Staff Project Engineer

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University of Dayton Research Institute
Dayton, OH, United States

Phone: 9372292779
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Staff Project Engineer


Warner Robins, GA 

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Job Description:

Are you interested in working for UDRI, a national leader in scientific and engineering research, serving government, industry and nonprofit customers? UDRI invites self-starting problem solver and technical qualified candidates to apply for our Staff Project Engineer opening located in Warner Robins, Georgia!

We are seeking an experienced project engineer to provide technical leadership and direct technical contribution for multiple projects related to aircraft, ground support equipment, and vehicle sustaining engineering and commercial new product development. Under the guidance of a senior engineer, this role will support and lead research, evaluation, reverse engineering, design, test/validation, and technology transition of hardware for aircraft, support equipment, vehicles, and commercial products. The ideal candidate will:
• Lead small project-focused engineering teams
• Interface with client hardware owners and teams to identify and document equipment end items and components in support of lifecycle management (LCM) activities, service life extension programs (SLEP), and Digital Engineering (DigEng)
• Interface with client product development leaders to support the development of new consumer and industrial products
• Develop work breakdown structures for complex problems based on customer pain points with little supporting documentation
• Design and optimize mechanical components for either traditional or additive manufacturing (i.e. housings, brackets, structural supports, vehicle parts and aerospace hardware) and mechanical systems, in accordance with current and applicable GD&T standards
• Create and execute component and system level validation and qualification test plans, as well as analysis of test data and results
• Work with client hardware engineers to ensure documentation and product conformance with engineering design intent and performance requirements
The successful candidate will be self-driven, an excellent communicator, have a strong background leading technical projects to successful completion, and have systems engineering experience. The position will support multiple clients.


Minimum Qualifications
• BS in Engineering or Engineering Technology (Aerospace, Chemical, Electrical, Mechanical, Materials, or related technical field)
• A minimum of 5 years' experience in related engineering position
• Self-starter that thrives on solving technical problems and leading small teams
• Ability to create and maintain focus out of ambiguity
• Ability to follow instructions and demonstrate attention to detail
• Strong problem solving skills
• Successful collaboration within a multi-disciplinary team
• Customer focus and record of customer satisfaction
• Effective written communication skills
• Proficiency with MS Office Suite – namely Outlook, PowerPoint, and Excel
• Project or program management experience
• Due to the nature of this position, US citizenship and ability to obtain a security clearance is required

Preferred Qualifications

While not everyone may possess all of the preferred qualifications, the ideal candidate will bring many of the following:

Master's degree (aerospace, mechanical, materials, or related engineering field)
• 7+ years of experience in related engineering position
• Effective interpersonal communication skills, demonstrated at all levels of an organization
• 3+ years engineering/technical project management experience
• 3+ years systems engineering experience
• 3+ years engineering/technical experience in aircraft, vehicles, or support equipment
• 3+ years supporting new product development
• 3+ years of experience in analysis of components in relation to mechanical systems, including FEA for structural, fatigue, thermal, vibration, and acoustics
• 2+ years creating and executing component and system level validation and qualification test plans
• 2+ years training/mentoring/managing entry level engineers or technical student hires
• 2+ years supporting Air Force organizations in sustaining or acquisition engineering
• Understanding of aircraft and/or complex systems design and operation
• Ability to create, read and interpret models, technical drawings, schematics, and computer generated reports
• Proficient in 3D CAD modeling software
• Experience working in a digital engineering environment, to include Model Based Systems Engineering, TeamCenter (or other PLM environment), and/or application of SysML in Cameo or similar software tools
• Familiar with various manufacturing processes such as casting, machining, forging, heat treat and additive manufacturing for metals and/or plastics.
• Coding and scripting experience (e.g. Java, MATLAB, Python, etc.
• Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification
• Professional Engineer (PE) Certification
• Systems Engineering Certification
• Six Sigma Green Belt or Black Belt Certification
• Active US Security Clearance

Special Instructions to Applicants

To apply please submit a cover letter addressing each minimum qualification and any applicable preferred qualifications that you meet.

A federal court on December 7, 2021, issued a ruling that suspends the COVID-19 vaccine requirement that applies to federal contractors nationwide. With this development, the University will pause any enforcement action against employees who have not complied with the requirement to be fully vaccinated by Dec. 8, 2021 or to have requested an exemption to maintain their employment status.

The University will continue to monitor the state of the pandemic on campus and in the community as well as developments in federal and state requirements, and also will continue to regularly consult with public health officials and our medical panel. As has been the case throughout the pandemic, our protocols and requirements are subject to change depending on conditions on campus or in our community, and government requirements.

Informed by its Catholic and Marianist mission, the University is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Informed by this commitment, we seek to increase diversity, achieve equitable outcomes, and model inclusion across our campus community. As an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, we will not discriminate against minorities, women, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, or on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity