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Job Description

Job ID: AO20160912-37608

Orbital ATK is currently seeking an experienced Project Engineer to provide leadership to our Engineering team in our Mesa, AZ office.

With annual revenues in of nearly $4.5 billion, over 12,000 employees, and operations in about 20 states, Orbital ATK is a company on the move. Our mission is to ensure that our customers accomplish their mission - whether it's a technological breakthrough, a satellite launch, or protecting our nation. The company is the world's leading supplier of solid rocket motors, a leading provider of launch vehicles, satellites and other space systems, and the nation's largest manufacturer of ammunition.

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, helicopters, airplanes and naval ships.

Role Description:

This Project Engineering position is for an engineering project leadership role on M230 30mm gun system programs within the Armament Systems Division. As part of the Systems Engineering group, the Project Engineer coordinates planning, organization, implementation, integration and completion of assigned engineering projects. This position is located in Mesa, Arizona.


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

• Accountable to the Systems Engineering Manager and Program Managers for meeting technical performance measures, cost targets, and schedule requirements on assigned engineering projects.
• Provides technical oversight and project leadership to the assigned integrated program team; sets engineering work direction for other engineers, technicians and administrative personnel and assigns tasks based on project objectives.
• Performs planning and execution of gun system development and testing projects, including voice of the customer techniques, requirements development and management, gun system definition, verification and validation, and risk management to design of gun systems.
• 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.
• Leads 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.
• Supports 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.
• 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.
• Supports manufacturing trade studies and early supplier involvement.
• Shares knowledge and mentors other engineers.
• Supports and leads Orbital ATK continuous improvement initiatives within the overall engineering department.

Position Requirements:

• BS in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering
• 7+ years of directly related mechanical design experience in defense or aerospace industry.
• 3+ years project or program leadership.
• Experience in product development projects and sustainment of legacy programs for complex aerospace or defense systems.
• Mechanical design experience with complex gear trains, cams, springs, clutches, machined components, welded structures, electric motors and solenoids preferred.
• Familiarity with mechanical and electrical engineering processes and other specialty engineering activities within the product development process.
• 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 (Lead System Integrators, Business Development, Contracts, Pricing, Program Management, Project Engineering, and Systems 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).
• Skilled in working with Microsoft Office applications.
• Understanding of Six Sigma disciplines, design for assembly / design for manufacturing (DFA/DFM).
• 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, FMEAs, verification and validation, and risk analysis.
• Ability to scope and generate product test plans, lead tests as Test Engineer and generate comprehensive test reports for internal and external customer distribution.
• Demonstrated experience working with customers to ensure project success.
• Familiarity with computer aided design (CAD) software, preferably NX, and engineering requirements and analysis tools (FEA)
• Understanding of GD&T
• U.S. Citizen and be able to obtain a DoD Secret Clearance
• Position will require domestic and international travel (<25%), including="" travel="" to="" the="" middle="" east="">
• Demonstrated project management skills and techniques including work breakdown structures, integrated master scheduling and earned value management.

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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