SIL Simulation Engineer

Engineering Mojave, California



Stratolaunch is a technology accelerator that engineers operationally realistic testing at Mach 5+. Our air-launched, Talon testbeds are reusable, cost-effective platforms that enable routine access to the hypersonic environment. We deliver flight data critical to validating system performance and achieving rapid technology deployment. Together with our customers, we drive innovations that are imperative to advancing national security.


To help achieve these efforts, Stratolaunch is seeking a Sr-, Staff-, or Principal-level Simulation Engineer, whose background may include System, Software, and/or GNC Engineering, to develop and lead the Systems Integration Lab (SIL) for an autonomous hypersonic test vehicle.  While reporting to the Vehicle Management System (VMS) lead,  you will lead multiple phases of the SIL lifecycle, and collaborate with other personnel throughout system development, ground test, and flight test


·     Lead SIL activities, including design, build, integration, operations, and maintenance

·     Contribute to hardware integration with the development of interface documents

·     Development of test plans and scripts for automated testing

·     Development of Processor-in-the-Loop and Hardware-in-the-Loop simulators (hardware and software)

·     Support the development & test of flight software and simulation software

·     Support and execute test events in the SIL as well as other ground test hardware

·     Travel, as needed, to support the department

·     Demonstrate honesty, responsibility, integrity, and fulfillment of commitments


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential responsibility satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Required Qualifications:

·     Must demonstrate the ability to perform the Essential Responsibilities

·     Experience with software, hardware, and system test methodologies and integration activities

·     Experience programming

·     Ability to quickly adapt to changing priorities

·     Ability to work on you own initiative, prioritize tasking, and coordinate with VMS lead to accomplish VMS goals

·     Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance


Required Computer Skills:

·     MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint)


Preferred Qualifications:

·     Experience with serial communications, software test, and computer networking

·     Experience with Hardware in the loop simulator development and testing

·     Experience with Aircraft, missile, and/or launch vehicle development

·     Experience with requirements development: design, implementation, integration, test, & post-flight analysis

·     Familiarity with concurrent real-time simulation tools

·     Security clearance


Preferred Computer Skills:

·     Matlab/Simulink

·     C/C++ or Python

·     Familiarity with configuration management systems – Jira, Bitbucket, and Confluence

·     LabVIEW


·     Sr Level ($102,000-$148,000): Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) from accredited institution and 5-10 years of engineering experience, OR equivalent combination of education and experience

·     Staff Level ($128,500-$186,000): Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) from accredited institution and 10-20 years of engineering experience, OR equivalent combination of education and experience

·     Principal Level ($160,000-$233,000): Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) from accredited institution and 20+ years of engineering experience, OR equivalent combination of education and experience


Special remarks regarding work environment, if applicable

·     Position based in Mojave, CA

·     Travel, as needed, to support the department.  Travel estimated to be <5%


Benefits and our location:

  • Relocation eligible to local area – Mojave, CA
  • 9/80 schedule
  • Healthcare (medical, dental, vision, prescription drugs)
  • Paid Maternity and Parental Leave up to 16 weeks
  • 50% company match per contributed dollar into 401(k) savings plan, up to the IRS annual limit
  • Tuition reimbursement for continued education


Mojave Air & Spaceport is located 95 miles north of Los Angeles. To outsiders it may seem like it is the middle-of-nowhere, but it offers both affordability and central access to a variety of California’s best attractions and landmarks. Hikers will find themselves within a 2-3 hours distance of some of the best state and national parks, including Yosemite and Sequoia in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Skiers will delight in being closely distanced to world-class resorts at Mammoth Mountain, Mountain High, and Big Bear. Beachgoers can find plenty of sand, sun, and sunsets at both Southern and Central California beaches like Ventura, Huntington, Santa Monica, and Pismo. The area also offers plenty of rural area for off-roading and horseback riding enthusiasts.


Not much for the outdoors and prefer the city life? You’re within a half day’s drive or less of Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, and San Francisco where you can find a variety of live entertainment, museums, tours, and historical sight-seeing. Theme parks are in abundance, with Six Flags Magic Mountain, Disneyland, and Knotts Berry Farm ready to meet the needs of rollercoaster thrill seekers.


Food and drink fanatics are in a haven of delectable choices. Wine aficionados will also find easy access to some of the state’s best vino in Paso Robles, Santa Ynez, and even more locally in Tehachapi and Agua Dulce. Beer fanatics will find some of the best West Coast IPAs at Bravery and Lucky Luke’s in Lancaster. Any food option you crave is covered, and we always recommend the authentic and fresh Mexican food that you won’t find anywhere else in the United States.


Applicants must be a US citizen or Green Card holder to be considered for this role.

Stratolaunch is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at our company. We encourage people from all walks of life to apply, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.  Our management team does not tolerate discrimination or harassment at any point during our employees’ and applicants’ time with us, especially with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities, and general treatment during employment.

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