Principal Mechanical Engineer

Job Description
Researches, plans, analyzes, designs, and develops mechanical products such as ammunition handling systems, structures, gun systems, missile launchers, mechanisms, and other devices. Performs technical analysis, testing, and evaluation of moderately complex engineering problems using specialized equipment and computer programs. Analyzes and interprets design specifications, drawings, documents, models, and test results to ensure technical designs comply with applicable engineering standards, military specifications, and product requirements. Develops and writes technical documentation, makes revisions to existing documentation, and provides input to technical papers or presentations. May deliver technical presentations.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Applies advanced knowledge of engineering and scientific principles and practices in area of specialized expertise to develop innovative solutions to complex technical problems. Provides technical leadership, consultation, or guidance to specialized engineering groups and other technical personnel. Conceptualizes, creates, and analyzes designs to ensure engineering projects meet technical, cost, quality, and performance requirements. Researches, writes, and presents technical presentations to enhance the company's reputation with customers and in the technical community. Initiates and maintains external contacts with key experts and officials of other companies, national labs, academic institutions, and government agencies. Performs technical analysis, testing, calculations, and evaluation of results to solve complex engineering problems, using specialized equipment, or by creating computer programs, models, or simulations. Prepares, presents, and defends project technical results and recommendations to customers. Participates in formal technical reviews. Prepares technical and cost portions of proposals related to area of expertise. Maintains up-to-date knowledge of relevant engineering discipline(s), industry practices, trends, and applications. Advises senior management on new developments and programs. May direct the work of less senior technical personnel. Maintains a safe work environment and ensures compliance with safety objectives and policies. Shares responsibility of self-development with immediate supervisor.

Typical Education & Experience
Typically a Bachelor's Degree and 6 years work experience or equivalent experience

Required Skills and Education
Education Requirements: B.S. degree in a relevant technical discipline; or an equivalent combination of education and experience plus 6 years relevant experience; or a M.S. degree and 4 years experience; or a Ph.D. and 2 years experience.

Must have working knowledge of creating moderately complex solid models and mechanical designs using CAD systems, preferable PTC Pro-E or CREO.
Ability to solve complex technical design and development problems that require a professional level of engineering knowledge.
Strong communication skills (verbal and written).
Ability to obtain a security clearance.

Preferred Skills and Education
Familiarity with relevant military and commercial design standards.
Familiarity with current computer applications and technologies in applicable engineering disciplines.
Certain positions may require a specific technical degree.

About BAE Systems Platforms & Services
BAE Systems is a premier global defense and security company with approximately 90,000 employees delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support and services. Platforms & Services designs, develops, produces, supports, maintains, modernizes and upgrades armored combat vehicles, wheeled vehicles, naval guns, surface ship combatants, commercial vessels, missile launchers, artillery systems, military ordnance, and protective wear and armor. Equal Opportunity Employer: Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Gender Expression

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