9434 Controls Engineer – actuators

Staff Position
Posted 1 month ago

Position Title:          Controls Engineer – actuators 
Location:                  Austin, TX area
Relocation:              Yes
Salary:                       Depending on Experience
Position Type:        Staff position with great benefits
Position Number:   9434


Our Client is a well-established company, leading the global market in the development, design and manufacture of precision motion simulators used by aerospace, defense, automotive, and consumer electronics industries. This Client is opening a new facility in the Austin TX area, for aerospace component R&D, product design, assembly, and testing. Their predominant focus will be on highly-engineered products for use on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV).

This Client has asked Hallmark to help them find several Engineers for their new division, including a Controls Engineer with servo actuator expertise. The person in this role will work closely with a highly agile team of engineers and technicians, focusing on next-generation projects that will influence some of the nation’s most exciting aerospace programs. Because this is a new division, all members of the team will have the opportunity to influence what their work environment looks and feels like, from the ground-up. Employees are able to define their own career paths and share in the success of the company’s most important initiatives. The company operates on a 9/80 schedule, where employees work 80 hours over 9 business days and have every second Friday off.

Relocation is available. This is a unique opportunity to join a company with ambitious growth plans. This role offers great benefits and an excellent career path, working on new technology and project opportunities you will not find anywhere else.  


  • Design, develop, and test all aspects of complex and precise electro-mechanical rotary and linear servo actuators for UAVs and OPAs
  • Interpret customer specifications and reduce to control requirements and electro-mechanical design requirements
  • Create conceptual designs, assess risks, conduct design trade studies, and develop cost effective / reliable designs that meet program requirements, including demanding DO-160F environmental requirements
  • Perform complex system & controls calculations
  • Integrate electro-mechanical sensors into mechanical designs, modeling and specifying the dynamic properties of mechanical systems for controls development
  • Develop and implement control algorithms in real-time embedded control systems to meet functional and safety requirements
  • Work in close collaboration with technical staff (mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, assembly technicians)
  • Develop test plans and test procedures and fabricate the required test fixtures
  • Build and test prototypes to ensure manufacturability, performance and reliability of designs
  • Conduct sub-system and product-level testing to validate compliance to system requirements
  • Perform documentation of the design with the support of design/drafting and manufacturing engineering
  • Write or contribute to travelers and other work instructions as required
  • Participate in Root Cause Corrective Action investigations and document analyses and findings for presentations to internal personnel and customer
  • Assure that corrective actions are properly implemented
  • Incorporate continuous improvements during product life cycle
  • Participate in the preparation of technical proposals and use experience to baseline conceptual designs during the proposal effort
  • Follow the company’s processes for configuration management and formal engineering release/change
  • Identify and recommend prospective vendors for key components and manufactured items
  • Advise senior management on solutions to problems.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Systems and Controls Engineering *OR* Electrical Engineering with a Controls Specialization is required (Master’s Degree is preferred)
  • 5+ years of experience in aerospace, defense, or military-related engineering
  • Extensive experience in the design of electro-mechanical actuators
  • Expertise in developing real-time embedded controls and model-based control system development for non-linear complex electro-mechanical systems
  • Experience creating physical models of dynamic systems in simulation tools (ex: Matlab / Simulink) to develop prototype, control systems and code-generation toolchains
  • Experience in modern and classical control theory (stability analysis, frequency and time domain analysis, continuous-and discrete-time systems, state space analysis)
  • Expertise in system characterization and identification of linear and nonlinear systems
  • Experience executing design reviews in front of interdisciplinary teams
  • Expertise with system design interfacing to a wide array of electro-mechanical subsystems, and debugging experience
  • Experience preparing and presenting technical reports and design reviews
  • Experience participating in proposal generation
  • Must have a successful history of interacting directly with customers
  • Strong computer skills (especially with Microsoft Office Suite)
  • Highly detail oriented; someone who strives for perfection across all tasks
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to motivate peers and team members
  • Highly positive, dynamic personality
  • Able to work in a highly collaborative environment
  • Able to work across cultures and coordinate with multiple teams
  • Strong time-management skills; self-starter; highly motivated
  • Occasional travel required (10% – 15%, domestic)
  • Due to ITAR requirements, must be a United States Citizen


  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; talk or hear.
  • The employee must occasionally lift or move office products and technical materials (under 50 lbs).


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Hallmark and our Client are Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employers.  We encourage all qualified people with the current right to work for any employer in the USA to apply.  NOTE: We cannot consider H-1 Visa candidates for this position. Principals only, please.


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Job CategoryAerospace, Engineering

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