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Senior Control Engineer



Other Engineering
Huntington Beach, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, July 19, 2022

About Us

At skyTran, we are an ambitious team who hates traffic. We are building a breakthrough magnetic levitation transportation technology to reduce commute times by 4x. Our mission is to build mobility that delights riders, connects communities and develops beautiful and livable cities.


  • Health/dental/vision (90% coverage for employees, 80% for dependents)
  • Industry competitive compensation and stock option plan
  • Unlimited time off and sick days
  • Relocation assistance provided if applicable
  • Subsidized Lunch Program
  • 401K
  • Performance management program and career development support
  • Generous holiday schedule
  • Rest Days and Mental Health Days


skyTran is looking for a highly motivated individual who will be designing and modelling control systems for our transformational, high-speed, magnetic levitation vehicle.

You will be working on the development of control systems across a wide range of vehicle and levitation subsystems. You will be involved in the development of models and simulation of our next generation vehicles and control systems.

The candidate has experience implementing controllers using various control design techniques. They have a solid grasp of linear system theory while being hands-on, this allows them to juggle mathematical models and physical implementation. They are comfortable brainstorming ideas and providing critical thinking in a multi-disciplinary environment.

Job Description

  • Design of control laws for levitation in 5 degrees of freedom
  • Scripting and simulation in MATLAB/Simulink
  • 3D modelling of rigid bodies (kinematics with rotation matrices)
  • Modelling of sensor, actuators, and plant uncertainty
  • Writing detailed reports with mathematical derivations and results
  • Ensuring appropriate conversion of control algorithms to embedded C for testing on rig
  • Identifying discrepancies between simulation results and physical implementation
  • Testing design against tolerance requirements and providing requirements to other disciplines
  • Suggesting topology improvements for sensing and actuation
  • State-Estimators and Kalman filter design
  • Writing and automating tests
  • Working with modeling team to integrate models and algorithms into a high-fidelity simulation environment
  • Keeping scripts, models, design, and documentation under version control

Desired Qualifications

  • MS or PhD degree in Electrical, Mechanical, Aerospace, or Mechatronics Engineering, with an emphasis in controls or robotics.
  • 10+ years of industry experience in control development and modelling

Preferred Experience

  • Solid linear system theory
  • Frequency-based and state-space design
  • MIMO (H2, H-infinity) controller design in the aerospace, robotics, drones, mechatronics, or similar industries
  • Non-linear control design: gain-scheduling, feedback linearization, sliding mode
  • System identification
  • Modal analysis, vibrations
  • Programming in C/C++ and/or Python

Why skyTran

We are a tight-nit and ambitious team - our motto is "One Team, One Ride". Everyone is valued for their contributions and has a responsibility to both challenge and support the team. We overcome challenges and enjoy victories together.

Inclusion is a core part of skyTran’s vision, and valuing all voices is a key company value. skyTran is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind.