Controls Engineer

Kemble, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
Full Time

ZeroAvia is a leader in zero-emission aviation, flying the world's largest hydrogen-electric aircraft since September 2020. Its focus is the design and commercialization of hydrogen-powered aviation solutions to address a variety of markets, initially targeting short-haul, sub-regional commercial flights up to 500 miles. To date, ZeroAvia has secured the UK CAA and FAA experimental permit to fly for its 6-seat aircraft powered by hydrogen-electric powertrain, passed significant flight tests, and is on track for commercial deliveries by 2024. Its achievements to date were rewarded by the UK prime minister by inviting ZeroAvia as a member to the UK Jet Zero Council. 

ZeroAvia’s powertrain development focuses on integrating hydrogen storage tanks, fuel cell systems, and electric motors, delivering a solution that will be not only without carbon emissions but also cheaper to operate. Commercializing the solution requires the establishment of a new clean aviation ecosystem, encompassing hydrogen production from renewable energy sources and tackling public perception of safety.

Working within the Fuel cell system controls team and in conjunction with the Power Generation teams, the Fuel cell controls engineer will be responsible for:

  • Development of the control strategy for optimized and efficient working of  Fuel cell systems  
  • Development of control strategy for each of the subsystems of the Fuel cell system (such as Anode system, Cathode system, Thermal system, Electrical system etc.)
  • Preparation of test cases to validate control software on HiL rig and FCS test bench
  • Defining dynamic behavior and stability requirements for the Fuel cell system
  • Develop diagnostics and monitoring for Fuel cell systems as per aviation standards
  • Liaison with FCS systems engineer to provide software structures
  • Participating in systems design and integration reviews
  • Working to aviation systems engineering (ARP4754) and safety engineering (ARP4761) standards
  • Supporting planning and risk activities to ensure on time delivery of tasks and projects

Experience Required

  • Degree in relevant engineering discipline such as Mechanical, Aviation, Powertrain, Electrical Engineering, Controls or a related field.
  • Proven track record in specifying/designing high-integrity or safety-critical control solutions
  • Experience of analysis of control systems, simulation and test verification of control systems behavior
  • Prior development of Control systems for Gas turbine engines or Fuel cell system applications or ICE Engine applications
  • Knowledge of System Engineering development standard ARP4754, safety and certification processes
  • Prior experience in usage of simulation tools such as ANSYS, MATLAB Simulink/Simscape, SCADE
  • Experience with MBSE in specifying, designing, analyzing and verifying systems
  • Appreciation of the complex challenges within the Fuel cell system for aviation and the balancing of system design attributes.
  • Experience of authoring and reviewing requirements using management tools

Diversity and inclusion

ZeroAvia is an equal opportunity employer and as a young company in the aviation industry, we value diversity and need people of different backgrounds that bring a plethora of skills, perspectives, and mindsets to the table that can spur originality, imagination, and creativity. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, colour, national origin, sex, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability status.


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