• 06-Apr-2021 to 05-Jun-2021 (PST)
  • Huntsville, AL, USA
  • Full Time
  • Engineering

PeopleTec is currently seeking an Aviation Software/Systems Engineer to support our Huntsville, AL location.


The successful candidate will have expertise in analysis, design, development, integration, and test of software intensive complex autonomous vehicle systems. The candidate will have a strong working knowledge of software architecture, software integration as well as software and systems test as well as prior experience with artificial intelligence and/or autonomy solutions. The candidate should have prior experience working with unmanned systems and/or robotics with a focus on software. This position will be an induvial contributor who will be the subject matter expert supporting software and systems integration in laboratory and flight test environments. This is position will provide engineering support to a DoD client.


Duties Include:

  • Evaluate and assess software architecture and design against open architecture and autonomous systems objectives and requirements
  • Evaluate the applicability and effectiveness of a set of integrated artificial intelligence enabled subsystems against mission goals when integrated in a distributed, multi-agent, computing environment
  • Support the design of custom software modules and components to bridge capability and performance gaps
  • Optimize autonomy algorithms for a variety of conditions and environments
  • Maintain regular communications with the program technical lead, various cross domain engineering teams, and industry solution providers to establish strong working relationships and facilitate an agile approach to evolving customer needs
  • Inspect and provide support to integrate industry and Government developed software solutions into modeling and simulation environments
  • Perform routine systems and software modeling, simulation, and analysis
  • Participate with multidisciplinary engineering teams to provide hands-on support for client-directed on-site and off-site integration and testing needs both at the client locations and other various test locations within the continental United States
  • Evaluate the application of open systems aligned frameworks and tools such as the Vehicular Integration for C4ISR/EW Interoperability (VICTORY), Future Airborne Capabilities Environment (FACE), Hardware Open Systems Technologies (HOST), and Sensors Open Systems Architecture (SOSA)
  • Evaluate the application of autonomy software frameworks, interoperability profiles, middleware, and tools such as the Robot Operating System Military (ROS-M) ecosystem, the Robotic Technology Kernel (RTK) software library, the UAS Interoperability Profile (IOP), STANAG 4586, Unmanned Systems Control Segment (UCS), the Joint Architecture for Unmanned Systems (JAUS) open architecture, the UGV Interoperability Profile (IOP) extension to JAUS, the Autonomous Ground Vehicle Reference Architecture (AGVRA), and others as applicable
  • Collaborate with other Government offices, industry, and the engineering teams to evaluate methods to improve air vehicle autonomy behaviors using the Government managed and/or Industry autonomy software frameworks
  • Develop test and demonstration plans to exercise and improve air vehicle autonomy and collaborative teaming algorithms
  • Work with the engineering and operations team members to plan, analyze, and integrate current and emerging operational, system, sensor and other subsystem capabilities to achieve desired warfighting mission effects in an end-to-end system
  • Deploy autonomy software principles to support the prototyping, integration, and evaluation of complex computing systems operating on a heterogenous team of manned and unmanned aviation platforms
  • Assist with translating test and demonstration observations and records of measurable results from integration, test and demonstration events
  • Reduce and consolidate collected autonomy test result data into well-organized and structured formats for presentation to management and transference to the engineering team for further analysis and interpretation
  • Assist in evaluating and determining user needs for the maintenance of models, software, and subsystems
  • Interface with the leadership, other engineers within the team, other Government research laboratories, as well as industry vendors including large defense contractors and smaller research focused commercial entities


Required Skills/Experience:

  • Demonstrated team player able to work well as a member of a group
  • Ability to operate against a task and purpose
  • Capable of executing an assigned task individually or as a group
  • Able to perform technical tasks, solve complex technical problems, without outside help but understands how and when to seek the assistance of others
  • Strong knowledge of systems and/or software architecture. This includes experience with the development and analysis of architecture using UML, SysML, DoDAF, and/or other applicable modeling languages
  • Experience with software architecture tools such as NoMagic Cameo, Sparks Enterprise Architect, or IBM Rhapsody.
  • Experience designing, developing, integrating, and testing a modular software within a compartmentalized autonomy architecture
  • Experience deploying software using virtualization and containerization
  • Expertise in IP networking
  • Experience developing detailed software and systems test and evaluation plans
  • Experience conducting field testing of computing solutions including fielding computer hardware and software on manned, unmanned systems or mobile robotic systems for flight or field demonstration
  • Experience with software architecture and design patterns
  • Understanding of Model Based Systems and Software Engineering principles and tools
  • Understanding of agile development methods and DevSecOps
  • Strong working knowledge of standard Microsoft office tools
  • Capable of working independently, as a team member, or leading tasks to solve engineering and scientific problems within a research and development environment
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multidisciplinary and physically distributed team environment
  • Proven ability to effectively communicate by verbal and written methods to include face-to-face, phone, briefs, emails, information papers, white papers, executive summaries, agendas, minutes, plans, and reports
  • Travel: 15%
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • An active DoD Secret clearance is required to perform this work. Candidates are required to have an active Secret clearance upon hire, and the ability to maintain this level of clearance during their employment.


Education Requirements:

Bachelor's Degree or higher in Engineering, Computer Science, or Mathematics with 10+ years' engineering experience in the development software intensive complex systems with a demonstrated expertise in aviation, systems integration, and autonomous systems


Desired Skills:

  • A Master's Degree in Engineering (Robotics, Electrical, Aerospace, Computer, Software) or Computer Science
  • Applied software engineering experience in unmanned aircraft mission systems and remote sensing systems
  • Strong quantitative and analytic abilities to integrate and analyze data, solve problems, and effectively communicate results to engineers as well as non-technical team members and decision makers
  • Experience in the development and coordination of analysis products (e.g., problem definition, analysis plan and resourcing, interim documentation, and delivery of final analysis products)
  • Exposure to military concept development, requirements definition and trade studies for new systems sensor and/or effector systems development
  • Experience developing and testing computing systems for military aircraft
  • Experience with the military airworthiness process for complex software/ computing systems
  • Modeling and simulation experience including understanding of high-level architecture or distributed interactive simulation
  • Experience supporting flight vehicle testing. Understanding of cyber security as it applies to defense systems


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PeopleTec, Inc. is an employee-owned small business founded in Huntsville, AL that provides exceptional customer support by employing and retaining a highly skilled workforce.

Culture: The name "PeopleTec" was deliberately chosen to remind us of our core value system - our people. Our company's foundation was built on placing our employees and customers first. With an award-winning atmosphere, we have matured into a company that boasts the best and brightest across multiple technical fields.

Career: At PeopleTec, we value your long-term goals. Whether it's through our continuing-education opportunities, our robust training programs, or our "People First" benefits package, PeopleTec truly believes that our best investments are our people.

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PeopleTec, Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and provides reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in its job application procedures. If you have any difficulty using our online system and you need an accommodation due to a disability, you may use the following email address, and/or phone number (256.319.3800) to contact us about your interest in employment with PeopleTec, Inc.

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