Mechanical Engineer - ATAS - Open Rank

Georgia Institute of Technology

United States

July 28, 2022


Mechanical Engineer - ATAS - Open Rank

Submit Resume ID: 497517 Type: Researchers Location: Smyrna, GA Categories: Antenna, Hardware Development/Design, Mechanical Design & Analysis, Military Vehicles, Modeling/Simulation, Radar, Robotics/Automated Systems, System Engineering, Aerospace, Aircraft, Autonomous Systems, Space Systems, Threat Systems

Project/Unit Description

The GTRI Aerospace, Transportation & Advanced Systems Laboratory develops advanced technologies and systems from concept development to prototypes. ATAS Mechanical Design Engineers perform engineering design and analysis in support of these systems, on behalf of multiple sponsored research programs. Custom, fully functional, fully integrated system hardware and full documentation are the principal deliverables for these programs, which include radar systems, state-of-the-art electronics, and advanced systems for ground-based, naval, airborne, and space applications.

This position is to fill an immediate need for a mechanical engineer to join our project teams to help develop unique components and systems. The initial emphasis will be on design and analysis of structures, electronic equipment packaging, and thermal control systems. Projects also often require work with kinematic mechanisms, dynamics, servo controls, sensor integration, machine design, hydraulics, pneumatics, fluid flow systems, HVAC, and material properties. It is a continuous learning and growth environment to supplement academic knowledge in almost all subdisciplines associated with mechanical engineering.

Job Purpose

The Mechanical Engineer develops, tests, manufactures, and documents mechanical designs and packaging solutions for a wide variety of components and systems, including aeronautical, aerospace, transportation, military equipment, radar, and electronic systems. Mechanical design includes reverse engineering and redesign of mechanical assemblies and components in complex systems, evaluation of emerging technologies and products, and documentation of the design in 2D and 3D modeling toolsets. This role may create and develop unique, custom hardware from initial concepts to delivery of fully functional, integrated systems. Additional responsibilities typically include the preparation of technical data packages to specifically document mechanical specifications required to manufacture and assemble a complex assembly. Mechanical analysis and testing is performed such as thermal analysis, vibration, reliability, finite element analysis (FEA), computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and other environmental testing. Prototyping is supported through selection of components, assembly, and testing. Mechanical engineers are familiar with industry standards, best practices, and processes and can contribute to mechanical trade studies. May require in-depth working knowledge of the mechanical properties of engineering materials, and a thorough understanding of fabrication processes and techniques.

Key Responsibilities
  • Perform mechanical design and documentation using 2D and 3D modeling tools.
  • Contribute to the preparation of technical data packages.
  • More advanced mechanical analysis and test such as thermal analysis, vibration, and reliability testing.
  • Perform mechanical measurements, component selection, and more significant prototyping.
  • Support assembly, and fabrication of test fixtures.
  • Contribute to technical reports and presentations.
  • Contribute to white papers, and competitive proposals.
  • Additional Responsibilities
  • Generate design concepts and preliminary designs, cost estimates, 3D CAD models, structural and thermal analysis, specifications, final detailed designs, and fabrication drawings.
  • Specify and purchase materials and components.
  • Coordinate fabrication, assembly, installation, and integration of equipment and systems.
  • Set up and conduct experiments.
  • Prepare progress reports, O&M manuals, and design review presentations.
  • Required Minimum Qualifications
  • At least 3 years broad-based mechanical engineering design and analysis experience across subdisciplines such as machine design, structures, kinematics, vibration, thermal systems, fluid flow, hydraulics, pneumatics, electronics packaging, or servo controls.
  • Good working knowledge of structural material properties and machine shop fabrication processes.
  • Must be proficient with 3D CAD.
  • Structural/thermal FEA experience required.
  • Bachelors' degree in mechanical engineering or a related discipline.
  • Preferred Qualifications
  • Active Secret Clearance.
  • Master's degree in engineering.
  • Experience working with DoD projects including military vehicles, aircraft, and/or ships.
  • Design experience with radar systems and/or RF communications systems.
  • CAD experience with Solidworks software.
  • FEA experience with Solidworks Simulation, Abaqus, and/or Ansys Icepak software.
  • Experience working with project teams.
  • Hands-on experience working with machine tools.
  • Travel Requirements

    <10% travel

    Education and Length of Experience

    This position vacancy is an open-rank announcement. The final job offer will be dependent on candidate qualifications in alignment with Research Faculty Extension Professional ranks as outlined in section 3.2.1 of the Georgia Tech Faculty Handbook

  • 2 years of related experience with a Bachelors' degree in Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering.
  • 0 years of related experience with a Masters' degree in Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering.
  • U.S. Citizenship Requirements

    Due to our research contracts with the U.S. federal government, candidates for this position must be U.S. Citizens.

    Clearance Type Required

    Candidates must be able to obtain and maintain an active security clearance.

    Benefits at GTRI

    Comprehensive information on currently offered GTRI benefits, including Health & Welfare, Retirement Plans, Tuition Reimbursement, Time Off, and Professional Development, can be found through this link: https: //

    Diversity & Inclusion

    Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) at Georgia Tech Research Institute aims to enhance the Institute's mission of solving the world's most complex technical problems by creating a workforce with a shared appreciation for diversity, raising awareness around inclusiveness, and fostering a sense of belonging and appreciation for all members of our community.

    Equal Employment Opportunity

    Georgia Tech Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.

    Posted: 04/29/2022 Closes: 07/28/2022

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