Control Systems Engineer

03 Mar 2019
31 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Control Systems Engineer

Location: Basildon

Salary: IRO £65,000 + Excellent company benefits

Key skills: Control Systems and Mathematical Modelling ie Matlab/Simulink

The Company is an international leader in electronic and information technologies for defence systems, aerospace, data, infrastructures, land security and protection and sustainable ’smart’ solutions. They employ 4,000 people across the UK. In addition to achieving ‘Investors In People’ accreditation, they won the Queens Awards for enterprise and international trade. They are entering a period of expansion offering exciting opportunities to work at the forefront of technology

Job Description

The primary role involves the development of linear & non-linear dynamic feedback control systems for a range of products involving novel electro-optical sightline steering mechanisms, thermal reference devices, miniature actuation mechanisms etc.

This will involve:-

Concept generation, theoretical analysis and modelling of dynamic systems for servo control mechanisms, thermal models etc.

Development of dynamic control algorithms to meet system performance requirements, including "what if" trade-off studies.

Selection and specification of control components (motors, inertial measurement devices, angular and linear displacement sensors, electronic drive amplifiers etc.)

Specification and production of embedded control software and firmware from Simulink, Xilinx-XSG and HDLcoder (and future approaches) .

Generation of test plans and specifications .

Development of Matlab scripts and functions to support testing and evaluation, including HWIL stimulus files generation and automated test output analysis.

Support to module and system-level integration, execution of testing and analysis of test recordings and results.

Complete development of formal models representing the applicable control system, both for internal use within the company and for delivery to external customer / partner organisations.

Key Responsibility Areas

Development of Control Systems for new and existing programmes, working at all phases of the development lifecycle.

Supporting the development of current and future Control Systems architectures/designs and their implementation.

Robust capture of design artefacts as appropriate for all stages in the engineering lifecycle appropriate for managing existing systems and for taking concepts through to production.

Skills, Qualifications & Knowledge Required

Core skills required:

Theory of linear & non-linear dynamic feedback control systems, including PID, H∞, H2, Variable-structure control etc.

Thorough understanding of rotational and translational geometry using direction-cosine and/or quaternion approaches.

Appreciation of basic fundamentals of electro-mechanical designs, including direct drive and indirect (geared or tape/wire) drives, steering mirrors etc.

Experience of MATLAB/Simulink are highly desirable.

Experience of Xilinx FPGA development tools is highly desirable.

An appreciation of real-time embeddable Software and Firmware (to support Software and Firmware Specialists).

Understanding of characteristics and representation of control components including:

Electric motors - DC brushed, brushless, stepper, linear, voice-coil etc.

Inertial measurement devices - gyro's, accelerometers o Angular and linear displacement sensors - accelerometers, optical encoders, resolvers, Inductosyns, tacho's etc.

Electronic drive amplifiers etc.

Familiarity with the following tools is desirable:

Configuration control using Dimensions and Teamcenter.

Desktop Linux familiarity.

Familiarity with DOORS

Intrinsic Factors

Working with lasers, some occasional driving/travel may be required within the UK, Europe or even worldwide. This role would generally be office/lab based with use of DSE equipment.

Cordius Ltd team offers unrivalled expertise; a flexible and personal approach of successful recruitment within Engineering, Supply Chain and Technical disciplines - our highly experienced team of specialist consultants offer professional and transparent services to match the individual needs of both clients and candidates

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