This Senior Mechanical Design Engineer position is responsible for designing and coordinating engineering aspects associated with the combat vehicle chassis and turret structures. Structure Design products include the vehicle hull structures and all structural interfaces (i.e. machining, mounting provisions, welded on brackets, and stiffeners), doors, hatches, access panels, lifting/towing/tie-down provisions, and intake/exhaust grilles. The structures engineer will work with system integrated product team members (IPT’s) to document and integrate their mechanical interfaces (mounting provisions) onto the vehicle structure.
Provides Engineering Production Support (EPS) for transition of new design to production and resolving issues encountered in the build process.
Investigates root-cause analysis of design issues arising during production and develops the associated change documentation to resolve design issue.
Works closely with a team of design engineers and other specialty engineers to resolve design issues that span such areas as structures, ballistics, mechanical, and logistics.
Prepares presentations and variance documentation in response to production issues to support vehicle sales.
May require daily periods of on-floor support, walking between many locations throughout the day, and climbing in/on the vehicles to assess
Perform Trade Studies or Tolerance Stack Analyses in design or investigation support.
Analyze and interpret design specifications, drawings, documents, models, and test results to ensure technical designs comply with applicable engineering standards, military specifications, and product requirements
Create and edit CAD models in PTC Creo and ensure systems are designed for producibility
Design and analyze welded and bolted joints
Conduct root cause and impact analysis when issues arise to determine the optimal solution given cost, schedule and priority constraints while factoring in feedback from all key stakeholders
Use finite element analysis tools and apply Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)
Ability to solve moderately complex technical design and development problems that require a professional level of engineering knowledge
Must be organized and have excellent communication skills, demonstrated ability to perform technical presentations.
Must be a self-starter that takes ownership of tasks and drives them to completion
Good engineering analytical skills with experience doing root-cause-corrective-action
Knowledge of finite element analysis tools and Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)
Ability to obtain a security clearance up to Secret Level
Minimum 4 years work experience in relevant work environment
Experience creating moderately complex solid models and mechanical designs using CAD systems, preferable PTC Pro-E or CREO or SolidWorks.
B.S. degree in a relevant technical discipline (typically mechanical or aerospace engineering) plus 4 years relevant experience; or a Master’s degree and 2 years relevant experience.
Familiarity with relevant military and commercial design standards.
Experience with standard approaches to tolerance stack up analysis
Considerable knowledge with PTC’s CREO CAD and CREO View computer tools, Windchill / EPDM.
Extensive knowledge/experience with drawings, models, and GD&T standards and application.
Experience with tolerance analysis, trade studies, FEA Analysis
Experience with engineering structures design, prototyping, production and test environments with relevant ground vehicle applications in the defense environment.
Experience communicating with internal and external customers.
Experience with military standards and good manufacturing practices.
Cost account managing experience