METECS is looking to augment our staff with outstanding new members. We are currently accepting resumes from individuals at all levels of experience to support ongoing and future projects for both NASA and commercial customers. Skills of interest include:

  • Software development including familiarity with C++, UML, & web development.
  • Previous experience with ISS or Orion Flight Software
  • Experience with modern web services architectures
  • Avionics hardware in the loop integration
  • Mathematical model domain expertise
  • Robotics, spacecraft, and multi-body dynamics analysis
  • Mechanism and contact dynamics modeling
  • 3-D graphics scene generation
  • Situational awareness tools and training simulations

If you are interested in working with METECS, please email your resume to


METECS provides support for Nasa’s Orion Ascent Abort (AA-2 ) project

METECS is proud to provide modeling and simulation support and test automation framework support to the Orion Ascent Abort 2 (AA-2) project. “NASA is targeting June 12 as the launch date for Orion’s Ascent Abort-2 test, a critical milestone for human missions to the Moon! The test will show Orion’s Launch Abort System can carry a crew to safety in case of an emergency during launch.” – Orion Spacecraft


Jake Macneal is a recent graduate of McGill University, with a B.E. in Computer Engineering (2018). As an undergraduate, he was introduced to embedded systems and control theory as a part of his school’s robotics team, competing in Utah for the University Rover Challenge. He has participated in several technical internships in which he wrote assembly firmware for fMRI-compatible patient input devices, built an Android app allowing customers to update their own firmware, and demonstrated a security vulnerability in the CAN Bus protocol. As a NASA undergraduate intern, Jake worked on two projects: one in which he demonstrated the use of a machine learning model to track sensor locations aboard the ISS using WiFi signal strength readings, and another in which he demonstrated the viability of a Xilinx FPGA chip for handling the video encoding and general processing needs required for next-generation HD space suit cameras.
Jake’s main technical interests are functional programming (with an emphasis on the Clojure language), compilers, computer architecture, and machine learning. In his free time, Jake contributes to an open source genomics project, plays classical guitar, enjoys cooking, and is learning Salsa.

Ken Huffman presents poster at Nasa’s 2019 Human Research program investigators’ workshop


METECS Senior Systems Engineer, Ken Huffman, recently presented a poster at NASA’s 2019 Human Research Program Investigators’ Workshop.  The poster was titled “Improvement of Scaling and Inverse Kinematic Results with Additional Upper Body Joints added to OpenSim Rajagopal Model”.  The presentation was well received and documents METECS’ developed improvements to the open-source OpenSim biomechanics community.


METECS is excited to welcome Beau Domingue. Beau graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette followed by a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering focused on Robotics and Controls from Georgia Tech. Beau began his career in robotics by developing a computer vision system for object detection using machine learning. He then began working in warehouse automation where his role was to develop software to enable autonomous navigation using concepts from motion planning and controls. He also participated in the development and implementation of an indoor localization system.

Ditch Witch Introduces HDD VR Simulator

METECS and Ditch Witch have partnered to develop our next generation Horizontal Directional Drill simulator which uses cutting-edge immersive and simulation technologies to provide operators with the experience of operating HDD equipment without the consequences and expense of training on real equipment. Combined with Ditch Witch’s Certified HDD Training curriculum, the simulator helps prepare operators for underground construction by emphasizing safe and effective operation of the HDD equipment.

“The Ditch Witch HDD VR Simulator takes our original HDD simulator to a new level of realism by providing OEM Ditch Witch joysticks and completely immersing the operator in a realistic 360-degree virtual jobsite. This significantly reduces the situational awareness transition between training on the simulator and using the actual equipment,”  said METECS president John MacLean.

For more information about Ditch Witch training and the HDD VR Simulator check out their press release at

HDD contractors and education centers can purchase the simulator at their local Ditch Witch dealership.

Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University Meetup

METECS is looking forward to meeting the exceptional students at Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University Thursday, October 11th from 9-4.

Purdue Industrial Roundtable

METECS is excited about visiting with the excellent Purdue EngineeringStudent Council at the Industrial Roundtable on Wednesday, September 12th from 9-4.

UT Austin – Fall Engineering Expo

METECS is looking forward to visiting the exceptional students at the University Of Texas Austins Fall Engineering Expo. Stop by and say hi on Tuesday, September 11th from 11-5.


METECS is excited to welcome James Lawley to the team.  James completed a Mechanical Engineering Technology Certification in 2009 and worked as a CNC machinist and programmer in the oil industry until 2015 when he went back for a BS in computer science.  Between August 2017- 2018, he worked as an intern in ER 6 in the Advanced Operational Concepts Laboratory, building hardware for use in mixed reality.