Montana State University - Bozeman, MT

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The position will conduct remote-site interviews to determine customer requirements and select materials, design parameters, design partners and final objectives. The position will then create designs through a cooperative and iterative process and produce single or multiple prototypes. The position will work with multiple contractors, government staff partners and internal MilTech Field Engineers to create designs and prototypes. The position will then demonstrate the prototypes to end customers and make changes based on feedback. The position will report to a MilTech Field Engineer.

Duties and

Assist with and create designs and prototypes, material selection, fitness for use and other tasks associated with MSU MilTech’s work for military customers. The employee will work directly with government customers and MilTech engineers to assess the customer’s requirements, provide written and drawn solution options, discuss the solution options with MilTech staff and government customers, create patterns, select materials, create prototypes and alter materials and patterns to provide a final solution to the customer. The employee will create final patterns and bills of materials as directed by MilTech engineers.

The employee will create original designs for stand-alone items and accessories. The employee will attend and engage in Field User Evaluations in remote areas.

The employee will use prior personal military experience and design knowledge to create and assist in the creation of unique end items and accessories. The position requires discretion when working with vendors, design partners, employees, end customers, and particularly enlisted military staff. This is essential to the timely and effective development of military gear and can only happen when the employee develops rapport with all stake holders in the process.

The employee will have regular phone, email, and personal contact with all stake holders and must communicate professionally and clearly. The employee will answer to a MilTech Field Engineer who is the lead designer, however, this employee will create unique designs and will require sound judgment in the creation of these designs.


Successful experience developing or assisting in the development of sewn products for military users

At least 4 years of active duty military service, including at least two years service as an NCO, in an infantry MOS and at least one active duty deployment involving extensive use of military sewn products in dismounted operations as well as the use of ancillary military equipment that impacts the design of sewn products

Experience creating sewn product patterns

Experience working from provided patterns and creating multiple prototypes

Experience working directly with government customers in the development of multiple types of sewn product prototypes

Experience working directly with military customers and demonstrating prototype features and functions

Experience successfully altering prototypes and patterns to reflect changes in prototype features and functions

Hands on experience sewing on multiple types of industrial sewing equipment

Experience selecting materials (fabric, findings, buckles, etc.) for government sewn products


More than one year deployment for the US military

Deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan

Bachelor’s degree in art or field directly related to design of soft goods

Experience with pattern design software.

The Successful
Candidate Will

  • Be able to represent MilTech in a professional manner when interacting with clients, internal and external personnel
  • Have extensive knowledge of military protocol
  • Be able to work cooperatively with MilTech staff and the MilTech Engineer responsible for soft goods development
  • Be able to travel independently and work directly with enlisted and officer military personnel
  • Create unique, cost effective, manufacturable designs that meet the needs of the end customer
  • Be able to effectively collaborate with MilTech, MSU, DoD, government, civilian, internal and external personnel in order to accomplish multiple operational goals


    In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check. This position involves working with projects which involve export controls and, thus, you may not be eligible for this position (depending on the country of origin) if you are not a U.S. citizen or green card holder.

    Position is located in Bozeman, Montana.

    Occasional travel on short notice and planned travel when necessary to interact with DoD customers: Employee must be available to travel throughout the Continental United States as well as Alaska, Hawaii, U.S territories and possesions, and possibly other worldwide locations with or without accommodations.

    Employee must operate multiple sewing machines

    Employee must be able to lift and move fabric


    Screening of applications will begin on Monday, March 11, 2013 and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.


    To apply, submit the following :
    • (1) a letter of application addressing all of the above required and preferred qualifications, and
    • (2) a current resume or vitae, and
    • (3) the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three current professional references.

      An application packet addressing all of the above listed items is highly encouraged. Missing materials and/or information may not be requested and may result in your application not being considered for the position.

      Electronic submissions in PDF format are preferred, and must have the applicant's signature on the letter of application. For electronic submittals, please indicate "Applicant - Search #13-204" in the subject line of the email.
      • Submit materials to:

      • August Uhl
      • Program Liaison
      • MilTech
      • Montana State University
      • PO Box 170530
      • Bozeman MT 59717-0530
      • (406)994-5785

        In order to receive Veterans Preference during the application review process, it is highly recommended that the required forms are included at the time you submit your application materials. Click here for the forms and information regarding Veterans Preference. Important note : Your preference form is submitted to a different location than your application materials. A DD214 is not a required document.

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