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Senior Advanced Applications Engineer for Synthetic Ropes and Electro-Optical-Mechanical Cables

at General Dynamics Mission Systems

Posted: 9/22/2019
Job Reference #: 40195

Job Description

  • Posted Date1 month ago(9/5/2019 4:35 PM)
    Job Location
    Required Clearance
    Top Secret, obtainable within reasonable time based on requirements
    Employment Type
    Full Time
    Hiring Company
    General Dynamics Mission Systems
  • Basic Qualifications

    Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, a related specialized area or field is required (or equivalent experience) plus a minimum of 8 years of relevant experience; or Master's degree plus a minimum of 6 years of relevant experience.

    Department of Defense Top Secret security clearance is preferred at time of hire. Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Due to the nature of work performed within our facilities, U.S. citizenship is required.

    Responsibilities for this Position

    General Dynamics Mission Systems has an immediate opening for a Senior Advanced Applications Engineer for Synthetic Ropes and Electro-Optical-Mechanical Cables. This position provides an opportunity to further advance the cutting-edge technology that supports some of our nation’s core defense/intelligence services and systems. General Dynamics Mission Systems employees work closely with esteemed customers to develop solutions that allow them to carry out high-stakes national security missions.


    • 15 or more years of experience in the design, application, manufacturing, and/or sales of long-length synthetic ropes and electro-optical-mechanical cables
    • Is a subject matter expert (SME) in synthetic ropes and electro-optical-mechanical cables and possesses working knowledge in multiple adjacent disciplines/fields

    • Experience directly participating in the implementation of new products and testing of prototype designs
    • Experience leading small and medium technical projects
    • Previous experience interacting with customers, internal and external, to identify needs and develop solutions
    • Previous experience formulating design concepts based on sound engineering practices and input from customer and team
    • Previous experience providing engineering support, such as product design, problem solving, product technical support
    • Previous experience working with manufacturing and external vendors or subcontractors to manufacture and assemble prototype and production rope and cable designs


    • Analyze customer problems and applications and recommend or assist in developing parameters for appropriate solutions
    • Solid proficiency and able to perform all responsibilities associated with the position
    • Grasps and applies new information quickly
    • Solid ability to handle more complex assignments
    • Assist in establishing and/or upgrading internal engineering standards and practices
    • Must be proficient with solid modeling CAD tools to create mechanical models and accompanying drawings
    • CREO experience preferred but not required
    • Shows initiative on assignments, exercises independent judgment and professionally executes projects with little direction
    • Solid knowledge with technical standards, manufacturing/fabrication methods, government/industry standards
    • Knowledgable of state-of-the-art engineering, manufacturing methods, and materials related to rope and cable design
    • Oversee the creation of all engineering documentation required for prototype or manufacturing develop ment of new products
    • Oversee, create, review, audit, and/or conduct test standards and specifications for design concepts and component assemblies
    • Ability to develop product and project cost estimates
    • Leads technical tasks for small to medium teams or projects

    • Frequent contact with senior managers within and outside of Engineering

    • Frequent contact with various departments across the company including, but not limited to, Program Management, Manufacturing, Quality Assurance

    • Frequent contact with external customers and vendors

    • Frequent contact with Business Development

    • Mentors lower labor grades in mechanical principles and project performance

    • Conducts feasibility studies and testing on new and modified designs

    • Advanced decision-making skills required

    • Prepare and submit required reports

    • Perform installation, training and support to customer and/or users
    • Performs or oversees the design and development in such areas as mechanical, thermal, hydraulic, thermodynamic, or heat transfer for production, transmission, measurement, and use of mechanical and/or electromechanical systems, instruments, controls, engines and/or machines
    • Leads development of strategic tasks or small projects by applying engineering and organizational knowledge and expertise to achieve technical goals
    • Understands and interprets the technical, organizational and process aspects of the task assigned and can relate them to the technical needs of the overall project or organization
    • Actively uncovers technical and organizational risks and ensures they are included in risk mitigation plans
    • Participates in development of program strategies and teaming strategies as they relate to the assigned task
    • Carries out other tasks, not listed, assigned by supervisor
    • Up to 25% Travel may be required

    Company Overview

    General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) engineers a diverse portfolio of high technology solutions, products and services that enable customers to successfully execute missions across all domains of operation. With a global team of 13,000+ top professionals, we partner with the best in industry to expand the bounds of innovation in the defense and scientific arenas. Given the nature of our work and who we are, we value trust, honesty, alignment and transparency. We offer highly competitive benefits and pride ourselves in being a great place to work with a shared sense of purpose. You will also enjoy a flexible work environment where contributions are recognized and rewarded. If who we are and what we do resonates with you, we invite you to join our high performance team!

    General Dynamics is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce. EOE/Disability/Veteran