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Vehicle Simulation Engineer

Mach Industries

Mach Industries

Other Engineering
Huntington Beach, CA, USA
Posted on Monday, April 22, 2024

Backed by $80M in funding from investors such as Bedrock, Sequoia, BoxGroup, DCVC, and others, Mach Industries is a defense technology company with a mission to create better defense systems for the US and its allies. With a vertically integrated supply chain, we offer capabilities impossible with conventional methods.

Role Summary:

We're seeking a Vehicle Simulation Engineer to take a lead role in the development of next-generation defense technologies, including but not limited to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), missiles, and advanced weapon systems. This role calls for a highly skilled individual capable of creating and implementing highly multidisciplinary simulation models that will significantly impact the design, performance, and reliability of our products in complex operational environments.

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Modeling and Simulation:
    Develop mathematical models and software simulations to test and validate aerodynamics, propulsion, and vehicle guidance, navigation, and control capabilities under realistic conditions, and rapidly evaluate high level performance and configuration engineering trades.

  2. Flight Testing:
    Collaborate with hardware and software engineers, and participate in flight tests for data collection and system validation to create a rapid vehicle prototyping and design iteration optimization loop.

  3. Data Analysis:
    Analyze flight test and simulation data to assess system level performance and to recommend adjustments to vehicle design, OML, engine performance, GNC algorithms, and vehicle flight envelopes.

  4. Collaboration:
    Work closely with cross-functional teams including electrical, mechanical, aerodynamics, propulsion, and software engineers to ensure the overall product architecture meets performance requirements.

  5. Documentation:
    Maintain comprehensive records of vehicle performance trades, CONOPs, designs, algorithms, and test results for internal review and regulatory compliance.

  6. Quality Assurance:
    Ensure that all vehicle performance related modeling and simulation activities meet industry and defense standards for safety and reliability.

  7. Troubleshooting:
    Provide expertise in diagnosing and solving issues that arise during the development, testing, or operational phases.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering, or a related field.

  • Minimum of 3 years experience in flight vehicle design and development.

  • Proficiency in simulation or software development tools such as MATLAB, Simulink, Python, C++, or Rust.

  • Experience developing continuous integration and continuous deployment frameworks and automation.

  • First principles physics based model development experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree or PhD in a related field.

  • Experience working with numerical techniques such as ODEs and optimization routines.

  • Experience with aerodynamics and flight vehicle stability and control.

  • Experience with jet turbine engine modeling and performance characterization.

  • Familiarity with defense industry standards and regulations.

  • Security clearance or the ability to obtain one.

Ideal Candidate:

The ideal candidate is an innovative yet disciplined engineer with a deep understanding of aerospace vehicle development principles and optimization, performance modeling, simulation, and analysis, and the desire to rapidly iterate through the vehicle design process. Experience in the defense industry and the ability to work effectively in cross-functional teams are highly valued. This role is an excellent opportunity for someone looking to make a substantial impact in a fast-paced, high-stakes environment.


This position may require access to information protected under U.S. export control laws and regulations, including the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). Please note that any offer for employment may be conditioned on authorization to receive software or technology controlled under these U.S. export control laws and regulations without sponsorship for an export license.

The salary range for this role is an estimate based on a wide range of compensation factors, inclusive of base salary only. Actual salary offers may vary based on (but not limited to) work experience, education and training, critical skills, and business considerations. Highly competitive equity grants are included in most offers and are considered part of Mach’s total compensation package. Mach offers benefits such as health insurance, retirement plans, and opportunities for professional development.

Mach is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. All qualified applicants will be treated with respect and receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, uniform service, Veteran status, age, or any other protected characteristic per federal, state, or local law, including those with a criminal history, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws. If you’d like to defend the American way of life, please reach out!