Mechanical Design Engineer (High Powered Laser)

    • Job Tracking ID: KDRSS-315919
    • Job Location: Huntsville, AL
    • Job Level: Mid Career
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: 04/20/2021
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
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Job Description

Kratos Space & Missile Defense Systems is seeking a Mechanical Design Engineer to support High Energy Laser Programs at our Huntsville, Alabama location. 


The candidate will be responsible for taking on portions of a system design. This involves establishing technical requirements based on stated functional objectives for the product.  The candidate will analyze the requirements and establish a design path to meet them.  The candidate will perform the detailed design work necessary to produce a fully functional prototype.  The candidate will develop test plans to demonstrate performance meeting the technical requirements established. The candidate will demonstrate a willingnes to learn and grow in their role as a team member.



  • Work with cross-functional team to support UAS and directed energy programs
  • Design, manufacture, and build UAV and laser system components and subsystems
  • Conducts studies, technical assessments, and architectural level analysis of systems to determine performance and effectiveness
  • Engage in design review and discussions one-on-one and in groups
  • Support integration and assembly of the UAV and laser systems
  • Support system demonstrations and deployments as required
  • Work with component suppliers to facilitate supply chain quality
  • Write acceptance test plans and reports
  • Ability to maintain sensitive and confidential information as required by government standards
  • Possess a valid driver's license and be able to obtain a government driving permit if required
  • Ability to interact effectively with peers and supervisors
  • Ability to interact appropriately with the public when necessary

Experience and Skills


  • Experience with formulation of design concepts and refinement through prototype phase
  • Experience with detailed FEA and applying results to mechanical design
  • Familiar with range of numerical methods, including FEA, thermal, CFD, etc
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to troubleshoot issues in the mechanical domain
  • Experience determining design direction based on lower level “pencil and paper” analysis before refining with more advance analysis tools
  • Experience acting as a technical mentor for junior level engineers
  • Motivated and willing to tackle complex problems individually and in a group
  • Ability to obtain a Secret level security clearance


  • 3-D printing skills including FDM and SLA
  • General machine shop skills and machine tool familiarity
  • Experience with thermal analysis, fluid mechanics, vibration
  • 5 years job related experience


  • Bachelors Degree in Mechanical, Electrical or Aerospace Engineering