PDS Tech Inc Controls Engineer - Secret in San Jose, California

PDS Tech Inc. is seeking a Controls Engineer, in San Jose, CA.


  • Performing research, design, & development in such areas as system modelling & analysis, data acquisition & evaluation, closed loop multi-order servo systems as well as other general & advanced controls engineering design & development functions.

  • Applies research to the planning, design, development & testing of control laws & control systems for use in space & military applications.

  • Is able to develop design solutions to meet difficult performance requirements.

  • Generates advanced Matlab & Simulink models of existing & proposed plants & tunes & analyzes those plants.

  • Reviews & critiques designs created by peers and/or Jr. engineers.

  • Recognizes the unique design requirements such as safety & reliability architectures associated w/ manned space & military applications.

  • Develops detailed specifications from high level design goals & performs analysis of the hardware, system environment & design goals to enable selection and implementation of the desired control system topology.

  • Selects, designs and implements complex control systems.

  • Provides detailed performance results of the implementation including response capability & stability in both time & frequency domains.

  • Provides design recommendations for actuators, thrusters, valves, electronics, & test equipment to the larger engineering team.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop complex Simulink plant & control models.

  • Strong skillsets in programming in C / C++.

  • Strong experience w/ either National Instruments Labview or dSpace programming.

  • Desired ability to utilize electrical CAD tools such as Mentor System Vision & Pspice for circuit performance predictions in aid of controls development.

  • Define development test plans and methods to ensure a robust design is achieved & validates the design against customer, internal & regulatory/govt requirements.

  • Excellent skills in electro-mechanical systems control design using model based control law development with Matlab, Simulink, & related tools of Simscape & its various modules.

  • This includes overall control system architecture design, including developing requirements for current, velocity & position loop update rates, & conducting FMECA at the system level.

  • Presentation of assigned work at program technical reviews, proposals, or other technical meetings.

  • Possess strong interpersonal skills to work effectively within a development team to understand system level interdependencies that impact circuit requirements & design constraints.

  • Is proficient & delegating work to Jr. engineers & overseeing tasks for completeness & quality.

  • Prefer an understanding of Six Sigma disciplines, Lean Engineering & other appropriate engineering skillsets.

Education & Experience:

  • Requires a BS degree in Mechanical (w/ a controls specialization), Electrical (with a controls specialization), or Controls Engineering from an accredited college w/ a minimum of 10 yrs professional experience; or 7 yrs professional experience w/ a related Master’s degree or PhD in Engineering & 5 years.

  • Experience in the design, development, & validation of control systems.

  • Experience using Matlab & Simulink Applications is required.

  • Experience working within a model based develop environment is a plus.

  • Experience working w/ electromechanical systems & hypersonic engines is a plus.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, or other legally protected status.