Nov 28, 2022

Mechanical Design Engineer - Mid to Senior Level (MD)

  • National Security Agency
  • Fort Meade, MD, USA

Job Description

The NSA currently has opportunities for highly motivated Mechanical Design Engineers to support design, analysis and fabrication of mechanical hardware and equipment in response to limited quantity, short-duration, prototype requirements. As a Mechanical Design Engineer at NSA, responsibilities may include: - Design custom parts, mechanisms and equipment. - Perform engineering calculations. - Analyze problems to determine technical solutions. - Decide what procedures will be required to solve technical problems. - Develop conceptual designs or models to address requirements. - Use modeling or simulation software to evaluate designs. - Perform engineering analyses and testing of products/parts/equipment. - Use Computer Aided Design (CAD) software and Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) (thermal/stress/vibration analysis tools) to produce design drawings and to validate and support engineering design activities. - Identify new and existing products, technologies, and/or manufacturing techniques to solve design, development, and operational problems. - Develop engineering test plans to evaluate designs in real-world environment prior to operational use. - Modify or adapt products, services, and support to meet customer needs. - Provide timely and accurate responses to customer requests for assistance, information, products, or services. - Work with customers to clarify their needs and to determine how their needs can be met expeditiously. Work is in a very fast paced office which requires employees to work on multiple projects simultaneously with quick turn-around schedules.

As an Engineering and Physical Science professional, you will use your skills to create the systems and tools that will be used to enhance the operation of intelligence. You will advise, administer and perform scientific projects, such as planning, designing, and constructing specialized equipment, and ensuring adherence to sound engineering and scientific standards and principles. The NSA offers multiple areas of focus for facilities engineers, including computer, architectural, electrical, mechanical, and structural. In addition, we are seeking skills that include computer design, microelectronics, radio frequency design, and systems engineering. Apply your science and engineering skills to protect the nation.

The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Degree must be in Engineering, Physics, Astronomy, or a relevant professional technical field (e.g. chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, geology). For all of the above degrees, if program is not ABET EAC accredited, it must include specified coursework. Specified coursework includes courses in differential and integral calculus and 5 of the following 18 areas: (a) statics or dynamics, (b) strength of materials/stress-strain relationships, (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics, (d) thermodynamics, (e) electromagnetic fields, (f) nature and properties of materials/relating particle and aggregate structure to properties, (g) solid state electronics, (h) microprocessor applications, (i), computer systems, (j) signal processing, (k) digital design, (l) systems and control theory, (m) circuits or generalized circuits, (n) communication systems, (o) power systems, (p) computer networks, (q) software development, (r) Any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, or soil mechanics. ENTRY/DEVELOPMENTAL With a professional Engineering degree, entry is with a Bachelor's degree and no experience. With a degree in Physics or Astronomy, entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 1 year of relevant experience. Relevant experience must be working in a mechanical design engineering capacity (e.g., using 2D or 3D CAD tools, rapid prototyping machines, thermal design, tolerancing, and properties of materials). FULL PERFORMANCE With a degree in professional Engineering, entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 3 years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree plus 1 year of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree and no experience. With a degree in Physics or Astronomy, entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 3 years of relevant experience, or a Master's or Doctoral degree plus 1 year of relevant experience. Relevant experience must be working in a mechanical design engineering capacity (e.g., using 2D or 3D CAD tools, rapid prototyping machines, thermal design, tolerancing, and properties of materials). Engineer in Training (EIT) or Professional Engineer certifications are preferred. SENIOR Entry is with a Bachelor's degree plus 7 years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree plus 5 years of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree plus 3 years of relevant experience. Degree must be in either professional Engineering, Physics, or Astronomy Relevant experience must be working in a mechanical design engineering capacity (e.g., using 2D or 3D CAD tools, rapid prototyping machines, thermal design, tolerancing, and properties of materials). Engineer in Training (EIT) or Professional Engineer certifications are preferred.

The ideal candidate is extremely creative and has a desire for continual learning, along with excellent problem solving, analytic, and interpersonal skills. Customer service skills are a must. Knowledge and experience is desired in one or more of the following areas: - Concepts, theories, and methods for designing and analyzing mechanical systems, structural assemblies, components, accessories, mechanisms and tools. - Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) tools to analyze designs and provide operational solutions. - Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printing, and Rapid Prototyping technologies - Mechanical Reverse Engineering techniques - Material identification and selection (plastics, composites and/or metals)

Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position. Salary ranges vary by location and work level. This position is hiring for Maryland. Salary Range: $86,389 - $164,102 (Full Performance, Senior) On-the job training, Internal NSA courses, and external training will be made available based on the need and experience of the selectee. Typical work schedule is Monday - Friday, with basic 8hr/day work requirements between 0600 and 1800 (flexible). Overtime may be required to meet operational deadlines.