Ocean Systems Mechanical Engineer with Security Clearance

Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Laurel, Maryland
Jun 12, 2024
Jul 10, 2024
Engineering, Systems
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Description Are you searching for an opportunity to apply your engineering skills in a creative and collaborative laboratory environment working on research, development, and integration of ground breaking maritime technology? Do you have a desire to help solve some of the US Navy's most exciting challenges in the undersea domain? Would you love to engage in meaningful, hands-on work in the exciting field of Maritime Mechanical Engineer with an employer that prioritizes impact, innovation, and personal development? If so, we're looking for someone like you to join our team at APL. We are seeking a creative Mechanical Engineer to join the Engineering and Test Group (KME) where we specialize in advancing technological capabilities for Navy operations through development and testing of sophisticated sensor systems and complex electro-mechanical systems for maritime and undersea applications. As a member of our team, you'll contribute to critical system development and experimental efforts. You will be joining a diverse team committed to crafting an environment of innovation. As an Ocean Systems Mechanical Engineer Your primary responsibility will be working with a diverse team to design mechanical parts and assemblies using computer aided design (CAD) programs such as SolidWorks. 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 specialists to plan for and lead fabrication and assembly design. Analyze and test systems destined for a maritime environment. You will support, lead, and manage projects with mechanical design, fabrication, assembly, integration and trouble-shooting techniques 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 assist in the brainstorming and development of new initiatives/concepts in maritime applications through research and development (R&D) efforts including conceptualizing components and assemblies, as well as generating formal design drawings and documentation using SolidWorks and other software tools.
You will develop project plans and test plans and conduct land/ocean based field tests/demonstrations of advanced sensor systems to ensure that program objectives are satisfactorily addressed through simulation, subsystem integration testing, and full system testing. Write test reports, brief designs, test plans, and test reports to upper management and sponsors.
You will 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 will collaborate with multiple DoD system partners to evaluate current designs, identify risks, and develop solutions to address those risks. Qualifications You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you Hold a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or related technical field with 5+ years of demonstrated relevant engineering experience.
Have demonstrated experience with the design, development, testing, and deployment of electro-mechanical systems, from initial concepts through fabrication and bench/field tests and hands-on experience with design, development, deployment, operations and testing of ocean systems.
Show proven ability to work both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team and possess strong interpersonal, speaking, and technical writing skills to communicate effectively with staff and management at all levels
Are experienced with engineering software packages for design and finite element analysis such as SolidWorks and Matlab.
Are able to obtain an Interim Secret level security clearance by your start date and can ultimately obtain a Top Secret level clearance. If selected, you 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.
You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you Hold a Master's degree in mechanical engineering or closely related technical field.
5+ years of proven experience with design, development, deployment and test of moored and towed underwater systems, buoys, towed arrays, UUV and ROVs.
Have expertise with Shipboard systems. Hydraulics, Pressure Vessels, Cranes, Winches and Reels.
Are skilled in computational fluid dynamics for underwater system design
Have experience with development and testing of acoustic and non-acoustic sensor systems. Why work at APL? The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation's most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates. At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL's campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at About Us APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, occupation, marital or familial status, political opinion, personal appearance, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. APL is committed to promoting an innovative environment that embraces diversity, encourages creativity, and supports inclusion of new ideas. In doing so, we are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals of all abilities, including those with disabilities. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact . Only by ensuring that everyone's voice is heard are we empowered to be bold, do great things, and make the world a better place.