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Job Description

Job ID: AO20162510-37049

Orbital ATK is seeking a Principal Systems Engineer for our location in Mesa, AZ.

Orbital ATK is a defense and aviation systems manufacturer that employs more than 12,000 people in 20 states across the U.S. Orbital ATK's commitment is to provide our customers with reliable and affordable products and systems that enable them to successfully carry out their most critical missions in aerospace and defense applications. Orbital ATK Armament Systems Division based in Mesa, Arizona produces automatic medium caliber gun systems. ATK gun systems built for the U.S. and international militaries have been used in all major conflicts since World War II in a variety of applications to include small and large ground vehicles, fixed and rotary wing aircraft, and naval vessels. This position is located in Mesa, Arizona.

Role Description:

The Systems Engineer provides technical planning and oversight of the product development and product line management processes on assigned engineering projects through diligent and rigorous application of the Systems Engineering process.


The Systems Engineering position carries the following set of primary responsibilities:

• Accountable to the Systems Engineering Manager and Program Managers for adherence to systems engineering process standards and meeting technical objectives on assigned engineering projects.
• Performs requirements development and requirements management to generate system specifications that ensure customer requirements and technical performance measures are accurately documented and communicated to the integrated product team.
• Generates performance specifications, detail specifications, and interface control documents to support the requirements flowdown process.
• Works as a member of the integrated product team on assigned programs to establish system verification/validation plans.
• Ensures pertinent design factors such as contractual, environmental, cost, schedule, technical performance, system integration, producibility, interchangeability, and material requirements are considered during development and program execution.
• Participates in failure investigations and associated corrective actions.
• Works with design, project, manufacturing and quality engineers through the development process and ensures timely flow of information among and between engineering team members.
• Coordinates with Aftermarket Services team to support fielded systems and ensures cross-functional coordination to deliver outstanding customer service.
• May support Program Manager as a control account manager to ensure accurate schedule and cost tracking.
• Presents work products at program reviews, proposals, or other project meetings.
• Prepares and plans cost estimates and written technical proposals.
• Leads reliability engineering and system safety engineering efforts, including System Safety Hazard Analyses, Safety Assessment Reports, and Failure Modes, Effects, and Criticality Analyses.
• Acts as a technical interface to external customers, and forms working relationships with representatives of external technical organizations.
• Develops technical relationships with vendors and suppliers, in coordination with subcontracts management and quality functions, to facilitate technical flow-down and understanding of requirements, testing, and process control.
• Shares knowledge and mentors other engineers.
• Supports and leads Orbital ATK continuous improvement initiatives activities within the overall engineering department.

Position Requirements:

• BS in Engineering
• 7+ years of directly related systems engineering experience in defense or aerospace industry, focused on mechanical and electro-mechanical systems.
• Experience in product development projects and sustainment of legacy programs for complex aerospace or defense systems.
• Experience writing statements of work and estimating project scope.
• Demonstrated effectiveness in achieving results through understanding and management of internal processes and customer/supplier relationships.
• Experience with the operations of upstream process inputs (System Integrators, Business Development, Contracts, Pricing, Program Management, and Project Engineering).
• Experience with the operations of downstream process customers (both internal and external: Modeling & Simulation, Configuration Management, Manufacturing Engineering, Manufacturing Operations, Assembly, Test, System Verification & Validation, Integrated Logistics Support, and End User).
• Experience or familiarity with industry and military standards for systems engineering (INCOSE-TP-2003-002-03.2.2), system safety engineering (MIL-STD-882), reliability programs (MIL-STD-785), and quality management system documentation.
• Skilled in Microsoft Office applications.
• Strong oral and written communication skills with ability to focus on multiple projects and deliver status on risk areas and required actions.
• Experience with requirements decomposition, reliability analyses, FMECA (MIL-STD-1629 or equivalents), verification and validation, and risk analysis.
• Ability to scope and generate product test plans and generate comprehensive test reports for internal and external customer distribution.
• Familiarity with requirements management database software; TeamCenter TcSE and TcUA (preferred)
• U.S. Citizen and be able to obtain a DoD Secret Clearance
• Position may require domestic and international travel, <>

Orbital ATK Defense Systems Group is an industry leader in ammunition, precision and strike weapons, missile-warning solutions, and tactical rocket motors across air, sea and land-based systems. We are the largest U.S. producer of small-caliber ammunition, as well as a leading producer of medium- and large-caliber ammunition and medium-caliber gun systems. Orbital ATK Defense Systems also develops advanced capabilities for missile-defense interceptors, fuzing and warheads, weaponized special-mission aircraft, and propulsion/controls.

If you are a dynamic, successful, driven professional, Orbital ATK is the company that will further your experience and career growth. We offer a highly competitive salary, comprehensive benefits including, medical, dental, 401k, tuition reimbursement, and much more.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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About Orbital ATK

As a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, Orbital ATK designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation-related systems to customers around the world both as a prime contractor and as a merchant supplier. Our main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; satellites and associated components and services; composite aerospace structures; tactical missiles, subsystems and defense electronics; and precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition.

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