Mechanical Engineer

    • Job Tracking ID: KDRSS-333625
    • Job Location: Wallops Island, VA
    • Job Level: Mid Career
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: 04/14/2022
    • Years of Experience: 8+
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Job Description

The Mechanical Engineer is responsible for the Mission Success and the Mechanical Engineering Technical Integrity of the Kratos Defense & Rocket Support Services (KDRSS) assigned Sounding Rocket systems.  Responsible to the Mechanical Engineering Manager for all sounding rocket operations.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  • Supports the Mechanical Engineering Manager in the assignment of resources; as assigned defines, tracks, and monitors schedules.
  • Supports the Mechanical Engineering Manager in the performance of technical planning; system integration; verification and validation; and cost, risk, supportability, and effectiveness analyzes for total systems.
  • Supports the Mechanical Engineering Manager in ensuring the logical and systematic conversion of customer or product requirements into total systems solutions that acknowledge technical constraints.
  • Supports periodic program and mission IPTs, as required.
  • Supports Anomaly Investigation Boards, as required.
  • Supports the Mechanical Engineering Manager in the performance of functional and timeline analysis, conducts detailed trade studies, allocates requirements, and conducts interface definition studies to evaluate compliance of mechanical hardware & software specifications with customer requirements.
  • Supports the Mechanical Engineering Manager in the performance of planning, modeling, validation, engineering, and verification activities.
  • Supports the Mechanical Engineering Manager in the analysis of effectiveness/efficiency of NASA program procedures and processes; develops/ recommends improvements.
  • Prepares presentations, reports, research, and other contract deliverables.
  • Participates in selected programs, events, and meetings involving staff, Government customers, and visitors.
  • Supports the Mechanical Engineering Manager in working with the Safety and Mission Assurance Manager & Quality Engineer to incorporate the application of the appropriate level of ISO 9000 process improvement.

Other Job Functions

  • Other duties may be assigned.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY:  

  • None.

 

This position is contingent upon contract award which is expected early 2022.

Questions and correspondence related to this opportunity should be directed to: kdrssrecruiting@kratosdefense.com

 

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Experience and Skills

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:    

  • Knowledge of NASA & military operations.
  • Excellent communication and relationship skills with Senior Leadership, Program Management, Customers and engineering team members.
  • Proficiency with MS Office products, including MS Project for Integrated Master Schedule development and review.
  • Knowledge of compliance elements for ISO, EVMS and Export regulations.
  • Knowledge of finance, accounting and earned value management practices and procedures.
  • Understanding and experience with engineering fundamentals.
  • Presentation preparation and delivery skills with audiences such as Subcontractors, Prime and Government.
  • Technical writing skills to communicate internally or externally.
  • Demonstrated passion for customer satisfaction.
  • 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.
  • Flexibility to handle changing requirements and prioritize in a dynamic environment.

Additional Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Mechanical Engineering experience in the Sounding Rocket or Ballistic Missile industry.
  • Technical knowledge of assigned Sounding Rocket systems and related support systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to work cross-functionally to meet department and company goals and requirements for the assigned Sounding Rocket system.
  • Knowledge of KDRSS operations and procedures preferred.
  • May require up to 25% travel to support technical meetings, design reviews, other reviews & meetings and launch operations.
  • Previous experience working with MATLAB software preferred.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.
  • May be required to obtain and maintain a U.S. security clearance at the appropriate level (requires U.S. Citizenship).

Preferred:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and eight (8) years of professional experience including six (6) years in a Mechanical engineering position with responsibility for Sounding Rocket or Ballistic Missile experience.
  • In-depth knowledge of rocket operations throughout the mission lifecycle (mission lifecycle ranges from four (4) month to two (2) years).
  • Knowledge of specific Wallops Flight Facility (WFF) and White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) operations a plus.
  • Experience with NASA or military rocket programs involving space domain topics.
  • Experience in operations performance and optimization capabilities.
  •  May be required to obtain and maintain a U.S. security clearance at the appropriate level (requires U.S. Citizenship).

WORK ENVIRONMENT / PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Office and/or manufacturing  environment.
  • May work extended hours or weekends to to complete tasks and meet schedule.
  • May work in manufacturing and/or field environments with potential exposure to uncontrolled climate conditions and potential exposure to noise, dust and hazardous chemicals.
  • Ability to lift up to twenty-five (25) pounds.
  • Ability to perform repetitive motion (computer work, phones).
  • Ability to stand and sit for long period of time.

Job Benefits

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Tax Savings Accounts (HSA / FSA)
  • Life Insurance
  • Short Term Disability
  • Long Term Disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 401k
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan
  • PTO
  • Education Assistance Program
  • Paid Holidays
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