Ocean Systems / Mechanical Engineer

    • Laurel, MD

Are youa hands-on engineer who will enjoy designing, building, and fielding sensorsystems and test platforms for maritime and oceanographic applications?

Do youconsider yourself to be a team player who embraces challenges, adapts todynamic changing environments, and continually looks to advance your technicalskills?

If so,we're looking for someone like you to join our team at The Johns HopkinsUniversity Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL), a national leader inscientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore andWashington, DC.

TheEngineering and Test Group at APL is seeking an Ocean Systems / Mechanical Engineerwho has a strong grasp of mechanical design, analysis, fabrication, assembly,trouble-shooting, and sea test expertise to help us develop sensorsystems and platforms for maritime and oceanographic applications. Weadopt technology, develop sensor systems and build platforms to solvecomplex problems related to understanding the ocean environment andunderwater phenomena around the globe to help our nation and its partnerscomplete their missions. Come join our multi-disciplinary team of engineers andsupport staff working in labs on our main campus in Laurel, MD.

As anOcean Systems and Mechanical Engineer

  • Your primary responsibility will be designing mechanical parts and assemblies using computer aided design (CAD) programs such as SolidWorks. Using modeling, simulation, and finite element analysis (FEA) software as needed to support system design. Generating design images and documentation. Working with fabrication staff and other engineers to plan for and lead fabrication and assembly.
  • You will apply your skills to support, lead, and manage projects with mechanical design, fabrication, assembly, integration and trouble-shooting expertise on a variety of electro-mechanical systems for maritime applications in the laboratory or on a field project while working independently or as part of a project team.
  • You will develop project plans and test plans and conduct land/ocean based field tests/demonstrations of advanced sensor systems. Write test reports. Brief designs, test plans, and test reports to upper management and sponsors.
  • You will also support at-sea testing by conducting ship checks, planning for deployment and recovery of systems, coordinating field test hardware and shipping, and maintaining and installing winches, cranes, and other electro-mechanical equipment. Assist with and lead back-deck operations.

You meet our minimumqualifications for the job if you...
  • Have a BS degree in an engineering discipline (mechanical engineering, ocean engineering, systems engineering), or other related degree with 5 years of relevant engineering experience.
  • Possess excellenttechnical writing and presentation skills, and the ability to communicateeffectively with all levels of staff including engineers, scientists, andtechnicians as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Have demonstratedexperience with the design, development, testing, and deployment of maritimeelectromechanical systems, from initial concepts through fabrication andbench/field tests.
  • Have demonstratedexperience with software packages such as SolidWorks and OrcaFlex.
  • Have previous experienceas a team lead or project manager.
  • Are willing and able to support extended hours during integration and testing both in the laboratory and during field tests at sea.
  • Have the ability to obtain an Interim Secret level security clearance by your start date and ultimately obtain a final Secret level security clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship


You'llgo above and beyond our minimum requirements if you...
  • Have a MS degree in an engineering discipline (mechanical engineering, ocean engineering, systems engineering), or a related degree with 3 years of relevant engineering experience.
  • Possess experience in design of moored and towed underwater systems, and/or experience in the design of acoustic and non-acoustic sensor systems.
  • Have demonstrated experience with project management in design and integration of complex electro-mechanical systems for maritime applications
  • Hold an active Secret security clearance

Whywork at APL?

TheJohns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-classexpertise to our nation's most critical defense, security, space and sciencechallenges. With a wide selection of challenging, impactful work and a robusteducation assistance program, APL promotes a culture of life-long learning. Ouremployees enjoy generous benefits and healthy work/life balance. APL's campusis located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our careeropportunities at www.jhuapl.edu/careers.

APL isan Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants willreceive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion,sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status,veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

APL brings research applications to life in the space science, asymmetric operations, force projection, and air and missile defense categories, pioneering solutions to push scientific boundaries.

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