Mechanical Design Engineer


The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC is seeking a Mechanical Design Engineer.

Job Summary: Design, develop and analyze mechanical/electromechanical components for missile systems. Actively participate in industry/government working teams by interacting with sponsors, contractors, and APL staff. Employ CAD/CAE to design and support development of hardware components and systems. Actively participate on industry/government missile hardware Integrated Product Teams (IPT). Participate or support flight test missions. Perform interdisciplinary engineering analyses.

Duties (Listed in order of importance with the estimated amount of time spent at each task):

  • Design, develop and analyze mechanical/electromechanical components for missile systems. Create or delegate the creation of detailed and assembly drawings for official release. (50%)
  • Arrange for fabrication of flight hardware or ground support equipment. Supervise the assembly and environmental test of the applicable hardware. (25%)
  • Meet with sponsors and contractors and supervise the integration and test of flight hardware and remote locations. (20%)
  • Document results in technical memoranda and present findings to government agencies and flight test mission planners. (5%)

Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time.

Required Qualifications: BS degree in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent with 10 years of hardware development experience. Experience in the full cycle of hardware development – preliminary design, detailed design, prototype development oversight, operational performance testing and evaluation and failure forensics support. The position requires a creative individual with a proven hardware design track record. Strong technical writing and presentation skills.

Desired Qualifications: MS in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent with 3 to 5 years experience with tactical missile and launcher design/development and working with DOD personnel and missile contractors. Formal training in Pro/ENGINEER to optimize designs to meet functional, structural, dynamic, thermal and manufacturability requirements.

Special Working Conditions: Up to 20% travel required to support test integration and execution.

Security: Applicant selected will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.

Benefits: APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at

Equal Employment Opportunity: Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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