Sr. Principal Mechanical Engineer - Warheads

Access Talent Today, LLC - Sacramento, CA

Job Type: Full-Time


The Sr. Principal Mechanical Engineer position is in the Energetics and Propulsion Department of the Mechanical Subsystems Directorate.This organization is responsible for the full spectrum of warhead, fuzing, and propulsion designs/technology, including power systems, ignition, and all other weapon initiation safety systems technology. This individual would develop architectures, top level design concepts, requirements, and performance modeling for new payload systems and other energetic needs.



  • Apply and/or develop advanced warhead technologies using scientific principles, theories and concepts to the weapon warhead system for implementation into missiles
  • Provide technical oversight to the subcontractor
  • Review and disposition subcontract data and change requests; prepare and present data to management, government agencies; and project cost account management
  • Support the Safety Engineering organization by planning and performing insensitive munitions testing and safety analyses as needed
  • Frequently interface with the Customer to identify user needs
  • Manage subcontract suppliers to specify and deliver required subsystem components on schedule and on budget
  • Contribute to technology development roadmaps
  • Lead development of design concepts for target defeat mechanisms (warheads)
  • Design, analyze, test and evaluate warhead systems
  • Perform warhead system/component design
  • Provide technical oversight of subcontracted design activities and technical direction to warhead engineers
  • Support failure analysis and corrective action through redesign of failed warhead component or system
  • Present warhead design models and supporting analyses/test results to internal and customer review meetings
  • Support proposals requiring warhead technologies
  • Provide counsel and mentoring for more junior members of the Department
  • Oversee development of Critical Item Development Specifications (CIDS)
  • Oversee fact-finding and contract negotiations
  • Test data reduction
  • Generate warhead performance data files for use in performance assessments and requirements compliance
  • Ensure technical rigor and depth of all deliverables

Education & Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science General, Aerospace, Design, Mechanical or Systems Engineering; Applied Physics
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in warhead engineering or equivalent
  • Must have demonstrated knowledge of / experience in:
    • Engineering design in development projects
    • Warhead or Energetic Device Design & Analyses
    • Design and analysis of mechanical subsystems
    • Ordnance manufacturing process technologies
    • Insensitive Munitions mitigation technology (design, materials)
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Work, Excel, Power Point & Project)
  • Project Management as applied to team interaction and deliverables
  • Technical management of subcontracts on Government programs
  • Development of warhead Technical Performance Measures (TPM), Key Product Characteristics (KPC), Key Characteristic Control (KCC)
  • Proposal and cost preparation, requirements definition, and warhead subsystems analysis, test and verification; operational test support; supplier collaboration
  • Warhead subsystem technology readiness level (TRL) maturation
  • Must be willing to travel to suppliers and government facilities
  • Must currently have or be able to obtain a DoD issued Secret security clearance


Desired Experience and Qualifications:

  • 15 years of directly related experience in warhead subsystems design, development, and test
  • Supplier collaboration experience and oversight generating specifications and statements of work (SOW)
  • Experience in business development and technology road mapping
  • Demonstrated success as a team leader
  • Advanced engineering degree (M.S., PhD.)
  • Systems architecture as warhead subsystem designer
  • Co-development of threat defeat requirements from system lethality analyses and validating design lethality implementation in flight simulators
  • Validation and verification of lethality elements in system performance modeling from development and qualification tests of subsystems


This position requires the eligibility to obtain a security clearance.Non-US citizens may not be eligible to obtain a security clearance.The Defense Industrial Security Clearance Office (DISCO), an agency of the Department of Defense, handles and adjudicates the security clearance process.Security clearance factors include, but are not limited to, allegiance to the US, foreign influence, foreign preference, criminal conduct, security violations and drug involvement.Employment is contingent on other factors, including, but not limited to, background checks and drug screens


U.S. Citizenship status is required as this position needs an active U.S. Security Clearance as of day one of employment

Posted On: Thursday, September 19, 2019

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