Mechanical Engineer to perform design, development, analysis, and manufacturing tasks on complex mechanical hardware including precision space structures and mechanisms in a program team environment. Program support and technical leadership over requirements definition, concept generation, material and finish selection, trade studies, design sensitivity/optimization studies, preliminary and detailed design, design sensitivity and tolerance analysis, design documentation, Bill of Materials (BOM) management, and assembly/integration and testing. Candidate must have strong proficiency in 3D modeling, design for manufacturing, and ability to work independently or within a multi-disciplined team environment.
Design high-precision and complex Space Antenna hardware as part of an Integrated Product Team (IPT). Hardware variety spans machined components, composite structures, deployable mechanisms, reflector-shaping support structure, and thermal blankets
Leverage high reliability, flight-proven, heritage design concepts in order to produce high quality designs within an aggressive timeline
Create/modify CAD models using top-down modeling (skeleton) techniques
Interface with outside suppliers/customers and other engineering disciplines to drive designs to closure (Structural, Thermal, Electrical, Manufacturing, Performance, Quality, Configuration Management).
Present design details at program reviews to customers and independent reviewers.
Develop and perform testing to show proof-of-concept and/or qualification of new designs.
Support production operations with design of tooling, test equipment, and shop aids.
Provide regular status updates to Program Management and Project Engineers on cost and schedule performance.
Bachelor’s Degree and minimum 6 years of prior relevant experience or a Graduate Degree and a minimum of 4 years of prior related experience, or equivalent.
Active Top Secret Security Clearance required.
Preferred Additional Skills:
Active TS/SCI Security Clearance
Strong proficiency in design and 3D modeling of solids, surfaces, and assemblies (Creo, NX, Catia, Solidworks, Autodesk Inventor)
Strong proficiency in creation of 2D engineering drawings – geometrical dimensioning & tolerancing (GD&T) per ASME Y14.5 standards
Familiarity with structural analysis (FEA) of parts/assemblies
Professional experience related to the design and manufacture of spaceborne hardware
Experience in design of space-based mechanical structures, electronics packaging or mechanisms, along with engineering drawing development
Experience in leading engineering teams from conceptual through detailed design phases.
Experience building hardware in a high reliability environment, working with technicians
Experience interfacing with machinist and designing parts for ease of manufacturing processes
Strong familiarity with component level, sub-assembly level, and assembly level product testing.
Proficiency with root cause corrective action (RCCA) tools (e.g. 5 why, fishbone)
Proficiency with risk management and mitigation tools such as Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA)
Experience serving on a Material Review Board (MRB) – evaluate and disposition non-conforming hardware. Development of rework and structural repair procedures.
Capable of serving as a design lead and/or integrated product team lead (IPTL). Leading and supporting program design reviews (PDR, CDR).
Familiarity with ISO 9000/AS-9100 Quality Management Systems.
Familiarity with Lean Manufacturing, 5S, and Six Sigma fundamentals.
Proficiency with fundamentals of project management (e.g. budget, schedule, technical execution, risk management). Strong proficiency in MS project scheduling.
Proficiency working with a product data manager (PDM) software, and familiarity with configuration management best practices.
Training and mentoring of new hires and junior engineering staff members.
Proficient in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint