Materials Research/Mechanical Testing Engineer

    • Job Tracking ID: KDRSS-341212
    • Job Location: Birmingham, AL
    • Job Level: Mid Career
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: 05/04/2022
    • Years of Experience: 3+
    • Travel Requirement: Domestic
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Job Description

This position works as part of a team within the Space & Propulsion Systems Department.  More than 60% of the position will entail supporting the department with leading material evaluation projects for systems within the Department of Defense, NASA and their government subcontractors. Examples of materials being evaluated include CMCs, C/C, refractory metals, ablative materials, PMCs, and ceramic materials. The temperature range for testing would consist of cryogenic to ultra-high temperatures. The remaining 40% of the position will be a balance of facility and test development to assist others in pushing new technologies in the labs and proposing testing efforts in support of RFP/RFQs. Candidates with interest and knowledge in the areas of structural composites, high-temperature materials, mechanical design, and heat transfer are encouraged to apply.  The candidate must be proficient in MATLAB, SolidWorks and exhibit strong initiative with demonstrated competency executing projects. Planning, prioritizing, and goal setting are key skills necessary for this position. Knowledge of mechanical design and convective heat transfer are desired. This position is responsible for applying scientific concepts, theories, and research practices in creative and innovative ways.  Mechanical Engineer will prepare, present, and follow up on research proposals of limited to moderate size, scope, or duration; and working under general supervision where work is reviewed for soundness of technical judgment and consistency with organizational goals and strategies.

Key Responsibilities

Others may be added

  • Generates research in business and technical areas, producing yearly revenues of a set value or providing support for a set number of staff.
  • Managing research projects of moderate size from initiation through machining, testing, analysis and reporting.
  • Prepare, present, and follow-up on research proposals of limited to moderate size, scope, or duration. 
  • Responsible for leading and managing projects or project tasks of limited to moderate size, scope, or duration.
  • Develop or direct the development of research findings, draw conclusions, and make recommendations.
  • Recommend changes in procedures and devise new approaches to deal with problems encountered.

Position Specific

  • Review progress and evaluate results on research projects.
  • Prepare and present reports to clients and the professional community.
  • Meet research goals within time and cost constraints.
  • Lead marketing and project development activities in defined market areas.
  • Interact with research scientists and associates in multiple areas of the organization.
  • Participate in the technical evaluation of assigned staff and in the identification of their development needs.
  • Performs other duties as required by supervisor

Experience and Skills

Minimum Qualifications

  • US Citizenship required.
  • Must be able to obtain/maintain security clearance at a level equivalent to Department of Defense (DOD) SECRET
  • MS degree in relevant discipline or BS with 3-4 years' relevant experience
  • Relevant background in heat transfer, lab testing or related materials discipline

Preferred Qualifications

  • M.S. in Materials Engineering or Mechanical Engineering
  • 1-5 years of experience in materials research and/or mechanical testing
  • Active Security clearance 

Organizational Core Values

  • Integrity – We adhere to a code of sound ethical behavior that builds trust and confidence in all we do. We clearly communicate expectations and provide reliable results and candid feedback to our employees, customers and stakeholders.
  • Safety and environment – We are an environmentally conscious, safety first organization. We value our employees and our planet and conduct our business consistent with that priority.
  • Excellence – We understand and consistently meet or exceed our internal and external customer’s expectations.  We are accountable for timelines, quality and cost.
  • Individual and community focused – We promote an open, collaborative and supportive environment by respecting the rights and contributions of every individual.  We openly communicate information and ideas to our stakeholders; customers; employees; and the larger community.
  • Innovation – We explore ideas and create solutions to global needs.  We use science and engineering to solve the world’s most difficult problems.

Job Specific Behaviors

  • Planning and Organization - Systematically identifies issues to be addressed and plans a course of action for self and others to ensure the accomplishment of specific objectives
  • Attention to detail - Utilizes established monitoring system, records data accurately and in a timely manner, and ensures accuracy of data.
  • Technical Expertise - Possesses and applies professional/technical knowledge, skills, experience, and judgment to accomplish a result, serve customers better, and contribute to the organization’s intellectual capital.
  • Continuous Learning - Targets learning needs; seeks learning activities; maximizes learning; applies knowledge or skill; and takes risks in learning
  • Quality Orientation - Follows procedures, ensures high-quality outputs and takes action.

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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