Ocean Systems/Mechanical Engineer

Introduction: 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 an Ocean Systems and Mechanical Engineer for the Engineering and Test Group of the Force Projection Sector.

Job Summary: Provide technical leadership for the activities of the Systems Engineering Section (KME-5) of the Engineering and Test Group in the Force Projection Sector. Lead technical efforts, provide detailed engineering as well as broad systems engineering expertise to existing programs in the Force Projection Sector. The position involves analysis, modeling, design, development, and testing of maritime systems.


  • Design mechanical parts and assemblies using computer aided design (CAD) programs such as SolidWorks or ProE. Use modeling, simulation, and finite element analysis (FEA) software as needed to support system design. Generate design images and provide documentation. Work with fabrication staff and other engineers to plan for and lead fabrication and assembly. (30%)
  • Provide technical leadership and direction pertaining to design, development, and testing of sensor systems and ocean systems technologies for deployment to support mission relevant operations of various government sponsors in the Sea Control Mission Area (40%)
  • 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. (20%)
  • Work with program managers to expand the breadth of technical challenges and explore new areas to which the group could contribute. Support sponsor engagement and concept development. (10%)

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 an engineering discipline (mechanical engineering, ocean engineering, systems engineering), or other related degree with 7 years of relevant engineering experience. Excellent technical writing and presentation skills. Demonstrated experience with the design, development, testing, and deployment of maritime electromechanical systems, from initial concepts through fabrication and bench/field tests. Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of staff including engineers, scientists, and technicians as a member of a multidisciplinary team. Previous experience as a team lead or project manager.

Desired Qualifications: MS degree in an engineering discipline (mechanical engineering, ocean engineering, systems engineering), or a related degree with 5 years of relevant engineering experience. Experience in design of moored and towed underwater systems. Experience in the design of acoustic and non-acoustic sensor systems. Experience with software packages such as SolidWorks, Orcaflex, etc.


Special Working Conditions: Up to 15% travel required in support of technical work. Work in closed areas and periodic extended hours are required.

Security: Secret Clearance is required. 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 www.jhuapl.edu.

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, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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