Mechanical Engineering, Thermal Analysis

    • Job Tracking ID: 85347-321556
    • Job Location: Roseville, CA
    • Job Level: Mid Career
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: 06/04/2021
    • Years of Experience: 6+
    • Radford Job Code: 05083
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Job Description


The Mechanical Engineer, Thermal Analysis is responsible for the development of new tactical unmanned aircraft.  Assignments will require experience with thermal analysis procedures including hand calculations and thermal finite difference lumped parameter (thermal resistance network) modeling. Mechanical Engineer, Thermal Analysis will take the lead to plan and execute analysis tasks, and propose design solutions, and present results to management and to military and government customers here at KUAS. 

Security Clearance:

May be required to obtain and maintain a U.S. security clearance at the appropriate level (requires U.S. Citizenship)


  • Manages effort and time within the budget and schedule provided for the task.
  • Understands customer requirements and prepares designs in accordance with customer and derived requirements.
  • Prepares formal, controlled engineering documentation (i.e. drawings, specifications, parts lists, interface control documents, test procedures, etc.).
  • Prepares and presents design review material in support of technical interchange meetings with suppliers and external/internal customers.
  • Ensures customer satisfaction in relation to projects.
  • Acts as the Lead Mechanical/Structures/Thermal Engineer per procedure for very complex projects as assigned by Manager that affect multiple systems, involve several suppliers/teaming partners, and require frequent customer interface.
  • Acts as Test Director for Mechanical/Structures sub-assemblies and assemblies when necessary..
  • Provides direction and oversight, both technically and programmatically, to Mechanical/Structures/ Thermal Engineers.
  • Provides interface to other engineering design and development disciplines, ensuring that Mechanical/Structures/Thermal requirements are addressed and satisfied during overall system integration.
  • Supports system testing, trouble shooting, and problem resolution. 
  • Supports flight testing, data reduction, analysis, and reporting. 
  • Follows safety precautions.
  • Complies with established QMS procedures.


Other Job Functions

  • Other duties may be assigned.





Experience and Skills


  • Ability to maintain sensitive and confidential information as required by government standards.

  • Ability to interact effectively with peers and supervisors.

  • Ability to interact appropriately with the public when necessary.

  • Ability to adhere to workplace rules.

  • Ability to effectively communicate professionally in writing or verbally with all levels of personnel.

  • Ability to travel as necessary to perform job duties.
  • Demonstrated passion for customer satisfaction.



  • Requires BS degree in Math, Physics, Chemistry or Engineering.

  • 6 + years related experience in related engineering discipline.

  • Thermal engineering experience is required, including familiarity with thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer

  • Familiarity with thermal modeling codes such as EATAN-TMS, MSC SINDA, SINDA/G, SINDA/FLUINT, or TAK 2000. The candidate should have the willingness and aptitude to learn MSC SINDA.

Preferred Experience:

  • Experience with modeling and post processing packages such as Thermal Desktop is a plus.

  • Experience with Fortran programming for use in MSC SINDA models is a plus.

  • Experience with thermal test design and model correlation is preferred.

  • Experience with Patran/Nastran or other Finite Element Method FEM for structural analysis is preferred

  • 3+ years experience in a thermal analysis engineering classification.
  • 1+years experience in a structural analysis engineering classification.


  • Office and/or manufacturing  environment.

  • Ability to stand and sit for long periods of time.

  • Ability to perform repetitive motion (keyboarding, 10-key, phones).

  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds.

  • Frequent outside contact with customers and suppliers.

  • May work extended hours or weekends.

  • Employee may generate, handle, manage, or work around hazardous materials and hazardous wastes.



  • May travel to support new business development and customer maintenance and travel to other KUAS locations.