Mechanical Engineer
The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory - Laurel, MD

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Perform conceptual design, platform integration and mechanical analyses for phased array radar, EW and communications antennas, and develop associated technologies for ship, air and ground mobile applications. Work with platform managers, prime contractors and systems engineers to define integration approaches, requirements and interfaces.

Duties (Listed in order of importance with the estimated amount of time spent

at each task):
  • Work in multi-disciplined team environment to develop new technology and design approaches that enable lower cost and improved performance in next generation phased array antenna systems. Evaluate new technologies in packaging, thermal management and materials for applicability to phased array antennas. Develop and execute risk reduction tasks. (25%)
  • Work with sponsors, prime contractors, platform managers and shipyards to develop platform integration approaches. Work with RF & Systems engineers to perform requirements trades and validate feasibility. Participate in trade studies to recommend technical approaches that meet sponsor needs in advanced radar, EW and communications systems.(50%)
  • Develop and validate environmental, mechanical and mobility requirements for next generation active array radars, EW and communications systems. Perform structural and thermal analysis to validate hardware compliance with shipboard induced and natural environments. Participate in Navy Integrated Product Teams (IPTs) to evaluate contractor designs for ability to meet performance requirements. Brief findings and recommendations to contractors and sponsors. (25%)


  • 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.

    Qualifications :

    Required Qualifications:
    MSME with 3+ years experience in structural and/or thermal analysis and/or platform integration (or equivalent). Must have strong analytical background with experience in finite element analysis as well as familiarity with phased array hardware design. Requires strong communications and interpersonal skills and the ability to work within multi-disciplined teams.

    Desired Qualifications:
    MSME or equivalent with 5-10 years experience in design of phased array antennas for shipboard, ground mobile or airborne applications, and experience in antenna system to platform integration. Experience in systems engineering trades and requirements development relative to platform integration of complex phased array based systems.

    Special Working Conditions [Travel, working in closed areas, extended hours] :
    Local and domestic travel to sponsors, government laboratories, shipyards and contractor facilities.

    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 www.jhuapl.edu.

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