filled at this level as posted or at one level higher.

Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

This self-motivated individual will work with PCM based telemetry systems which includes telemetry stream design, database development, and data post-processing. Additionally, this candidate will support the generation of telemetry displays based on the needs of the real-time data reviewers for each mission.

40% - Work with complex telemetry systems consisting of encoders, transmitters, encrypters, decryptors, and decommutators.

20% - Implement telemetry PCM encoder and decommutator databases.

20% - Interpret wiring diagrams for troubleshooting and ability to understand data flow within a telemetry system.

20% - Support data post-processing by updating and maintaining reduction tools developed by ARCA and written in C/C++.


Requires a Bachelor's degree in a related engineering discipline.

Additional Requirements:

  • Experience working with telemetry collection systems.

  • Previous experience reading, understanding, and writing C/C++ source code.

  • The candidate must be capable of obtaining a FAA Class III (or higher) medical certificate, able to meet USAF Aerospace physiological standards, satisfactorily complete the associated training, and willing to participate in launch operations aboard USAF aircraft.

  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills to include report writing, requirements derivation, and documentation, as well as design review presentations.

  • This position may require occasional overtime as required to meet critical schedule milestones. Extended travel (1 month) may be required during mission operations as well as extended periods of time spent at Coleman’s Cape Canaveral facility during vehicle testing and integration.

  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. Department of Defense Secret Security Clearance(U.S. Citizenship required). Must also be able to satisfy federal government requirements for access to government information, and having dual citizenship may preclude you from being able to meet this requirement.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Strongly desired that the candidate have experience in writing/maintaining object oriented C/C++ code in support of data reduction and post-processing.

  • Previous experience working on Range Commander’s Council (RCC) requirements.

  • Experience in operating and troubleshooting RF systems

  • Experience in RF transmit subsystems and associated components for proper setup of telemetry transmitters, antennas, coupling devices, cabling, and test equipment used to test those components.

  • Experience in telemetry RF path characteristics and the variables requiring careful considerations for mission planning.

  • Experience in receiving system characteristics for obtaining radiated telemetry data.

  • Working knowledge of antennas, feeds, filters, RF signal distribution, receivers and combiners.

  • Familiar with the use of oscilloscopes, test equipment, and probes including network analyzers for measuring magnitude and phase of input RF signals and spectrum analyzers for analyzing frequency spectrums.

  • Familiarization with Pulse-Code Modulation (PCM) and other similar technologies.

Work Environment and Physical Requirements:

Employees in these positions must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and to use standard office equipment, including a computer; stamina to sit and to maintain attention to detail despite interruptions; may occasionally lift/carry/push/pull up to 15 pounds; may require minimal walking, climbing, stooping, crouching, and/or bending; and vision to read printed materials and a computer screen, and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone. May require the ability to travel by air or auto. May require the use of personal protective equipment such as safety glasses, safety shoes, and shop coat. These positions may be expected to work varying shifts and hours to ensure successful operation of activities in the organization.

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Job ID 14631

Category Engineering - Other